DETROIT, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Alan Trammell was fired Monday as manager of the Detroit Tigers, apparently getting the blame for the team's collapse in the final weeks of the season.
President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski praised Trammell, calling him "dedicated, hard-working and respected," the Detroit Free Press reported.
"However, for the Tigers to reach the next level, I feel it is appropriate to make a change at this time," Dombrowski said.
Trammell, the club's longtime short stop, spent three seasons as manager. In 2004, the club won 73 games, a big improvement over the previous season's 43.
But this season, the Tigers in August were just under .500 and then went into free fall. The team ended the year 71-91.
The team said that Trammell has been offered the position of special assistant to the general manager.