On Thursday morning, Ron Gardenhire’s staff was officially announced. Some familiar faces from Brad Ausmus’s crew will be returning, as well as some former Tigers, but the rest is basically a Minnesota Twins mid-2000s reunion tour.
As reported by Anthony Fenech of Detroit Free Press, at least two previous coaches will be staying on.
Here’s a look at what the new coaching staff will likely look like:
- Manager - Ron Gardenhire
- Bench Coach - Steve Liddle +
- Pitching Coach - Chris Bosio
- Hitting Coach - Lloyd McClendon **
- Assistant Hitting Coach - Phil Clark
- First Base Coach - Ramon Santiago
- Third Base Coach - Dave Clark **
- Bullpen Coach - Rick Anderson +
- Quality Control Coach - Joe Vavra +
** indicates coach has stayed on from previous seasons
+ indicates coach worked previously with Ron Gardenhire
Currently the coaching staff is about fifty percent existing staff — with Tigers minor league hitting coach Phil Clark replacing Leon “Bull” Durham as the assistant hitting coach — and fifty percent Gardenhire’s old staff. It’s not unusual for managers to bring on staff they are familiar and comfortable with, but the choices being made here by Gardenhire seem to suggest he possibly isn’t as interested in analytics or new methodology as he may have implied.
Leaving the Tigers are bench coach Gene Lamont, pitching coach Rich Dubee, first base coach Omar Vizquel, assistant hitting coach Leon Durham, and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer. As of right now there is no confirmation if Matt Martin is staying on as the Tigers Defensive Coach.