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McClendon new hitting coach, Jeff Jones new bullpen coach

Postby Dannomyte » Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:08 pm

DETROIT -- Jim Leyland has set his coaching staff for 2007, naming his good friend Lloyd McClendon as the new hitting coach and promoting Jeff Jones from Triple-A Toledo to take over for McClendon as the bullpen coach.

McClendon has plenty of experience as a hitting coach (much more than Don Slaught did, actually). He was a minor-leauge hitting instructor for one year, and the big-league hitting coach in Pittsburgh for four years.

Jones is very highly regarded as a pitching coach, and should be a help to Chuck Hernandez. Jones was the Tigers' bullpen coach under Sparky Anderson in 1995, under Larry Parrish in 1999, and also in 2002 under Luis Pujols. He has been a coach in the Tiger organization since 1989.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:23 pm

I really don't know much about who is/isn't a good hitting coach, so I'll just hope that this is a good move. Same goes for bullpen coaches.

Although from what I hear, it's a bit of a snub to Leon Durham that he wasn't promoted, but again, I don't know a ton about whether or not most people are good hitting coaches or not.
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