Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon, Leon Durham as hitting coaches

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach.

The moves were announced Friday.

McClendon is returning for his second stint with the Tigers after serving as bullpen coach in 2006 and hitting coach in 2007-13 before managing the Seattle Mariners for two seasons. He managed the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate in Toledo this season, guiding the team to a 68-76 record. He also managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05.

Durham has been a minor league coach for the Tigers for 16 years.

McClendon, a Gary, Indiana, native, played 16 seasons with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Pirates.

Durham played 10 seasons with St. Louis, the Cubs and the Reds.

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