TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH VICTOR MARTINEZ

Victor MartinezThe Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with designated hitter Victor Martinez on a four-year contract through the 2018 season.

“Victor is one of the premier hitters in the league and we are thrilled that he will continue his career in a Tigers uniform,” said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. “His production in the middle of our lineup and veteran leadership are invaluable to our ballclub.”

“Victor’s presence both on the field and in the clubhouse is an essential part of this club,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I have never seen a hitter more focused in the batter’s box than Victor, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him back.”

Martinez, the 35-year-old switch-hitter, batted .335 (188×561) with 87 runs scored, 33 doubles, 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games for the Tigers in 2014. He led the American League with a .409 on base-percentage, 28 intentional walks and one strikeout every 15.26 plate appearances, ranked second with a .335 batting average and a .565 slugging percentage, third with 57 multi-hit games, tied for fourth with 188 hits, fifth with 317 total bases, seventh with 65 extra-base hits and a .326 batting average with runners in scoring position, tied for seventh with 103 RBI, and eighth with 32 home runs. Martinez established new career highs in hits, home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Martinez became the first player in Tigers history to hit 30-or-more home runs and strike out 45-or-fewer times in a season and the first major league player to do so since Barry Bonds in 2004.

In 12 seasons at the major league level with the Cleveland Indians (2002-09), Boston Red Sox (2009-10) and Tigers (2011-present), Martinez is hitting .306 (1668×5445) with 344 doubles, three triples, 189 home runs and 927 RBI in 1,459 games. He has hit 20-or-more home runs in six seasons, while he has collected 100-or-more RBI in five seasons during his career. Additionally, Victor has batted .315 (47×149) with eight doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI in 39 games in his career during the postseason.

Martinez was selected to the American League All-Star team this past season which marked his fifth career selection and first with the Tigers. He earned AL Player of the Month honors for August after batting .350 (41×117) with 20 runs scored, five doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI. He was awarded the 2014 AL Silver Slugger Award as Designated Hitter and finished second in the 2014 AL Most Valuable Player BBWAA voting.

TIGERS NAME DAVID NEWHAN ASSISTANT HITTING COACH

The Detroit Tigers today named David Newhan the Club’s assistant hitting coach.

“David brings major and minor league experience to our coaching staff and will work with Wally Joyner in preparing the hitters on a daily basis,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

Newhan joins the Tigers after spending one season in the Oakland Athletics organization as the manager for Single A Vermont. Prior to joining the Athletics, Newhan spent three seasons in the San Diego Padres organization, serving as the hitting coach for Single A Lake Elsinore.

Newman, 41, was drafted by Oakland in the 17th round of the 1995 MLB Draft. He went on to play professionally for 14 years, including parts of eight Major League seasons with the Padres (1999-2000), Phillies (2000-01), Orioles (2004-06), Mets (2007) and Astros (2008). His best season in the majors came in 2004 with Baltimore when he hit .311 with 15 doubles, seven triples, eight home runs and 54 RBI in 95 games. In 413 games in the big leagues, Newhan batted .253 with 23 doubles and 120 RBI. Newhan saw time at six different positions during his major league career, including playing 167 games in the outfield.

Newhan resides in Southern California with his wife, Karen, and their children, Nico and Gianna.

NICK CASTELLANOS NAMED TIGERS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association today.

Castellanos hit .259 (138×533) with 50 runs scored, 31 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 148 games. His 31 doubles were the 10th most by a rookie in franchise history and the most since Austin Jackson had 34 doubles in 2010.

Castellanos ranked second among American League rookies with 31 doubles, 66 RBI and 138 hits, while he was tied for fourth with 35 multi-hit games.

Castellanos will be presented with his award prior to a 2015 Tigers home game at Comerica Park. The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has selected a Tigers Rookie of the Year since 1969.

