KANSAS CITY -- Larry Parrish spent nearly two decades coaching in the Tigers' organization, including seven years managing at Triple-A Toledo, before he got his chance at the big leagues again as the Braves' hitting coach. After a year at home, he's coming back.
The Tigers announced on Tuesday that they've hired Parrish as a Minor League manager again, this time at Low Class A West Michigan. It'll be a different level of prospect than Parrish is used to seeing, but it'll be a return to what he loves.
"During my entire coaching career, I've always felt it was important to make an impact," Parrish said in a statement released by the Whitecaps. "Class A ball is a level that requires a lot of hands-on teaching and will really allow me to make an impact on the young players. I look forward to working with these guys not only on the physical side of the game, but also the mental side ... how to handle the long, day to day grind of a 140-game professional season."
Parrish replaces Ernie Young, who was not rehired after two seasons at West Michigan. He went 142-137 with the Whitecaps.