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Tigers name Gibson special assistant to GM

Updated: 29-01-2019 03:16 IST
Tigers name Gibson special assistant to GM

Former Detroit Tigers standout Kirk Gibson, already named as an analyst on Tigers game broadcasts, will have an even higher profile in the organization as he was named Monday as a special assistant to general manager Al Avila. Gibson, 61, had served as a studio analyst on Tigers broadcasts since 2015 before he was named color commentator for the upcoming season with former teammate Jack Morris.

A Michigan native, who played 12 seasons with the Tigers, Gibson was a key member of the club's 1984 World Series championship team. He later served as a Tigers bench coach for manager Alan Trammell before moving on to become manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010-14. The 17-year major leaguer earned 1988 MVP honors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading that team to a World Series title. The Dodgers have not won a World Series since that 1988 team earned the championship, inspired by Gibson's game-ending home run in the series opener while nursing multiple leg injuries.

Gibson is not alone in serving as a special assistant to Avila, who also has the title of executive vice president of baseball operations. Other Tigers standouts with a special assistant role include Trammell and fellow Hall of Famer Al Kaline, as well as Willie Horton and former manager Jim Leyland. Gibson batted .268 with a .463 slugging percentage over 1,635 major league games, hitting 255 home runs with 870 RBIs.

--Field Level Media