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SN ranking: Trammell worst manager in last 30 years

The Detroit News
Tigers manager Alan Trammell had a rough season in 2003 when his team went 43-119.

The Sporting News' ranking of the worst 15 managers in the last 30 years has some familiar names to Tigers fans, including one of its most popular players in the No. 1 spot — Alan Trammell.

Buddy Bell, who managed the Tigers from 1996-98, comes in at No. 9.

The magazine based its ranking on managers, who were in charge for two seasons or at least 324 games, with the lowest winning percentages in the past three decades.

Trammell had a 187-302 (.382) career managerial record, which included two years with the Tigers from 2003-05 and a three-game stint as interim manager with the Diamondbacks last season.

Of Trammell's first among the worst, SN writes, "Trammell may have been an All-Star shortstop as a player, but his managerial career included one of the worst seasons of the modern era when the Tigers went 43-119 in 2003. He was able to lift the Tigers to mediocrity, but no farther. It's probably best to remember his days on the field."

Bell's career managerial record was 519-724 (.418), which included tenures with the Rockies (2000-2002) and Royals (2005-07). His record with the Tigers was 184-277 (.399), which included a dreadful 53-109 finish in his first season in 1996.

Of Bell, SN writes, "Despite managing (at least parts of) nine seasons, Bell had just one campaign over .500. He finished second in the 1997 AL Manager of the Year vote, but then again, he finished fifth the year before, when his Tigers went 53-109.