Detroit Tigers announce coaching changes for 2024
According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, it's been revealed that the Detroit Tigers are in for some coaching changes as they gear up for the 2024 season. One notable departure is first base coach Alfredo Amézaga, who has been a part of the Tigers' coaching staff since September 2022. The Tigers haven't officially confirmed any other changes yet, but it appears that the core of the coaching group, including the pitching and hitting coaches, is likely to remain intact.
Why it Matters
Alfredo Amézaga, a former MLB player with nine seasons under his belt, previously shared the field with none other than Miguel Cabrera during their time with the Florida Marlins in 2006 and 2007. He initially joined the Detroit Tigers' organization as the Triple-A Toledo first base coach, and by the final month of the 2022 season, he found himself on manager A.J. Hinch‘s coaching staff. Amézaga played a key role in coaching first base and training the infielders.
Which Other Coaches Are Moving On?
In addition to Amézaga, there are several other notable changes in the Detroit Tigers' coaching and support staff for the upcoming season:
- Matt Rankin, the assistant athletic trainer who spent 18 seasons with the organization, won't be returning.
- Brian Britten, the director of team travel won't be back.
- Corey Tremble, the Tigers' minor-league medical and rehab coordinator, has resigned after 16 seasons with the organization.
- James Orr, a national crosschecker from the amateur scouting department, did not have his contract renewed.
- Francisco Rivas, the minor-league strength and conditioning coordinator, won't be part of the organization for the upcoming season.
- Ramón Santiago, a minor-league infield coordinator, did not have his contract renewed.
- Florida Complex League manager Mike Alvarez will not be returning.
A New Hire
- The Detroit Tigers have reportedly brought on Chip Lawrence, who was the runner-up for the scouting director job in October 2022. He now joins as a special assistant to scouting and global crosschecker.
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- Alfredo Amézaga leaves the Tigers' coaching staff, bringing a 13-month tenure to an end.
- Several other staff members, including assistant athletic trainer Matt Rankin and director of team travel Brian Britten, won't be returning for the 2024 season.
- The Tigers also welcome Chip Lawrence as a special assistant to scouting and global crosschecker.
Bottom Line – A Fresh Start for Tigers Coaching
In the world of baseball, change is the only constant, and the Tigers are embracing that reality. As they bid farewell to familiar faces and welcome new ones, the 2024 season promises to be an intriguing one. The Tigers are ready to start a new inning with a revamped coaching and support staff.