Alan Trammell named special assistant to Detroit Tigers' general manager

Trammell spent 24 years in Tigers organization as player, coach


DETROIT, Mich. – Alan Trammell is the new special assistant to Detroit Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski.

The team made the announcement Monday.

In his role, Trammell will assist in on-field duties at both the major league and minor league levels, be involved in all personnel meetings, travel throughout the minor league system and participate in community relations.

"I am very excited to be back on board with the Tigers," Trammell said.  "It is an honor to return to Detroit and I am looking forward to working with Dave and contributing to the organization."


Trammell, 56, joins the Tigers after spending the previous four seasons as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prior to his time in Arizona, Trammell was the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs from 2007-10, where he was part of back-to-back National League Central Division titles in 2007-08. Trammell was the manager of the Tigers from 2003-05 and served as the club's hitting coach in 1999. In between his stints in Detroit, Trammell served as the first base coach of the San Diego Padres from 2000-02.

Trammell spent his entire 20-year playing career with the Tigers, hitting .285 with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBI. He was a six-time American League All-Star, a three-time AL Silver Slugger and earned four AL Gold Gloves at shortstop. Trammell joined Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Al Kaline as the only players to play 20-or-more seasons with the Tigers.

He was named Most Valuable Player during the 1984 World Series after hitting .450 (9x20) with two home runs and six RBI as the Tigers defeated the Padres in five games. Trammell finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player Award voting in 1987 after finishing the season with a .343 batting average, 205 hits, 28 home runs and 105 RBI.

Trammell and his wife, Barbara, reside in Pacific Beach, Calif., during the offseason. They have three children, Lance, Kyle and Jade.