Tigers confirm Ernie Young hire at West Michigan

The Tigers made official Thursday their hire for manager at Class A West Michigan. It’ll be ex-Tiger (albeit not a Tiger long) Ernie Young, a longtime former Minor Leaguer who’s building a wealth of experience managing in the farm system.

Joining Young at West Michigan is another ex-Tiger, Ben Ogilvie, as first reported by TigTown.com.

The Young move fills the opening created when Joe DePastino shifted into a teaching role as the organization’s roving catching instructor.

Young managed in the White Sox organization the last two years at Class A Kannapolis, and just finished a stint last week managing Team USA in the Pan Am Games qualifying tournament. His hitting coach for Team USA: Leon “Bull” Durham, his hitting coach as a player at Triple-A Toledo in 2003 and still the Mud Hens hitting coach.

Young went 2-for-11 in his brief stint as a Tiger that year, one of 17 seasons he spent in pro ball. He made it to the big leagues one more time, with the Indians in 2004, before retiring after the 2007 season.

DePastino’s move is not being taken necessarily as a demotion. Speculation pointed towards a change back in August when another former Tiger, Kevin Hooper, told the Wichita Eagle he had been offered the West Michigan job. At that point, the Whitecaps were rallying towards a wild card spot in the Midwest League playoffs, making them the only Tigers affiliate to reach the postseason.

“My new job is one I’ve always wanted,” DePastino told the Grand Rapids Press. “I’ve been a catcher my whole life, and while I love managing, being with the catchers full time is a good gig.”

Andrew Graham was the roving catching instructor this season, but he’s expected to move into a full-time coaching role, possibly a managerial post.

3 Comments

Just to step away from Tiger news for a moment and offer impressions of the just concluded ALCS:
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The Rangers are playing the kind of ball that you see usually once per season, and that usually comes from the championship team. They’ve got it all going right now. I hope for their sakes that they don’t lose the mojo before the WS like we did in ’06. I’d like to see a matchup with the Giants myself, for weather if for no other reason.
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I’m glad the Yankees didn’t advance because there’s no way I sit through their games in the WS. Too slow, too long, too dull, and the combination of NY and Fox kills me. If they’d have advanced, the season would have ended for me. Now I can look forward to another week of entertaining baseball.
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Outstanding job of coverage by TBS. Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, and Ron Darling were knowledgeable and unobtrusive, and the two pitchers offered excellent insight into the games. I have to say, they put Fox to shame in the art of covering baseball. It’s too bad they can’t carry the WS too.
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–Rich

Ditto – although in my mind I didn’t want the Yankees to win, I couldn’t help but to cheer for Marcus and Curtis to get there again. I am not a great fan of Texas either –

I had tears in my eyes after the Rangers won just remembering the feeling of ’06. Seeing Mrs. Autry there always reminds me of Gene, whom I just loved as a child.
Texas sure does have a good team and in spite of what people think about Ron Washington, he lives and breathes with his teams. He’s always gives an honest and forthright interview on camera. He’s a pro.
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Mark Texiera wanted off that team so bad. Well, I hope he’s happy!

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