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Continued: TIMELINE: Ron Gardenhire's career in Minnesota

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2004: Became the fourth manager in major league history to start his career with three consecutive first place finishes, and the first in the American League since Ralph Houk of the Yankees in 1961, '62 and '63. Houk was a consultant to the Twins in 1987, hired mostly as an advisor to first-year manager Tom Kelly. Named co-manager of the year by The Sporting News.

2005: Even though it was the first year his Twins didn't qualify for the postseason, the Twins finished with an 83-79 record, making Gardenhire the first manager in team history to have four consecutive winning seasons.

2006: After a slow start in which they were eight games under .500 in early Junes, the Twins rallied to finish with Gardenhire's best record at 96-66. They clinched the division on the final day of the season by beating the White Sox, but were swept in the first round of the playoffs by Oakland. Gardenhire was ejected from eight games, tying a career single-season high.

2007: Gardenhire had his first losing season as a manager at any level as the Twins went 79-83. He was ejected from eight more games. One milestone: Gardenhire won his 500th career game on July 6 against the White Sox.

2008: Managed the Twins into Game 163, the one-game AL Central playoff in  which they lost 1-0 to the White Sox on a Jim Thome home run off Nick Blackburn.

2009: Managed the Twins into another Game 163, this time with better results when the Twins rallied to beat Detroit 6-5 in 12 innings in the final regular-season game played at the Metrodome. The Twins were swept by the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs.

 

2010: Gardenhire was named Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America for the first time in his career and won the honor for the seciond time from The Sporting News. The Twins won the AL Central for the sixth (and final) time in his tenure, and were swept again by the Yankees, dropping Gardenhire's postseason managing record to 6-21. He also was ejected for the 50th time in his career.

2011: The lean years begin as the Twins lose a career-high 99 games under Gardenhire after many people predicted they would win another division title. The Twins had to win their last two games of the season to avoid losing 100 and they finished 32 games out of first place. Twins management talked aboiut the season as a "perfect storm" of troubles.

2012: The troubles continued as the Twins finished 66-96. At the end of the season, the front office told Gardenhire the coaching staff would need to be shaken up. Three coaches were fired and two were reassigned. Gardenhire would enter the 2013 season on the final season of his contract.

Monday: The Twins announce that Gardenhire and his coaching staff will return in 2014 after the team finished the season with a 66-96 record.

 

 

 

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