Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire takes questions at a baseball news conference officially announcing his firing on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons that included at least 92 losses in each of the last four years.
The move was made Monday, ending the second-longest active tenure in the major leagues behind Mike Scioscia of the Angels.
Gardenhire played an integral role in the franchise’s renaissance, guiding the Twins to their first of six American League Central division titles in 2002 in his first season on the job. But Gardenhire’s teams only got out of the first round once in those six trips.
Gardenhire had one year left on his contract.
Tom Kelly suffers stroke
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins said former manager Tom Kelly is recovering after suffering what the team calls a minor stroke last week.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan says he spoke to Kelly on Monday. Kelly told Ryan that he was briefly hospitalized after the stroke, but doctors have told him that he should make a full recovery.
Kelly has done some broadcast work during the team’s games in recent seasons and has long been a special instructor in the minor leagues for the organization.
He managed the Twins from 1986 to 2001 and led the team to World Series championships in 1987 and 1991.
Umpiring crews named
NEW YORK — Umpires Gerry Davis and Joe West will be the crew chiefs for the wild-card games this week. Major League Baseball on Monday announced the assignments for the early-round matchups.
Davis has worked 122 postseason games, more than any other umpire. He’ll handle the Oakland at Kansas City game Tuesday night, along with James Hoye, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Todd Tichenor and Bill Welke.
West tops all active umpires with 37 years in the majors. He’ll work San Francisco at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night with Doug Eddings, Paul Emmel, Andy Fletcher, Brian Gorman and Mark Wegner.
Ted Barrett will be in charge when the AL wild card visits the Los Angeles Angels in the division series Thursday. The crew includes Lance Barksdale, Chris Guccione, Paul Nauert, Jeff Nelson and Jim Reynolds.
Jeff Kellogg’s crew for the Detroit-Baltimore series is Scott Barry, Dan Bellino, Fieldin Culbreth, Paul Schrieber and Jim Wolf.
Mike Winters will work the NL wild card at Washington series with Vic Carapazza, Laz Diaz, Tom Hallion, Brian Knight and Hunter Wendelstedt.
Dale Scott will be the crew chief for the St. Louis-Dodgers series with Eric Cooper, Rob Drake, Jerry Layne, Jerry Meals and Alan Porter.
Umpires Phil Cuzzi and Tim Timmons will work as the replay officials during the wild-card game.
CB Bucknor, Chris Conroy, Ed Hickox and Brian O’Nora will be the replay umpires for the division series.