Not one, but two new managerial hiring announced in the MLB yesterday.
And while the Red Sox went with new blood—signing Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora—the Detroit Tigers went with former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire who, incidentally, was the Diamondbacks bench coach this season.
The 59-year-old Gardenhire finalized a new contract with the team yesterday.
And the reason Detroit chose Gardenhire is probably the same reason the Red Sox—who were also considering hiring him—did not.
Detroit GM Al Avila wanted a manager with MLB experience, which Gardenhire has in spades managing the Twins from 2002-2014 and reaching the playoffs six times.
Of course, the reason they parted ways with Gardenhire was the fact that he went as cold as the Minnesota weather every October—winning just one postseason series in that time.
Let’s hope he can heat up the postseason in Detroit.
Source: The Athletic