Who’s the next Detroit Tigers manager? Here are five candidates

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Al Avila announces Brad Ausmus will not return at Detroit Tigers manager next season. George Sipple/Detroit Free Press

With the Detroit Tigers announcing Friday manager Brad Ausmus won’t return next season, here are five candidates to consider as the next manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Tigers general manager Al Avila said internal candidates will be considered as part of a national search, but don’t expect any of the minor league managers in the organization to be considered. 

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Ron Gardenhire, bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks

He’ll turn 60 on Oct. 24. Managed 2,107 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2002-2014. Record was 1,068-1,039 (.507), but he won six American League division titles. They came in his first nine years with the Twins, capped in 2010 with his selection as AL manager of the year. He managed rebuilding clubs at the end of his tenure with the Twins, when they averaged 96 losses over his final four seasons. 

Lloyd McClendon, Tigers hitting coach

McClendon has previous managerial experience, and probably should have been the choice when former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski opted to instead give the job to Ausmus, who had no previous major league or minor league managerial experience. McClendon was a trusted member of former manager Jim Leyland’s staff and returned to the organization to coach at Triple-A Toledo last season, before joining Ausmus’ staff as hitting coach this season. He also has seven years of experience as a big league manager. He was 336-446 in five seasons managing the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001-2005) and 163-161 in two seasons managing the Seattle Mariners (2014-2015).

Omar Vizquel, Tigers’ first base base, and infield and baserunning coach

He’ll be 51 in April. Seems to be a favorite among fans. Vizquel was an infield coach for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, before joining the Tigers as first base coach. He managed Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic in March. Played 24 seasons in the majors with the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. Avila said experience is important, either past major league managerial or coaching experience, or minor league managerial experience. But does Vizquel have enough to be given a chance?  

Manny Acta, third base coach of the Seattle Mariners

Acta turns 49 in January. Has previously managed the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians, but didn’t win much with either club. He was 158-252 (.385) in three seasons managing the Nationals (2007-2009) and 214-266 (.446) in three seasons with the Indians (2010-2012). 

Mike Redmond, bench coach of the Colorado Rockies

He’ll be 47 in May.How many other candidates can say they played with Miguel Cabrera?  Part of the Florida Marlins team that won the 2003 World Series. He managed the Miami Marlins from 2012-2015 and had a record of 155-207 (.428).  A former big league catcher. Played 13 seasons in the majors with the Marlins, Twins and Indians. Began his managerial career in 2011 as manager of the Lansing Lugnuts, the Low-A affiliate of the Blue Jays and was named Midwest League manager of the year. 

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Detroit Tigers General Manager Al Avila announced Brad Ausmus will not return at the team’s manager next season. Detroit Free Press

 

Source : http://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2017/09/23/detroit-tigers-next-manager/695361001/

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