A veteran of 25 seasons of managing and coaching experience at the Major League level, Gardenhire was named the 38th manager in Tigers history on October 20, 2017 ... Enters the 2018 season ranked ninth among active managers, and 54th in Major League Baseball history with 1,068 victories ... Spent the 2017 season as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who captured a National League Wild Card spot and advanced to the National League Division Series ... Served as a Special Assistant to the General Manager in 2016 with Minnesota ... Was a member of the Minnesota Twins Major League coaching staff from 1991-2014, including serving as manager from 2002-14 ... Is the winningest manager in Twins history, posting a record of 1,068-1,039 (.507) over his 13 seasons...is one of 10 managers in baseball history to win 1,000-or-more games with a single team ... Guided the Twins to six postseason appearances (2002-04, 2006, 2009-10), including a berth in the 2002 American League Championship Series...was the first manager in MLB history to guide his team to the postseason in six of his first nine seasons ... Was the fourth manager in MLB history to begin his managerial career with three consecutive first-place finishes (2002-04), joining Larry Dierker (Astros, 1997-99), Ralph Houk (Yankees, 1961-63) and Hughie Jennings (Tigers, 1907-09) ... Became the first American League manager to finish in first place in each of his first three years as manager of a team since Dick Williams with Oakland from 1971-73 ... Named the BBWAA American League Manager of the Year in 2010...also finished runner-up for the honor on five occasions ... Prior to taking over as Twins manager in 2002, served in various roles on Minnesota's coaching staff from 1991-2001...was the third base coach on the Twins' 1991 World Series Championship club ... Before joining the Twins coaching staff, he spent three seasons as a manager at the Minor League level, managing Single A Kenosha in 1988 and Double A Orlando in 1989-90...was named the Southern League Co-Manager of the Year in 1990 by Baseball America.
Played five Major League seasons for the Mets from 1981-85, hitting .232 (165x710) with four home runs and 49 RBI in 285 games ... Made his Major League debut on September 1, 1981, and collected his first career hit, a single, off of Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter on September 11, 1981 at St. Louis ... Hit his first Major League home run on June 29, 1982 at Montreal off Ray Burris ... Originally drafted by the New York Mets in the sixth round of the June 1979 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Attended Paris (TX) Junior College and the University of Texas, majoring in physical education...set a Longhorn record with 10 RBI on March 5, 1978 vs. Arkansas...was a captain and All-Conference shortstop in his senior year, leading Texas to the Southwest Conference championship and a fourth place finish in the College World Series
He and his wife, Carol, reside in Ft. Myers, FL...the couple has three children, Tiffany, Tara and Toby...Toby was drafted by the Twins in the 38th round of the 2002 MLB Draft and 41st round of the 2005 MLB Draft and is currently the manager for Single A Cedar Rapids in Minnesota's Minor League system.