Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire is calling it a career. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire retires

The Detroit Tigers will look for a new manager ahead of the 2021 season.

Detroit announced Saturday that manager Ron Gardenhire is retiring, effective immediately. He will not return for a fourth season. 

Lloyd McClendon will manage the Tigers for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Gardenhire finishes 132-241 in two-plus seasons as Tigers skipper. He signed a three-year deal when he was hired before the 2018 campaign. 

"This afternoon, when I got here to the office, I went to Gardy's office to talk baseball stuff," Tigers general manager Al Avila said, according to Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. "At that point, we started talking, and he mentioned to me he was going to retire. He wasn't feeling well from a health perspective."

Gardenhire's .354 winning percentage makes him the least successful manager in Tigers history. With a shortened season, the club had the potential to make the postseason this year but ultimately was eliminated from contention. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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