The Detroit Tigers and Manager Brad Ausmus recently parted ways after he lead the team to Major League Baseball's worst record of 64-98 this season. Ausmus led the Tigers to only one postseason appearance, which was in 2014, during his four-year reign in the Motor City. Overall, Ausmus led the Tigers to a 314-332 win-loss record and a .486 winning percentage.
In my opinion, the Detroit Tigers should take a look at these three managerial candidates:
Gardenhire, 59, last managed the Minnesota Twins in 2014. Gardenhire led the show in the twin-cities for 13 seasons. He took the Twins to six postseasons and finished his time in Minnesota with a 1068-1039 win-loss record.
Gardenhire would definitely benefit the Tigers' organization. Having managed in the American League Central division for 13 seasons, he knows the five teams very well. Gardenhire and the Tigers appear to be the perfect match. Not to mention, Gardenhire served as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. He was a key factor in their playoff run.
Gonzalez, 53, has ten years of managing experience on his resume in the big leagues. He managed the Florida Marlins for four seasons and the Atlanta Braves for six years. During his time in Atlanta, he took the Braves to two postseasons. He owns a career 710-692 win-loss record. Gonzalez spent this year in Miami with the Marlins as their third base coach.
Gonzalez managing the Tigers makes perfect sense. Gonzalez who has been wanting to manage for a while now, can help the Tigers during their rebuild. He helped the Marlins with their rebuild in 2007 and 2008. Assuming next season is sort of their "rebuild season", Gonzalez is the man for the job. After the Marlins went 71-91 in 2007, he turned them around the next year and the season after with 84 wins, and then 87 wins.
Yes, you read this correctly. Guillen, 53, has nine years of managerial experience under his belt. He managed the Chicago White Sox for eight seasons and the Miami Marlins' inaugural season in 2012. Guillen led the Sox to two postseason appearances and a World Series championship. He has a career 747-710 win-loss record. Guillen is known for being controversial. He made comments regarding Cuba's leader Fidel Castro in 2012, which resulted in Guillen being suspended for five games and fired after the season.
Guillen could fire up the Tigers' clubhouse. Guillen is known for being very loud-mouthed and argumentative. But seriously, he could fire up the Tigers' clubhouse with all of the momentum he has. Yes, many would disapprove if Guillen were to manage again in the United States, but the fans love it when he runs out of the dugout like there is no tomorrow, and gets nose-to-nose with the umpires.