Recipients of the Tigers Rookie of the Year Award
1969 – Mike Kilkenny, LHP
1970 – Elliott Maddox, 3B/OF
1971 – No Award
1972 – Chuck Seelbach, RHP
1973 – Dick Sharon, OF
1974 – Ron LeFlore, OF
1975 – Vern Ruhle, RHP
1976 – Mark Fidrych, RHP
1977 – Dave Rozema, RHP
1978 – Lou Whitaker, 2B
1979 – Lynn Jones, OF
1980 – Rick Peters, OF
1981 – No Award
1982 – Glenn Wilson, OF
1983 – Dave Gumpert, RHP
1984 – Barbaro Garbey, 1B
1985 – Nelson Simmons, OF
1986 – Eric King, RHP
1987 – Matt Nokes, C
1988 – Paul Gibson, LHP
1989 – Kevin Ritz, RHP
1990 – Travis Fryman, SS
1991 – Milt Cuyler, OF
1992 – Scott Livingstone, 3B
1993 – Chris Gomez, SS
1994 – Chris Gomez, SS
1995 – Bobby Higginson, OF
1996 – Tony Clark, 1B
1997 – Delvi Cruz, SS
1998 – Matt Anderson, RHP
1999 – Gabe Kapler, OF
2000 – Jose Macias, 2B/3B
2001 – Victor Santos, RHP
2002 – Carlos Pena, 1B
2003 – Craig Monroe, OF
2004 – Nook Logan, OF
2005 – Curtis Granderson, OF
2006 – Justin Verlander, RHP
2007 – Ryan Raburn, OF
2008 – Armando Galarraga, RHP
2009 – Rick Porcello, RHP
2010 – Austin Jackson, OF
2011 – Al Alburquerque, RHP
2012 – Quintin Berry, OF
2013 – Jose Iglesias, SS
2014 – Nick Castellanos, 3B

VICTOR MARTINEZ NAMED TIGER OF THE YEAR

Victor Martinez has been selected the Tiger of the Year in voting conducted by the Detroit Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Martinez earned 17 of a possible 21 first place votes to capture the award for the first time in his career. Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez and Max Scherzer each received one vote.

Martinez, 35, won the award after leading the American League with a .409 on-base percentage and 28 intentional walks, while he was second with a .335 batting average and a .565 slugging percentage, third with 57 multi-hit games, tied for fourth with 188 hits an
d 15 game-winning RBI, fifth with 317 total bases, seventh with 65 extra-base hits, tied for seventh with 103 RBI, eighth with 32 home runs and 10th with a .326 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Since joining the Tigers in 2011, Martinez has batted .321 (548×1706) with 231 runs scored, 109 doubles, 58 home runs and 289 RBI in 455 games.

Miguel Cabrera won the award each of the past two seasons.

Recipients of the Tiger of the Year Award:

1965 – Don Wert
1966 – Al Kaline
1967 – Bill Freehan
1968 – Denny McLain
1969 – Denny McLain
1970 – Tom Timmerman
1971 – Mickey Lolich
1972 – Ed Brinkman
1973 – John Hiller
1974 – Al Kaline
1975 – Willie Horton
1976 – Mark Fidrych
1977 – Ron LeFlore
1978 – Ron LeFlore
1979 – Steve Kemp
1980 – Alan Trammell
1981 – Kirk Gibson
1982 – Lance Parrish
1983 – Lou Whitaker
1984 – Willie Hernandez
1985 – Darrell Evans
1986 – Jack Morris
1987 – Alan Trammell
1988 – Alan Trammell
1989 – Lou Whitaker
1990 – Cecil Fielder
1991 – Cecil Fielder
1992 – Cecil Fielder
1993 – Tony Phillips
1994 – Kirk Gibson
1995 – Travis Fryman
1996 – Travis Fryman
1997 – Tony Clark and Bobby Higginson (tie)
1998 – Damion Easley
1999 – Dean Palmer
2000 – Bobby Higginson
2001 – Steve Sparks
2002 – Randall Simon
2003 – Dmitri Young
2004 – Ivan Rodriguez
2005 – Placido Polanco
2006 – Carlos Guillen
2007 – Magglio Ordonez
2008 – Miguel Cabrera
2009 – Justin Verlander
2010 – Miguel Cabrera
2011 – Justin Verlander
2012 – Miguel Cabrera
2013 – Miguel Cabrera
2014 – Victor Martinez

ALAN TRAMMELL NAMED SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL MANAGER

1984 Tigers Reunion and Tigers vs A's game.  Photo by Mark Cunningham.The #Tigers today announced that Alan Trammell has been named a special assistant to Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski. In his role, Trammell will assist in on-field duties at both the major league and minor league levels, be involved in all personnel meetings, travel throughout the minor league system and participate in community relations.

