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Tigers add Gibson to staff

Former slugger returns to Detroit as bench coach

October 16, 2002

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— Kirk Gibson returned to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, joining manager Alan Trammell's staff as a bench coach on the team he led to a World Series title.

Gibson, who also helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series, signed a three-year deal with the team.

"I think by bringing Gibby aboard shows we mean business and that we're serious about turning this around," Trammell said.

The Tigers also have hired former Detroit catcher Lance Parrish as bullpen coach and retained Juan Samuel as a third base coach. Both signed two-year contracts.

Gibson, who was not available for comment Tuesday, was an analyst on Fox Sports Net's broadcasts of Tigers games for the past five seasons and a host on WXYT's radio's "The LockerRoom" show.

Gibson spent 12 of 17 seasons in the major leagues with the Tigers from 1979-87 and 93-95. He batted .268 with 255 homers and 870 RBIs. He was the NL MVP in 1988.

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