Tigers look to Lance Parrish to manage at Erie

What began as an ill-timed managerial opening in the Tigers farm system just before Spring Training is now shaping up to be an opportunity to bring a former Tiger back into the organization. Tigers officials were in talks with former catcher and coach Lance Parrish to take over as manager at Double-A Erie.

Credit the Detroit News with the initial report. A deal and an announcement could come by the end of the week, possibly as early as Thursday.

The move would solve an opening that was becoming a challenge for the Tigers to fill. Parrish would replace Chris Cron, who left about there weeks ago to take over as minor-league hitting coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a move that kept him closer to home. He managed at Erie for the last four seasons.

Though the Tigers had in-house candidates such as minor league hitting coordinator Bruce Fields and Class A Lakeland manager Dave Huppert, neither was interested in leaving their current posts. With those options closed, Dave Dombrowski said Saturday at TigerFest that they would most likely fill the post from outside the system.

Also at TigerFest, coincidentally, was Parrish, one of the former Tigers brought back for the event along with former reliever Mike Henneman. Parrish had been looking to get back in the game after two seasons managing in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system in 2006 (Ogden, Utah at rookie level Pioneer League) and 2007 (Great Lakes Loons in Midwest League).

Before those seasons, Parrish spent three years on Alan Trammell’s staff in Detroit, serving as bullpen coach.

The opportunity to return to his old organization presented itself on short notice.

The difficulty in filling the job at Erie isn’t for lack of talent. The team returns the makings of a solid pitching staff, including starting prospect Drew VerHagen and Warwick Saupold and closer Melvin Mercedes, and is expected to add positional prospects such as second baseman Devon Travis and outfielder Steven Moya.


I look forward to seeing Parrish back in the Tiger organization. I was lucky enough to meet him when he was managing the Loons on ’07. Wonder why he only lasted one season there, though. I’m also curious why they didn’t utilize Brookens to fill one of the open minor league spots. The Mud Hens, Seawolves, Whitecaps, and C-Tigs will all have new skippers this season.

I don’t know much about Brookens except that he sure didn’t sound like manager material when he spoke and he may have been the only person who could under-coach 3rd base compared to Gene Lamont. Leyland’s choices at 3rd base coach are inexcusable for a “hall of fame” manager. I am really looking forward to this season!

Brookens already managed the O-Tigers, Whitecaps, and Seawolves. He led the Whitecaps to the Midwest League Championship on 2007, so he must have been doing something right.

has alex avila packed on 20lbs? looks it

That didn’t come up. To be honest, it’s always hard for me to notice that stuff in winter because everyone dresses heavier. I’m sure it won’t take long to figure out once spring training gets going.

Will watch with interest: Brennan Boesch, Scott Sizemore and Ramon.
Hope they all do well.

Agreed, all 3 represented the D well. Still think Boesch has the most potential to come around. So much power. Sizemore’s injuries have really hurt his development and Ramon, well, I wish I was as old as him, but for a MLB player he is near the end.

Alex would be better advised to actually shed some weight to reduce the stress on his knees. I am hoping RCab can show some talent and provide a solid back-up to Avila. I don’t think the idea of another weak hitting catcher (Holaday) is going to improve things.

Ramon should get a shot with his 2b, 3b, SS background. Didn’t he hit his last homer away from Comerica at Cincy?? ST in Ariz might help his hitting, too.

I missed something. Who is RCab? Been a little busy here wondering where to put the snow and trying to keep warm. OT- wondering how Maximus will affect Super Bowl in New York.

ramón cabrera – youngster

I think Santiago has some baseball left in him and expect him to be with the big club this year. I would have been happy to have him back in Detroit. Class guy and does his job well.
On Castellanos at thirdbase, I don’t think I saw him play the position last spring. That’s on my “watch” list for this ST. My guess, without seeing him, is that he can dive and throw as well as any of them, but it’s those Porcello induced choppers that may give him trouble. We’ll see.

