The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday after the team finished in last place in the AL Central at 70-92. Gardenhire had been the Twins’ manager for the past 13 seasons, making him the second-longest-tenured skipper in Major League Baseball, behind only Mike Scioscia of the Angels (pictured above). With Gardenhire’s dismissal, here is a new and updated list of the five current MLB managers who have managed to hold onto their jobs the longest (in order of hiring date from most recent to earliest).
5. Joe Girardi
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi just completed his seventh season calling the shots in the Bronx. Girardi led the Yankees to 103 wins and a World Series championship in 2009, and previously played for the team from 1996 to 1999. He has posted a winning record in each of his years in pinstripes and managed the ballclub to four straight playoff appearances from 2009 to 2012. Girardi is under contract with the Yanks through 2017.
4. Bud Black
Bud Black has served as manager of the San Diego Padres since 2007, when he replaced Bruce Bochy (who will appear later on our list). Black was Manager of the Year in 2010, when his squad won 90 games, but he has never taken San Diego to the playoffs and has a career record under .500. The veteran manager is under contract with the Padres through the end of the 2015 season.
3. Bruce Bochy
The aforementioned Bruce Bochy has been the Giants’ manager since he left San Diego to head north after the 2006 season. Bochy has a pair of World Series rings with San Francisco, from 2010 and 2012, and has the Giants in the postseason again in 2014 after the team’s fifth winning season in six years. Bochy’s contract currently runs through 2016, which would be his 10th season with the ballclub.
2. Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon has been the Tampa Bay Rays skipper since 2006 and has four postseason appearances (including one trip to the World Series) to his credit in that time. Maddon’s team improved its regular-season record by 31 games between 2007 and 2008 and posted six straight winning seasons before falling off in 2014. Maddon’s contract with Tampa Bay runs through the end of 2015, and he’s hoping for an extension well beyond that.
1. Mike Scioscia
The longest-tenured manager in Major League Baseball is Mike Scioscia. Scioscia has led the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since, well … since they were the Anaheim Angels. Scioscia just concluded his 15th season in Anaheim/Los Angeles/whatever-you-want-to-call-it and has taken his team to the playoffs six times. The Angels won the World Series in 2002, one of three times the club has won at least 98 games under Scioscia. The most recent such occurrence is in 2014, as the Angels enter the postseason with the best record in all of baseball at 98-64.