The Free Press today indicates that the coaching staff is set – with the exception of pitching coach. The article focuses mostly on Andy Van Slyke as outfield coach. The rest of the staff, as has been speculated is:
Gene Lamont – Bench coach & 3rd base
Lloyd McClendon – Bullpen
Rafael Belliard – Infield Coach
Don Slaught – Hitting Coach
Leyland has brought together some guys with considerable coaching/managing experience, as well as some first timers. I like seeing McClendon on the staff, because similar to Trammell, I’d like to see what he could do with some talent.
As for pitching coach, there were reports that the Tigers offered Larry Rothschild a 3 year contract. It sounds as if Rothschild is debating the Tigers offer, or a one year offer to return to the Cubs. But in today’s Freep story, it doesn’t sound like the Tigers are close to naming a pitching coach at all.
Leyland reiterated that he will take as much time as necessary to find the right pitching coach. Rothschild was Leyland’s pitching coach on the 1997 world-champion Marlins.
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