Ex Tigers star fired as manager

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

DETROIT -- Manager Alan Trammell was fired Monday by the Detroit Tigers, one day after the team finished 28 games out of first place in the AL Central.

The Tigers went 71-91 this season and compiled a 184-302 record in three seasons under Trammell, a former star shortstop for Detroit. He had one year left on his contract.

The Tigers lost an AL-record 119 games in his first season as manager, then the team took a step toward respectability with a 72-90 record last year. With a lineup and bullpen that seemed upgraded, the Tigers thought they had a chance to have a winning season in 2005 for the first time since 1993.

"You will not find a more dedicated, hard-working and respected individual that cares more about the Tigers and his coaching staff," team president Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "However, for the Tigers to reach the next level, I feel it is appropriate to make a change at this time."

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