The Detroit Tigers are continuing the search for their new manager following the retirement of Ron Gardenhire near the end of the shortened 2020 season.
Several names have been tossed into the ring of candidates, including New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza and hitting coach Marcus Thames, a former Tigers slugger.
And now, another member of the Yankees coaching staff is a candidate to come to the Motor City.
According to Tigers beat writer Jason Beck, the team has interviewed Yankees 3B coach Phil Nevin:
Nevin, 49, played 12 years in Major League Baseball with seven teams, including the Tigers from 1995 to 1997. In 2010, he was named manager of the Erie SeaTigers, Detroit’s Class-AA minor-league affiliate. He was later named the manager of the Toledo Mud Hens, where he compiled a 192–238 record before being relieved of his duties in 2013.
In 2017, he was named the 3B coach for the San Francisco Giants, where he remained for one year before being hired as the Yankees 3B coach for the following season, where he’s been ever since.
Would this be a good hire for the Tigers?
Tigers interview former slugger Marcus Thames for manager opening
The Detroit Tigers are in need of a new manager following the decision by Ron Gardenhire to call it a career last month with the season winding down.
And while there have been a few candidates listed that have some controversy still surrounding them due to their role in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, one new name will instantly have Tigers fans reminiscing.
Marcus Thames, who currently serves as hitting coach of the New York Yankees, has met with Detroit Tigers management regarding their managerial opening, as reported by Tony Paul of The Detroit News:
Thames and the Yankees had their season ended by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
Appearing mostly in left field and as a designated hitter, Thames blasted 115 home runs and 301 RBIs during his MLB career, which ran from 2002 to 2011.
He appeared in 485 career games with the Tigers, and also had stints with the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers.