DETROIT (AP) – Detroit Tigers hitting coach Don Slaught resigned Friday, and Andy Van Slyke agreed to remain on as first-base coach for the AL champions.

“The drain of being away from my family and other business interests proved to be too much,” Slaught said in a statement. “I love coaching and I enjoyed my time with the players, a special group that got us all to the World Series.”

Slaught said he doesn’t want to miss any more time with his wife and four children.

“I understand Don’s situation because I was in a similar situation following the 1999 season when I left the Rockies to be with my family in Pittsburgh,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “Don did a good job for us and we will miss him and wish him all the best.”

Slaught spent 16 years as a catcher in the majors. His one-year stint as the Tigers hitting coach was his first coaching assignment.

Van Slyke was a three-time All-Star during his 13 seasons with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Van Slyke and Slaught played for Leyland in Pittsburgh.

AP-ES-11-03-06 1356EST

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