Day 18: A Card of A Player Who Became Manager of Your Favorite Team
Taking the lead from Tony at Off-Hiatus Baseball Cards this will be the eighteenth of 30 posts, using the prompts provided. I won't necessarily post one every day, but I will do one for each card, toss in a few "insights" (as insightful as I can be, anyway), and usually include an honorable mention or two, just because I'm like that.
Here's my pick - Gardy was Twins manager from 2002 - 2014. Only Tom Kelly managed longer as a Twin (Bucky Harris in Washington is the All-Time Franchise leader), and since Tom Kelly didn't play in the big leagues, I figured I would go with Gardy. I will admit that towards the end of his tenure I was one of many Twins fans that joined the chorus to replace him with some new blood, but I still feel like the Twins rough patch was not his fault. He's currently battling prostate cancer, but he plans to return to coaching as soon as his health allows.
Some Honorable Mentions: