After nine years away, Tigers great Alan Trammell is returning home to Detroit as the Special Assistant to General Manager Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers announced today. The news was broken by Detroit News’ Tom Gage this morning.
In a statement, Dombrowski said “On behalf of ownership and the Detroit Tigers organization, we’re thrilled Alan Trammell has returned to the ballclub. Tram will forever be revered as one of the greatest Tigers to ever wear the Old English D, and we view this as an opportunity to add an outstanding baseball person who offers a wealth of experience and perspective. It’s great to have him back.”
“I’m thrilled about it,” Trammell said. “I think everyone knows the special place in my heart that the Tigers have always occupied. It feels great to be back in the Tigers’ organization. I thank them for wanting me back.”
As Special Assistant, Trammell will assist in on-field duties at all levels of play, as well as be involved in all personnel meetings, the Tigers said. He will also travel through the minor leagues and participate in community relations. Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland also holds this position, while former Tigers Al Kaline and Willie Horton hold a similar position to the Tigers President, who is also Dave Dombrowski.
Trammell spent his entire 20-year career with the Tigers, finishing with a .285 average with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBIs. He was also named the MVP of the 1984 World Series, and was second in the 1987 American League MVP voting, batting .343 with 28 home runs and 105 RBI’s. Trammell was a six-time All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove winner, and a three-time Silver Slugger award recipient. He is in his 14th year on the ballot for the Hall of Fame, and only Trammell, Ty Cobb, and Al Kaline played for at least 20 years for the Tigers.
After his career, he was the Tigers’ batting coach in 1999 and the Padres’ first base coach from 2000 to 2002. He returned to the Tigers a third time as manager from 2003 to 2005, compiling a 186-300 record as manager, including losing an American League record 119 games in 2003.
Trammell was let go after the 2005 season and was offered the Special Assistant job at that time, but chose to take a year off baseball. He joined the Cubs in 2007 as their bench coach under manager Lou Pinella until Pinella’s retirement in 2010. In 2011, he joined former teammate and friend Kirk Gibson in the Diamondbacks organization as Gibson’s bench coach. He served as bench coach until late this season, when the entire coaching staff was let go. Trammell finished 2014 as the Diamondbacks manager, going 1-2 in the final series against the Cardinals.