To learn about our efforts to improve the accessibility and usability of our website, please visit our Accessibility Information page. Skip to section navigation or Skip to main content
Below is an advertisement.
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...

Official Info

Skip to main content
Below is an advertisement.

10/17/2008 1:05 PM ET
Rick Knapp named Tigers pitching coach
tickets for any Major League Baseball game
ADVERTISEMENT
print this pageprint this page    |    e-mail this pagee-mail this page
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the organization has hired Rick Knapp as the club's pitching coach.

Knapp joins the Tigers Major League coaching staff after spending the previous 12 seasons as the Minor League pitching coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. He first joined the Twins organization in 1996 as the pitching coach with the Gulf Coast League Twins.

"Rick is a quality baseball person and he will be a solid addition to our staff," Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said. "He brings an excellent track record of developing major league caliber pitchers."

Knapp began his coaching career as the pitching coach at Single A Gastonia in the Texas Rangers organization in 1988. He served as the pitching coach with the Gulf Coast League Rangers the next four seasons (1989-92), before serving in that capacity with Triple A Oklahoma City in both 1993 and 1994. Knapp spent his final season with the Rangers organization as the pitching coach with the Gulf Coast League Rangers in 1995.

"I'm extremely excited to join the Tigers organization," Knapp said. "I look forward to working with Jim, the rest of the coaching staff and the talented pitchers throughout the system."

He pitched five seasons at the Minor League level with the Rangers after being selected by the club in the 41st round of the 1983 draft out of Virginia Tech University. Knapp earned a degree in sociology from Virginia Tech University.

Knapp resides in Port Charlotte, FL with his wife, Sharon and their daughter, Leah and son, Ricky.
print this pageprint this page    |    e-mail this pagee-mail this page