Maroth returns to Tigers as Lakeland pitching coach
Mike Maroth had been looking to get back into baseball after injuries ended his pitching career last winter. He’ll get his start in coaching with the same organization where he broke into the Majors as a pitcher.
The Tigers announced Monday that they’ve hired Maroth as their pitching coach at Class A Lakeland. He replaces Joe Coleman, who was let go a few weeks ago.
It’ll be the first pro coaching job for Maroth, who brings a wealth of experience and a strong work ethic into the role. The obvious point that will be made is that if you’re looking for a coach who can help prospects deal with struggles for often the first time in their careers, Maroth can relate. He’s best remembered for his 21-loss season on the Tigers’ 2003 team that lost 119 games, and drew national attention for the way he handled it and bounced back.
There’s a side beyond the numbers, though, and it starts with somebody who became a pretty crafty pitcher and adapted his game without a power pitch in his arsenal. He knew how to pitch, just not throw. He also has a high character that seems natural for a coaching job.
Maroth, who lives in Orlando, had been interested in a coaching career after he finally had to end his comeback attempt last winter.