Tigers employees follow players' community lead

Front-office members pitch in during holidays, carrying on in-season giving by Cabrera and Co.

Tigers employees follow players' community lead

DETROIT -- The Tigers' season ended way too early for their liking. They still ended the year with a lot to be thankful for, on and off the field, including the continued fan support from the city and the region.

As much as Tigers stars were focused on trying to give Detroit its first World Series title in 30 years, an effort that fell short in the American League Division Series, it was just as important for them to try to give back. Their efforts over the course of the year highlighted that.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Strong stats buoy Trammell's Hall of Fame candidacy

Former Tigers shortstop will be on ballot for 14th year

Strong stats buoy Trammell's Hall of Fame candidacy

DETROIT -- Alan Trammell has made his way back to the Tigers, now a special assistant almost a decade after managing the team. Barring a miraculous surge in votes, it appears he will not make it into the Hall of Fame.

He has long since made his peace with that likelihood. The fans who watched him anchor the Tigers' infield for two decades, who idolized him as kids, aren't so forgiving about it. They have numbers in their favor, too.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Clark among first-timers on Hall of Fame ballot

Clark among first-timers on Hall of Fame ballot

The newest list of candidates for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 is headlined by dominant pitchers like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, as well as power hitter Gary Sheffield.

But beyond the stars, others who had stellar Major League careers also are eligible for the first time. Although they didn't throw with Johnson's velocity or swing with Sheffield's ferocity, at one time or another, many of them carried their clubs and will forever be remembered by baseball fans.

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Adam Berry and Cash Kruth are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Carrera outrighted by Tigers, becomes free agent

Carrera outrighted by Tigers, becomes free agent

Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera elected to become a free agent on Tuesday after the Tigers outrighted him to Triple-A Toledo.

After Detroit claimed right-hander Josh Zeid off waivers from the Astros on Thursday, filling the team's 40-man roster, Carrera was designated for assignment.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Matt Yallof

A View from Studio 3: Trammell worthy of HOF

World Series MVP among trophies collected during 20-season career

A View from Studio 3: Trammell worthy of HOF

Here's something to chew on this Thanksgiving. And it has nothing to do with turkey or $100 million free agents. It has to do with the Hall of Fame ballot that was released this week. A yearly event that, this holiday season, got lost a bit because of the monster deals the Red Sox handed out to Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

In the last few days, I've read numerous stories and tweets from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America about their dilemma in voting for only 10 players eligible for enshrinement while there appears to be more than a dozen deserving players. Because the new candidates are overwhelmingly impressive, a few of the stars from decades gone by will likely suffer. Again. The "what have you done for me lately" factor is in full effect. This fact doesn't bode well for one player in particular who deserves enshrinement but is fading from the radar of today's voters.

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Matt Yallof is the co-host of The Rundown on MLB Network from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Odds against Tigers re-signing Scherzer

In MLB Network Radio interview, GM downplays shot of keeping righty, trading lefty Price

Odds against Tigers re-signing Scherzer

DETROIT -- Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski tried to downplay the possibility of re-signing Max Scherzer and flipping David Price in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday afternoon.

"It is a possibility? I guess anything's a possibility," Dombrowski told Casey Stern and former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden on "Inside Pitch" when asked about the possibility of a Scherzer return.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Avila pondering change in catcher's mask

Concussions have Tigers backstop considering hockey-style gear for next season

Avila pondering change in catcher's mask

DETROIT -- Alex Avila isn't sure whether a change of masks will change his fortunes when it comes to concussions. At this point, however, he's willing to consider it.

"I don't think there's really a final solution," Avila told Chris Russo on MLB Network's "High Heat" on Friday afternoon. "There's nothing you're going to wear that's going to completely eliminate the risk, but there are ways to reduce it."

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers add outfielder Avery on Minors deal

Tigers add outfielder Avery on Minors deal

DETROIT -- The Tigers added depth to their outfield ranks and footspeed to their camp this week by signing former Orioles and Mariners farmhand Xavier Avery to a Minor League contract.

Avery announced the signing on his Twitter account Thursday.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers protect Nesbitt, Machado from Rule 5 Draft

Hanrahan not added to club's 40-man roster

Tigers protect Nesbitt, Machado from Rule 5 Draft

DETROIT -- The Tigers filled their 40-man roster Thursday, purchasing the contracts of relief prospect Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

The moves came hours before the 11:59 p.m. ET deadline to protect eligible prospects from the Rule 5 Draft, where teams can pluck unprotected talent from other organizations if they're willing to keep the player on their Major League roster for a full season. Players are eligible after five years in the organization if they signed before age 19, or after four years if they signed at an older age.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcher

Discussions apparently involved Houston's Corporan, but Detroit has since moved on

Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcher

DETROIT -- The Tigers picked up the club option on Alex Avila's contract earlier this week, but they remain in the news surrounding catching. While Major League sources confirmed a report from FOXSports.com that Detroit had talks with the Astros about their catching surplus, the source said talks ended with the Tigers moving on.

