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Lloyd McClendon
Born: January 11, 1959 (1959-01-11) (age 51)
Gary, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 6, 1987 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1994 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average     .244
Hits     294
RBI     154

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Lloyd Glenn McClendon (born January 11, 1959 in Gary, Indiana) is a former left and right fielder and manager in Major League Baseball, and the current hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, serving under Jim Leyland. He previously was manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005. McClendon is also member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. [1]



In 1971, McClendon played in the Little League World Series for the Gary team, and earned the nickname "Legendary Lloyd" by homering in five consecutive at bats.

Drafted by the New York Mets in 1980 out of Valparaiso University, McClendon broke into the majors as an outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds in 1987. While playing for Valparaiso he hit what is considered the longest home run at Bethel College against pitcher Robert Bjorkland's hanging curveball. His eight-year major league career also included time with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

After retiring from playing, he served as a hitting coach for the Pirates until he was appointed manager after the 2000 season, a position he held until he was fired September 6, 2005. In his five seasons as manager of the Pirates, McClendon compiled a 336-446 record.

When Jim Leyland was hired as manager of the Detroit Tigers, he brought former player McClendon on board as bullpen coach. For the 2007 season, he was promoted to hitting coach.

History of challenging umpires

McClendon has a history of challenging close calls on the diamond, and stated his belief that the Pirates didn't always get fair calls from the umpires. As he put it during the 2002 season, "I'm sure it's nothing intentional on their part. I certainly would never question their integrity. But it's human nature to relax a little and take something for granted. We've lost for so long that I think it's easy for umpires to lose respect for us and take us for granted. I've got to change that. If I get thrown out of 100 games, then I get thrown out of 100 games. I'm going to keep demanding a playing field that's equal for my players. I don't think it's wrong to demand the umpires' best effort every day."[2]

On June 26, 2001, in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, McClendon saw two questionable calls made against his Pirates by the first base umpire, Rick Reed. After Jason Kendall was called out at first base, McClendon went onto the field to argue the call. After being ejected from the game, McClendon tore up first base and walked off the field with it, later throwing it into the dugout. Rather than risk McClendon's wrath by retrieving the base, the field crew replaced the base with a new one. The Pirates rallied to win the game in the 12th inning, 7-6.[3] The next day, the players mounted the base in their clubhouse. McClendon's act of anger made the #4 place on Page 2's "Coaches gone wild" list.[4]

In the 2005 season, McClendon exhibited signs of a desire to end this tendency. During a series against the Washington Nationals at the end of June, when replays of the first base theft were being shown on the scoreboard, he said, "I don't like that being shown, I don't want people to identify (that) with me...To me, that's ridiculous. That's not who I am. That's something that happened and it should be over with."[5]

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
PIT 2001 62 100 .383 6th in NL Central - - - -
PIT 2002 72 89 .447 4th in NL Central - - - -
PIT 2003 75 87 .463 4th in NL Central - - - -
PIT 2004 72 89 .447 5th in NL Central - - - -
PIT 2005 55 81 .404 6th in NL Central - - - (fired)
Total 336 446 .430


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gene Lamont
Pittsburgh Pirates Managers
Succeeded by
Pete Mackanin
Preceded by
Lance Parrish
Detroit Tigers Bullpen Coach
Succeeded by
Jeff Jones
Preceded by
Don Slaught
Detroit Tigers Hitting Coach
Succeeded by

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