Tigers hire Newhan as assistant hitting coach

DETROIT (AP) The Tigers have hired David Newhan as their assistant hitting coach.

Newhan joins the Tigers after a season in the Oakland organization as the manager for Class A Vermont. He also spent three seasons as the hitting coach for Lake Elsinore, a Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Newhan played parts of eight major league seasons with the Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and Houston Astros. He is a son of retired Los Angeles Times reporter Ross Newhan, winner of the Hall of Fame's 2000 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

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