Earlier this week the Detroit Tigers announced that former Detroit Tiger Mike Maroth would be the pitching coach for the Advanced-A Lakeland Flying Tigers next season. He replaces Joe Coleman, who was let go a few weeks ago. The former Tiger Maroth is perhaps best known for his 2003 season in which he finished the year 8-21. In fact, he remains the last man to lose at least 20 games in a single season. A series of unfortunate elbow injuries finally forced him to end his comeback attempt last winter. Maroth finished his six year career with a 50-67 record and a 5.05 ERA.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski had this to say about Maroth on DetroitTigers.com,
"“We’re thrilled that he’s with us, because I think Mike is not only a knowledgeable baseball person, but he’s also a quality human being,” team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “He’s the type of people you want in your organization, and he used to be a Tiger, too. So when you [have] that combination, it’s great.”"
The Central Florida resident Maroth will begin his first pro coaching job next spring in Advanced-A Lakeland.