PERSONAL: Ronald Clyde Gardenhire...nickname: 'Gardy'...wife, Carol (Kissling), who grew up in White Bear Lake, MN, and graduate of Mariner High School...son Toby (9/8/82) and wife Lindsay, and daughters Tiffany (3/18/85) and Tara (3/22/90)...1975 graduate of Okmulgee (OK) High School where he was All-State shortstop...All-Conference selection at Paris (TX) Junior College...majored in Physical Education at University of Texas...set school record with 10 RBI in game March 5, 1978 vs. Arkansas...captain and All-Conference shortstop in senior year, leading Longhorns to Southwest Conference championship and fourth place in College World Series...2005 recipient of the Carl R. Pohlad Award, recognizing outstanding community service throughout the Upper Midwest...dedicates his time in support of military veterans...is spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's "Buckle Up, Drive at Safe Speeds and Don't Drink and Drive" PSA campaigns and the "Play Ball! Minnesota" Coaches Award program recognizing outstanding youth sports coaches in Minnesota...raises money for the ALS Foundation through his participation in the Annual Black Woods Blizzard Tour, the single largest snowmobile fundraising event in the world.
2013: Won 950th career game as manager May 13 vs. Chicago-AL...67th career ejection (ejected five times in 2013) September 11 vs. Oakland...signed two-year contract extension September 30.
2012: Won 900th career game as manager July 2 at Detroit...62nd career ejection (was ejected three times in 2012) August 23 at Texas after Scott Diamond was ejected for throwing at Josh Hamilton.
2011: Won his 850th career game as manager, July 23 vs. Detroit...ejected for the 60th time in his career (sixth time in 2011), August 22 vs. Baltimore.
2010: Ejected for the 54th time in his career (seventh time in 2010), September 19 vs. Oakland...won his 800th career game as manager, September 21 vs. Cleveland in the team's 91st win, the same day the Twins clinched their sixth division title under Gardenhire...became first manager in history to guide his team to the postseason in six of his first nine seasons as a Major League Manager...was named the American League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News for the second time in his career (2008 along with Buck Showalter)...named the American League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA for the first time in his career, earning 16 first-place votes, eight second-place votes and four third-place votes (108 total points), edging out Texas' Ron Washington (81 points) and Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon (44 points)...was honored by the state of Minnesota with "Ron Gardenhire Day" on Monday, November 22.
2009: Won 700th career game as manager, September 22 at Chicago (AL)...ejected for 47th time in his managerial career (sixth time in 2009), September 26 at Kansas City...finished second in the Manager of the Year voting behind Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
2008: Was ejected for 41st time in his managerial career (fifth time in 2008, July 31 vs. Chicago (AL)...recorded 600th career win, August 11 vs. New York (AL)...signed two-year contract extension, November 13...finished second in the American League Manager of the Year voting behind Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon...named American League Manager of the Year by Baseball America.
2007: Suffered first losing season in his managerial history...recorded 500th career win, July 6 at Chicago (AL)...tied Sam Mele for second on the Twins' All-Time managerial win list with his 522nd win, August 26 at Baltimore...won his 523rd game as Manager, August 31 vs. Kansas City, moving into sole possession of second on the Twins' All-Time list...36th career ejection (eighth time in 2007), September 17 vs. Texas.
2006: Became first manager in club history to have five consecutive winning seasons and the third manager in Major League history to reach the playoffs in four of first five seasons as a manager (Cito Gaston, 1989-1993 with Toronto and Larry Dierker, 1997-2001 with Houston)...recorded 400th career win, June 27 vs. Los Angeles (NL)...28th career ejection, (eighth time in 2006), September 5 vs. Tampa Bay.
2005: Signed two-year contract extension through 2007, January 5...recorded 300th career win as manager, May 20 vs. Milwaukee...20th career ejection (fifth time in 2005), July 18 vs. Baltimore...became first manager in club history to have four consecutive winning seasons...rated second-best Manager in American League by Baseball America.
2004: Recorded 200th career win as manager, May 5 at Seattle...15th career ejection (fourth of season), September 2 vs. Texas...became just the fourth manager in Major League history to begin his managerial career with three straight first place finishes, joining Larry Dierker (Houston, 1997-99), Ralph Houk (New York Yankees, 1961-63) and Hughie Jennings (Detroit, 1907-09)...became the first American League manager to finish in first place in each of his first three years as manager of a team since Dick Williams with Oakland from 1971-73...first manager in Twins history to lead a team to three playoff appearances...became the third Twins manager to have three 90-plus win seasons (Mele in 1962, '63 and '65 and Kelly in 1988, '91 and '92) but the first to do it in three straight years...also became the seventh manager in Major League history to record 90 victories in each of his first three seasons, last done by Davey Johnson of the New York Mets (1984-86)...named Co-Manager of the Year with Texas' Buck Showalter by The Sporting News and finished second in the American League Manager of the Year as voted by the BBWAA.
2003: Recorded 100th career win as manager, April 13 at Toronto...11th career ejection (seventh of season), September 8 at Chicago (AL)... became just the fourth manager in American League history to begin his managerial career with consecutive first place finishes, joining Ralph Houk (1961 and 1962 with New York), Mickey Cochrane (1934 and 1935 with Detroit) and Hughie Jennings (1907 and 1908 with Detroit)...he became the sixth manager in Major League history to start a managerial career with consecutive first place finishes, with Bob Brenly (2001 and 2002 with Arizona) and Larry Dierker (1997 and 1998 with Houston) having done it in the National League...became the first American League manager to finish in first place in consecutive years in his first two years with a club since Alvin Dark led the A's to back-to-back West Division titles in 1974 and 1975 (Billy Martin and Whitey Herzog both led their respective teams to division titles in 1976 and 1977, but they had both managed in part of the 1975 season)...became the first manager in Twins history to lead a team to consecutive playoff appearances and became just the second Twins manager to lead a team to the postseason twice (Tom Kelly in 1987 and 1991)...finished second in the American League Manager of the Year voting...signed two-year contract extension through 2005, October 9.
2002: Named manager of the Twins, January 4...signed two-year contract with club option for 2004...became the 12th manager in Twins history... first win as Twins' manager (in first game), April 1 at Kansas City...first career ejection as manager, April 11 at Cleveland...ejected four times on season, last coming July 14 vs. Texas...finished third in the American League Manager of the Year voting.
1998: Named Twins' third base coach, November 30.
1996: Returned to field as first base coach.
1995: Served as bench coach after rupturing Achilles tendon, March 2.
1990: Southern League co-Manager of the Year with Jacksonville's Jerry Manuel...named league's Best Managerial Prospect by Baseball America... signed as Twins' third base coach, November 14.
1989: Named league's Best Manager by Baseball America.
1988: Named manager of Single-A Kenosha.
1986: Traded to Twins for pitcher Don Iasparro, November 12.
1983: Homered to win championship game of Triple-A World Series over Portland.
1982: Tied pitcher Charlie Puleo for John J. Murphy Award as Mets' top spring training rookie...first Major League home run, off Ray Burris, June 29 at Montreal.
1981: Made Major League debut, September 1...singled off Bruce Sutter for first Major League hit, September 11 at St. Louis.
1979: Named to Carolina League All-Star team.
PROFESSIONAL: New York Mets' sixth round pick in June, 1979 free agent draft.