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Phil Nevin has been named as a “strong candidate” for the Tigers’ managing job… yawn…

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Former Tigers player and minor league manager Phil Nevin sounds like he’s emerging as a top candidate to become the teams next manager.

According to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, Nevin is seen as a “strong candidate” for the soon-to-be vacant Detroit job citing an anonymous source who apparently has an inside connection to the way the Tigers think.

A former No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros back in 1992, Nevin is in some ways the Astros’ “Darko” after they passed on taking Derek Jeter with the pick. Aside from that Nevin went on to have a mediocre 12-year Major League career which included a quick stop with the Tigers from 1995-1997. His mediocrity carried over to his managerial career where he’s held onto a few minor league managing jobs  before eventually finding his way to San Francisco as a member of Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff.

However that minor league managerial career stands out a bit considering Nevin does have some experience in the Tigers’ system. That experience included a one year stop with the Erie Seawolves before taking over the Toledo Mud Hens in November of 2010. While with Toledo the struggle seemed real for the former No. 1 overall pick as he was fired just three seasons later while collecting a minor league managerial record of 192-238. Barf.

Could the Tigers do better? Absolutely and you can only hope Avila is going to think a bit outside the box and get away from his comfort zone a bit with these interviews.

Other potential candidates for the Tigers’ managerial job include ex-Marlins manager Mike Redmond, ex-Marlins and ex-Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, Astros coach Alex Cora, ex-Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, ex-Cleveland manager Manny Acta, Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Cubs coach Dave Martinez and Dodgers minor league director director Gabe Kapler.

I’d take just about any of those candidates instead of Nevin. But that’s just me who prefers a manager who’s more than just a bridge to the next guy.

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