OT- Tigers Name Ron Gardenhire New Manager

Submitted by uferfan on October 19th, 2017 at 5:52 PM

Per WXYZ Channel 7


Gardenhire was the Minnesota Twins manager until 2013 and was a bench coach for the Diamondbacks last season.


The Fugitive

October 19th, 2017 at 5:56 PM ^

Seemed to do more with less most of the time with the Twins.

Hopefully the Tigers can get their payroll in order and acquire some more young talent soon.

I'm pretty excited about this.

Everyone Murders

October 19th, 2017 at 6:04 PM ^

Gardenhire is about as good as they could have done with a name the paying public would recognize.  He was pretty good with the Twins, and won't embarrass Detroit while they struggle with an ongoing youth movement.


October 19th, 2017 at 6:06 PM ^

I like it, although part of me wishes this had been the hire made instead of Brad Ausmus in the first place, quite honestly. I feel like that point in Tigers' recent history would have been a perfect point to insert Gardenhire. It will be interesting to see what he can do with the youth though. 

rob f

October 19th, 2017 at 6:31 PM ^

Tigers should have hired Gardenhire prior to the 2015 season.

The next window of opportunity to win likely won't happen until at least the 2019 season (but likely later than that).

That said, the AL Central, other than Cleveland, is a cesspool of mediocrity. I wouldn't completely rule out a shot at a wild card (I know, wildest dreams, but I'll blame it on my cold meds). Gardenhire is just that big of a step in the right direction; he's capable of squeezing something out of nothing frequently enough to add a win per month over replacement to our record.

Needless to say, I like the hire....the GardenHIRE.

Goggles Paisano

October 19th, 2017 at 6:14 PM ^

This is fantastic news.  He did so much in Minnesota with so little.  I didn't even know he was interested in coaching again. 

Ausmus name came up initially for the Red Sox job - I almost couldn't believe it when I heard it.  I hope he does get the gig in Boston as I can't see it going well for them.   


October 19th, 2017 at 6:16 PM ^

The fans get what they want... we'll see if it works out. The Twins were never able to get over the hump with RG, but that is a worry we could only dream about right now.


October 19th, 2017 at 6:18 PM ^

He was the guy I initially thought of - but I have also heard thought that the Tigers should go with someone who is more into today's analytics, whereas Ron Gardenhire might be thought of as more 'old school'.



October 19th, 2017 at 10:20 PM ^

Sabermetrics can be good but they can also be horrible. The straight analytics guys are the most annoying as they don't take "clutch" and character/leadership skills into consideration. All the numbers in the world don't mean shit if a guy is a cancer in the clubhouse.

I like the hire, especially now with experience and stability being so important for a rebuild.


October 19th, 2017 at 6:18 PM ^

He was the guy I initially thought of - but I have also heard thought that the Tigers should go with someone who is more into today's analytics, whereas Ron Gardenhire might be thought of as more 'old school'.



October 19th, 2017 at 6:22 PM ^

I really like this hire. I just wish it happened 7 years ago. Oh well. He'll be a great leader for all the youth on our team.

I hope he missed those losing seasons with Minnesota, because he's in for four or more 100+ loss seasons. 


October 19th, 2017 at 10:37 PM ^

Even in the darkest years of the Tigers (2002-2003) they only lost 100 games in two straight years. After the 2003 debacle Ilitch was embarassed into spending money on the team. 

I guess my point was that Gardenhire is going to be here 3 years max. Next season is going to be an absolute disaster (think 1996, Alan Trammell's last year, when Buddy Bell managed us to a 53-109 season). 2019 could be better, but the bulk of our starting pitching prospects don't figure to arrive in Detroit until 2020. 275 losses in the next three years is not unreasonable. 

This will surely be the end of Ron Gardenhire's career. I'm not sure why he'd want to end it in this fashion. 

KO Stradivarius

October 19th, 2017 at 6:26 PM ^

Well they tried to go with the wunderkind approach by hiring Ausmus, like some other teams did. But it was a veteran team at the time, not conducive to learning on the fly.  How'd that work out?  Now they go with the proven veteran for rebuilding.  Seems backwards.  


October 19th, 2017 at 6:42 PM ^

He is great to work with, I have been in his office many times when the twins played the tigers to shoot interviews with him. When I would run one of the cameras in the Twins dugout gardy would bring water over on a hot day. Seems like a good dude. And should be good for this young team.

CRISPed in the DIAG

October 19th, 2017 at 7:40 PM ^

If you like a guy who likes old fashioned bunting, SAC flies and "playing the right way" (whatever that means), he's your guy. He'll be a good quote now and then. Which is nice. As a Red Sox fan, I'm happy to see him somewhere else. 


October 19th, 2017 at 9:47 PM ^

hey, i think he's a great manager but i'm not sure i get this hire.  he won't come cheap.  it doesn't make sense to me to try to cut payroll every way possible (remember maybin last year?) then go out and spend big bucks on RG.

even if you believe he is worth 5 wins, the tigers will be lucky to finish with less than 100 losses.  why spend the bucks on him now instead of 3 years ago?


October 19th, 2017 at 9:59 PM ^

Thought is, best hire they could make. He has experience working with younger players and helping them develop into good teams eventually. This beats the hell out of Lloyd McClendon who I was sure they were going to hire.


October 19th, 2017 at 11:53 PM ^

Hopefully he can get the most out of the team. The Tigers won't be winning anything for a few years, but while they rebuild someone as experienced as Gardenhire can still help them overperform while developing the young talent.