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11/13/2008 10:40 AM ET
Twins sign Manager Ron Gardenhire to two-year contract extension
Team also re-signs Major League staff through 2010
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed Manager Ron Gardenhire to a two-year contract extension. The deal will cover the 2010-2011 seasons, as he is under contract for 2009 as part of a two-year extension he signed on Oct. 20, 2006.

In addition, the Twins have signed pitching coach Rick Anderson, bench coach Steve Liddle, bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, third base coach Scott Ullger, hitting coach Joe Vavra, first base coach Jerry White, head athletic trainer Rick McWane, assistant athletic trainer Dave Pruemer and strength and conditioning coordinator Perry Castellano to two-year contracts, which will run through the 2010 season.

"Ron and his staff have done an outstanding job over the last seven years, and none was better than the 2008 season," said Twins Senior Vice President, General Manager Bill Smith. "We had a lot of new players and a lot of young players, and our Major League staff did a marvelous job with a changing cast of players. Continuity has been a great strength of the Twins organization for two decades. The current staff has played an important role in the design and development of the Target Field facilities, and these agreements will carry the staff into the new ballpark in 2010."

Gardenhire, 51, was named manager of the Twins on Jan. 4, 2002. He has led the Twins to the American League Central Division title in four of his seven seasons as manager, and has posted a winning record in six of his seven years as manager. Gardenhire finished second in the 2008 Manager of the Year voting.

He has a career record of 622-512 (.549) as a Major League manager, and trails only Tom Kelly on the Twins All-Time win list (1,140). Since the beginning of 2002, Gardenhire has the fifth most wins among all managers (Joe Torre - 675, Mike Scioscia - 646, Tony LaRussa - 634 and Bobby Cox - 623).

Stelmaszek is the longest tenured coach in Major League Baseball, having served continuously as the Twins bullpen coach since the 1981 season. Anderson, Liddle, Ullger, White and McWane all worked in the Minor League system and each has spent over 20 years in the Twins organization. Pruemer worked 10 years in the Minor Leagues before his promotion to the Major League club four years ago, while Vavra and Castellano each joined the organization seven years ago.

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