COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - The Detroit Tigers today announced that former Whitecaps' catcher Andrew Graham will be the next manager of the team.
He is the first former Whitecaps' player to become the Whitecaps' manager.
Graham replaces Larry Parrish, who spent one year at the helm of the Whitecaps and is moving to Class AAA Toledo.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Graham was drafted by the Tigers in 2003 as a catcher. He played in 26 games for the Whitecaps in 2004 (.253 batting average) and 32 games in 2005 (.190 batting average) before advancing to Class A-Advanced Lakeland, Class AA Erie and finally Class AAA Toledo in 2007. In 2009 and 2010, Graham served as a coach for the rookie Gulf Coast League Tigers. In 2011, at the age of 29, he earned his first managerial assignment with the short-season Class A Connecticut Tigers. He spent three years there, compiling a 107-117 record.
The Tigers also announced that Nelson Santovenia will be joining the Whitecaps as hitting coach, and that pitching coach Mike Henneman will return to the team for a second season. T.J. Obergefell will join the staff as Athletic Trainer.