The Tigers will interview Fredi Gonzalez Thursday




The Tigers will kick off their external managerial interviews Thursday when they bring in current Miami Marlins third base coach Fredi Gonzalez for a sit down with Al Avila according to The Athletic’s Katie Strang.

The 53-year-old Gonzalez seemingly fits what the Tigers are looking for in their next manager when it comes to experience. He previously served as the Marlins’ bench boss from 2007-10 where he found some early success in his new digs.

After the 2008 season Sporting News named Gonzalez Manager of the Year and after a win over the Cardinals in 2010, Gonzalez officially won more games than any other manager in Marlins history. He was ultimately fired later in 2010 but during his tenure did lead the Fish to winning seasons in 2008 and 2009 despite Jeffrey Loria being a total cheap ass and employing the Marlins with the lowest payroll in the MLB.

After his stint in South Florida, Gonzalez went on to serve as manager of the Braves from 2011-2016 taking over for the retiring Bobby Cox.

In all Gonzalez has a managerial record of 710-692.

Aside from Gonzalez, the Tigers have also reportedly already interviewed internal candidates for the vacant managerial job including third base coach Dave Clark and first base coach Omar Vizquel. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon will also apparently be getting an interview with the team sometime in the near future.

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