“On behalf of ownership and the Detroit Tigers organization, we’re thrilled Alan Trammell has returned to the ballclub,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski. “’Tram’ will forever be revered as one of the greatest Tigers to ever wear the olde English ‘D’ and we view this as an opportunity to add an outstanding baseball person who offers a wealth of experience and perspective from his 20 plus seasons, all with the Tigers, and his most recent years of managing and coaching. It’s great to have him back.”

“I am very excited to be back on board with the Tigers,” said Alan Trammell. “It is an honor to return to Detroit and I am looking forward to working with Dave and contributing to the organization.”

Trammell, 56, joins the Tigers after spending the previous four seasons as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prior to his time in Arizona, Trammell was the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs from 2007-10, where he was part of back-to-back National League Central Division titles in 2007-08. Trammell was the manager of the Tigers from 2003-05 and served as the club’s hitting coach in 1999. In between his stints in Detroit, Trammell served as the first base coach of the San Diego Padres from 2000-02.

Trammell spent his entire 20-year playing career with the Tigers, hitting .285 with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBI. He was a six-time American League All-Star, a three-time AL Silver Slugger and earned four AL Gold Gloves at shortstop. Trammell joined Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Al Kaline as the only players to play 20-or-more seasons with the Tigers. He was named Most Valuable Player during the 1984 World Series after hitting .450 (9×20) with two home runs and six RBI as the Tigers defeated the Padres in five games. Trammell finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player Award voting in 1987 after finishing the season with a .343 batting average, 205 hits, 28 home runs and 105 RBI.

Trammell and his wife, Barbara, reside in Pacific Beach, Calif., during the offseason. They have three children, Lance, Kyle and Jade.

Tigers Announce Roster Moves (10/31/14)

The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has exercised its option for the 2015 season on righthanded pitcher Joakim Soria. The Tigers extended one-year qualifying offers to righthanded pitcher Max Scherzer and designated hitter Victor Martinez. Detroit has outrighted the contracts of righthanded pitcher Evan Reed and infielder/outfielder Don Kelly to Triple A Toledo. Outfielder Andy Dirks was claimed off waivers today by the Toronto Blue Jays, while lefthanded pitcher Patrick McCoy was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. Additionally, the Tigers today have purchased the contract of outfielder Wynton Bernard from Single A West Michigan.

Soria, 30, appeared in 13 games with the Tigers after being acquired on July 23rd from the Texas Rangers. Between his time with the Rangers and the Tigers, he posted a 2-4 record, 3.25 ERA (44.1IP/16ER) and 48 strikeouts in 48 games in 2014, limiting opponents to a .222 (38×171) batting average. He did not allow a run in nine of his last 10 appearances to finish the season, compiling a 0.96 ERA (9.1IP/1ER) with four hits allowed during the stretch.

Martinez, 35, batted .335 (188×561) with 87 runs scored, 33 doubles, 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games for the Tigers in 2014. He led the American League with one strikeout every 15.26 plate appearances, a .409 on-base percentage and 28 intentional walks, while he was second with a .335 batting average and a .565 slugging percentage. He established career highs in several categories including hits (188), home runs (32), on-base percentage (.409) and slugging percentage (.565).

Scherzer, 30, compiled an 18-5 record, 3.15 ERA (220.1IP/77ER) and 252 strikeouts in 33 games started for the Tigers in 2014. He tied for the American League lead with 18 wins, while he was second with a .783 winning percentage and 10.29 strikeouts per nine innings, and third with 252 strikeouts. He established new single-season career highs with 220.1 innings pitched and 252 strikeouts.

Bernard, 24, batted .323 (164×507) with 91 runs scored, 30 doubles, six triples, six home runs and 47 RBI over 131 games with West Michigan in 2014. He was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player for 2014, after leading the league in batting average (.323) and hits (164).

