While the MLB season remains on hold, the game is still very much on the minds of fans. Detroit Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire is a true and lifelong baseball man — both at home and on the field. For those wondering what a full day in the life of the Tigers skipper looks like, a video crew went behind the scenes to provide an inside and exclusive glimpse with this cathartic baseball escape:
The son of a U.S. soldier, Gardenhire was born in Germany and raised in Oklahoma. He took to baseball at a young age, playing in the informal summer youth games.
After attending University of Texas at Austin, he was drafted by the New York Mets, where he played for five seasons. Gardenhire finished his playing career for the Minnesota Twins, and after retirement, began his storied managerial career in the Twins’ farm system. He would go on to manage the Minnesota Twins for 12 years, winning the American League Manager of the Year Award in 2010.
Hired by the Detroit Tigers ahead of the 2018 season, Gardenhire brings both enthusiasm and experience to the position and works closely with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila.