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08/12/08 8:29 PM ET
Gardenhire notches 600th career win
Skipper just the second Twins manager to reach plateau
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire notched his 600th career victory in his club's 4-0 win over the Yankees on Monday night. But the milestone wasn't exactly something that Gardenhire was tracking. "They told me [about win No. 600] after the game," Gardenhire said. "You know what? I don't pay much attention to it. It's a team thing. It's great to win 600 games, and you are fortunate to have a job, and I'm very proud of that." The skipper might have been modest about his accomplishment, but he became only the second Twins manager to reach the mark. The other was Tom Kelly, who held a 1,140-1,244 record with two World Series titles over his 16 seasons in the role. There are currently 11 active managers who have notched that many victories, but among them, Gardenhire has the second-best winning percentage (.551), ranking behind only the Braves' Bobby Cox (.558). Although his 600th win came as a slight surprise, Gardenhire said afterward that he felt thankful to have been put in such a great situation in Minnesota. "This organization has given me an opportunity here, and blessed me with a lot of very good baseball players and a great coaching staff and a great bunch of fans," Gardenhire said. "So I feel pretty lucky, to tell you the truth."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.