The Astros have three catchers on their roster following the addition of former Angels backstop Hank Conger two weeks ago. Talks with the Tigers supposedly centered around switch-hitting backup Carlos Corporan, who has pounded Tigers pitching the last two years (9-for-22, three HRs, four RBIs). Two of those home runs came off Max Scherzer in 2013. Corporan also homered off Evan Reed this past May.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers claim Zeid from Astros, designate Carrera

Tigers claim Zeid from Astros, designate Carrera

DETROIT -- The Tigers' search for bullpen help led them to the waiver wire on the day Major League teams had to set their 40-man rosters. Josh Zeid isn't the big-name signing that many expect the Tigers to make, but he's the kind of waiver claim they often seek out at this time of year.

The Tigers claimed Zeid, a 27-year-old right-hander, off waivers from the Astros, who had tried to take him off their 40-man roster to make room for prospects they wanted to protect from the Rule 5 Draft. Zeid immediately goes on the roster for the Tigers, who designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment to make room.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Shoring up bullpen remains on Tigers' agenda

Club may go in-house for lefty setup man with Krol, Ryan on list

Shoring up bullpen remains on Tigers' agenda

DETROIT -- The Tigers took care of two of their most pressing needs last week by re-signing Victor Martinez and trading for Anthony Gose. They likely have a waiting game ahead of them if they're going to make any move on retaining Max Scherzer. That leaves some time to address other parts of the team.

Among those parts is the bullpen, even if it's not the major move many might pine for.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Trammell, Parrish to host baseball camp Dec. 13

Trammell, Parrish to host baseball camp Dec. 13

DETROIT -- While Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish have come back to the Tigers' organization over the past 12 months, their ties to the city have been maintained for a while through their work at Wayne State University in midtown Detroit. The two will host their fifth annual baseball camp there Saturday, Dec. 13.

The camps, which help benefit Wayne State's baseball program, will be held inside the Matthaei Center and the university's multipurpose indoor facility. A fundamentals camp will be held in the morning for kids in grades 2-7, followed by an advanced development camp for those in grades 8-12.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Anthony Castrovince

Tigers may be weighing 'Scherzer or Price?'

Tigers may be weighing 'Scherzer or Price?'

We can all agree (I think) that Max Scherzer is the top arm available in free agency. The dude turned down $144 million after his 2013 American League Cy Young Award-winning season and backed that up with a season in which his numbers remained elite and -- several scouts will tell you -- his stuff was in some ways more polished. But monitor the Scherzer free-agent market, and what do you hear?

Crickets.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers pick up 2015 option on Avila

Catcher, who was a Gold Glove Award finalist, will make $5.4 million

Tigers pick up 2015 option on Avila

DETROIT -- The Tigers announced Monday that they've picked up their $5.4 million option on Alex Avila, bypassing his final season of arbitration.

The club option was part of the contract that the team and Avila's agent, Jim Murray, negotiated last winter to avoid arbitration. The Tigers had until Thursday to either pick up the option or buy it out for $200,000.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers not closing door on Scherzer's return

Right-hander expected to be top free-agent pitcher on market

Tigers not closing door on Scherzer's return

DETROIT -- The Tigers officially brought back Victor Martinez on Friday, which was expected to shut the door on any possibility of a return by Max Scherzer. Instead, the door might well have opened just a crack.

Both team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski and Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, made statements over the last few days that sound more open to revisiting the situation. While nobody is calling it an outright pursuit, nobody has declared that it can't happen.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Four-year, $68M deal official, V-Mart eyes Series ring

AL MVP runner-up happy to finish career in Detroit

Four-year, $68M deal official, V-Mart eyes Series ring

DETROIT -- Most players in contract years don't want to think about free agency during the season. Victor Martinez made sure the Tigers knew what he was thinking about it on a late summer day in a private conversation at Comerica Park, months before they finalized his four-year, $68 million contract extension this week.

"We went in the back where the executive locker room is," Tigers president and general manager David Dombrowski said, "and [Martinez] said, 'I've never done anything like this before, and maybe I'm not supposed to do this because my agents may not like this, but I want you to know how much I want to be a Detroit Tiger. I don't want to go anywhere after this contract. This is like my home, my family.'"

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers, Torii prepared to part ways

Dombrowski indicates re-signing of Martinez means end of Hunter's tenure

Tigers, Torii prepared to part ways

DETROIT -- On the day the Tigers officially welcomed back Victor Martinez, they effectively said farewell to Torii Hunter.

