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Source: Tigers to Hire Dombrowski

November 4, 2001

DETROIT (AP) _ The Detroit Tigers are expected to hire Florida Marlins executive Dave Dombrowski as president, a source close to the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said Tigers general manager Randy Smith and manager Phil Garner would keep their jobs. Both have two years remaining on their contracts.

The announcement is expected early this week. A message left with Dombrowski on Sunday was not immediately returned.

Steve Copses, a spokesman for the Marlins, said the team would have no comment.

Dombrowski, the Marlins’ president and GM, would be replacing Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who appointed himself team president when John McHale left the Tigers for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Dombrowski was a candidate for similar positions in Toronto and Texas. The Rangers decided to hire former Cleveland executive John Hart.

Dombrowski is widely regarded as one of baseball’s top executives. He has two years left on a five-year, $5 million contract, but owner John Henry gave him permission to talk to the Rangers and Blue Jays.

He has been the Marlins’ general manager since 1991 _ 18 months before the expansion team’s first game. He helped the Marlins win the 1997 World Series. Dombrowski went to the Marlins after serving as general manager of the Montreal Expos for two years.

The Tigers (66-96) finished last season with a losing record for an unprecedented eighth consecutive season. They lost 13 more games than they did in 2000.

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