DETROIT (WHTC) - The Tigers have welcomed back an old friend to guide the West Michigan Whitecaps.
Larry Parrish, who skippered the Bengals during their final Tiger Stadium season of 1999, has returned to the Detroit organization as the manager of their low Class A affiliate, replacing Ernie Young, who was sacked after becoming the first field boss of the ‘Caps to miss the Midwest League playoffs in consecutive seasons. Parrish had been with the Tigers for 18 years following a 17-year playing career as an All-Star third baseman, and spent the 2012 season away from the game following a year as Atlanta’s hitting coach. He led the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens to International League titles in 2005 and 2006.
The Tigers will retain Scott Dwyer as West Michigan’s hitting coach, but moved pitching coach Mark Johnson to short season Connecticut, with his Whitecaps replacement yet unnamed.