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Gardenhire hits a milestone

Twins players douse Ron Gardenhire with beer after he becomes the 60th manager to win 1,000 games. The man he replaced, Tom Kelly, also is in the club.

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Twins players douse Ron Gardenhire with beer after he becomes the 60th manager to win 1,000 games. The man he replaced, Tom Kelly, also is in the club.

CLEVELAND — His blue sweatshirt drenched with beer, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire picked up the boxed bottle of Dom Perig­non off his desk and smiled.

"Looks pretty good," he said. "It'll look good on the mantle unless my wife and I drink it tonight."

Gardenhire became the 60th manager to win 1,000 games as Minnesota, behind Brian Dozier's homer on the game's second pitch, beat the Indians 7-3 on Saturday.

After the game, Gardenhire was doused with beer by his players, who wore gray T-shirts that read, "1000 wins … 67 ejections" on the front and "And Still Counting" on the back.

Gardenhire, 56, replaced Tom Kelly, also in the 1,000-win club, in 2002. He has led Minnesota to six division titles.

"I haven't looked at the list," he said. "I kind of stayed away from all that stuff. We were kind of talking about it earlier. I really haven't gotten into this very much. How many? Who? Maybe I'll look at it now.

"I guess you tip your hat to those guys because I know how hard it is."

Rookie Kyle Gibson went five innings for the win.

"The short time I've played for Gardy, it's been a lot of fun," he said. "He's fun to play for. He's a great manager."

Twins 7

Indians 3

1,000 on their first try

Managers who won 1,000 games in their first job:

Manager Team Wins Years

Walter AlstonDodgers2,0401954-76

Tommy LasordaDodgers1,5991976-96

Earl Weaver Orioles1,3541968-82

Mike Scioscia Angels 1,235 2000-14

Tom Kelly Twins 1,140 1986-2001

Hughie Jennings Tigers 1,131 1907-20

Red SchoendienstCardinals 1,010 1965-76

Frank SeleeBeaneaters *1,0041890-1901

Ron GardenhireTwins1,0002002-14

* Now the Braves

Gardenhire hits a milestone 04/05/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:51pm]
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