July 12, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) receives congratulations from batting coach Lloyd McClendon (8) after scoring in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers could turn to Lloyd McClendon to take over as manager

It was a little surprising to me to hear about Jim Leyland stepping down as the manager of the Detroit Tigers.

The man has had some success in Detroit, but I guess it was time for Leyland to walk away and let someone else take control of this clubhouse. Now, Detroit is just one of many teams looking to find a brand new manager.

Sometimes teams don’t have to look that far if they have an experienced manager sitting in their dug out. The man I’m referring too is former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon who has been with the Detroit Tigers since the 2006 season.

The man has been around this same group of guys for awhile now and knows how they function. Why risk bringing in another guy who would be new to the group when you have a four year manager veteran right under your nose?

McClendon is currently under contract with the Tigers, at least until the end of the month. So if the Tigers are looking to make McClendon the manager, it will more than likely be sooner than anybody thinks.

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