Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire Retires, Cubs Third Base Coach Will Venable Could Be a Candidate

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Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire Retires, Cubs Third Base Coach Will Venable Could Be a Candidate

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Chicago Cubs third base coach Will Venable, he of the past player experience, front office experience, and big league coaching experience, is in that spot where he’s going to come up for pretty much any managerial opening.

Having already interviewed for a few spots – including the most recent Cubs opening – Venable is likely to continue getting looks, not unlike former Cubs coaches Dave Martinez and Brandon Hyde, who eventually did get gigs with the Nationals and Orioles, respectively.

So, when Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced his retirement effective immediately, the speculation began in earnest:

All the best to Gardenhire and his family. He was likely retiring after this season in any case, but added health concerns made him move a little earlier than planned.

As for his replacement, the Tigers will probably have a number of excellent options, as referenced above. That’s a young, talented roster, and a loaded farm system. That could be a team on a very rapid upswing.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.