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Nevin named Mud Hens' skipper11/11/2010 6:13 PM ET
Toledo Mud Hens
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers are pleased to announce that Phil Nevin has been named manager of Toledo for the 2011 season.
Leon "Bull" Durham will be returning to the Mud Hens staff as hitting coach and A.J. Sager will be back again as the pitching coach.
Nevin was introduced at a press conference this afternoon at Fifth Third Field.
The 39-year-old Nevin was the manager of Detroit's Double-A affiliate at Erie in the Eastern League in 2010, leading the SeaWolves to a 66-76 record.
The 2010 campaign was Nevin's first year in the Tigers organization. He served as the manager of the Orange County Flyers in the Golden Baseball League, an independent league, in 2009 and compiled a record of 37-39.
Nevin was drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros in 1992 out of Cal State-Fullerton. He spent 12 seasons at the Major League level with the Houston Astros (1995), Tigers (1995-97), Anaheim Angels (1998), San Diego Padres (1999-2005), Texas Rangers (2005-06), Chicago Cubs (2006) and Minnesota Twins (2006).
He finished his career with a .270 batting average, 208 home runs and 743 RBIs in 1,217 games.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to manage the Mud Hens in 2011," Nevin said. "Toledo has a tremendous fan base and a great baseball history. I'm grateful to the Tigers organization for the opportunity to manage at the Triple-A level."
Toledo Mud Hens president/general manager, Joe Napoli, said, "We are thrilled to have Leon, A.J. and Matt return to Toledo as they are assets to the organization. Although we are sad to see Larry Parrish leave, the Tigers are very high on Phil Nevin. We look forward to working with Phil, and we hope that he will be impressed with Fifth Third Field and the outstanding community support."
"Phil did a quality job in his first season with the organization as the manager in Erie," said Tigers vice president/assistant general, Al Avila. "He brings the experience and knowledge of a former Major League player, and both are beneficial as he and the staff in Toledo work to prepare our players for the Major Leagues."
A.J. Sager will return to Toledo as pitching coach for his fourth season with the Mud Hens. The former Tigers pitcher will be entering his 10th season as a coach in the Detroit organization. The 45-year-old was the pitching coach with Double-A Erie in 2007 and with Class A West Michigan from 2002-06. As a pro, Sager pitched for 12 seasons, from 1988-99, with the following organizations: San Diego, Colorado, Detroit and Cincinnati. In 123 overall Major League appearances, Sager posted a 12-15 record with a 5.36 ERA and five saves.
Sager pitched for the Toledo Mud Hens for parts of the 1996 and 1998 seasons, compiling a record of 2-2 with an ERA of 2.76 (19 ER/62 IP) in 32 games (two starts). Sager now makes his home in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Leon "Bull" Durham returns for his 11th season as hitting coach with Toledo and his 16th season in coaching. The 53-year-old spent the previous five seasons of his coaching career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1976 First-Year Player Draft, Durham played 19 seasons of professional baseball. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 1982 and 1983, and hit 20 or more home runs on five occasions. He was also honored by The Sporting News, making its Silver Slugger team for the 1982 season after he posted a career-high .312 average.
Athletic trainer Matt Rankin will return to Toledo, as well. The 2011 season will mark Matt's 11th year with the team and his 16th with the Detroit Tigers organization.
The 2011 Home Opener on April 14, 2011, will feature an Opening Day doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.