The Tigers announced Monday that they've hired Maroth as their pitching coach at Class A Lakeland. He replaces Joe Coleman, who was let go a few weeks ago.
It'll be the first pro coaching job for Maroth, who brings a wealth of experience and a strong work ethic into the role. He also brings a good outlook on how to deal with struggles and adversity. He's best remembered for his 21-loss season on the Tigers' 2003 team that lost 119 games, and drew national attention for the way he handled it and bounced back.
There's a side beyond the numbers, though, and it starts with somebody who became a pretty crafty pitcher and adapted his game without a power pitch in his arsenal. He knew how to pitch, just not throw. He also has a high character that seems natural for a coaching job.
"We're thrilled that he's with us, because I think Mike is not only a knowledgeable baseball person, but he's also a quality human being," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He's the type of people you want in your organization, and he used to be a Tiger, too. So when you [have] that combination, it's great."
Maroth, who lives in Orlando, Fla., had been interested in a coaching career after elbow injuries finally forced him to end his comeback attempt last winter. He talked with team officials, including Dombrowski, in Spring Training about a job in the future. After debating whether coaching or scouting would be the best fit, the job in Lakeland was a logical option.