Ron Gardenhire has been removed from his position as Minnesota Twins manager after 12 years in charge.
Gardenhire replaced two-time World Series winning boss Tom Kelly in January 2002, his fiery style a sharp contrast to his predecessor.
The 56-year-old oversaw six American League Central titles, being named Manager of the Year after success in 2010, but he was unable to convert them into one appearance in the American League Championship Series - and not a single World Series showing.
And a poor 2014 season, which saw the Twins finish bottom of the AL Central with a 70-92 record, has prompted Twins chiefs to seek a new boss.
Gardenhire had been the second-longest serving manager in MLB behind just Mike Scioscia of the LA Angels, but the Twins are now one of four MLB franchises searching a new manager along with the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers.
The 1991 World Series winner bows out with a 1,068 - 1,039 record as a coach.