Tigers coaching staff retained for next year
Any question about potential changes coming to the Tigers coaching staff at season’s end dissipated Thursday, when the club announced that all six coaches will be back next season. It’ll be the sixth season on the staff for third base coach Gene Lamont, hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and infield coach Rafael Belliard, all of whom came on board when the Tigers hired manager Jim Leyland. It’ll be five consecutive seasons for bullpen coach Jeff Jones, who was on previous Tigers staffs in different stints. Pitching coach Rick Knapp returns for his third season, and first-base coach Tom Brookens for his second.