Gardenhire batted .240 as the Mets shortstop in 1982, but then was a utility man
and shuttled between Triple-A and New York. A recurring hamstring injury in 1984-85
finished him with the Mets. The Twins made him a minor league manager after he played
in their system.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»January 4, 2002: The Twins hire 3rd–base coach Ron Gardenhire as their manager, replacing Tom Kelly who resigned in October.