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Tigers re-hire Jeff Jones as bullpen coach10/30/2008 11:15 AM ET
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the organization has re-hired Jeff Jones as the club's bullpen coach, completing Jim Leyland's staff for the 2009 season. Additionally, the Tigers today announced Bruce Tanner has been promoted to Major League scout, while the club today also officially declined to exercise the 2009 option of shortstop Edgar Renteria and outrighted the contracts of righthanded pitcher Gary Glover and catcher Dane Sardinha to Triple A Toledo. Jones served as the club's bullpen coach the past two seasons, marking his fifth stint in that capacity with the Tigers. In addition to the last two years, he spent the 1995 season, the final month of the 1998 season and all of 1999 as the club's bullpen coach, in addition to joining the Major League staff to serve the remainder of the season in that role on both September 7, 2000 and April 9, 2002. "We are pleased to have Jeff Jones on the coaching staff for the upcoming season," Leyland said. "Jeff has done a tremendous job for the Tigers organization over the years. After talking with both Jeff and Rick Knapp this week in Detroit, we felt Jeff was the best fit to be the club's bullpen coach." Prior to joining Detroit's Major League coaching staff for the 2007 season, Jones most recently served as the pitching coach at Triple A Toledo for seven seasons (2000-06). He also served in that role with Toledo in 1990, 1993-94 and 1997-98. Jones began his professional coaching career with the Tigers organization in 1989, when he served as the pitching coach at Single A Fayetteville. Additionally, he spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Double A London (1991-92) and one season as the pitching coach at Double A Jacksonville (1996). "I've been part of the Tigers organization for a long time and I'm happy to be returning to the staff as the bullpen coach," Jones said. "I look forward to working with Jim, Rick and the rest of the staff to get the Tigers back on top of the baseball world again." Tanner spent the past two seasons as the club's advance scout after joining the organization. Prior to joining the Tigers, Tanner spent 13 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates in various capacities. Additionally, he saw action in 10 games with the Chicago White Sox during the 1985 season. Renteria batted .270 (136-for-503) with 22 doubles, 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 138 games with the Tigers during the 2008 season after being acquired from Atlanta in a three-player deal on October 29, 2007. Renteria is now a free agent and eligible to sign with any of the 30 Major League organizations. Signed by the Tigers as a minor league free agent on August 9, Glover compiled a 1-1 record and 4.43 ERA (20.1IP/10ER) in 18 outings with the club in 2008. Sardinha split the 2008 season between Detroit and Toledo. He hit .159 (7-for-44) with three RBI in 17 games with the Tigers, while he batted .202 (37-for-183) with six home runs and 18 RBI in 54 games with Toledo. Glover and Sardinha have both elected free agency and are now eligible to sign with any of the 30 Major League organizations.
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