Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire surprised many when he announced his “immediate” retirement from major baseball on Saturday.
According to a statement from the Tigers, it would be for his health that the 62-year-old man made this decision. Bench instructor Lloyd McClendon will take over until the end of the season.
The former shortstop signed a three-year contract with the team on Oct. 20, 2017. Under his rule, Detroit showed only a weak 111-212 and did not make the playoffs. This season, the Tigers are fourth in the Central Division of the American League, by virtue of their 21-29 record heading into the day's games.
His reign began in 2018 and in a rather unusual way, when Gardenhire was dismissed from the first game of the season for leaving the game before the final whistle, believing he had won after the 10th inning . The video replay had decided otherwise, and the Tigers had finally lost in the 13th inning.
After his playing career that stretched to 1985, Gardenhire coached third baseman with the Minnesota Twins as early as 1991, the year the team won the World Series.
He was appointed manager in 2002 and kept his position until 2014. Known for his fiery temper, the West German-born man was notably expelled by the referees 73 times in 13 years with the Twins.
Gardenhire was named Manager of the Year in the American in 2010.