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Tigers manager Gardenhire announces immediate retirement

Bench coach Lloyd McClendon is taking over as manager for the rest of the season.
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire arrives for a spring training baseball workout in Lakeland, Fla. Gardenhire announced his retirement prior to Detroit’s game against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, Sept. 19,2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced his immediate retirement prior to their game against the Cleveland Indians. 

The announcement came in an abruptly called video conference around 5 p.m. Bench coach Lloyd McClendon is taking over as manager for the rest of the season.

This was Gardenhire’s third season as Detroit’s manager after he previously had a successful run with the Minnesota Twins. Detroit was 21-29 heading into Saturday night’s game and was unlikely to make the postseason. 

Gardenhire turns 63 next month. He says he hasn’t been feeling well and needs to take care of himself. 

Credit: AP
Detroit Tigers manager Lloyd McClendon watches his team play against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Detroit. McClendon is now the manager of the Tigers after Ron Gardenhire announced his retirement earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

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