Tigers Name Gardenhire New Manager

Tigers Name Gardenhire New Manager Photo: AP photo

October 20, 2017 12:06 PM

Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been officially named the new manager of the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers confirmed the news Friday morning, announcing the team and Gardenhire had agreed to terms on a three-year contract.

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"I couldn't be more thrilled to be named manager of the Detroit Tigers," Gardenhire said in a statement. "After managing against the Tigers for so many years, I know first-hand what a great baseball town Detroit is and that the fans here are some of the most passionate in all of sports.

"I'm truly grateful to Christopher Ilitch and Al Avila for entrusting me to lead the team back to competing for American League Central Division titles and to our ultimate goal of winning a World Series."

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons, from 2002 through 2014, leading them to six postseason appearances.

The Tigers are replacing Brad Ausmus after four seasons at the helm. Detroit finished tied for the worst record in the majors this year at 64-98 and faces what figures to be a tough rebuilding process.
 

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