Former INF Tom Brookens joins Tigers as coach
The Detroit Tigers have named former infielder Tom Brookens as the team's first base, outfield and baserunning coach. Manager Jim Leyland said Monday Brookens is a "perfect fit" for the staff. Brookens played 12 seasons with Detroit (1979-88), the New York Yankees (1989) and Cleveland Indians (1990). He finished his career with a .246 batting average, 71 home runs and 431 RBIs in 1,336 games. He spent the past five seasons as a minor league manager in the Tigers organization, compiling a 310-262 record.