The big story in Detroit right now is who will be the next Skipper of the Tigers. It does not appear that this will be a search that ends quickly, and the Tigers brain trust will work hard to get this hire right. With that being said let us look at the field. The Tigers have a lot of options and this is a very attractive job we begin with the in house candidates:
1. Tom Brookens- He has been with the big team for the past few years, and had stop in the Tigers system in Single and Double A as Manager. he won a championship with the West Michigan White Caps and was big part of the bench that helped this team win the 1984 World Series. A lot of publications over look him as a candidate.
2. Gene Lamont- He has been here since Jim Leyland came to town. he has big league experience with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox. He knows the players and is well respected in baseball circles. He was a finalist for the Boston job last year.
3. Lloyd McClendon- He has also been here since Leyland came to town, and has big league experience with the Pirates. He has coached up the Tigers bats a lot, but let us not forget they brought up minor league hitting instructor Leon Durham to help the big club. McClendon will get serious consideration with Durham set to replace him as hitting coach.
4. Jeff Jones- He has done a masterful job with the Tigers pitching staff, and deserves a long look at this job. However he has no managerial experience and it is hard to fathom the Tigers going with a rookie manager with a roster built to win now.
The Tigers organization recently promoted Larry Parrish to coach their Triple A team in Toledo. Elevating him from the White Caps. He had an unimpressive run with the Tigers as bench coach and manager in the late 1990's but has won championships at almost every level of the minor leagues including a 2005 Championship with the Mud Hens. It seems very unlikely they would elevate him back to the big club.
Looking around the rest of the minor league system does not reveal any obvious candidates.