MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After the Minnesota Twins fumbled, stumbled and whiffed their way through one last miserable defeat in a season full of them, many of the players walked up to manager Ron Gardenhire to give him one last handshake or hug.
They had to do it on Sunday, because they know they may not get another chance.
The Twins committed three errors and struck out 16 times in a 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians in the season finale, a game that could mark the end of Gardenhire’s 12-year tenure in Minnesota.
Gardenhire is in the final year of his contract, and the Twins have lost at least 96 games for three straight seasons. General manager Terry Ryan said a decision will be made soon, and an announcement could come Monday.
“I like where I’m at,” Gardenhire said before the game. “I’d rather stay. And if it doesn’t work out here, then you start thinking about other stuff. I like it here; it’s as good as it gets for me.”
Scott Diamond (6-13) gave up four runs — two earned — and seven hits, including a two-run homer by Nick Swisher in the first inning that got the surging Indians rolling toward the playoffs.