The Detroit Tigers are looking to the past to lead them into the future.
Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish, key members of the Tigers' 1984 World Series squad, were added to the team's coaching staff Wednesday.
Trammell, a six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove shortstop, will serve as first base, outfield and baserunning coach under manager Larry Parrish next season. Lance Parrish, who won three Gold Gloves as a catcher, will serve as third base and catchers coach.
Detroit did not have to look very far for Trammell. For the last two years, the 1984 World Series MVP had served in the team's front office and performed various major- and minor-league instructional duties.
The 40-year-old Trammell retired following the 1996 season after spending 20 years in a Tigers' uniform. He was runner-up for the 1987 American League MVP Award after hitting a career-high .343 with 28 homers, 105 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
Lance Parrish entered the coaching ranks as the Kansas City Royals' roving catching instructor in 1996. He spent the last two seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization and managed the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League for the second half of 1998.
The eight-time All-Star played the first 10 seasons of his 19-year major-league career in Detroit. He ranks eighth on the Tigers' all-time home-run list with 212.
After taking over for Buddy Bell with 25 games left, Larry Parrish guided the club to a 13-12 mark and after the team was unable to land a big-name manager in the off-season, was given a two-year contract.
Detroit was the second-worst team in the American League last season, better only than the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Tigers were last in the Central division with a 65-97 mark.
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