JUST IN: Detroit Tigers release statement from new manager Ron Gardenhire

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On Thursday, news broke that the Detroit Tigers would be naming former Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire as their next manager.

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Gardenhire may be 59-years-old, but if his comments released by the team are any indication, his passion for the game of baseball is still fully intact.

Via The Detroit News:

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be named manager of the Detroit Tigers,” Gardenhire said in a statement released by the team. “After managing against the Tigers for so many years, I know first-hand what a great baseball town Detroit is and that the fans here are some of the most passionate in all of sports. 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.”

When Tigers general manager Al Avila announced that former manager Brad Ausmus would not be coming back to manage in 2018, speculation immediately began on who would be his replacement. No matter where you looked, Gardenhire’s name always seemed to be included in the mix.

Avila made it clear on more than one occasion that experience would be a major factor as he searched high and low and he confident that he found his man.

“We are very excited to introduce Ron Gardenhire as the new manager of the Detroit Tigers,” said Al Avila, Tigers general manager.  “After an extensive search, we are confident ‘Gardy’ is the right person to lead our ballclub in our pursuit of World Series championships. Ron has extensive managerial experience at the Major League level and has a proven track record of player development.”

There will certainly be struggles along the way but you can be sure that Gardenhire is not the type of manager who will allow the “inmates to run the asylum” like Ausmus did.