Additionally, Detroit today has reinstated the following players from the 60-day disabled list: righthanded pitchers Luke Putkonen (right elbow inflammation, 60-day DL on April 19), Bruce Rondon (right elbow surgery/UCL reconstruction, 60-day DL on March 29) and Drew VerHagen (low back stress fracture, 60-day DL on September 1), and shortstop Jose Iglesias (bilateral tibial stress fractures, 60-day DL on March 29).

Scherzer and Martinez have until November 10th at 5 p.m. ET to accept or decline the qualifying offers. With declined qualifying offers, the Tigers would receive an additional selection at the end of the first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft should Scherzer or Martinez sign with another major league team.

The Tigers 40-man roster is now at 36.

Top #Tigers .GIFs of the regular season

The #Tigers won their fourth consecutive American League Central Division crown over the weekend. To celebrate @MLBGIFs helped showcase the top @tigers GIFs of the regular season.

Some other honorable mentions include…

 

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#MiggyHandShake

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#Back2Back2Back2Back

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Homestand Highlights (9/22 – 9/28)

The #Tigers return to Comerica Park for the final homestand of the regular season this week. After taking two big games in Kansas City over the weekend, the Tigers have seven games left. #EveryGameCounts

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DON’T FORGET that individual game tickets for potential Tigers Wild Card and American League Division Series home games are on sale NOW! Find out how to get your tickets here!

 

9/22 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Gloves for Kids pre-game ceremony: Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball. Fans donated over 2,500 pieces of new or gently used baseball and softball equipment such as gloves, cleats, bats, balls and catcher’s gear. The program is celebrated in a pregame ceremony with Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis representing the Baseball Tomorrow Fund presenting a $5,000 grant to Courageous, Inc. and the Legends League to purchase new baseball and softball equipment.
  • Roberto Clemente Award Ceremony: Prior to Monday’s game Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will be recognized as the Tigers nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente award. The six-time All-Star and 2011 American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner created Verlander’s Victory for Veterans in 2011 to give back to veterans wounded in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. In August 2013, Verlander announced a commitment of $1 million to launch Wins for Warriors, a program designed to provide mental health support for veterans and their families with a focus on the Detroit and Richmond/Norfolk communities. During its first grant cycle, Wins for Warriors awarded $267,000 in grant funding to two best-in-class organizations: Give an Hour and The Mission Continues. In honor of Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star Roberto Clemente, who died on New Year’s Eve 1972 during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua, Major League Baseball and all 30 Clubs annually celebrate Roberto Clemente Day. This initiative pays tribute to Clemente’s lasting legacy and recognizes players who best represent the game of Baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The only other Tiger to win this award was Al Kaline in 1973.
  • Big Head Day: The Parade Company will have 10 of their ‘Big Heads’ walking through the concourse (weather permitting).
  • The National Anthem will be performed by vocalist group, ‘By The Way’.

9/23 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest: In keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive and celebrating the 67th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers hosted the 18th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. A Tigers player will join Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni and Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pre-game recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson who broke the segregation barrier in baseball and was a social activist who fought for equal opportunities beyond the playing field. The six winners are honored on field prior to the game. The six contest winners include:

ART
o Amanda Auten of Britton, 7th grade, Britton Deerfield Schools
o Jawan Davis of Detroit, 10th grade, Denby High School
ESSAY
o Ryan Chatterjee of Rochester Hills, 7th grade, Reuther Middle School
o Joel Tedone of Woodhaven, 9th grade, Riverview Community High School
POETRY
o Annie Gibbs of Rochester Hills, 7th grade, Reuther Middle School
o Olivia Upham of Oxford, 9th grade, Oxford High School

  • Strike Out Duchenne: Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello is helping Team Joseph raise money to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Porcello has grown close with Marissa and Jeff Penrod, the founders of Team Joseph and their son, Joseph, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 5 years old. Duchenne is a degenerative muscle disease that mostly strikes boys ages 2 – 5 years old. While other boys are growing stronger and gaining independence, boys with Duchenne are losing muscle function and mobility. Porcello supports Team Joseph throughout the year and raises money for Team Joseph through his Autographs for a Cause program.  Porcello challenged Team Joseph supporters to raise $20,000 this year which he would match. The donation program was a success raising more than $44,000! Since its inception, the program has generated more than $85,000 to fight Duchenne. Porcello will present a check to Team Joseph during batting practice.
  • Paul Konerko Recognition: The Tigers will honor White Sox infielder, Paul Konerko with a pre-game on-field ceremony prior to the start of Tuesday’s game.
  • The National Anthem will be performed by vocalist Lori Adams.

