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Minnesota Vikings Hire Got Me Thinking About Twins Coaching History


The Minnesota Vikings hired Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Wednesday and it got me thinking about the Minnesota Twins, really almost anything gets me thinking about the Twins but that’s beside the point.

Zimmer is only the ninth coach in the 50-plus years the Vikings have been in existence, which I think is pretty impressive for a professional sports franchise and then I thought about the Twins coaching history.

A little less than a year ago, I wrote about Ron Gardenhire obviously managing for his job in 2013 and I talked about the consistency the Twins have had in their head coach/manager compared to the other sports entities around the Twin Cities market. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Minnesota Vikings – six seven coaches since 1986
Minnesota Timberwolves – 10 coaches since 1989
Minnesota Wild – three coaches since 2000
Minnesota Golden Gopher Football – six coaches since 1986
Minnesota Golden Gopher Basketball – six seven coaches since 1986
(Note: Gopher Football includes one interim coach and Gopher basketball includes two interim coaches)

(Additional note: the marked through number is from a year ago, Gopher football number does not include Tracy Claeys)

I love consistency and the Twins have had it for a long time. The Twins have only had two managers since 1986, Tom Kelly and Ron Gardenhire. That has to count for something, right?

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  • Jamie

    Gardenhire should not of had a chance to lose at least 96 games the last 3 seasons. Even when he had a good teams he couldn’t do anything with them. Gardy should have been fired after his game 163 loss to Chicago back in 2008. At least TK knew how to get his teams ready for the playoffs. Gardenhire only playoff series win was in 2002 and that was because almost the whole team learned and played under TK.