Detroit Tigers' manager Ron Gardenhire retires

The change is effective immediately
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire(WILX)
Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 6:11 PM EDT
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DETROIT, Mich. (WTVG) - The manager of the Detroit Tigers, Ron Gardenfire, is retiring. The announcement made Saturday afternoon is effective immediately.

Gardenhire worked with the Tigers for three seasons as part of a 16-year Major League baseball managerial career. The 62-year-old had 1,200 wins during his time as a manager with the MLB, the 46th highest in MLB history.

“First off, I’d like to congratulate Gardy for having one of the best managerial careers in baseball history,” said Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Al Avila. “His leadership and hard work over three seasons with our ballclub has helped move us towards our goal of bringing winning baseball back to Detroit. His positive impact on our young players will be felt for years to come.”

“On behalf of all of us with the Detroit Tigers, congratulations to Ron Gardenhire on a tremendous managerial career,” said Detroit Tigers Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Ilitch. “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.”

“This is a bittersweet day for myself and my family,” Gardenhire said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the countless players and coaches that I’ve had the honor of working alongside for the last 16 seasons as manager. I’d also like to thank the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins for giving me the privilege of leading their clubhouses. While I’m stepping away from managing, I’ll be watching this group of Tigers closely in the next few years. There’s a lot of talent on this team, and a lot coming through the farm system. Tigers fans are going to enjoy the exciting times on the horizon.”

Gardenhire was named the 38th manager in Tigers history on October 20, 2017, and finished his tenure in Detroit with a 132-241 record. Gardenhire has managed 2,480 games in his career, which is the 35th-highest total in MLB history, while his 1,200 career wins ranks 46th in big league history.

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