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Fredi Gonzalez reportedly emerges as the favorite for the vacant Tigers managerial job

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Former Braves and Marlins skipper Fredi Gonzalez is apparently the front runner to take over the Tigers‘ vacant managerial job according to Fanrag Sports’ John Perrotto.

Fredi Gonzalez is considered the favorite to become the Detroit Tigers’ next manager.

Gonzalez has ties to Tigers general manager Al Avila going all way back to 1992 when Gonzalez managed then-Miami Marlins’ short-season Class A Erie farm club and Avila was the expansion franchise’s assistant direction of Latin American operations.

Now if you were hoping the Tigers go the analytical route when it came to their next manager, Gonzalez certainly isn’t that. R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports mentioned that Gonzalez’s best teams, the 011-13 Braves won in spite of the manager rather than the skipper having a meaningful impact on the team. However Gonzalez has apparently divulged himself into a more analytic approach to the game over the winter in an effort perhaps to make himself more appealing to teams around the MLB.

Despite the perceived notion that the next Tigers manager won’t matter considering the massive rebuild the team is undertaking, you could make the argument the team’s analytical approach is more important than ever. Frankly the Tigers won’t be good for a number of reasons, namely the onslaught on young players coming up through the system. Knowing that you’d figure with the lack of veteran talent on the team it would be ever so important not only to run the numbers and go with the most competitive squad possible on the field but also to put your young players in the best possible position to succeed throughout the season.

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