The Tigers seem to be joining the growing number of major league teams with two hitting coaches.
Detroit has brought up minor league hitting coordinator Toby Harrah to assist Lloyd McClendon in working with the hitters. The team says he’ll remain with the major league club for the remainder of the season.
The hitters who have occupied the Nos. 5-9 spots in the batting order have struggled for much of the season to collectively negate the aggregate .300-plus batting average posted by the first four hitters.
Harrah has been with the Tigers as an organizational hitting coach for nine years and thus worked with many of the club’s current players on their way to Detroit.
The move isn’t seen as an insidious attack on McClendon’s performance but rather an acknowledgement by the organization of the growing workload and evolving duties involved in being a hitting coach today.
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