Former third baseman Steve Boros dies

SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 6:46 PM ET

DETROIT - Steve Boros, a former big league third baseman, manager and front office executive has passed away at the age of 74.

During parts of seven seasons with the Tigers, Cubs and Reds, the Flint, Michigan native batted .245 with 26 home runs and 149 runs batted in.

He managed the 1983 Oakland Athletics to a 74-88 mark before he was relieved of his duties following a 20-24 start to the 1984 campaign. Boros then lasted one season as the Padres' skipper, guiding them to a 74-88 record in 1986.

"The Detroit Tigers were saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Boros," said general manager Dave Dombrowski. "Steve started and finished his career as a Tiger, first as a player, and most recently with us in the front office. Steve was a life-long baseball man, who we respected for his years of experience as a player, manager and teacher of the game."

Boros finished his 40-plus year career with the Tigers organization, serving as the minor league field coordinator (1996-2002), director of player development (2003) and special assistant to the general manager in 2004.

Bill Lajoie, a long-time baseball executive who was the architect of the 1984 Tigers team that won the World Series, passed away earlier in the week.


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