Larry Parrish Named New Whitecaps Manager

As TigsTown reported on Monday night, the Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps announced on Tuesday that former Detroit Tigers manager Larry Parrish will take over as the lead in the dugout in 2013.

Larry Parrish has been named by the Tigers and the West Michigan Whitecaps to succeed Ernie Young, who managed the club the past two years.

Parrish was a career .263 hitter in the big leagues, with 256 career home runs that spanned 15 seasons.

He originally joined the organization in 1997 as the bench coach to Buddy Bell for the Tigers, and succeeded Bell as manager midway through the 1998 season, a role that he continued through 1999.

He remained with the Tigers organization through 2010, serving multiple roles, including managing the Toledo Mud Hens.

According to Tigers director of minor league operations Dan Lunetta, the Tigers were eager to bring him back. "As the all-time wins leader as the former manager of the Toledo Mud Hens, Larry comes with a very successful track record; he's an outstanding baseball man with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a strong commitment to player development," Lunetta said. "His forte is the ability to teach young men how we expect them to play the game. He is very enthusiastic about the prospect of managing the Whitecaps because he feels strongly he can have the greatest impact as a teacher and coach at this level. We certainly hope that Whitecaps fans will be quite excited about the selection of Larry Parrish as the manager of the Whitecaps."

In addition to Parrish, hitting coach Scott Dwyer will return to the team in 2013, while Mark Johnson, last year's pitching coach, will shift responsibility to handle pitching coach duties for the Class-A Connecticut Tigers. No pitching coach replacement has been named yet.

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