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Tigers bring back Mike Maroth as Single-A pitching coach

Sep 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

Mike Maroth

Mike Maroth retired in January after unsuccessfully trying to make it back to the majors following various arm surgeries and the Tigers have hired him as their new Single-A pitching coach.

Maroth last pitched in the majors in 2007, but he’s still just 34 years old and spent all but a couple months of his six-season career with the Tigers, going 50-67 with a 5.05 ERA in 918 innings.

He replaces Joe Coleman, who was let go after coaching the Lakeland staff to the ninth-best ERA in the 12-team Florida State League.

Maroth is best known for losing 21 games in 2003, but for the most part the lefty was a solid back-of-the-rotation starter for the Tigers despite a fastball that topped out in the high-80s.

  1. Detroit Michael - Sep 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Joe Coleman was still working as a pitching coach? I had to look it up: born in 1947, so I guess he isn’t as old as I thought.

    • jwbiii - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      Watching Joe Coleman was one of the few pleasures of being a Senators fan. Until they traded him in the Denny McLain deal. . .

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