Tigers tap Gardenhire as new manager


Get to know new Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who spent 13 years as manager of the Minnesota Twins in 2002-14.

Gardenhire was also a candidate in Boston, where Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora is thought to be the leading candidate. Tigers coaches Dave Clark and Omar Vizquel, former Braves and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and former Marlins manager Mike Redmond were among others interviewed for the position.

It's worth noting that while Gardenhire isn't known for his tactical ability, he is a drastic departure from former manager Brad Ausmus in that he enters the job with a wealth of experience.

The Tigers considered a broad range of candidates, but apparently opted for Gardenhire's experience over candidates with lighter resumes.

Gardenhire, 59, was one of 10 candidates narrowed down from an original pool of 50, the website reported. Unfortunately, Gardenhire's Twins went 6-21 in the tournament, with four of those wins coming in his first year. He was sacked after the 2014 season.

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Gardenhire took a year off from baseball before he was hired by the Twins as special assistant.

He spent 2017 as bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Tigers are in rebuild mode and traded away J.D. The Tigers are also tied to long-term deals with Jordan Zimmerman and Miguel Cabrera.

Teams are generally discouraged from announcing big news until after the World Series, but the Tigers could have a window to introduce Gardenhire after the league championship series are completed.