The Detroit Tigers may just like bringing in former players to manage their Single-A affiliate in West Michigan. Ernie Young, who was an outfielder with Detroit in 2003, joins Tom Brookens, Matt Walbeck and Bruce Fields as former Tigers to manage in the organization.â†µ
Young, 41, replaces Joe DePastino, who was reassigned after three years as Whitecaps manager.â†µ
He managed Team USA in the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament at San Juan, Puerto Rico. And for the past two seasons, Young was the manager of the White Sox's Class A affiliate in Kannapolis, compiling a record of 147-131. He previously served as hitting coach for Kannapolis, as well as the 2009 World Cup team.â†µ
Young played five games with the 2003 Tigers, compiling a .182 average in 15 plate appearances.â†µ
The Whitecaps also hired Ben Ogilvie as their hitting coach and retained pitching coach Mark Johnson, who's held that position for the past four seasons.