Following their 66-96 season, the Minnesota Twins retained manager Ron Gardenhire, but made three changes to coaching staff. On Monday, Gardenhire said the changes were not his idea.
The Twins chose not to renew the contracts of bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, third base coach Steve Liddle and first base coach Jerry White. Head athletic trainer Rick McWane will also not return. Gardenhire said the changes were not entirely unexpected, as the staff knew of the possibility as the season went along, but he was still disappointed to see the change.
"Change happens, and it was hard," Gardenhire said, according to TwinCities.com. "I didn't want to see it, but I also understand."
Gardenhire said the moves were somewhat "frustrating" because the staff has had success in the past. As to who might fill the now open vacancies on the staff, Gardenhire said he would take some time and discuss the possibilities with general manager Terry Ryan.
Gardenhire, who has been the Twins manager since 2002, will manage next season on a one-year contract.