McClendon named Tigers' hitting coach

Updated: November 9, 2006, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon was hired as hitting coach of the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

McClendon, who served as Detroit's bullpen coach last year, replaces Don Slaught, who resigned six days ago after a year on the job.

The AL champions also announced Thursday that Jeff Jones will fill McClendon's old spot as bullpen coach.

McClendon was Pittsburgh's hitting coach from 1997 to 2000. He became manager of the Pirates following the 2000 season and held that position for five seasons.

Jones has been a coach in the Tigers organization since 1988, most recently working as the pitching coach at Triple-A Toledo. This marks the fifth time Jones will serve as the major league team's bullpen coach.

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