Ron Gardenhire, who was last seen walking around spring training chomping on a cigar after being fired by the Twins, is ready to start looking for another managing job.
Gardenhire told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that he’s “not actively pursuing” a job, noting that he doesn’t want any of the 30 current managers to feel like he’s trying to get them fired. However, according to Rosenthal he’s hired an agent for the first time since 1987 “to monitor possible managerial openings” and “is willing to consider virtually any position.”
Gardenhire still had one year remaining on his contract when the Twins fired him, so he’s getting paid to do nothing at the moment, but he clearly has the itch already and as a 57-year-old with 13 seasons of experience and a generally favorable reputation across baseball he’d seemingly be an ideal midseason replacement manager.
Overall with the Twins he had a 1,068-1,039 record for a .506 winning percentage, but that consisted of lots of division titles early on followed by four consecutive 90-loss seasons. And his 6-21 record in the playoffs is also part of Gardenhire’s legacy in Minnesota. As a Twins fan who closely watched Gardenhire’s entire tenure he’s not someone I’d want managing my team at this point, but he’s certainly far from a bad manager and seems very capable of sliding into a job without much fuss to try to turn around a struggling team in the second half.