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.”