MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have hired former manager Ron Gardenhire as a special assistant to general manager Terry Ryan.

The team announced Gardenhire's return on Monday. His responsibilities include traveling to all minor league affiliates as an instructor and evaluator.

The Twins fired Gardenhire in 2014 after Minnesota finished that season 70-92. He spent 27 years in the Twins organization, including 13 years as manager.

As manager, Gardenhire led the Twins to a record of 1,068-1,038, or .507, and is second only to Tom Kelly on the Twins' all-time managerial wins list. He was named AL Manager of the Year in 2010 and guided the Twins to six American League Central Division titles, including an ALCS appearance in 2002.