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Meet the man who makes the Tigers’ shift work

If you’re ever allowed to attend a baseball game at Comerica Park again, keep an eye on the dugout. Look for a guy perched with a hand on the rail, white sheet of paper in one hand, his free hand waving left and right, up and down. He might just look familiar. And he might wear you out, just from watching his relentless energy.

Ramón Santiago played infield for the Tigers from 2002-03 and 2006-13. Now he is their infield and third-base coach. And since taking the job before the 2018 season, his role has transcended hitting fungos or helping shortstops with their footwork. Now, on nearly every pitch, he is directing the infield, getting players in the position most likely to result in an out.

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