Detroit Tigers name Lloyd McClendon hitting coach for 2017

McClendon served as Tigers hitting coach from 2007-2013


DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers announced Friday that Lloyd McClendon has been named the team's hitting coach.

McClendon served as the Tigers' hitting coach from 2007-2013.

"Mac knows our personnel well and has worked with a number of current hitters," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We're fortunate to have him as part of our staff."

"I appreciate the opportunity to be back with the major league staff in Detroit," McClendon said. "I am grateful to (general manager) Al (Avila) and Brad for having the confidence in me to once again work with some of the game's best hitters. I am also looking forward to working with Bull Durham, who brings a vast amount of experience."

Durham has been named the team's assistant hitting coach, the Tigers announced Friday. Next season will be Durham's 17th in the Tigers organization and his first at the major league level.

McClendon served as manager for the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens in 2016. He led Toledo to a 68-76 record.

McClendon left the Tigers in 2014 to become manager of the Seattle Mariners. In his first season with Seattle, McClendon led the Mariners to a 87-75 record. He was fired after a 76-86 finish in 2015.

McClendon served as a bullpen coach during the Tigers' 2006 World Series run. He was the hitting coach when the Tigers returned to the World Series in 2012. In 2012, the Tigers led the majors with a .283 batting average and were second in runs scored.

The Tigers' offense was average in 2016, scoring the sixth-most runs in the American League and going through long stretches without production. In the final two games, with the Tigers needing wins to get into the playoffs, the offense mustered just one run in 18 innings.

Rich Dubee did not return as hitting coach after the season.