Tigers make changes to coaching staff after 96-loss season

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch says batting coach Scott Coolbaugh and quality control coach Josh Paul don’t…

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch said batting coach Scott Coolbaugh and quality control coach Josh Paul will not be returning to the team next season.

Hinch announced a series of personnel changes Friday, two days after Detroit ended a disappointing 66-96 season that extended the franchise’s playoff drought to eight years.

Hinch also said batting coach Mike Hessman and third baseman coach Ramon Santiago have been offered minor league jobs.

Alfredo Amezaga will return as the team’s first baseman coach after joining the Tigers coaching staff at the end of the season and Gary Jones, who coached first baseman in 2022, will move to third base or for help the team defensively.

“This season is not those coaches’ fault,” Hinch said. “We are all responsible and we are all part of it. Sometimes changing your voice is important in sports and sometimes it’s time to mix up the message to the players. »

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