9/24 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • Pennies for PAWS: The Detroit Tigers partnered with the Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Fund to continue Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign at Comerica Park which raises funds to save endangered wild tigers and promote tiger conservation. Since the inception of the program in April 2008, Tigers fans have helped raise more than $65,000 to support the conservation efforts of the endangered species. The pre-game ceremony features a check presentation for the funds collected to supporting the campaign in 2014. Krishna Roy, Branch Chief, Global Program, Division of International Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participate in the check presentation along with wildlife conservation supporter Karie Ross, wife of Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski.
  • The National Anthem will be performed by the Woodhaven Warrior Marching Band.

9/25 – TWINS  v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Irish Heritage Night: In celebration of Irish Heritage there will be live Irish-themed music on-field and throughout the concourse. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Green Tigers Hat, courtesy of DMC.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Vocalist Lexi Schaub.

9/26 – TWINS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET – FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND 

  • Fan Appreciation Weekend: The Tigers will randomly select lucky winners in attendance throughout the weekend to win great prizes, including Tigers gear and authentic merchandise as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank. All prizes will be selected randomly using a computer generated system to ensure equal opportunity for ALL fans. In honor of fan appreciation Tigers fans will receive 25% off all merchandise* (does not apply to game-used products, authentics and on-field apparel). Valid at all Comerica Park retail locations including the D Shop.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a 2015 Magnet Schedule, presented by Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • Kinsler’s Kids Program: Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the Kinsler family invites 20 guests from local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of children to attend a Tigers baseball game. Kinsler’s Kids provides families the opportunity to enjoy a special evening of Tigers baseball at Comerica Park in the Kinsler Family luxury suite, “Kinsler’s Kids” t-shirts, ballpark fare catering and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler. On September 26, families from Children’s Hospital of Michigan attend the game through Kinsler’s Kids.
  • Ilitch Charities Check Presentation: During a pre-game on-field ceremony, representatives from Ilitch Charities will present checks to the beneficiaries of the Annual Ilitch Charities Golf Outing, providing grants to support organizations that make a measurable impact in the community. Benefiting charities include Detroit Employment Solutions, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Mariners Inn. Chris Ilitch, Chairman of Ilitch Charities and President & CEO of Ilitch Holdings and Mike Healy, President of Ilitch Charities and Vice President of Park Operations for the Detroit Tigers will be joined on the field by the benefiting charities during the check presentation.
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant Dominic Archuleta of the United States Air Force.
  • The Ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by Tigers Fan Norman Bean and Morris Peterson, representing ‘Spartans in the D.’
  • Friday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi (weather permitting).

9/27 – TWINS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET – FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND

  • Fan Appreciation Weekend: The Tigers will randomly select lucky winners in attendance throughout the weekend to win great prizes, including Tigers gear and authentic merchandise as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank. All prizes will be selected randomly using a computer generated system to ensure equal opportunity for ALL fans. In honor of fan appreciation Tigers fans will receive 25% off all merchandise* (does not apply to game-used products, authentics and on-field apparel). Valid at all Comerica Park retail locations including the D Shop.
  • Rajai Davis Walk-off Grand Slam Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans will receive a Rajai Davis Walk-off Grand Slam Mouse Pad, courtesy of yp.com.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi (weather permitting).

