The Detroit Tigers farm system had a breakout year last year, stunning many of the baseball minds as they produced several standout prospects as well as league champions. It seems as if the Tigers want to continue that trend as they will return several of the coaches that helped guide in the success.
Larry Parrish and staff are returning to International League Champ Toledo:
The Tigers said Tuesday that coaches Jeff Jones and Leon Durham will be returning with Parrish to the International League team.
Parrish, a major league infielder for 15 years, managed the Tigers in 1998 and 1999.
Also, the Class AA SeaWolves will return their whole coaching staff from last year:
We are excited to have our entire 2005 coaching staff returning for the 2006 season. SeaWolves General Manager John Frey commented. Duffy Dyer is a first class person and represents Erie very well. Pete and Caldy have truly been a joy to work with the past two seasons and bring a great deal of class and intensity to the field. To have a coaching staff with 40 years of Major League playing experience is a truly unique opportunity for the Erie and northwest Pennsylvania to enjoy.
This is pretty good news for an organization that is trying to build a winning culture from within. The coaching staffs listed above have had moderate to great success with thier respective clubs, and I hope that they can continue to help assist in the strengthening of the Tigers farm system in future years.