The 2013 season will mark his first full season as Detroit's assistant hitting coach...Harrah joined the major league club as assistant hitting coach in June of 2012 ... Prior to joining the major league staff in his current role, he spent nine seasons (2004-12) as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator...previously held the position of minor league hitting coordinator for two seasons (1997-98)... Harrah joined the staff in Detroit as the hitting coach on July 31, 1998, after Larry Herndon was dismissed ... Served as a coach for the Fort Worth Cats, an independent league club in the Central League, in 2003 ... Spent three seasons (2000-02) as the bench coach with the Colorado Rockies ... Served as the roving minor league hitting instructor for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1999 season ... Spent the 1996 season as the third base coach for the Cleveland Indians ... Named the International League's Manager of the Year in 1995 after leading Triple A Norfolk of the New York Mets organization to an 86-56 record ... Spent eight seasons (1987-94) as a manager, coach and hitting instructor in the Texas Rangers organization following his retirement in 1986...he managed Triple A Oklahoma City for two seasons (1987-88) before joining the Rangers major league staff as the first base coach in 1989...after three seasons as the first base coach, he was named the bench coach for the 1992 season...Harrah served as the club's interim manager during the second half of the 1992 season following the firing of Bobby Valentine on July 9...he spent his final two seasons (1993-94) in the Texas organization as a roving minor league hitting instructor.
Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a non-drafted free agent on December 27, 1996, he played 17 seasons at the major league level with the Washington Senators (1969, 1971), Rangers (1972-78, 1985-86), Indians (1979-83) and New York Yankees (1984)...Harrah was selected as an all-star four times during his career (1972, 1975-76, 1982).
Inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988 ... Participated in the Tigers Winter Caravan ... He and his wife Janet reside in Azle, TX during the off-season...the couple has four children, Toby, Haley, Katie and Thomas.