The Detroit Tigers have named Lloyd McClendon as the manager of their Triple-A squad, the Toledo Mud Hens. McClendon, who was let go from the Seattle Mariners on October 9, replaces Larry Parrish, who spent 12 years at the helm of the Mud Hens.
McClendon, who previously spent seven seasons with the Tigers, first as a bullpen coach, and then as the hitting coach, will be returning to the Tigers organization. During McClendon’s tenure as the Tigers hitting coach, a Tigers player won the American League batting title four times. The Tigers will be hoping that McClendon can bring the same success to some of its top farm prospects. The 2016 season will be McClendon’s first stint as a Minor League manager, and possibly his only year, as he could be on a few teams’ short lists to fill any managerial openings in 2017.
McClendon will have his work cut out for him in Toledo, after a portion of the Mud Hens roster was traded away at the July 31 deadline. The Mud Hens finished in last place in the International League West division, 22 games out of first place and with a team batting average of .250. The Tigers are hoping that the knowledge McClendon has as a player and manager can only bolster things in Toledo and help their prospects develop into big league hitters.
During his big league career, Lloyd McClendon hit .244 in parts of eight seasons with 35 home runs and 154 knocked in. As a manager, McClendon managed the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mariners for a total of seven seasons, registering a 499-607 record.