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Tigers Fire Front Office Staffer

May 18, 2006

DETROIT (AP) _ The Detroit Tigers relieved Ramon Pena of his duties as special assistant to the general manager on Wednesday.

``The Tigers thank Ramon Pena for his services to the organization,″ vice president and assistant general manager Al Avila said in a statement. ``He scouted and signed many players for the organization, but based on a different set of philosophies we decided to go in another direction.″

Pena was in his 22nd season with the Tigers after originally joining the organization as a scout in 1985.

Manny Crespo, Detroit’s director of Latin American operations, and Tom Moore, the Tigers’ assistant director of international and professional scouting, will manage the Tigers’ academy in the Dominican Republic on an interim basis.

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