Cubs name Trammell bench coach

Cubs name Trammell bench coach

CHICAGO -- Former Tigers manager and six-time American League All-Star shortstop Alan Trammell was named on Monday as the bench coach and infield instructor for new Cubs manager Lou Piniella.

Trammell, 48, signed a two-year contract with the Cubs, the team announced.

Trammell spent his 20-year Major League career with the Tigers from 1977-96, and compiled a .285 batting average with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBIs in 2,293 games.

"We are extremely happy to add Alan to the staff," said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. "His credentials on the field as a player, instructor and coach speak for themselves. He will be an invaluable person for Lou Piniella to lean on during the game, and he brings a special expertise in working with our infielders."

Piniella, named the Cubs manager on Oct. 17, had offered the job to a longtime friend, but John McLaren went with a "gut decision" and took the same job with the Seattle Mariners.

"The toughest thing I've ever had to do was call Lou and tell him I was leaving after 14 years together," McLaren said last week. "But I felt that good about this job [with the Mariners]. Lou was so good about it. He put me at ease. I was emotional."

Trammell had an emotional day Sunday in Detroit, where he took part in ceremonial first-pitch honors prior to Game 2 of the World Series. It was Trammell's first appearance in front of the Tigers crowd since the season finale on Sept. 29, 2005. He was then Detroit's manager, and he was dismissed after the season ended. Many of the Tigers players greeted their former manager warmly.

"I think Trammell's probably, as a coach in the big leagues, is probably one of the best coaches," Tigers catcher Vance Wilson told the Detroit Free Press. "He's so passionate about the game. He knows so much. Obviously, as far as being the manager, it didn't work out. But as far as being in the game, the guy absolutely deserves and should be in the game."

Trammell managed the Tigers from 2003-05, compiling a 186-300 (.383) mark. Prior to that, he served as the San Diego Padres first-base coach from 2000-02 after one season as the Tigers hitting coach in 1999.

In 1984, Trammell led the Tigers to their last World Series title, hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two home runs and six RBIs in five games en route to MVP honors against San Diego.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.