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Heyman | Tigers whittling down list of potential managers

Jon Heyman

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July 12 2014: Minnesota Twins Manager, Ron Gardenhire (35) during a regular season interleague major league baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Minnesota at Coors Field in Denver, CO. Could he be in play for the open Tigers job?
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Davey Martinez and Ron Gardenhire are two more candidates in the Detroit Tigers’ expansive managerial search.

The Tigers are said to be down to 10 (all have interviewed) after starting with a lengthy list of 50. Martinez, the right-hand man of Joe Maddon, has long deserved a chance, and it seems odd he hasn’t had one yet.

The Tigers’ derby is known to have former Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, another former Marlins manager and current Colorado Rockies bench coach in Mike Redmond, Chicago White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and many others.

It may not hurt Martinez if he has a recommendation from Alex Avila, the current Cubs catcher and son of Tigers GM Al Avila. Martinez was Maddon’s guy from the days all the way back in Tampa, and it’s something of a mystery why he doesn’t have a managerial job yet. He has had several interviews, and once even interviewed for the Cubs’ managerial job, before Maddon became free.

Needless to say, he didn’t get it.

Gardenhire, the former Minnesota Twins manager and current Diamondbacks coach, interviewed in Detroit four years ago, but Brad Ausmus was the much-preferred candidate that time. He certainly knows the division, having managed in Minnesota from 2002-14, including winning AL Manager of the Year in 2010. Gardenhire’s Twins won the AL Central six times during his tenure but won just one playoff series during that time, and none after his first season. 

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Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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