The Detroit Tigers are reportedly signing Ron Gardenhire to be the team's next manager, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Gardenhire will replace Brad Ausmus, who managed the Tigers for the past four seasons.
Gardenhire, 59, last managed in the major leagues with 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 will definitely benefit the Tigers' organization. Having managed in the American League Central division for 13 seasons, he knows the five teams very well. Not to mention, Gardenhire served as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. He was a key factor in their playoff run.
Gardenhire interviewed with the Tigers this past Tuesday. The Boston Red Sox also had interest in the Twins' former skipper.
The Tigers initially had a list of 50 managerial candidates, featuring Marlins' third base coach Fredi Gonzalez, Rockies' bench coach Mike Redmond, and Astros' bench coach Alex Cora.
Gardenhire will run the show in the Motor City and assist with the Tigers' rebuild.