Trammell rejoins Tigers as special assistant (updated)

After 20 years at shortstop and three more as manager, Alan Trammell is rejoining the Tigers for the next chapter of his baseball career. The Tigers announced Monday that they’ve hired him on as a special assistant to team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, joining Al Kaline, Willie Horton and Jim Leyland.

“This feels right,” Trammell said in a phone conversation Monday afternoon from Glendale, Ariz., where he was with Brad Ausmus watching Tigers prospects in the Arizona Fall League.

It was Ausmus, Trammell said, who called him not too long ago about coming back to the organization. Trammell was the Tigers’ hitting coach in 1999, when Ausmus was the catcher. They both live in the San Diego area, and they get together for lunch from time to time in the offseason. In fact, that’s what Trammell said he thought Ausmus was calling to set up. Instead, he was calling about a job.

It is not a ceremonial one. Trammell will be involved in all personnel meetings, according to the release. He’ll also assist on the field at the Major and minor league levels, traveling throughout the farm system for the latter. Those duties will include working with former teammate Lance Parrish, now managing at Double-A Erie, and Triple-A Toledo pitching coach Mike Maroth, whom Trammell managed a decade ago.

“I want to work,” said Trammell, who said he expects to spend most of Spring Training in camp working on the field.

It’ll be Trammell’s first work with the Tigers since he managed the team from 2003 through 2005. His first year at the helm was the infamous 119-loss season of 2003, but his next two seasons laid the foundation for the 2006 team that made it to the World Series under Leyland’s direction.

Trammell stayed in coaching, serving as Lou Piniella’s bench coach with the Cubs from 2007 to 2010 before spending the last four years as Kirk Gibson’s bench coach in Arizona. He also stayed active in Detroit, taking part in Wayne State University’s fall baseball camp each offseason to help raise money for the program.

Once the Diamondbacks changed managers and coaching staffs last month, the Tigers took the opportunity to bring the 56-year-old Trammell back into the organization.

“Tram will forever be revered as one of the greatest Tigers to ever wear the old English D,” team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a release, “and we view this as an opportunity to add an outstanding baseball person who offers a wealth of experience and perspective from his 20 plus seasons, all with the Tigers, and his most recent years of managing and coaching. It’s great to have him back.”

23 Comments

Oh, this was a great move. Back where he belongs!

Congratulations to Tram. One of my all time favorite Tigers. Would have been interesting to see whether 2006 might have been any different under him. The talent was there waiting to blossom. Always felt that 3 years was not a fair enough time span to evaluate his managerial skills.

Right on Marty. DD is extremely fortunate to have Tram, Willie, JL and #6 as special assistants.

Joe Maddon: I used to take the DH out sometimes just to play national league baseball sometimes.

my 1st grade baseball card lists the detroit tigers and alan trammel as my favorite team and player. it hasn’t changed – super pumped to see Tram back home.

welcome back Tram! My childhood “hero” as far as baseball was concerned – humble, played the game right.

my kid sleeps next to a tram poster

A true class act returns to where he belongs; he also belongs in the HOF. Would love to see a bold move by DD in signing Markakis, one of the most underrated players in the AL. Too costly, but he can leadoff, bats lefty, and has a solid arm from RF. Too bad baseball is do much of a business. Glad the Giants won the WS. I do not root for my enemies under any circumstances.

🙂 hope you’re well greg!

Very cool. I have an Alan Trammell bat!

Good to see them following the Giants example of showing class when dealing with the historic players

Fair:
“J.D. and Victor Martinez lose out on AL Comeback Player of the Year honors at Players Choice Awards. M’s pitcher Chris Young wins”
Jason at twitter

Henning making too much of Maddon /Renteria. The Tigers did the same to Brandon Moss to sign Sparky

Lee Moss

Les Moss…evidently the least memorable Tiger manager in history

originally, John Moss, I believe

died a few years back in flordia, no?

James Schmehl ‏@jamesschmehl · 12s13 seconds ago
Victor Martinez finishes behind Mike Trout for the AL Outstanding Player Award, as voted on by their peers in the Players Choice Awards

Love this!

players who were detroit tigers for more than 20 years….3 guys….

the SS acumen in the organization is now thru the roof with Vizquel and Trammell. some guys are just in baseball for life. former Tiger Richie Hebner is another…66 year old hitting coach for AAA Buffalo.

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