Tigers unveil 2018 coaching staff

The Detroit Tigers unveiled their full coaching staff for the 2018 season last week, the first official move to kick off the 2017-2018 MLB offseason.

The Tigers have made several additions to their coaching staff, including new manager Ron Gardenhire, pitching coach Chris Bosio and former Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago as the first base coach, are among the more notable additions.

The Tigers made a total of seven additions to their coaching staff for 2018, many of which worked under new manager Gardenhire in the past.

Here are the additions to the 2018 staff:


Ron Gardenhire

The Tigers hired the former Minnesota Twins manager to replace Brad Ausmus as the club’s manager.

Gardenhire spent 13 seasons as manager with the American League Central Division rival Minnesota Twins, in which he posted a .507 winning percentage and won six division titles.

Not only was he the Twins manager, but he also spent 11 seasons prior as their third base coach, spending a total of 24 seasons with the organization.

In addition, he also spent the 2017 season as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who made their first playoff appearance since 2011.

Gardenhire comes into the rebuilding Tigers’ organization with a total of 25 years of coaching experience at the Major League level. He should be a huge help in guiding the young talent coming up through the Detroit farm system.


Chris Bosio

The Tigers will added former Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach as their own for the 2018 season. He will be replacing Rich Dubee, who spent two seasons in Detroit.

Bosio has spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers organizations as well, both as pitching coach. He later joined the Cubs in 2012 and was an instrumental part in turning the organization around.

This may be the biggest addition to the coaching staff, as they are adding a guy who helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.

The Cubs have won the National League Central Division in each of the past three seasons. In each of those seasons, the Cubs have ranked in the top-10 in earned run average in all of baseball. Their pitching staff has been a tremendous part in the Cubs’ turnaround, and eventual World Series title in 2016.

Bosio helped shape some great arms in Chicago, including 2015 National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta and the 2016 MLB leader in earned run average, Kyle Hendricks.

There are many young arms for Bosio to help shape in the Tigers organization over the coming seasons.


Ramon Santiago

The Tigers’ also added their former infielder, but as a coach this time. Santiago will become the first base coach in 2018, replacing Omar Vizquel who spent four seasons with the organization.

This will be Santiago’s first time coaching at the Major League level, so there is not much to evaluate him on.

Santiago is no stranger to this team, as he spent 10 seasons as a utility infielder in Detroit. Although he is a rookie coach, his familiarity with the team and the division should make him a solid hire.


Steve Liddle

The former Twins bench coach has been hired at the same position by the Tigers for 2018. Liddle is replacing Gene Lamont, who held the job since the 2006 season.

Liddle worked under Gardenhire while he was in Minnesota, spending nine seasons as the bench coach for the Twins from 2002-2010 before becoming their third base coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

After the 2012 season, he was not rehired has not coached since, leaving him five years removed from coaching.


Joe Vavra

Another former Twins coach, Joe Vavra worked under Gardenhire for eight seasons, working primarily as the team’s hitting coach. This time around, he will be working under Gardenhire at a new position, the Tigers’ quality control coach, a new coaching role the team has decided to add for 2018.

Vavra’s role as the team’s quality control coach is to use analytics to help direct the on-field coaching staff.


Phil Clark

The Tiger’s have promoted Phil Clark to the Tigers’ major league coaching staff, assuming the role of the assistant hitting coach. Clark worked his way through the Tigers’ minor league coaching staff, as he was named the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps hitting coach in 2014 and then the Class-AA Erie Seawolves hitting coach in 2015.

This will be his first crack at coaching at the major league level.


Rick Anderson

Another former Twins coach Anderson, has been named the Tigers’ bullpen coach. Anderson served as the Twins’ pitching coach from 2002 to 2014.

Anderson has certainly had success working with the Twins’ pitching staff. From 2002-2010, the Twins posted the third lowest earned run average in the American League, at 4.11.

However, he is inheriting a bullpen that finished the 2017 season with a 5.63 earned run average, worst in Major League Baseball. It is safe to say he has a lot of work to do to turn this bullpen around.