Report: Tigers to Hire Gardenhire as Manager

DETROIT – According to reports, the Detroit Tigers will name Ron Gardenhire as the organization’s new manager.

Gardenhire, 59, most recently served as a bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2017 season, but is best known for his 13-year stint as manager of the Minnesota Twins. Gardenhire would replace Brad Ausmus, whose contract was not extended in September. Ausmus went 314-332 in four seasons with the Tigers, winning the 2014 AL Central Division championship.

After serving as a coach with the Twins from 1991-2001, Gardenhire was named the organization’s manager in 2002 before being fired following the 2014 season.

In 13 seasons with Minnesota, Gardenhire recorded an overall record of 1,068-1,039 and was 6-21 in postseason. The 2010 American League Manager of the Year, Gardenhire led the Twins to six AL Central titles. After posting winning records in eight of his first nine seasons with the Twins, Gardenhire went just 265-383 over his final four seasons.

Detroit went 64-98 this season, finishing last in the AL Central.