Detroit Tigers: 3 possible candidates for the manager job beyond 2020

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The Detroit Tigers are going to need to hire a new manager, here’s a look at three possible candidates to hire for the job.

The Detroit Tigers recently saw their manager for the last three years, Ron Gardenhire, step away from the game of baseball. Given his health situation, Gardenhire deemed that it was best for him to step away from the organization and retire as manager.

The managerial duties were handed over to Lloyd McClendon who is finishing out the seasons remaining game as manager. Gardenhire spent three years with the Tigers organization, pressing on as manager through a rebuild that has been tasking, but now the organization will have to find a new manager.

There are plenty of candidates, some familiar names, some not so familiar, but the Tigers need to ensure that they are bringing in a manager who can actively manage the young talent and will stick around.

It became apparent in 2020 that the young kids are finally going to get their chances in the big leagues. Even if it is just a start, it is a step towards trying to become a competing team once again.

The most monumental call-up of this season has been Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Isaac Paredes which Avila announced earlier in the 60-game sprint. Beyond that, the Tigers have still called up a plethora of prospects offering them a chance to get work in the big leagues.

In a season where there is no minor league baseball, just an alternate training site where players are working out, throwing, hitting, going about their development, this was crucial. No Single-A, Double-A, or Triple-A games for prospects to get work in at makes it tough.

The Tigers managed around that and Gardenhire was able to use one of his best skillsets to help the Tigers organization. Managing these kids, Gardenhire’s experience in Minnesota with the Twins organization allowed him to have this success.

Without a doubt, the Tigers will need to go out and hire a candidate who has similar skills and will work well with these younger players as they break into the big leagues. At a minimum, the coach needs to be one who will stick around and see through the end of this rebuild.

The hope remains that this will be an exciting team when all is said and done the Tigers will be fielding a contender, and hopefully, get back to the postseason and ultimately World Series.