Detroit — Legendary Lloyd is back in the Tigers’ organization.
The Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers' Triple A affiliate, on Monday named Lloyd McClendon manager.
“It's an honor to come back to the Detroit Tigers organization,” said McClendon, 56, who coached on Jim Leyland’s staff in Detroit from 2006-2013. “I've been to Fifth Third Field many times in the past. It's a wonderful ballpark and the fans are outstanding. It should be a very enjoyable summer for us.”
McClendon spent the last two years managing the Seattle Mariners. He was fired on Oct. 9 after going 163-161 in two seasons. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005.
“I am very pleased to have Lloyd McClendon managing the Toledo Mud Hens in 2016,” said Dave Littlefield, Tigers’ vice president of development who oversaw the hiring of McClendon. “He is a passionate competitor, experienced baseball man and strong leader. Toledo's players and our minor league development system will benefit with Lloyd at the helm.”
McClendon replaces Larry Parrish who retired after 10 seasons with the Mud Hens.
“I'm going to be much more in a teaching mode compared to being a manager in the majors,” McClendon said. “I'll do my best to use my experience and knowledge of the game to help these young players develop.”