Larry Parrish returns as Mud Hens managerWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Parrish is coming back to the Mud Hens.
Toledo’s all-time winningest skipper was named manager of the team for the upcoming season.
He replaces Phil Nevin, who managed the Mud Hens for the past three seasons. The Tigers announced on Aug. 31 Nevin’s contract would not be renewed.
Parrish, who most recently managed the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps, led the Mud Hens to back-to-back International League championships in 2005 and 2006. He was named the International League Manager of the Year in 2005 and was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame last season.
Toledo Mud Hens President and General Manager Joe Napoli said in a news release he is thrilled to have Parrish back.
“As a manager, he’s a great teacher and I know we’ll see improvement in player development,” Napoli said. “For our fans, he’s always been a favorite. They will be glad to welcome him back.”
Parrish managed the Mud Hens from 1994-1998, 2003-2006 and 2008 and is the franchise’s all-time winningest skipper. He also managed the Detroit Tigers for one full season.
During his playing career, the Florida native saw action in nearly 1,900 major league games. He retired from playing in 1990 and joined the Detroit Tigers organization as a full-time coach.
Other staffing changes
A.J. Sager, who has been pitching coach for the past six seasons, will leave the Mud Hens. He was promoted to Detroit’s roving pitching coordinator.
“It’s been a pleasure having AJ in Toledo,” Napoli said in the release. “But we’re excited for him and his family and his new role and responsibilities within the Tigers organization, and the best part is we’ll still have the benefit of him coming to Toledo.”
Al Nipper, who pitched seven seasons in the majors and has been with the Tigers the past two years, will replace Sager as pitching coach.
Athletic trainer Matt Rankin is also leaving Toledo to join the Tigers major league staff as assistant athletic trainer. His replacement has not yet been named.
Hitting Coach Leon “Bull” Durham will return for his 14th season with the Mud Hens.
The season opens April 4.