Arizona Diamondbacks Bench Coach Ron Gardenhire announced Tuesday, Feb. 14 he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Mr. Gardenhire will have surgery to remove his prostate at a date to be determined and will take a leave of absence from the team at that time, according to a press release.
“I’m going to fight it and deal with it,” he said in a release. “It’s a bump in the road and it’s not how I envisioned starting Spring Training with a brand new team but it’s part of life. With the backing of this ball club, we’ll get through it and I’ll get through it.”
“We are a family,” D-backs Manager Torey Lovullo said in a release. “As a family, there’s a series of tests that are going to come upon us and this is a big one, but we’re going to come together and help Gardy through this to the best of our ability. We’re not going to miss a step because we’re committed to him.”
“The entire organization stands behind Ron and we are here to support him through this challenging time,” D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall said in a release. “He certainly knows that there are resources throughout the franchise he can turn to and of course, we will do everything we can to assist him.”
“It says a lot about Gardy that his first thought when he told us about his diagnosis was he didn’t want to be a distraction to the team,” D-backs General Manager Mike Hazen said in a release. “We are all behind him and of course, our first concern is with getting him healthy and tackling this the way he plans to — head on.”
Mr. Garden hire, 59, enters his first season in the D-backs organization and his first as a Major League bench coach.
In 13 seasons as manager of the Minnesota Twins, he was the winningest manager in club history (1,608-1,039, .507), made six postseason appearances and was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2010.
He also spent 11 seasons (1991-2001) as the Twins’ third base coach, including the 1991 championship club.
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