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Ezell: "I Did Not Retire"

Former Detroit Tigers Director of Player Development Glenn Ezell did not resign from his position yesterday:

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“I did not retire,” said Ezell, 65. “I did not walk away or step down or hand in a resignation. That is the way the release stated it. I am a professional person who loves the game and will not quit. I’m not good enough to quit."

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The implication here is that the Tigers either let Ezell go or fired him. More from Ezell:

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“Maybe it was obvious the organization wanted to go in another direction. I should’ve kept my ear to the ground better. But I have so many wonderful feelings about this organization still. Even now, I will say nothing negative. My passion is for the players I have worked with, and I will not betray that. The young men in this organization are wonderful.”

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Ezell helped develop current Tigers players Justin Verlander, Brennan Boesch and Brandon Inge, amongst others. Assistant General Manager Al Avila has temporarily taken over Ezell’s duties.