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08:34 AM ET 10.11 | Twins manager Ron Gardenhire may soon be locked up beyond 2011. In a strong vote of confidence in Gardenhire's abilities, Twins CEO Jim Pohlad said before Game 3 of the ALDS on Saturday that Gardenhire will receive a contract extension. "That's just such a nonissue," Pohlad said. "We all know that's a no-brainer. We are going to get something done." Gardenhire, 52, is coming off a 94-68 season and sixth AL Central division title. It's also the fifth time in nine seasons that his team has won at least 90 games.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ron Gardenhire (left), AP Ron Gardenhire (left), AP
October 11, 2010  09:46 AM ET

"Gardenhire, 52, is coming off a 94-68 season and sixth AL Central division title. It's also the fifth time in nine seasons that his team has won at least 90 games. "

Unfortunately, it looks like the Twins are becoming the 21st century version of the 20th century Braves.

October 11, 2010  09:51 AM ET

He is a good manager... Too bad they cant trade up for one that might manage them better for the post season...

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October 11, 2010  10:29 AM ET

I thought the Braves were the only team that excessively celebrated the success of a Division Championship. It's good to know the Braves are not alone.

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October 11, 2010  01:17 PM ET

Please...the twins record would not be the same if they played all the teams the same amount of times. AL central is the weakest division in baseball right now and the Twins ate them up this season. However, the Twins are in big doo doo for 2011: 11 free agents and lots or arbitration. Paying 23 million for a guy who's NEVER gotten 30+ HRs or 100+ RBIs was a dumb move. Nice guys but nobody with an attitude that can take you far in the playoffs.

October 11, 2010  04:11 PM ET
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Please...the twins record would not be the same if they played all the teams the same amount of times. AL central is the weakest division in baseball right now and the Twins ate them up this season. However, the Twins are in big doo doo for 2011: 11 free agents and lots or arbitration. Paying 23 million for a guy who's NEVER gotten 30+ HRs or 100+ RBIs was a dumb move. Nice guys but nobody with an attitude that can take you far in the playoffs.

First of all, the NL Central is far worse than the AL version...And I suppose you would bash the Twins for NOT signing Mauer too, the best catcher in the game and best offensive catcher in years (possibly all-time). And let's face it, he would have signed for 30 million+ if he had hit free agency...so if you look at it, the Twins got a discount!

October 11, 2010  04:14 PM ET
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I suppose he's pretty good, but it would be hard to say he hasn't been given the tools to win it all. Hell look at his pitching staff this year ... each and every one of them a huge tool.

Their pitching was the team's biggest weakness this year...Yes, the bullpen was great, but when Blackburn, Baker, and Slowey (three of the team's starters going into the season) were all awful this year and your only potentially dominant pitcher is as inexperienced as Liriano is...

Yes, this team had the talent to win it all, but they still aren't the Yankees. Sometimes you really can outspend a team, even a mid-market one.

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October 12, 2010  12:30 AM ET

For what another first round exit.

 
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