"I don't think we'll re-sign Torii," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday, "and I called him today and let him know that."

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers bring back Hanrahan with Minor League deal

Veteran righty reliever receives invite to Major League Spring Training

Tigers bring back Hanrahan with Minor League deal

DETROIT -- The Tigers took a chance on Joel Hanrahan this past spring and got nothing out of it. Six months later, they're going to give it another go.

With bullpen looming as Detroit's next major need, the Tigers and the veteran reliever agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with incentives. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed the deal following the team's news conference for Victor Martinez's re-signing Friday.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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V-Mart runner-up for AL MVP as voters don't dismiss DH

While Trout wins unanimously, Tigers cleanup hitter earns 16 second-place votes

V-Mart runner-up for AL MVP as voters don't dismiss DH

DETROIT -- For the first time since 2010, the American League Most Valuable Player Award winner is not a Detroit Tiger. Victor Martinez came about as close as any designated hitter ever has.

While Angels center fielder Mike Trout finally beat out a Detroiter for AL MVP honors, winning the vote unanimously, Martinez finished as the runner-up. The DH received 16 of the 30 second-place votes, twice as many as third-place finisher Michael Brantley of the Indians.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers not afraid of Gose's hitting, excited for defense

Newly acquired center fielder fits Comerica Park well; club feels adjustments will help light bat

Tigers not afraid of Gose's hitting, excited for defense

DETROIT -- The spacious confines of Comerica Park have acres and acres of territory in center field. The trade of Austin Jackson to Seattle this past summer created a void for the Tigers in center that seemed just as big.

As is always the case, the former played into the latter.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers acquire hopeful starting center fielder Gose for Travis

Tigers acquire hopeful starting center fielder Gose for Travis

DETROIT -- Hours after the Tigers brought back their designated hitter, they brought in speedster Anthony Gose, who they believe can be their next center fielder.

Hours after Devon Travis was named Detroit's top prospect by Baseball America, he was a Toronto Blue Jay, traded to acquire Gose in a late-night swap of young talent.

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Richard Justice

Deal with V-Mart reflects Tigers' win-now strategy

Deal with V-Mart reflects Tigers' win-now strategy

PHOENIX -- Victor Martinez was the one player the Detroit Tigers weren't going to let leave.

Let's not sweat the small stuff.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Scherzer ready to capitalize on market

Free-agent righty turned down Detroit's six-year, $144 million offer last spring

Scherzer ready to capitalize on market

The Max Scherzer saga offers a three-for-one storyline. Drama, intrigue and pitching; this one has all the necessary Hot Stove ingredients. In the normal free-agency story, the questions are: Where is he going and how much is he getting?

These elements are obviously present with Scherzer. But in his case, you also get the answer to another question that just won't go away: Was turning down that six-year, $144 million deal from the Tigers a smart move?

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tigers' Scherzer, Price recognized in AL Cy Young voting

Right-hander finishes fifth, left-hander sixth behind Indians' Kluber

Tigers' Scherzer, Price recognized in AL Cy Young voting

DETROIT -- The Tigers no longer have a reigning Cy Young Award winner in their rotation. They ended up with two of the top six finishers.

While Max Scherzer was unable to repeat his Cy Young victory, his follow-up season drew enough votes for a fifth-place finish, just ahead of teammate David Price.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Ray builds momentum in Arizona Fall League

Prospect could be in the mix for a rotation spot with the Tigers in 2015

Ray builds momentum in Arizona Fall League

DETROIT -- Robbie Ray ended his stint in the Arizona Fall League a little early. He had a pretty good reason: He got married last weekend, leaving him with about three weeks and four starts in the books in the AFL.

What the left-hander did in those four starts -- the small sample size that it is -- raised some hopes for his future on the diamond before he committed to his future off of it.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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V-Mart, Scherzer turn down qualifying offers

V-Mart, Scherzer turn down qualifying offers

DETROIT -- The Tigers didn't make qualifying offers to Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer last week expecting that either would accept them. Detroit made the offers to make sure it would get a Draft pick as compensation if either player signs elsewhere.

Likewise, Monday's decisions from Martinez and Scherzer to reject their qualifying offers doesn't close the door on either one returning to the Tigers. It just means they're not coming back for the one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Newhan hired as Tigers' assistant hitting coach

Former big league utility man replaces Coles

Newhan hired as Tigers' assistant hitting coach

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus saw a lot of the same qualities in David Newhan that he saw in Darnell Coles. So when it came time to replace Coles as assistant hitting coach, Ausmus and the Tigers looked at Newhan as a candidate.

The Tigers announced his hire on Monday. Newhan, a former utility man in San Diego, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Houston, joins Detroit's coaching staff to work alongside primary hitting coach Wally Joyner.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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