9/28 – TWINS  v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET – FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND

  • Fan Appreciation Weekend: The Tigers will randomly select lucky winners in attendance throughout the weekend to win great prizes, including Tigers gear and authentic merchandise as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank. All prizes will be selected randomly using a computer generated system to ensure equal opportunity for ALL fans. In honor of fan appreciation Tigers fans will receive 25% off all merchandise* (does not apply to game-used products, authentics and on-field apparel). Valid at all Comerica Park retail locations including the D Shop.
  • Shirt Off Our Back: The annual “Shirt Off Our Back” giveaway will return on Sunday, September 26th. Fans will be selected and will win, during a postgame on-field ceremony, the actual game-worn jerseys of all the Detroit Tigers players and coaches.
  • Miguel Cabrera Poster Giveaway: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Miguel Cabrera Poster, presented by Meijer.
  • Sunday Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a mini-Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.

 

10 Things You Missed At Comerica Park!

The #Tigers wrapped up a nine-game homestand with a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. Here are 10 things you may have missed at Comerica Park while you were watching the Tigers on the field.

1. Pink Out the Park

The Tigers and Karmanos Cancer Institute teamed up to celebrate and honor those touched by breast cancer. Fans were encouraged to wear pink to the park to support breast health awareness.

 

2. Meryl and Charlie’s first pitch

Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White threw out the first pitch to start the homestand.

 

3. Star Wars Night

 

More than 50 Star Wars characters were on hand Saturday night to help celebrate Star Wars Night at Comerica Park!

 

4. Alex Avila’s Catch

Alex Avila or Spiderman?

 

5. Two big home runs

Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila both hit late-inning home runs to help the Tigers sweep the Indians on Saturday and Sunday.

 

6. Miggy to Megatron

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7. Salute to First Responders

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The Tigers celebrated the men and women of local fire and police departments and their dedication to our community through public service in a special pre-game on-field ceremony.

 

8. Kids Club Meet and Greet

Some lucky Kids Club Members got to meet J.D. Martinez before Friday night’s game.

 

9. FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction

The #TigersWives and FOX Sports Detroit teamed up to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, with the annual event.

 

10. Happy Birthday Eleanor!

Homestand Highlights (9/5 – 9/14)

The #Tigers return to Detroit after a 5-3 road trip that saw eight games in seven days in Chicago and Cleveland. They split their series against the White Sox going 2-2 and wrapped up a three-win series against the Indians last night. With 23 games left in the regular season, #EveryGameCounts.

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9/5 – GIANTS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Gloves for Kids Weekend of Giving: The Tigers will be collecting new and gently used baseball and softball equipment outside of Comerica Park to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The Tigers will be accepting donations outside of Gate A (by the Big Tiger) beginning two hours prior to first pitch all weekend long. In addition, the first 250 fans to donate will receive a special gift from the Detroit Tigers. Give a child the opportunity to play the game of baseball with a donation to Gloves for Kids! You do not need a game ticket to donate.
  • The first pitches will be thrown out by Red Wings forward Luke Glendening and Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

9/6 – GIANTS v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • Kinsler’s Kids: Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the Kinsler family invites 20 guests from local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of children to attend a Tigers baseball game. Today’s Kinsler’s Kids are from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

9/7 – GIANTS v. TIGERS – at 8:07 PM ET

  • Back-to-School Lunchbox: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Back-to-School lunchbox, courtesy of Kroger.
  • Sunday Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a mini Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
  • The first pitch will be thrown by the Detroit Tigers winner of the 2014 MLB, Target and Time Inc.’s People All-Star Teachers Program Michael Sinclair. Sinclair represented the Tigers at the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field where he was recognized for his outstanding commitment to his students and profession.

9/8 – ROYALS  v. TIGERS – at 4:08 PM ET

  • Mario’s MVP: Each Monday home game during the 2014 season, Tigers broadcaster, Mario Impemba invites 30 Veterans of all eras and the families impacted by the loss of a loved one in support of our nation, to come down to the ballpark on the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express and enjoy a Tigers game.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the winner of the annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition held during the Tigers annual Negro Leagues Weekend Kavahna Webb.
  • Motor City Sports Party: 97.1 The Ticket is throwing a Motor City Sports Party in Grand Circus Park all day!

