The Tigers will have some changes (including the manager). But they don't need major changes (including in the manager's office).

That's one reason that Lloyd McClendon could be the perfect choice to succeed Jim Leyland.

McClendon who was on Leyland's coaching staff for all eight seasons in Detroit is expected to interview for the job soon. While it's hard to know yet if he should be considered the favorite he should at the least be regarded as a serious candidate.

In the hours since Leyland made the announcement that he's retiring many smart baseball people inside and outside the Tiger organization have suggested that a Tiger team that has been to the ALCS each of the last three years should seek stability. The Tigers will be a favorite to make it at least as far next year (even if they trade Max Scherzer as they very well might) and the suggestion is that they'd be better off not taking too big a chance with this hire.

McClendon has major-league managerial experience and he knows the Tigers team better than any potential candidate. He also is believed to have Leyland's support a significant point since the Tigers plan to keep Leyland on as some type of advisor.

At the Leyland press conference general manager Dave Dombrowski said that in the Tigers' win-now situation prior managerial experience would be a big plus but not necessarily a must. The Cardinals were in a similar situation two years ago went with the inexperienced Mike Matheny and have seen it work out brilliantly.

But Matheny was already working for the Cardinals and was already well-known and greatly respected in the Cardinals clubhouse. The Tigers don't have anyone comparable in their organization.

Brad Ausmus believed to be someone the Tigers will consider has long-term Tiger ties (he played there for three years) but no real ties to the current team. The same goes for Torey Lovullo another deservedly hot name on managerial lists.

There are some ex-managers looking for jobs including Dusty Baker. Don Mattingly could soon join that list depending on how things go with the Dodgers over the next few days. But neither of them seems to be a perfect fit in Detroit and it's hard to see what either of them would bring that McClendon doesn't.

McClendon didn't have great success when he managed the Pirates from 2001 until he was fired late in the 2005 season. But he didn't have great players either nothing like what the Tigers have now.