Tigers tap Gardenhire as new manager

Doug Mendoza
October 21, 2017

Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will be named to the same position with the Detroit Tigers, sources tell the Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. According to media reports, the 59-year old former skipper of the Minnesota Twins was a favorite for the job since his interview with Detroit officials earlier this week. The Tigers interviewed 10 candidates after initially identifying 50 candidates. He was sacked after the 2014 season.

Gardenhire was also a candidate in Boston, where Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora is thought to be the leading candidate.

The Tigers are in rebuild mode and traded away J.D.

Al Avila wanted a candidate with previous managerial experience. He interviewed with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

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The Tigers signed the Venezuelan to an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2013 season, and the deal included a $5 million buyout if the Tigers declined the option for 2018.

The Twins finished 70-92 in Gardenhire's final season, making him just the fourth manager in the game's history to preside over at least four straight 90-loss seasons with the same team, joining Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics (nine), Zach Taylor of the St. Louis Browns (four) and Kelly (four).

Gardenhire went 1,068-1,039 as manager of the Twins from 2002-2014. Gardenhire was seen as a seasoned, battle-tested option in this regard. "I'm truly grateful to Christopher Ilitch and Al Avila for entrusting me to lead the team back to competing for American League Central Division titles and to our ultimate goal of winning a World Series".

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