The Toledo Mud Hens, Erie SeaWolves and West Michigan Whitecaps will all head into the 2005 season with the same staffs as they had in 2004.
That means that Larry Parrish returns as the skipper of the Mud Hens, with Jeff Jones staying the team's Pitching Coach, and Leon Durham remaining as the team's Hitting Coach.
Likewise as it was announced over a month ago, the staff will remain the same for the SeaWolves as well. Manager Rick Sweet returns for his second tour of duty with the club, as will former Tiger and currently Erie Hitting Coach Pete Incaviglia. Mike Caldwell will also return as the team's Pitching Coach. (Ed. note: The Tigers did announce that the entire staff would return, however Sweet has since accepted the managerial job for the Louisville Bats. No announcement yet has come as to who the new Manager for the SeaWolves will be).
And at West Michigan, the staff was of course welcomed back after taking the club to the Midwest League championship. Recently retired Matt Walbeck returns as Manager (also for his 2nd season), with Pitching Coach AJ Sager and Hitting Coach Tony Jaramillo also coming back.
However, this leaves out one of the 4 full season clubs; the Lakeland Tigers. It's no secret that the Lakeland Tigers, often being entrusted with a number of top Tiger prospects, have failed to produce the strides expected. But does that mean a coaching shakeup is on the way? Well, nothing is certain, but the possibility certainly exists. When asked about the topic, neither Tigers President/CEO Dave Dombrowski nor Lakeland General Manager Todd Pund would comment, leading many to believe a change is on the way. That means that Manager Gary Green & Co. could be replaced by someone the Tigers hope will have better success at the Tigers Spring Training home. But, in the time being, it's certainly a good sign to see the organization happy with the production of at least a few of the coaching staffs, happy enough to bring them back for 2005.