Mike Maroth promoted to Mud Hens pitching coach
Mike Maroth is moving up the Tigers' coaching ranks.
Maroth, the left-hander who pitched for Detroit in the 2000s, was promoted from pitching coach of the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers to the same job with the Triple-A Mud Hens.
He'll work under manager Larry Parrish, and replaces Al Nipper.
Maroth joined the Tigers' minor-league coaching staff in 2011, when he was hired at Lakeland.
The Tigers haven't yet made announcements about their final field staff for 2015. They are waiting until after the World Series, as Major League Baseball prefers no news interferes with the Fall Classic news cycle.
Single-A West Michigan is looking for a pitching coach, as well, after Mike Henneman announced after the season that he was leaving that post for a job at a private company in Texas. Henneman, though, might be returning to Detroit in some capacity.
At the major-league level, the Tigers need an assistant hitting coach to replace Darnell Coles, who took the main hitting coach position with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Maroth, 37, pitched six seasons in the major leagues, all but a half-year with the Tigers.
He was notorious for losing 21 games during the Tigers' disastrous 2003 season, but rebounded to win 11 and 14, respectively, the next two seasons before getting off to a fine start in 2006, the year Detroit's fortunes turned around. An elbow injury eventually sidelined him much of the year, and he made just 20 more starts in the majors, seven with the Cardinals in 2007.
For his career, Maroth was 50-67 with a 5.05 ERA.