Well, I’m just shocked Mario Impemba is coming out with a book in April titled: “If these Walls Could Talk.” Miguel is on the front cover. You know, I figure Jason could probably write a novel with all he knows.🙂

DD : Based on performance , Victor and Torii could be part of the landscape after 2014
Tanaka made Max .. rich

i’d prefer to see whether, Alex bounces back offensively (and defensively). Might need to get a legit catcher with the some of that money.

I would think neither would be back. Both good guys to have on your team but things (and players) change.

Baseball carreer opportunities that can’t miss. 1. Third base coach for the Detroit Tigers.

In the midst of a lack of rumors surrounding lefty Oliver Perez, Fangraphs’ Mike Petriello outlines the 32-year-old as a potential bargain. While Perez’s career once looked to be over, he’s reinvented himself as a bullpen arm. Petriello points out that Perez’s contact rate over the last two seasons is within one percent of Max Scherzer and Glen Perkins. Perez’s swinging-strike rate is better than that of Clayton Kershaw or Michael Wacha and on par with Joe Nathan, and he pounds the strike zone at nearly the same rate as Hisashi Iwakuma. Petriello is quick to point out that these positive indicators don’t guarantee success from Perez, but with Boone Logan and J.P. Howell signing lucrative multiyear deals, Perez could be a value add late in the offseason.

nah DD won’t do it – he just converted CASEY CROSBY to a reliever. *eye roll*

I think Perez pitches well in non-pressure situations (which were plentiful in Seattle recently). Bring him to a contender again, not too confident. Never been about his stuff, it has always been plus.

nice article about Jose Iglesias at fangraphs re: his defense and his impact on the runs scored in a year. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jose-iglesias-defense-in-detroit/

Lefty in the bullpen?? How about Blaine Hardy?? Anybody see him pitch at Erie or Toledo this past season?? The stats indicate he may have figured some things out. This will be a big camp for him and really many others. Krol, Coke, Alvarez, and Crosby are all in the mix for BP spots. Just healthy arms come north. How many?? We will have Kyle Lobstein and Robbie Ray as starters in Toledo. If we need a lefty reliever late in the season, Kyle or Robbie may get the call. Do any of the players I mentioned touch 95 on the radar gun?? Just curious.

Lobstein is a finesse guy…according to Toledo Blade writer John Wagner, his fastball is in the upper 80s, touching 90-91. Hardy is similar upper 80s, touching 90. not the power arms that Tigers usually pursue.
link to Wagner’s blog: http://toledoblade.typepad.com/coopscoop it’s an informative read…in a recent post he reports that Adam Wilk is back from Korea, having signed a minor league deal with the Pirates.

Thanks for the info on the lefties. Generally guys right at 90 are starters or long men.

TY Evan. RCab = Ramon Cabrera. Even with his last name it would be great if he could hit .250 with just 1/2 of MIggy’s HR”s and RBI’s. Wow! Do you realize what that would mean? .250, 20, 70.

Ramon Cabrera with Leones del Caracas:290/.331/.460/.791 4 HR in 37 games. His father hit 3 in one game in Maracaibo ( that is quit a feat, one of the most pitcher friendly park you ever see, and is not the harder in Maracaibo). Power did not pass to the next generation. He was regular here as catcher but he was mostly DH with Toledo and Erie.
I just saw him twice, not really impressed with his defense.

one interesting bit from a Tigerfest interview with Joe Nathan: he said that he seldom if ever shakes off a sign, believing that if he executes whatever pitch is called, it’ll be good enough to get the hitter.
how many pitchers are that equally confident in all their pitches?

“Avila’s option is vesting. Vests with any of these: ’14 All-Star, Top 15 MVP. ’14 Silver Slugger.” And Fielder had a Golden Glove bonus. Hope and dream or delusion and denial?

BTW: overpaid . 3.85 was above the expected

our owner likes to overpay, no?
If he performs like he did in 2011 it’ll be underpaying.


Woody—I think we are damn fortunate to have Nathan.

Port, Perez would not hurt us going into this season. Well worth a dice throw IMO.

Dave, you still have work to do.

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