DETROIT (AP) _ Merv Rettenmund was hired as hitting coach of the Detroit Tigers after being dismissed from the same job last month by the Atlanta Braves.
He replaces Bill Madlock, who was told after the season he would not return to manager Phil Garner’s staff. Rettenmund said the Cincinnati Reds also contacted him.
The Tigers, who announced the hiring Tuesday, were interested in Rettenmund two years ago, but he signed with the Braves. Before joining the Braves, Rettenmund spent nine seasons as hitting coach of the San Diego Padres.
Rettenmund was fired two days after the Braves’ season ended with a Game 5 loss in the NL championship series. The Braves were ninth in the NL in hitting, 12th in slugging percentage and 13th in runs. Atlanta hit .260 this season and .247 in the postseason.