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Lloyd McClendon is Tigers' new bench coach; Ramon Santiago, Dave Clark swap base assignments

(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)

Detroit — Ron Gardenhire, as expected, will return for 2020, the third and final year of his contract as Tigers manager. And his coaching staff will remain mostly in place.

But there are a couple of notable changes.

Chief anong them, bench coach Steve Liddle, whose connection to Gardenhire goes back to their days with the Minnesota Twins, has announced he is retiring.

The Tigers wasted little time in replacing Liddle, and the new bench coach will be Lloyd McClendon, who makes the shift from hitting coach.