Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire retires with 8 games left
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The Tigers sit 21-29 amid a three-game losing streak heading into Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers have lost six of their past seven and are a half-game out of the division basement.
He managed the Minnesota Twins to a 1,068-1,039 record in 13 seasons (2002-14), the second-most wins in team history. Gardenhire led the Twins to six postseason appearances (2002-04, 2006, 2009-10), including a berth in the 2002 American League Championship Series. Gardenhire was the 2010 AL Manager of the Year.
“On behalf of all of us with the Detroit Tigers, congratulations to Ron Gardenhire on a tremendous managerial career,” Tigers chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Ilitch said in the statement. “One of the best baseball men around, we’re fortunate to have had Gardy lead our team for the past three seasons, and during this rebuilding period. He has done a great job in shaping the future successes I know our organization will see.”
Gardenhire played five major league seasons with the New York Mets, batting .232./.277/.296 in 285 games (1981-85). He played 141 games for the Mets in 1982. Gardenhire played all but 41 games at shortstop.