The Detroit Tigers have several big decisions to make this offseason, with hiring a new manager right at the top of the list. It is important to pick the right man for the job considering the Tigers expect to continue contending for a World Series title. For that reason, would it be wise for Detroit to hire within the organization for the managerial position?
Whoever replaces Jim Leyland has big shoes to fill. One person that would be capable of handling the job is Lloyd McClendon, who has been the team’s hitting coach under his mentor.
The 54-year-old managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-2005. He did a decent job considering what he had to work with. Losing his position was tough but it made him realize that he always wanted another chance to be a manager again.
There is no question the managerial position could be a long shot for McClendon. On the other hand, I believe the Tigers should give him the opportunity considering how successful Detroit’s hitters have been under his watch. Not to mention, he knows the ins and outs of the team. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of the players. He has obtained some valuable experience under Leyland, which he could use when at the helm of the team. Although, he wants to make it perfectly clear that he plans to bring his own style to the role.
“Obviously when you have an opportunity to work with one of the best in the game, you’d be a fool not to learn something,” McClendon said, according to Tigers.com. “That has certainly been very beneficial to me. My aspirations are hopefully to manage again, but at the same time you have to be your own man.”
What do the fans think? Would McClendon do a sufficient enough job as the manager of the Tigers?