Minnesota Twins, Saints Announce Triple-A Manager
The Minnesota Twins named Toby Gardenhire, the son of longtime Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, to manage the St. Paul Saints.
Toby's Father Ron was the manager for the Minnesota Twins for 13 years and won a World Series Championship and also managed the Detroit Tigers for 3 years before retiring due to illness according to the Baseball-Reference website. Toby told the Pioneer Press it is a dream of his to manage in the Twins organization and to manage the Saints. Toby played in the Twins organization too from 2005 to 2011.
The Pioneer Press says this job will reunite Gardenhire with players he managed then-Class A Advanced Fort Myers Miracle. The Twins were set to send him to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings but COVID-19 took down the season. Once the Twins acquired the St. Paul Saints, they earmarked that job for Toby.
The Minnesota Twins said on their website that he will have a combination of minor league veterans and players who are sent up and down, as well as players that will be moved between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Toby Gardenhire said it will be a challenge but will prepare him for his ultimate goal of managing a major league team, hopefully, the Minnesota Twins.
Gardenhire told The Pioneer press it's a full circle. He is returning to Midway Stadium where he played in high school and lost to Joe Mauer when Joe played for Cretin-Derham Hall. He said he almost feels like fate has set him up for this job.