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Former Tigers GM Randy Smith joins Japanese team

Detroit News
Former Tigers GM Randy Smith, middle, and manager Phil Garner, left, watch pitcher Adam Bernero during spring training in Lakeland in 2001.

Former Tigers general manager Randy Smith has accepted a position as a senior advisor for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League.

Smith, 53, was let go in October from his job as the vice-president of player development and international scouting for the San Diego Padres.

In Detroit, Smith posted one of the worst records (398-554) as Tigers GM from 1996-2002.

In Japan, he joins a team which won the championship last year.