Gardenhire began the 2017 season as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but is more known for his time in Minnesota, where he managed the Twins to six AL Central Division titles in a 10 year span, including an ALCS appearance in 2002, Gardenhire’s first season as manager. His success ran out towards the end of his tenure, suffering consecutive 90-loss seasons down the stretch of his career in Minnesota. He finished his Twins career with a 1068-1049 record through 13 seasons.
Gardenhire, 59, was chosen for the job above candidates that included Alex Cora, Joe McEwing and Fredi Gonzalez, among others. The Tigers appear to be going with the experienced dugout presence to lead the Tigers through what figures to be a lengthy rebuild process.
Gardenhire was also considered a candidate for the managerial opening in Boston before agreeing to return to the AL Central, where he will have a challenging process on his hands after the departure of veteran stars Justin Verlander and J.D. Martinez over the summer, confirming the Tigers’ intentions to fully rebuild.