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Jim Harbaugh to Coach 1st Base for Detroit Tigers in Spring Training Game

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press
Vanessa de BeaumontContributor IDecember 19, 2016

Passionate coaching is valuable in any sport.

It's so valuable, in fact, that for the right man, teams will recruit across league lines.

In the eyes of the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates, Jim Harbaugh is precisely the right man.

For one inning (or possibly more), the Michigan football leader will take on the responsibility of coaching first base for the Tigers come Wednesday afternoon.

Update from Wednesday, March 2

Here's a look at Coach Harbaugh in action:

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press

Although he has spent plenty of time down on the sidelines during football games, this was a unique experience for the Wolverines coach.

"Hey, what a big thrill," Harbaugh said, per Katie Strang of ESPN.com. "Just being at a big-league park, being in the locker room, being in the skip's office. That's all just very, very exciting."

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And he's already attracted attention from the opposition. According to the Bradenton Herald's Jason Dill, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle would like Harbaugh to don black and gold as well:

I told him with his passion for stirring things up, why wouldn’t he just half the game, coach the game for the Pirates. I don’t think that’ll fly, but that’s right up his alley. I’ve encouraged him to try and get out early to spend some time with our group and our team before the Tigers get onto the field.

It's an easy transition for Harbaugh. He gleefully accepted similar responsibilities for the Oakland A's a season ago.

The Detroit News' Angelique S. Chengelis reported Harbaugh even had aspirations of being a professional baseball player.  

But Michigan football fans needn't worry about losing their spirited chief. The Wolverines will be taking the trip to Florida along with their khaki-clad coach, and spring practice will occur at IMG Academy. 

What? You didn't think one of the fieriest men to ever wear a headset would skip out on the opportunity to double his sideline shouting time, did you?

[Detroit News, h/t For the Win]

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