On Saturday, it was announced that Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire would be retiring immediately after nearly three seasons with the team. Gardenhire, 62, posted a 132-241 (.354 winning percentage) managerial record.
He signed a three-year deal with the Tigers prior to the 2018 season, as the organization fully embraced what would become a rebuild stage. It has been announced that Lloyd McClendon will manage the team for the remainder of the season.
Gardnerhire recently dealt with a stomach virus earlier this month while in Minnesota. As a cancer survivor, he originally intended to wait to retire until the end of the current season.
“I’ve got grandbabies and kids I need to take care of and my wife,” Gardenhire said. “Very tough decision…But I had to do what’s right for me.”