MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the passing of one of the franchise's great contributors -- former manager Gene Mauch.
A brilliant game manager, Gene seemed to always ensure his team was in a position to win during a decorated 26-year big league managerial career with the Philadelphia Phillies (1960-1968), the Montreal Expos (1969-1975), the Minnesota Twins (1976-1980) and the California Angels (1981-1982, 1985-1987). Whether it was his trademark hit-and-run, squeeze play or defensive positioning, Gene was tremendous at maximizing opportunities for his ballclub. Meanwhile, his respect for the game, the fans and his players was a signature element throughout his career.
Gene's ties to Minnesota baseball date back to the late 1950's when he managed Minneapolis of the American Association from 1958-59 and then the Twins from 1976-80. His 378-394 (.490) record as the Twins skipper currently ranks him third all-time amongst Twins' managers in wins behind Tom Kelly (1,140) and Sam Mele (522).
Gene is survived by his wife Jodie and daughter Leeanne. Funeral services are pending.
May he rest in peace.