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08:14 AM ET 08.15 | To hear Tigers manager Jim Leyland tell it, the Twins have the best manager in the American League, Ron Gardenhire. "He always has been the best since I've been here," Leyland said Monday night, Aug. 13, before the Twins pummeled the Tigers 9-3 at Target Field. Leyland is in his seventh season managing the Tigers. He's in his 21st season as a major league manager and twice has been the National League manager of the year (1990, 1992). He was AL manager of the year in 2006, his first with the Tigers. ... "Gardy has good rapport with his players, you can tell he knows how to handle people, and he makes great decisions during the game," Leyland said. "I think he's a fantastic manager."

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August 15, 2012  08:19 AM ET

What ???????????????????



I heard it was Bobby Valentine...........

August 15, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What ???????????????????I heard it was Bobby Valentine...........

<frowns at Mick>

August 15, 2012  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

<frowns at Mick>

Sorry Clem..............

I had to take a shot...............

August 15, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sorry Clem.............. I had to take a shot...............

Fair enough.

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August 15, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know.... He frequently leaves pitchers in too long, but then again, our bullpen sucks. And on other occassions, he goes to the bullpen to quickly, but then again, our starting pitchers suck.Hopefully, after a full season back, GM Terry Ryan can find some pitching!

Every fan says that about their coach. Though the Twinkies are down this year, Gardy spent the better part of the last decade managing a team that was built on a shoe-string budget. I have a lot of respect for him.

Also, Joe Maddon is a great coach as well, for similar reasons.

August 15, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Having Gardenhire manage the Twins is like asking Monet to create a masterpiece on an Etch-a-Sketch but that is still better than managing the Cubbies.

August 15, 2012  10:17 AM ET

Just the other day Mumbles Leyland said "There's not a better third-base coach in the American League than Gene Lamont, that's all I know." So take the endorsement of Gardenhire with a grain of salt. Just sayin.

August 15, 2012  11:20 AM ET
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Just the other day Mumbles Leyland said "There's not a better third-base coach in the American League than Gene Lamont, that's all I know." So take the endorsement of Gardenhire with a grain of salt. Just sayin.

Not a bad point.

August 15, 2012  12:59 PM ET

I would put Tom Foley of the Rays and Jose Oquendo of the Cards both ahead of Lamont at third base coach.

August 15, 2012  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know.... He frequently leaves pitchers in too long, but then again, our bullpen sucks. And on other occassions, he goes to the bullpen to quickly, but then again, our starting pitchers suck.Hopefully, after a full season back, GM Terry Ryan can find some pitching!

I enjoy your appreciation of the coach's dilemma. Gardenhire has done a great job for a long time, but what can you do when all the options are bad? Drink, maybe?

After this year I'm surprised there aren't stories coming out of Minnesota about the coaches being in the clubhouse drinking beer during the game.

I expect next year will be better for the Twins, they'll get Gardenhire some talent to eke wout some wins from.

August 15, 2012  02:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Just the other day Mumbles Leyland said "There's not a better third-base coach in the American League than Gene Lamont, that's all I know." So take the endorsement of Gardenhire with a grain of salt. Just sayin.

I don't think Leyland is the only one in the game that feels that was about Gardenhire. He is highly respected.

August 15, 2012  02:52 PM ET

Say, this is quite a sumptuous gathering.

August 15, 2012  04:25 PM ET

As a Twins fan, I have a lot of love for Gardy, but at the same time he makes some head-scratching decisions sometimes... For instance, I put a lot of the blame for the first two losses of the 2010 series against the Yankees squarely on his shoulders. He put Crain in against Teixeira in game 1, even though the numbers clearly indicated that we were better off keeping him right-handed. Tex hit a home run and the Yankees won. In game 2, Pavano made it three times through the Yankees order (6 innings), only giving up 2 runs. In my opinion, that is literally the best possible performance you could get from the guy against that squad in that situation, and I strongly believed at the time that he should've been taken out if only to give the NY hitters a different look. Instead, Pavano went out for the 7th, gave up 2 more runs, and lost the game. You might call me a nitpicker, but these just seemed like no-brainers at the time. He also seems to be resistant to bunting, no matter how many times the guy he tells not to bunt hits into a double play. Just sayin'.

August 15, 2012  05:19 PM ET

jarvis is horrible

August 15, 2012  05:19 PM ET

jarvis is horrible

August 15, 2012  05:19 PM ET

hello

August 15, 2012  05:19 PM ET

I don't think Leyland is the only one in the game that feels that was about Gardenhire. He is highly respected.

 
August 15, 2012  05:19 PM ET
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As a Twins fan, I have a lot of love for Gardy, but at the same time he makes some head-scratching decisions sometimes... For instance, I put a lot of the blame for the first two losses of the 2010 series against the Yankees squarely on his shoulders. He put Crain in against Teixeira in game 1, even though the numbers clearly indicated that we were better off keeping him right-handed. Tex hit a home run and the Yankees won. In game 2, Pavano made it three times through the Yankees order (6 innings), only giving up 2 runs. In my opinion, that is literally the best possible performance you could get from the guy against that squad in that situation, and I strongly believed at the time that he should've been taken out if only to give the NY hitters a different look. Instead, Pavano went out for the 7th, gave up 2 more runs, and lost the game. You might call me a nitpicker, but these just seemed like no-brainers at the time. He also seems to be resistant to bunting, no matter how many times the guy he tells not to bunt hits into a double play. Just sayin'.

I don't think Leyland is the only one in the game that feels that was about Gardenhire. He is highly respected.

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