The Detroit Tigers have reportedly chosen their new manager, hiring former Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire. Currently bench coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gardenhire will return to the AL Central, where he piloted the Twins to a 1068-1039 record in 13 seasons.
The 59-year-old Gardenhire won six division titles with the Twins, including four within his first five seasons. However, his teams fell off towards the end of his tenure; they finished in last place in four of his last five seasons with the club, and lost 383 games from 2011 to 2014.
Many Tigers fans were hoping for a younger, more progressive manager like Gabe Kapler or Alex Cora. However, after the team floundered under rookie manager Brad Ausmus, the Tigers opted for a more seasoned hand. Gardenhire drew rave reviews for his work in the clubhouse both in Minnesota and Arizona, but was never regarded as a great in-game tactician.
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