Larry Parrish back as Mud Hens manager
From the moment the Tigers parted ways with Phil Nevin as Mud Hens manager, Larry Parrish seemed like the obvious candidate to replace him. He had the job for nearly a decade, becoming the Hens’ winningest manager in the process, and the Tigers value both him and his evaluations on players. The move became official today.
Parrish left Toledo after the 2010 season to take a job as Atlanta Braves hitting coach, a position he held for a year. He returned to the organization this year and managed at low Class A West Michigan, but his value and his temperament best fit Triple-A and its combination of older prospects and veterans.
It’ll be the third stint in Toledo for Parrish, who managed the team from 1994 to ’97 and again from 2003 to 2010. He missed the 2007 for health reasons.
The one new face in Toledo will be the pitching coach. Al Nipper, who had been the Tigers’ roving pitching coordinator, essentially will swap spots with A.J. Sager, who had been the Hens pitching coach since Jeff Jones was promoted to Detroit in 2007. Leon Durham returns as hitting coach.