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A veteran of 24 seasons of professional baseball, including 18 as a player, he was named the 37th manager in Tigers history on November 3, 2013...Led the Tigers to a 90-72 record and a postseason berth in his first year as manager, joining Hughie Jennings (1907), Mickey Cochrane (1934) and Jim Leyland (2006) in accomplishing the feat...Became the 14th manager in Tigers history to have also played at the major league level for Detroit, joining Alan Trammell, Dick Tracewski, Billy Martin, Bob Swift, Billy Hitchcock, Fred Hutchinson, Mickey Cochrane, Del Baker, Bucky Harris, George Moriarty, Ty Cobb, Hughie Jennings and Bobby Lowe...Served as Special Assistant, Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres for three seasons (2011-2013)...Managed Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic...Spent 18 seasons as a catcher at the major league level with the Padres (1993-96), Tigers (1996, 1999-2000), Astros (1997-1998, 2001-07) and Dodgers (2009-10)...made eight postseason appearances as a player, including two trips to the National League Championship Series and one to the World Series...Ranks third all-time among catchers with 12,839 putouts, while he is 10th with 15,840.2 innings played and 1,766 games started...Won three Gold Gloves with the Astros in 2001, 2002 and 2006…is the Astros all-time leader among catchers in nearly every offensive category, including games played (1,259), hits (970) and runs scored (415)...Acquired by the Tigers from the Houston Astros along with C.J. Nitkowski in exchange for RHPs Dean Crow, Brian Powell and Mark Persails, C Paul Bako and INF Carlos Villalobos on January 14, 1999...Named to the 1999 American League All-Star Team as a member of the Detroit Tigers...Made his major league debut on June 24, 1993 with the San Diego Padres...Originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 47th round of the 1987 First-Year Player Draft...Participated in the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan and TigerFest, actively participates in the Tigers Dreams Come True and Autographed Memorabilia Donation programs and attended Keeping Kids in the Game...Graduated from Dartmouth (N.H.) College with a B.A. in Government...He and his wife, Liz, and their two children, Sophie (3/13/1998) and Abigail (7/27/1999), reside in Del Mar, CA during the offseason. 

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