According to the Detroit Tigers, Kirk Gibson will have a new role this season in addition to his analyst job with FOX Sports Detroit.
The Tigers announced on Monday that Gibson has been named as a special assistant to Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Al Avila.
From Detroit Tigers:
The Detroit Tigers today announced that Kirk Gibson, who played 12 years for the Tigers and was a member of the 1984 World Series championship team, has been named a special assistant to Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Al Avila.
In his role, Gibson will assist in on-field duties at both the Major League and Minor League levels, be involved in all personnel meetings, travel throughout the Minor League system and participate in community relations.
“We’re fortunate to have so many Tigers legends playing key roles in our front office, such as Al Kaline, Alan Trammell, Willie Horton and Jim Leyland, and Gibby fits into that group as well as anyone,” Avila said. “He comes in with an already established presence in our clubhouse as a broadcaster, and we’re looking forward to having him around more during Spring Training in Lakeland, while he’ll be working with Major and Minor League players across our organization.”
“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to work with Al and the baseball operations department who are building a solid foundation for the future success of this franchise,” Gibson said. “Spring Training is right around the corner, and I’m really looking forward to be back in Lakeland working with everyone to bring a World Series championship back to the City of Detroit. I remember watching the ’68 team as a sixth grader, participating in the ’84 world championship and I’m excited for the opportunity to contribute to the next championship team.”
One local reporter is already doubting that this double duty for Gibson will last long as Tony Paul of the Detroit News tweeted out the following.
This can’t possibly last. https://t.co/0L2xMKE88K
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) January 28, 2019