Tom Brookens

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Thomas Dale Brookens

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Biographical Information[edit]

Brookens catches a pitch thrown by a Marine in 2013

Tom Brookens was first base coach for the Detroit Tigers from 2010 until 2013. A versatile, yet mediocre player, Brookens always gave 100 percent and was a fan favorite. He was considered to be the heir apparent to Jim Leyland as a coach until Leyland retired as manager following the 2013 season, but the job went to former Tigers catcher Brad Ausmus instead.

His cousin, Ike Brookens, pitched for the Tigers in 1975, and his twin brother, Tim Brookens, was a minor league infielder and outfielder in the Tigers and Texas Rangers chains from 1975 to 1978.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2005 Oneonta Tigers New York-Penn League 48-27 2nd Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
2006 Oneonta Tigers New York-Penn League 40-34 6th Detroit Tigers
2007 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League 83-57 1st Detroit Tigers League Champs
2008 Erie SeaWolves Eastern League 68-74 8th Detroit Tigers
2009 Erie SeaWolves Eastern League 71-70 6th Detroit Tigers

Further Reading[edit]

  • Larry Hilliard and Pat Kilroy: "Tom Brookens", in Mark Pattison and David Raglin, ed.: Detroit Tigers 1984: What A Start! What A Finish!, SABR Publications, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 54-57. ISBN 1933599448

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