Knapp was selected from four candidates who endured a grueling interview including a single, flickering swinging light bulb hanging from a cord held by owner Mike Ilitch, skipper Jim Leyland blowing smoke rings across the room, and manager Dave Dombrowski eating Tums like M&Ms. In the end, each interviewee had to spend an hour talking politics with Gary Sheffield.
"I know I wasn’t the belle of the ball,” mentioned Knapp after the interview. “I know there were a lot of people out there with big-league experience. But I will work my tail off to try to make these guys (the pitchers) better.”While the other candidates may have big league experience, apparently Knapp's energy and prior accomplishments with the success of the Twins pitchers won him the glass slipper.
Leyland is apparently "99%" sure that the new bullpen coach replacing Jeff Jones will come from inside the Tigers organization. Now I'm fairly sure Knapp was never one of the apostles, but Leyland seems confident that he can deliver the much needed message to the pitching staff.
I think that message is: Throw Strikes. Please.