This week is set to be full of big coaching announcements as new Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire makes final decisions on his staff.
Gene Lamont is out as bench coach, and early on Tuesday it was announced Omar Vizquel would not return as the first base coach.
In a whirlwind of ex-Tigers news on Tuesday former infield utility player Ramon Santiago announced his retirement from professional baseball, and for good reason: he will be rejoining the Tigers as their new first base coach, as reported by Danny Knobler.
Santiago played in Detroit for 10 seasons, starting his professional career with the team in 2002, then leaving briefly to play for the Seattle Mariners in 2004-05, before returning to the Tigers for their big 2006 season. He remained with the team until 2013. His career line with the Tigers was .244/.312/.333
He was last signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, but never played for them at the major league level.
Santiago will continue the long tradition of former Tigers taking on base coaching roles. He has no previous coaching experience, following in the footsteps of Vizquel, Tom Brookens, and more.