Detroit Tigers Managers

by dsorek - 36 cards (Last updated on Oct. 28, 2017)

1. 1982 Topps Traded #39T Ron Gardenhire

2018- Present

Excited what he can do, but unlike his predecessor, he will inherit a team that is overpaid and lacking talent in key positions. An old school manager may be a step back for the Tigers trying to modernize, but time will tell if Gardy really buys into the new age metrics that seem to have worked so well for other teams. Good luck Ron!

2. 1994 Topps #127 Brad Ausmus


314-332 Record

1 Playoff appearance where they were swept in the first round by Baltimore in 2014.

He inherited a very talented team, but he could not get them to gel or to perform beyond their salaries unfortunately. I think he will improve over time and he should've had some opportunity to coach before being a manager.

3. 1986 Topps Traded #66T Jim Leyland


700-597 Record

2 World Series appearances
Multiple Division Titles

I liked Jimmy 'Smokes'. I'm glad he's still a part of the club and I hope he's enjoying retirement.

4. 1978 Burger King Detroit Tigers #15 Alan Trammell


186-300 Record

What a likable and knowledgeable guy. Too bad he was saddled with some less than stellar talent and he'll unfortunately be forever linked to the worst Tigers season ever with 119 losses in 2003.

5. 1979 Topps #139 Luis Pujols


55-100 Record

He filled in after Phil Garner was fired in 2002 after a rotten start. They didn't get much better.

6. 1976 Topps #57 Phil Garner



I liked Phil and he ushered in the new Comerica Park in 2000. Just didn't have much success with the team during those years.

7. 1976 Topps #141 Larry Parrish


82-104 Record

Larry still is with the team in 2017 and has worked all through the Tigers minor league system. Very dedicated.

8. 1973 Topps #31 Buddy Bell


184-277 Record

Buddy had huge shoes to fill after Sparky stepped down.

9. 1959 Topps #338 George Anderson


1331-1248 Record

Sparky has the most wins and the most losses of any Tigers manager. He was beloved, but he was also hated at the same time by many fans due to his by the book mentality of the game and for not hesitating to use the hook on a pitcher. However, he ushered in the new era of baseball in Detroit with relievers taking a bigger role in the pitching through the game.

Sparky is in the Hall of Fame as a manager and managing nearly twice as long in Detroit as he did in Cincinnati, he'll always be linked to the Big Red Machine and he does not wear the Old English D in Cooperstown.

10. 1964 Topps #154 Dick Tracewski


2-0 Record

Undefeated as a manager for the Tigers! He filled in for a few games before Sparky arrived in 1979. He retired with Sparky in 1995 after a great 24 coaching stint with the Tigers.



Oct. 28, 2017 - 3:48PM

Nice list. I do not remember Larry Parrish managing them.

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