Gardenhire was the Twins’ manager from 2002-2014 after spending a decade on their coaching staff prior to that.
During his 13 seasons as manager, “Gardy” took the small-market Twins to the postseason to the playoffs six times, all of which came in his first nine seasons with the team.
He is one of just 64 managers in MLB history with over 1,000 career wins; his a 1,068-1,039 career record makes him the 52nd-winningest manager in MLB history.
And this season, he’s served as the Diamondbacks’ bench coach, contributing to their surprisingly successful 2017 campaign.
Gardenhire replaces Brad Ausmus who didn’t have his contract renewed after four years at the Tigers manager. Detroit went 64-98 in 2017 and have one of the worst farm systems in baseball.
Gardy was never considered as a serious candidate for the Mets managerial gig.