Triple-A Saints hire Toby Gardenhire as manager

There will be a familiar name managing Triple-A St. Paul this summer.

Toby Gardenhire, the son of former Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire, was named the manager of the Saints on Tuesday.

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Gardenhire was hired as manager of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last year but never debuted due to the cancelation of the 2020 minor-league season. He did, however, help coach the club at the alternate training site at CHS Field.

It will be Gardenhire’s sixth season as a coach in the Twins organization. He was an assistant on the GCL Twins in 2016 and served as the third-base coach at Triple-A Rochester in 2017. Gardenhire was promoted to manager of the Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2018 and the High-A Fort Myers Mighty Muscles skipper the following year.

A 41st-round pick by the Twins in 2005, Gardenhire played seven seasons in the minor leagues from 2005-11 and logged a .232/.292/.274 slash line with 44 doubles and six home runs.

Ron Gardenhire managed the Twins from 2002-14 and logged 1,068 wins, the second-most in team history.

The Saints became Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate in 2021 after spending the first 27 years of the franchise playing independent baseball in the Northern League (1993-2005) and the American Association (2006-20).