Tigers pick Ron Gardenhire as manager

Ron Gardenhire to be next Tigers manager pending completion of contract

Gardenhire replaces the departed Brad Ausmus, whose contract was not extended after this season.

The Detroit Tigers have selected Ron Gardenhire as the next manager of the Major League team, according to a report filed by FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal on The Athletic.

Gardenhire was sacked by Minnesota following the 2014 season.

The 59-year-old Gardenhire, who spent the 2017 season as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, would bring ample experience into the dugout of a young Tigers team embarking on what could be a lengthy rebuild. Martinez, Justin Upton and Justin Verlander this season.

"As we transition the ballclub in a new direction, I feel it's best we have a new approach and a fresh start with the manager position", Al Avila, executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, said in announcing Ausmus' departure. He interviewed with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

Gardenhire went 1,068-1,039 as manager of the Twins from 2002-2014.

The Twins made the postseason six times under Gardenhire, although they lost in the first round on five occasions, winning just two of 17 American League Division Series games. Gardenhire was dismissed after 2014 - by that point he'd navigated Minnesota to four consecutive losing seasons. Gardenhire was seen as a seasoned, battle-tested option in this regard. In August, he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he'd received a clean bill of health.

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