TOLEDO, Ohio - The Toledo Mud Hens have announced they have hired Tom Prince to become the next manager of the team.
Prince spent the last three seasons as a bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In total, he's spent 26 seasons in the Pirates organization. As a player, Prince had a 17-year Major League career as a catcher with the Pirates, Dodgers, Phillies, Twins and Royals.
"When the search for a Triple A manager began, we prioritized finding someone with experience in developing high-level talent and creating a winning culture," said Dave Littlefield, Detroit Tigers Vice President of Player Development. "It was clear from the beginning that Tom Prince fit that mold perfectly, and we're thrilled to have him lead our staff in Toledo."
Prince becomes the team's 8th manager since moving to Fifth Third Field, and the 56th in the team's history.
"This is a tremendously exciting time to be in the Detroit Tigers organization, especially playing a role in what's grown to be a top-tier player development system," said Prince. "People across baseball have noticed the young core of talented players the Tigers have built over the last few years, and I'm looking forward to working with some of the club's top prospects in Toledo during the 2020 season and beyond. We'll have a focus on playing fundamentally sound and winning baseball, best preparing these men to contribute with the big league club in the near future."