Former Detroit Tigers manager Larry Parrish has been hired to take over the same role for the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps, an affiliate of the Tigers, according to Tony Paul of the Detroit News. Parrish replaces Ernie Young, who was fired after compiling a 142-137 record over two seasons.
Parrish, 58, once managed the Tigers in an interim role during the 1998 season before taking over full-time in 1999, but the club replaced him with Phil Garner before the 2000 season. He posted a 69-92 record during his only full season as manager.
Parrish then moved on to become a scout before taking over as manager of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 2003, even winning Sporting News minor league manager of the year in 2005.
The Braves hired Parrish as their hitting coach in 2010 after he had spent eight years in Toledo, but Atlanta fired him after just one season. He didn't a role with a big league franchise last year, but now he's returning to the Tigers organization.