Ron Gardenhire tormented the Tigers for years while he managed the Twins through a golden era of success. He'll now lead the Tigers through their own Twins-like rebuilding process. The Tigers have finalized a three-year deal to have Gardenhire serve as their next manager, the club announced on Friday afternoon.
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The last time the Tigers hired a manager, their analytics department consisted of one person in baseball operations. Now, the department has grown to eight, and it is headquartered two doors down from general manager Al Avila's office at Comerica Park. When Ron Gardenhire came through before his introductory press conference Friday, he couldn't help but see it.
Now that the Tigers have a new manager, they can go on with their offseason. As expected, Detroit will go on without pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Whether they go on with Victor Martinez has yet to be determined.
William Boor checks in on the Tigers' Arizona Fall League participants, a group that includes top 30 pitching prospects Adam Ravenelle, Spencer Turnbull and Gerson Moreno.
The Tigers continue to build up their analytics department to try to catch up with other clubs, but that doesn't mean they're pulling away from traditional scouts. They're actually doing the opposite, building up both ends of their player evaluation system.
Tigers greats Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish will team up to host their eighth annual baseball camp at Wayne State University on Dec. 2-3 at the midtown Detroit school's Matthaei and Multipurpose Indoor Facilities.
The last time the Tigers hired a manager, Al Avila and Dave Dombrowski worked together on the search. They will now spend the remainder of October doing their own managerial searches apart.
Who do the Tigers have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Detroit's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
While Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Astros in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, the Tigers officially completed the trade that sent him to Houston. Detroit sent Minor League outfielder Juan Ramirez to the Astros late Friday night.
It's not going to be a pretty 2018 season for the Tigers. General manager Al Avila has already made that clear.
The Tigers were impressed after seeing the three players they received in the deal, Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King, participate in instructional league play.
For most of the Tigers prospects currently participating in instructional league play, action runs through Saturday in Lakeland. A trio of pitchers, however, used their time as a springboard to more fall baseball.
Now that the Tigers have talked to their outgoing coaches about the managerial opening, the team is moving ahead with its look at candidates outside the organization. Marlins third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez and White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing will interview for the job this week, according to baseball sources.
The 2017 Tigers might well be remembered as the end of an era for Detroit baseball, a decade of win-now baseball culminating in a team that couldn't win anymore. The season could also go down as the summer the Tigers planted the seeds for their next run of contention.
Since the Tigers didn't send Justin Verlander to Houston until August 31, they barely got a look at prospects Franklin Perez or outfielder Daz Cameron. However, the two are making strong impressions in instructional league.
The Tigers spent last year on the cusp of a postseason berth before falling just short. Thanks to a big hit from an old nemesis, they'll begin their rebuild with the first pick in the 2018 Draft.
Mike Gerber has quietly produced offense in the Tigers farm system for four years without much fanfare and Gregory Soto burst out with a breakout season. They have two different track records, but they share Tigers Prospect of the Year honors from MLB Pipeline.
Jason Castro backed a strong showing by Bartolo Colon as the Twins defeated the Tigers, 5-1, on Sunday at Target Field in the final game of the regular season. Minnesota, which won 11 of the 19 meetings with Detroit this season, will face the Yankees on Tuesday in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium.
For the first time in 30 years, Brad Ausmus is off the baseball calendar.
While the Tigers finished out their 2017 schedule, GM Al Avila and vice president of player personnel Scott Bream and assistant GM David Chadd interviewed members of the current coaching staff for the managerial opening.
Andrew Romine has spent four seasons working in relative obscurity as a superutility player on a star-studded Tigers roster. On Saturday, manager Brad Ausmus gave him his day in the spotlight, and pretty much everywhere else on the field.
Andrew Romine played all nine positions and helped the Tigers push past the Twins, 3-2, on Saturday night at Target Field. With the win, Detroit snapped its six-game losing streak to Minnesota.
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After Nicholas Castellanos' three-run homer the previous night at Kansas City put him at 99 RBIs for the season, Dixon Machado said the team was trying to get him to 100. In what has been a miserable closing run for the team, it became almost a group effort. "I always believed that I could do it," Castellanos said.
Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar homered to help the Twins overcome an early deficit in a 6-3 win over the Tigers on Friday at Target Field. The win marked Minnesota's sixth straight against Detroit.
After six years in Detroit as a super-utility player and a post-retirement tryout as a scout and instructor, Don Kelly has been promoted to the Tigers' Major League scouting staff. He was one of three additions to the scouting roster announced Friday as part of a bolstering of the Tigers' baseball operations department.
Nicholas Castellanos delivered a three-run double and the beleaguered Tigers bullpen tossed four innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Royals on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
If left-hander Daniel Norris is healthy, he believes he can be the front-line pitcher the Tigers need him to be in their rebuilt rotation.
The ceiling of the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium is nondescript, but Miguel Cabrera was making a point by raising his eyes to it when asked if he just wants to put this season behind him.
Paulo Orlando drilled a two-run homer off Tigers reliever Drew VerHagen, and the Royals rallied for a 7-4 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.