(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Twins have signed manager Ron Gardenhire to a two-year contract, meaning the long-time bench boss will be with the team through at least the 2015 season. Starting pitcher Scott Diamond likely enjoyed hearing that news. He said of his manager after yesterday's season-closing loss to Cleveland that "a lot of guys in this locker room hold him with the highest esteem." Gardenhire is two wins shy of 1000 in his 12-year career with Minnesota. His Twins teams, however, lost more than 90 games in each of the past three seasons.