Tigers pick former rival Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Detroit Tigers intend to hire Ron Gardenhire as their next manager. Tigers coaches Dave Clark and Omar Vizquel, former Braves and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and former Marlins manager Mike Redmond were among others interviewed for the position.

Gardenhire takes over for Brad Ausmus, who was let go after four seasons as Detroit's manager.

The Tigers considered a broad range of candidates, but apparently opted for Gardenhire's experience over candidates with lighter resumes.

The Tigers are on a rebuild after trading their long-time players - starting pitcher Justin Verlander and Justin Upton.

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The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a three-year contract.

The decision was made after Gardenhire impressed general manager Al Avila in an interview at Comerica Park on Tuesday. He has since interviewed with the Boston Red Sox, who also have a vacancy.

Gardenhire, 59, was one of 10 candidates narrowed down from an original pool of 50, the website reported. He previously managed the Twins for 13 years, going 1068-1039 between 2002-14.

Gardenhire rejoined the Twins as a special assistant to general manager Terry Ryan in 2016 before joining the Diamondbacks last season. "I'm truly grateful to Christopher Ilitch and Al Avila for entrusting me to lead the team back to competing for American League Central Division titles and to our ultimate goal of winning a World Series".

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