It looks like the Tigers are going to try and hire Ron Gardenhire



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So it looks like the Tigers have selected their next manager, one Detroit fans are pretty familiar with.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic, Al Avila and the Tigers intend to go with former Twins skipper and current Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire to be the teams next manager. This all of course is pending a negotiated contract between Gardenhire and the Tigers which Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com says is “likely” to happen.

If experience was a high priority for the Tigers – and it certainly seems like it was – Gardenhire definitely has plenty of it. Obviously fans in Detroit will remember Gardenhire most from the 13 years he spent with the Twins where he accumulated a 1068-1049 record and .509 winning percentage. This also includes six-straight trips to the postseason which yielded just one trip past the divisional round and zero trips to the World Series.

Gardenhire reportedly had his interview with the Tigers Tuesday and was one of 10 candidates who actually sat down with members of the organization. Gardenhire’s interview was reported today along with the Tigers’ suspected interest in Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez who may or may not have sat down with Detroit given the Cubs still competing in the NLCS against the Dodgers.

Aside from the Tigers, Gardenhire has also been one of three candidates to interview for the Red Sox job after former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski fired John Farrell last week.

Anyways, if you’re looking for a numbers guy, Gardenhire isn’t your man. In fact it was Gardenhire himself who once said “Numbers lie a lot. I have a hard time believing all that stuff.” I’m not sure that’s the mentality you want, especially with a Tigers team devoid of a lot of talent and with a lot of young players who of which you’d like to put in the best situations possible.


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