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Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Updated: October 9, 4:36 PM ET
Tigers to announce hiring later Wednesday

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers made former shortstop Alan Trammell their next manager, ESPN has confirmed.

The club has scheduled a news conference for 6 p.m. ET at Joe Louis Arena, where they are expected to announce the hiring.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers offered Trammell the job Tuesday, but the financial details were still being worked out.

Detroit received permission last week from the San Diego Padres to interview Trammell, their first-base coach.

Dave Dombrowski, the team's president and general manager, would not comment Tuesday when reached by the Free Press, and Trammell was not available for comment.

After his interview Friday, Trammell said: "Based on the tone and conversation, I believe it went very well."

Trammell, 44, was one of only three known candidates to fill the job. The Tigers interviewed New York Yankees third-base coach Willie Randolph and Triple-A Toledo manager Bruce Fields in the last week. The Tigers received permission from Oakland to interview bench coach Ken Macha after the Athletics' Division Series loss to Minnesota, but an interview never happened.

The Tigers fired Luis Pujols last week after the Tigers finished 55-100 under him following Phil Garner's dismissal in April.

The Tigers have not had a winning record since 1993 and tied Tampa Bay for the worst record -- 55-106 -- in the majors this season.

Trammell hit .285 with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBI as Detroit's shortstop from 1977-96. The six-time All-Star won four Gold Gloves and was the Most Valuable Player in the 1984 World Series, when the Tigers won their last championship.

Trammell also was endorsed for the job by former manager Sparky Anderson.

"He's a very impressive individual," Dombrowski said last week. "He presents himself very well. He's a very quality baseball person who absolutely loves the Detroit Tigers."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.