Ron Gardenhire To Be Absent For Twins Award


The Minnesota Twins have made a habit of handing out a “Media Good Guy Award.” The 2014 recipient is no longer with the organization as Ron Gardenhire was let go following another 90 loss season a year ago. It now appears he won’t be returning to Twins Territory to accept his award either.

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On the eve of Twinsfest, it was scheduled that the Twins would hand out the award to the former manager, but Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has reported that he won’t be in the country, let alone the building.

Considering the snow on the ground, and the cold weather in Minnesota, it’s tough to fault Ron Gardenhire for not jumping on the first plane out of paradise to grab his trophy. That being said, the Media Good Guy Award may be going a different direction in the upcoming season.

If you remember correctly, Gardy was a relatively mild-mannered coach with the media. Typically speaking in his monotone style, he addressed issues but never got too fired up about anything. Although Paul Molitor is no Doug Mientkiewicz, it already appears he will adopt a new style.

From the music allowed to be played in the clubhouse, to the responsibilities on the field, we can probably expect Molitor to usher in a new sense of accountability for the Twins. Ron Gardenhire did a lot for the organization, and brought it to new heights. Whether he is a “good guy” or not, it’s now on Paul Molitor to change the course back towards the better.

Gardy, enjoy the time in Jamaica, your award will be here when you get back.

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