Alan Trammell was added Friday to the coaching staff of his hometown San Diego Padres, a team he rooted for as a kid and later helped beat in the 1984 World Series as the star shortstop of the Detroit Tigers.
Trammell, 41, likely will become the first-base coach, but the Padres won't make the final decision until they fill the second vacancy on their staff. First-base coach Davey Lopes left to become manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, and hitting coach Merv Rettenmund took the same job with the Atlanta Braves.
"This makes me feel pretty good," Trammell said. "I'm a first-generation Padres fan, so you're talking about somebody who rooted for the Padres his whole life. For me to be able to come back home and work with these guys and help my career as a coach, God, I'm happy."
Trammell played with the Tigers for 20 years before retiring after the 1996 season. He worked in the Tigers' front office for two years and was their hitting coach last season, but wasn't asked back by new manager Phil Garner.
Trammell was well-known for his work ethic, something that the Padres hope rubs off as they continue to dump high-priced veterans in favor of younger players.
"I feel like I'm a little kid, even though I played in the big leagues a long time," Trammell said. "I realize the situation, that we're doing some rebuilding, and that's similar to how it was in Detroit. We've got a young coaching staff, a workable staff, with a lot of energy. That's what we need with this club because a lot of extra work is going to be needed. That's right up my alley. I've got a lot of energy."
Trammell was 11 when the expansion Padres began play in 1969, and later worked as a vendor in what was then called San Diego Stadium. The only time he didn't pull for the Padres was in 1984, when he was MVP of the World Series as the Tigers beat the Padres in five games. Trammell hit .450 in the Series, with two home runs.
"It was strictly business," Trammell said. "I had been in the stadium many times, but had never played in it. The first time I played in it was the World Series, so it was a dream come true."
Trammell joined Ty Cobb and Al Kaline as the only people to play 20 seasons for the Tigers.
A six-time All-Star, Trammell hit .285 with 185 homers, 1,002 RBIs and 236 stolen bases in 2,292 games. He won four Gold Glove and three Silver Slugger awards, and finished second in the voting for the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 1987.
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