A day after all of the twitter/article Kapler news, the internet has been silent. So without another new name to debate about, I say it's finally time to give Lloyd a post.
The question is... would Lloyd McClendon be a good fit for the Tigers rebuilding future.
In the competition, Lloyd is definitely the surest, most safe option to be the Tigers next manager. He's been here forever, has Jim Leyland's upmost respect, and is an outstanding hitting coach. Miggy was always a decent hitter in Florida, but when he was traded to Detroit and got exposed to McClendon's tutelage, he went nuts. Lloyd has always had good hitters on his teams, but he usually just makes them better. He also helps the young guys quite a bit. Notable successes of his this year are Castellanos, Presley, Mahtook, Candelario, (who hit a buck 192 in Chicago) McCann, and he got Upton to be consistent. As you can tell, he's one heck of a hitting coach. Easily at the top of his position. However, as manager I'm not sure. He's not perfect with the bullpen, but is adequate. He's essentially average. He's always been average. He was with Pittsburgh as with Seattle. I definitely wouldn't mind Lloyd becoming the manager, but honestly I'd rather the Tigers lock him up long term as the hitting coach. His success stories in that regard are outstanding. He's an amazing Hitting Coach and average manager, so I think it makes more sense to keep him where he's good at and hire a new manager. As with Omar and Clark, I think they'd make good managers, but they're so darn good where they are at, it would suck to lose them there. So at the end of the day, McClendon would be a good manager for us, but I like him where he's at.
MANAGER FIT/POSSIBILITY: 7
Here is my opinion... what is yours?? Answer in the comments. Remember to let your opinion be heard!
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