The Detroit Tigers are continuing their search for Ron Gardenhire’s full time replacement following his announcement last month that he was leaving the game due to health reasons.
And while several candidates have emerged as potential possibilities, including former Tigers slugger Marcus Thames, another former Tiger’s name has been thrown into the hat.
According to The Athletic writer Rob Biertempfel, the Tigers have interviewed former utility man Don Kelley for the job. However, he’s not regarded as one of the leading candidates:
During his MLB career, Kelly played every position on the field, even pitching. He first came to the Tigers in 2009, where he remained until 2015. After his playing career ended, he served as a scout and assistant on the player development staff before being promoted to Major League Scout. He also later served as the first base coach of the Houston Astros, and is currently the bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Former Tigers Slugger Marcus Thames has met with team for managerial position
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.