Chris Ilitch releases statement regarding Ron Gardenhire’s retirement

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire has made the decision to call it a career this afternoon, effective immediately.

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And while the reaction among fans has been pouring in, Detroit Tigers CEO and Chairman Chris Ilitch, the son of the late great Mike Ilitch, released a statement in which he described Gardenhire as “one of the best baseball men around”.

We certainly wish Gardenhire the best as he focuses on his health moving forward.