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The Tigers and Ron Gardenhire agree on a three-year contract

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The Ron Gardenhire era for the Tigers is apparently here.

Thursday night the Detroit finalized a three-year deal with the former Twins skipper marking an end to the managerial search that encompassed 10 different candidates. The MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that a formal announcement from the team could come as early as Friday.

As far as Gardenhire and the Tigers go, the pairing seems perplexing. Given the position the Tigers are in as a rebuilding franchise the logical solution would be to go with a guy more driven by analytics than old school philosophy.

Think about it. If your running out a bunch of young players or veterans on a one-year deal wouldn’t it make the most sense to go with the numbers instead of some played-out gut feeling? The same gut feeling that yielded less than stellar results in Gardenhire’s final four seasons in Minnesota? Moreover wouldn’t it make the most sense to use those numbers to put your young players in the best position possible to succeed?

Not to mention the Tigers at one point in the Al Avila era seemed set on changed the tune of the organization and invest more into the advanced metric philosophy. It would certainly be a fresh approach over what the Team has done… well, ever.

That though is pretty much thrown completely out the window with the Gardenhire hiring.

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