Two weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers were looking for a new manager in Triple-A Toledo after Larry Parrish left to become the Atlanta Braves' hitting coach. They've now filled the position, making an inside hire.â†µ
Phil Nevin has been promoted from manager at Double-A Erie to their Triple-A affiliate, according to Mark Anderson of TigsTown.com (via Twitter).â†µ
Had it confirmed...Phil Nevin will be the new @mudhens manager in Toledo, moving up from Erie @seawolves #Tigersâ†µ
Nevin took over as manager in Erie last season when Tom Brookens was promoted to Jim Leyland's coaching staff in Detroit. Prior to that, he managed an independent minor league team in California. In Nevin's first (and now only) year as manager, the Seawolves finished with a 66-76 record.â†µ
A former No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros in 1992, Nevin was traded to the Detroit Tigers as the player to be named later in a 1995 deal involving Mike Henneman. He played in the Tigers organization from 1995 to 1997 before being dealt to the then-Anaheim Angels (along with Matt Walbeck, who many speculated could take the managing job in Toledo).â†µ
The Tigers are expected to officially announce the hire on Thursday. Perhaps Nevin's replacement in Erie will also be named then.