If dogs are the most loyal creatures on the planet, the Minnesota Twins are a close second. Since 1986, three general managers and two managers have steered the Twins. No other baseball team comes close to such little turnover. As modern sports' levels of patience devolved, something very interesting happened: The Twins rebelled against it.
This is, on one hand, a testament to so many of the qualities long held dear both in baseball and outside: stability, familiarity, continuity, fidelity. Those, too, happen to be petri dishes for inefficiency, atrophy and, ultimately, obsolescence. Such is the dichotomy the Twins face this season as a decision on longtime manager Ron Gardenhire's future looms amid a two-year stretch in which the Twins suffered through the second- and fourth-worst seasons in Minnesota.
The likelihood of Gardenhire, whose contract expires at season's end, leaving Minnesota anytime soon is small, particularly considering the abundance of young talent coming through their organization is reminiscent of the renaissance the Gardenhire-led Twins enjoyed from 2002-10.
"I expect Ron to be on this job for a long time," Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. "I don't consider it lame duck at all."