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Detroit — He's been everything else for the Tigers — an All-Star shortstop, a World Series MVP, a Hall of Fame candidate, a coach and their manager.

Now Alan Trammell is a special assistant to Tigers' president, general manager and chief executive officer Dave Dombrowski,

The Tigers announced on Monday that Trammell's responsibilities in his new position will be to assist with on-field duties at both the major and minor-league levels.

He will also be involved in all personnel meetings, participate in community relations and travel throughout the minor-league system.

"On behalf of ownership and the Detroit Tigers' organization, we are thrilled Alan Trammell has returned to the ball club," Dombrowski said in a statement. "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 (as a player), all with the Tigers, and his most recent years of managing and coaching.

"Tram will forever be revered as one of the greatest Tigers ever to wear the "olde English D". It's great to have him back."

Trammell — one of only three players to play 20 or more seasons for the Tigers, Ty Cobb and Al Kaline being the others — confirmed Monday morning that after meeting with Tigers' officials last week he has agreed to come back "home", as he put it.

"I'm thrilled about it," Trammell said over the phone from San Diego, before boarding a plane with Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus for an assignment of watching games in the Arizona Fall League.

"I think everyone knows the special place in my heart that the Tigers have always occupied."

As part of the Tigers' announcement, he added "it's an honor to return to Detroit. I am looking forward to working with Dave and contributing to the organization."

Trammell, 56, was a six-time All-Star who played for the Tigers from 1977-1996. He was he team's hitting coach in 1999 and managed the Tigers from 2003-2005.

Dombrowski dismissed Trammell as manager following a 71-91 record in 2005, a season which capped a dreary three years, but he continued to have a friendly relationship with him.

Trammell had a chance to remain with the team as a special assistant in 2006, but opted to sit out the season. In 2007, he was hired as the Chicago Cubs' bench coach, then became the bench coach in 2010 for the Arizona Diamondbacks with Kirk Gibson, his longtime friend and teammate, as the manager.

Gibson's entire Arizona staff was fired, as was he, on Sept. 26.

Ausmus has always had a high regard, however, for Trammell — with whom he was a teammate for Trammell's final year as an active player. Living near each other in the San Diego area, they've remained friends since.

"I just want to say it feels great to be back in the Tigers' organization." Trammell said. "I thank them for wanting me back."

"Hopefully," said Gary Spicer, Trammell's longtime adviser and legal counsel, "this opens the way for Tram to remain a Tiger the rest of his career."

Trammell joins Al Kaline, Willie Horton, Jim Leyland and Dick Egan as a special assistant to Dombrowski. He is an addition in his new position, not a replacement.

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