December 10th, 2009
The Tigers won’t be announcing their minor league coaching staffs this week, but one big hire is set: Former Tiger Phil Nevin is poised to return to the organization to take over as manager at Double-A Erie.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the story Thursday morning. Nevin was here in Indianapolis for the Winter Meetings.
The 38-year-old Nevin reportedly spent last year managing for the first time in independent ball with the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League. His first shot in affiliated ball will come in the same organization where he played from 1995 to ’97.
The Tigers acquired Nevin in 1995 from the Astros, who had made him the first overall pick of the 1992 Draft. He was part of the Mike Henneman. Two years ago, Detroit traded him to the Angels along with Matt Walbeck, who was Erie’s skipper in 2006-07 and won Eastern League Manager of the Year honors.
The Erie job opened up when the Tigers promoted Tom Brookens to take over as first-base coach in Detroit. Nevin will make it four consecutive former Tigers to manage the SeaWolves.