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Continued: Gardenhire will return as Twins manager

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 29, 2014 - 12:18 PM

And replacing Anderson wouldn’t be fair because “that would be [making him] a scapegoat. I thought Andy had a pretty good year,” Ryan said. “He’s got a target on his back because our rotation struggled, but for every guy in the rotation that struggled, we had two in the bullpen who did well.”

Now he only needs the other 15-20 Twins to play well, too. And while Pohlad and St. Peter showed their trust in Ryan by sticking with Gardenhire, that’s the challenge they depend upon him for most.

Ryan will embark next month on a roster overhaul that, the team hopes, will return the Twins to respectability while the franchise awaits the arrival of their prize prospects in a couple of years. Pohlad practically even urged his general manager to spend more of the team’s money, after this year’s $80 million payroll flopped.

“We probably have to go out to the market to supplement the roster for 2014,” Pohlad said. “I think [Ryan] is enthusiastic about doing that.”

Almost as enthusiastic as his manager is about writing out a new lineup card next spring.

“The easy thing to do is to walk away. I want to stay and make it better. We can get better in a hurry,” Gardenhire vowed. “We will get better.”

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