Thursday, November 09, 2006

Coaching swicheroo

Looks like there will be a new face in the bullpen next year. Lloyd McClendon has been given the hitting coach job vacated by Don Slaught a few weeks ago. Replacing McClendon as the bullpen coach will be Jeff Jones, pitching coach for the Toledo Mud Hens.

McClendon was the hitting coach for the Pirates from 1997-2000, before he was promoted to manager after Gene Lamont's departure. I don't know how much this will effect the free swinging ways of most of these Tigers. Hopefully he can have more of an influence when the younger hitters (Granderson in particular) get caught in a slump. As for Jones, seeing as he handled most of the young pitchers while they were in Toledo, it seems only natural that he could keep grooming them here in Detroit. Hopefully this switch brings around a scenario where McClendon gets mad and takes a base back to the dugout with him.

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