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5 Managerial Options For Detroit Tigers

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5 Managerial Options For Detroit Tigers

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The Detroit Tigers now have a need at manager that not many thought would exist. Jim Leyland was almost like an immortal force within the organization, and the thought of him packing it up and leaving was not something most Tigers fans considered really happening. One thing for sure is that it is going to be a position that is going to gain interest from some very recognizable names.

The Tigers' managerial job may be the best opening there is currently on the market. How often does a job open up with the type of talent the Tigers possess? Any manager would love to just walk into a situation where they have the last two AL MVPs on their roster as well as several other $100 million plus players and veterans who have been deep in the playoffs numerous times. It is a job that any manager would love to have, but it is one that is going to be quite stressful if they do not hit the ground running immediately.

Whoever the next manager is will need to win right away, and I don't mean make the playoffs. The bar is a World Series Championship, and there will be little to no time for adjusting and excuses. Who can step in and be that man for the Tigers organization? I have compiled a list of five people who will be heavily considered by the Tigers leadership and likely one of these five will end up being selected as the new Tigers manager.

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5. Matt Williams

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Matt Williams wants to be a Major League manager, but can the Tigers allow a first timer to manage such at such a critical time? Can Matt Williams be trusted to get his feet wet managing in a must-win situation? He will be given a chance in interviews, and we will see how impressive he is in those.

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4. Gene Lamont

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A final candidate for the Boston Red Sox managerial job last year, Gene Lamont has been Jim Leyland's right hand man for several years down in the Tigers dugout. He will absolutely be considered, but it may be best to get a clean break from the previous managerial leadership.

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3. Charlie Manuel

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Who better to try and win you a World Series than a guy who has actually managed a team to a World Series Championship? As a bonus he has the laid back, player manager approach that the clubhouse is used to from Jim Leyland. All the positives aside, age is a factor as the Tigers may want a longer term manager at the helm.

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2. Dusty Baker

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Another player manager that could fit what the clubhouse is used to, Dusty Baker has been around a long time and still has a deep passion for managing a baseball team. The problem lies within Dusty having the same criticism Jim Leyland received with his use of the bullpen and his inability to push his teams in the postseason.

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1. Kirk Gibson

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Kirk Gibson is the name on everyone's lips. He has done a fantastic job as the current manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and we all know his legendary ties to the organization. If the Tigers are high on Brad Ausmus right now they have to be on cloud nine for Kirk Gibson. Yes it will be a struggle getting him away from an organization he has now called his home, but the Tigers must stop at nothing to try and get Kirk Gibson.