{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Herndon given Tigers African American Legacy Award

|

DETROIT -- Larry Herndon visited Comerica Park on Sunday to be honored for his playing career, receiving the annual Tigers African American Legacy Award. However, he was happier talking about his coaching work and the Tigers prospects he has worked with as the hitting coach at Class A Lakeland.

It's the perfect job at the perfect level, he believes, and he feels rewarded watching players blossom.

"I came up here for the playoffs last year," Herndon said, "and I'm sitting right behind home plate and I saw Avisail Garcia throw out Coco Crisp at the plate [during the American League Division Series]. I worked with Avisail before, and to see him grow into a big leaguer like that, it's kind of hard to describe the feeling of seeing him grow. And that's the kind of player he is, and will be. Just to see these guys grow is a big deal for me, very rewarding."

He thinks a lot of Garcia, one of his favorite players to watch. He also thinks a lot of Nick Castellanos, whom he coached for the first half of last season.

"Actually, that's all I needed Nick for. He hit .400 for us," Herndon said. "Fantastic hitter, just a natural. He has the stuff to be quite an outstanding big leaguer. He follows pitches. He watches the game. You can't fool him too much. He's just young. He's fantastic."

The Tigers African American Legacy Award concludes the Tigers' three-day Negro Leagues Weekend.

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.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español