The Tigers are considering Cubs’ Dave Martinez and D-Back’s Ron Gardenhire for their vacant managerial job



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The Tigers are adding more names to the mix of possible manager that’ll lead the team in 2018 and beyond.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire are being considered by the Tigers for Brad Ausmus‘ job who wasn’t offered a new deal after the season.

Katie Strang of The Athletic reported the Tigers interviewed Gardenhire Tuesday after the 59-year-old spent last season as Arizona’s bench coach. Detroit fans though will be more familiar with Gardenhire’s time as the Minnesota Twins’ manager between 2002 and 2014 when he often times gave the Tigers fits, especially back in 2009 when it was a Gardenhire led Minnesota team that beat the Tigers in Game 163.

Gardenhire is also reportedly getting interest from Dave Dombrowski and the Boston Red Sox, which may be the perfect spot for the former Twins’ skipper given Dombrowski’s knack for the old school mentality.


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Martinez, a former player of 16 seasons has been glued to Joe Maddon’s side ever since 2008. He’s never managed in the Big League’s and at this point it’s unclear if the Tigers have interviewed or received permission from the Cubs to talk to Martinez given Chicago still being alive in the NLCS.

A few days ago it was announced that former Marlins and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has emerged as a favorite for the vacant Tigers job.

As far as interviews go, according to Heyman all ten of the Tigers’ managerial considerations have been interviewed with the possible exception of Martinez.

Other potential candidates for Detroit include former Marlins manager Mike Redmond who has previous connections with Tigers GM Al Avila. White Sox coach Joe McEwing has also had this name thrown out there as well as Astros coach Alex Cora who’s obviously still coaching the Astros in the ALCS.

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