Since Jim Leyland’s retirement a lot of names have been mentioned as possible successors. Kirk Gibson, Charlie Manuel, some fans are even wondering of Joe Maddon would come to Detroit. But a couple trusted Tigers beat writers, Danny Knobler and Tom Gage, have suggested, if not endoresed, Lloyd McClendon as the next Detroit Tigers manager. Knobler even suggested in his article on CBSSports that McClendon has backing from the newest member of the Detroit Tigers front office, Jim Leyland.
He also has the support of another possible candidate, Gene Lamont.
Mac is a great candidate,” Lamont said. “He’s managed before. That’s important. But he also learned a lot under Jim the last eight years. For someone, he’ll be a good major league manager again.”
So is Lloyd McClendon the right choice? Hard to tell but his record shows that he at least deserves a shot at interviewing.
Lloyd McClendon has overseen some of the most prolific Detroit Tigers offenses in recent memory. And although bats have dried up in the playoffs, it is hard to blame McClendon completely for their lack of postseason pop. He has also been with the Leyland for the last eight years. He knows the players, the division and the front office as well as anyone.
There is another thing McClendon brings to the table that makes him uniquely qualified.
In an offseason that will likely include a major trade (Max Scherzer) and some minor tweaking. Stability might be just what the doctor ordered. Jim Leyland commented on The Valenti and Foster show on 97.1 The Ticket that “this isn’t an easy team to manage.” If that is indeed the case, Dave Dombrowski may settle on stability rather than change.