Tigers Announce Coaching Change

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The Detroit Tigers will be looking for a new hitting coach before next season.

The team announced Saturday that hitting coach Wally Joyner will be leaving the coaching staff to pursue other opportunities within the game.  Joyner had been with the team since manager Brad Ausmus was hired before the 2014 season and the Tigers had led the major leagues in batting average in the first two of his seasons in Detroit.

The Tigers will begin the search for a replacement.  The team’s official website said that the status of assistant hitting coach David Newhan will be worked out once that replacement is named.

The Tigers are retaining the remainder of their coaching staff for the 2017 season.  Bench coach Gene Lamont, pitching coach Rich Dubee, bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, first-base coach Omar Vizquel, third-base coach Dave Clark and defensive coordinator Matt Martin will return.  This comes after the Tigers announced that they are picking up the fourth-year option on Ausmus’ contract as skipper.

The Tigers finished the 2016 campaign with an 86-75 record, second place in the American League Central Division.  They were eliminated from wildcard contention on the last day of the regular season.