Two weeks after they made Ron Gardenhire their new big-league manager, the Tigers chose another skipper with Twins lineage, Doug Mientkiewicz, as their man at Triple A Toledo. Mientkiewicz, 43, will oversee the Mud Hens in 2018 and become the Tigers’ most direct link to assessing and endorsing minor-league players bound for Detroit. The move has not been publicly announced by the Tigers but was confirmed to The Detroit News by a source close to the negotiations. Mientkiewicz was primarily a first baseman during a 12-season career that included the Twins, Red Sox, Mets, Royals, Yankees, Pirates, and Dodgers. He won a Gold Glove in 2001 and in 2004 won a World Series when he played for the Red Sox. He has managed in the Twins system at two stops, Double A Chattanooga and Single A Fort Myers, where he was stationed when the Twins fired him in September.