Hessman promoted to hitting coach at Erie

Hessman promoted to hitting coach at Erie

DETROIT — Three years after Mike Hessman’s playing career ended, the former Tigers farmhand and Minor League home run king is climbing the farm system once more. He’ll be the new hitting coach at Double-A Erie, the Tigers announced Thursday as part of their Minor League staff appointments. Hessman, 39, who served as hitting coach at Class A West Michigan last year, replaces Phil Clark, who was promoted from the SeaWolves staff to assistant hitting coach in Detroit under new manager Ron Gardenhire and hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. Most of the coaching staffs in the Tigers system remain unchanged. […]

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