FILE - In this Wednesday, April 9, 2014 file photo, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire watches from the dugout during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Minneapolis. Ron Gardenhire says he would "love to manage again" but that he's not a
Tom Olmscheid, File
June 08, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ron Gardenhire says he would ''love to manage again'' but he's not actively pursuing managerial jobs.

The former Twins manager was hired as a special assistant to Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan in April and said Wednesday he's enjoying the role, which has him instructing and evaluating in the minor leagues.

However, a desire to manage is still there for the 58-year-old Gardenhire.

''As long as a team has a manager, I have no interest,'' Gardenhire said. ''If a team decides to make a move and they want to talk to me, I'd be glad to talk to them because I'd love to manage again. But it's not live or die, take it or leave it. I'd love to do it because I love baseball. But I'm fine, I'm happy with what I'm doing right now.''

Gardenhire led Minnesota to six postseason appearances in 13 seasons and had a .507 winning percentage. He was replaced by Paul Molitor prior to the 2015 season. The 2010 AL Manager of the Year, Gardenhire interviewed with two teams in the offseason before deciding to return and help Ryan.

Gardenhire is providing instruction to players and assisting managers. He's also evaluating players and writing reports for Ryan.

Ryan brought Gardenhire to Minnesota to take a look at the major league team, and he'll be here this weekend when the team honors former Twin David Ortiz during his retirement tour.

Molitor led Minnesota to a surprising 83-79 record and a second-place finish in the AL Central last season. This year hasn't gone as well, with Minnesota entering Wednesday 17-40 - worst in the AL.

''It's hard because I know what Mollie's gone through,'' Gardenhire said. ''I've been there, and I know what the players are going through because the harder you try, sometimes the worse it gets.

''They're all busting their butts trying to make it happen, and they're doing things they didn't do last year trying to push the envelope, and you know what? It's hard because I know what they're going through. I've been there.''

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