A former Twins player, Mientkiewicz recently finished up his second year as the manager of the Fort Myers Miracle, Minnesota's High-A affiliate. He guided the Miracle to an 82-57 record in 2014 and a 79-56 mark in 2013. Those impressive seasons came after Fort Myers went just 60-75 in 2012. Mientkiewicz's only other coaching experience was with the Dodgers organization in 2012 when he was the hitting coach for the Ogden Raptors. At 40 years old, Mientkiewicz would bring a more youthful presence to the manager position. Mientkiewicz played for 12 seasons with seven teams, including the first seven years of his career with the Twins from 1998-2004. He was a part of the teams at the turn of the century that helped get the Twins back on track after struggles in the late '90s, so he knows what it takes to turn around a losing team.
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Steinbach would be a bit of a dark horse selection, but as the Twins' bench coach since 2013, he was Gardenhire's right-hand man during games for the last two years. In fact, Steinbach served as Minnesota's acting manager whenever Gardenhire would get ejected from games. The 52-year-old Steinbach, a New Ulm, Minn., native, spent 14 seasons as a major-league catcher with Oakland and the Twins. He was a three-time All-Star with the A's and finished his career in Minnesota when he played there from 1997-99. There's been some speculation Steinbach might be interested in the manager's job with the Diamondbacks. While Steinbach doesn't have any direct ties to the Diamondbacks, he does have a history with Tony La Russa, Arizona's chief baseball officer, his manager in Oakland from 1986-95 as well as GM Dave Stewart, a former teammate.
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Glynn has served as the manager of Triple-A Rochester since the 2012 season and has led the Red Wings to winning records in each of his three years at the helm. Aside from his time in Triple-A, Glynn does have plenty of big-league coaching experience on his resume. Most recently, he was the third-base coach of the Giants from 2003-06, and held the same job with the Cubs from 2000-02. Glynn has been around the game at the big-league level in recent years, too, serving as an additional coach for the Twins in September after the Red Wings' season ended. Glynn might not be the marquee name like some of the others on this list, but he has managerial experience, as well as many years as a major-league coach.
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Yes, the former White Sox skipper who had such a love-hate relationship with the Twins over the years. His name has been thrown out as a wild-card -- and, really, a long shot -- candidate for this opening. Guillen, 50, hasn't managed in the majors since he was fired after one season at the helm of the Marlins in 2012. However, Guillen knows the American League Central well after spending eight seasons in Chicago and posting a 678-617 record (including a World Series title in 2005). Additionally, he's a native Spanish speaker, meaning he'd be able to connect with the Twins' young Latin players coming through the system. On the flip side, Guillen is often remembered more for his antics and off-colored remarks rather than his winning record as a manager.
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Molitor joined Gardenhire's staff this year as an additional coach and worked plenty with Minnesota's players on baserunning and defense. There's no question Molitor has an impressive resume: A World Series ring, seven All-Star selections and a plaque in the Hall of Fame. As a St. Paul, Minn., native and former Golden Gopher (as well as a former Twins player), Molitor has strong ties to the state. One thing Molitor, 58, lacks, though, is a ton of big-league coaching experience. He served as the Twins' bench coach from 2000-01 and was later the Mariners hitting coach in 2004. Since then he was a roving minor-league coordinator for a decade in the Twins' system. Players raved about what Molitor brought to the coaching staff, and he's developed much of the team's young talent. Molitor seems to be the early frontrunner for the job.