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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ron Gardenhire had every reason to leave and the Minnesota Twins had every reason to let him walk away. Cheap Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys . They had partnered for 12 seasons -- an eternity in this day and age for a franchise and a manager. They had won a lot of games together -- 998 to be exact -- and six division titles. They also have endured three straight seasons of at least 96 losses, and the loyal fan base is starting to get impatient. If ever there was a time for a fresh start, this appeared to be it. But thats not how the Twins operate. And Gardenhire isnt one to walk away when times are toughest. The Twins and Gardenhire agreed to a new two-year extension on Monday, keeping the second-longest tenured manager in the big leagues in the Twin Cities through the 2015 season. "My father was a military guy and said the easy thing to do was walk," said Gardenhire, who just finished the final season of his existing contract. "The hard thing to do was stay and try to make it better. Thats what Im going to try to do here. I want to make it better." Gardenhire has a career record of 998-947 (.513) as a major league manager, and trails only Tom Kelly on the Twins all-time win list (1,140). But all the losing the last three years was starting to wear on the fans, many of whom wanted to see some big changes made to an organization seems lost its way after being a model franchise last decade. Instead, the Twins brought back the 2010 AL manager of the year and his entire staff, too, keeping with their longstanding preference for stability at the top. "Ron Gardenhire didnt get stupid overnight," Twins President Dave St. Peter said. "He was the manager of the year in 2010. I dont think theres been a manager, a coach in this town that has ever connected with Main Street Minnesota better than Ron Gardenhire. I think people relate to him. I think theyre angry with the Twins and people want a scapegoat. 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I wouldnt want to be anywhere else. I know there was a lot of talk about other ball clubs. This is where Im comfortable." Gardenhire met with GM Terry Ryan on Sunday to discuss the direction of the team and the state of the organization in general as the two of them often do during a season. In bringing him back, Ryan is sending a message that the problem lies much more with the talent on the field, and particularly on the mound, than in the dugout. "Weve fallen on some hard times, theres no doubt about that," Ryan said. "Nobodys pretending that everything has gone well the last three years frankly. We need to clean it up and we think we have the right man in-house to do that and Im very happy hes decided to come back." Many of the key players in the clubhouse seem to agree. "I dont think theres anyone else we want leading the team," closer Glen Perkins said Sunday. "Theres no better guy to run this team, and Ive said it once and will say it a thousand times, its not his fault. Hes doing the best he can with what hes given, and Terrys doing his best to give him more. I dont think that will stop. I think (Ryan) knows where were deficient and will do what he can to rectify that." All-Star catcher Joe Mauer, who missed the last 41 games of the season with a concussion, has never played for another manager in the big leagues, and he didnt want that to change. "I dont think, really, whoever was managing would have made much of a difference," Mauer said. "Gardys a great manager. Hes managed some great teams here. Hes a great leader and I hope to see him back here." The Pohlad family prides itself on stability in the leadership positions, and the Twins have had only two managers since 1986. They rarely bow to public pressure, whether its to fire an employee, make a trade or splurge on a free agent. "I think everybody knows that we value consistency and loyalty," Jim Pohlad said. Now the hard work begins to improve a team that finished 66-96. 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The same team that the Heat wore down in the 2013 finals had all the answers, ushering in a summer for Miami that will be filled with questions about the futures of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh. "I dont think anybody really enjoyed this season like in years past," Bosh told The Associated Press. "There was no, like, genuine joy all the time. It seemed like work. It was a job the whole year. Winning was just a relief. Losing was a cloud over us sometimes and then wed break out of it -- and then go right back. But we got here. We had a chance. They were just better." That being said, and while hardly committing to a fifth season of the "Big 3" era in Miami, Bosh made it clear: The group wants to remain intact. Whether or not personal choices and financial realities of a salary-capped, luxury-taxed world will allow that to happen remain unclear. "We want to stay together, man," Bosh said. "Ill say that. Its a great organization, great team and great city. 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