9/9 – ROYALS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Willie Horton Batting for Kids Pre-game Ceremony: The 2014 Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids took place at Comerica Park on Friday, July 11. Over 450 Detroit area youth age 5-15 participated in a development, and baseball skills competition. The participants competed for awards in three different skill areas including batting, throwing and baserunning. The top boy and girl in each age division will be recognized during a special pre-game on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Captain Colter Bahlau of the United States Marine Corps.
  • FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction: Throughout Tuesday’s game, FOX Sports Detroit will be broadcasting the Detroit Tigers and FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The baskets feature items hand-selected by the #TigersWives, including unique memorabilia and autographed items, along with their famous husbands’ favorite things like restaurant gift cards, CDs, DVDs, snacks and more! The auction also includes baskets filled with the favorite things of some of your favorite FOX Sports Detroit personalities. Additionally, fans can bid on Tigers mascot, PAWS’ “Favorite Things” basket exclusively online! The packages will be auctioned during the broadcast on FOX Sports Detroit and MLB.tv. For the first time ever, fans attending the game will also have the opportunity to bid on the baskets at a special table inside the Brushfire Grille at Comerica Park. A full description of each package can be found at tigers.com/wives. In addition to bidding on items, fans can donate to the Tigers Foundation. The first 200 people to call and donate $50-or-more will receive a special Detroit Tigers mystery grab bag with an autographed item.

9/10 – ROYALS v. TIGERS – at 7:10 PM ET

  • First Responders Recognition: The Tigers will celebrate the men and women of local fire and police departments and their dedication to our community through public service in a special pre-game on-field ceremony. The club will also honor the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on September 11th, as well as local first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Tigers donated 1,000 tickets to local firefighters and police officers so that they would have the opportunity to enjoy a game alongside their families. Select firefighters and police officers will be recognized for their service to our local communities prior to the national anthem. The Farmington Hills Fire and Police Departments provide a joint services honor guard to present the colors during the National Anthem and two first responders will throw a ceremonial first pitch as a guest of Miller Lite.

9/12 – INDIANS  v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Third Annual Pink Out the Park: The Detroit Tigers and Karmanos Cancer Institute have teamed up to celebrate and honor those touched by breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the park to support breast health awareness. The first 10,000 women through the gates will receive a Pink Out the Park tote bag, courtesy of Delta Air Lines and there will be a special pre-game, on-field ceremony featuring hundreds of breast cancer survivors. Special Detroit Tigers pink dog tags will be available for purchase for $10 at all Comerica Park retail locations. Additionally, pink baseballs and bats autographed by Ian Kinsler, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Omar Vizquel and Alex Avila will be available for purchase at the Tigers authentics kiosk behind section 134. A portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. In addition, Pink Out the Park tribute cheer cards, courtesy of FSD will be distributed to fans entering the ballpark and Karmanos will have Health Kiosks for fans to learn more about breast health at all gates. Fans can still purchase a Pink Out the Park ticket package that includes a game ticket, donation to the Karmanos Cancer Institute and a 2014 Pink Out the Park t-shirt by visiting tigers.com/pinkout.
  • Tonight’s game ball will be delivered by First Lieutenant Anthony Sierawski of the United States Marine Corps from Sterling Heights, Michigan.
  • Friday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi (weather permitting).

9/13 – INDIANS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Star Wars Night: Use the force and head down to the ballpark for Star Wars Night! There will be a special on-field parade featuring more than 50 of your favorite Star Wars characters and music from the Michigan Philharmonic Brass Quintet, photo opportunities with characters at gates A and B, as well as Star Wars music throughout the concourse and special in-game surprises.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Star Wars character Boba Fett.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Detroit Tigers and Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers’ Third Annual O’ Say Can You Sing contest winner Nick Sheehan.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Anthony Reyna of the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division from Taylor, Michigan.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi and Meijer (weather permitting).

9/14 – INDIANS v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • Back-to-School Sandwich Case: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Back-to-School Sandwich Case, courtesy of SVS Vision.
  • Sunday Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a mini Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
  • MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award: Prior to the game Tigers infielder/outfielder Don Kelly will be recognized by the Players’ Association as the Tigers recipient of the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award, given to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
  • Jewish Heritage Day: Join the Detroit Tigers and local community organizations to celebrate the club’s Jewish Heritage, including Tigers legend Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, on the 80th Anniversary of Greenberg leading the Tigers to the 1934 American League pennant. A donation will be made to the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation for each ticket package which includes: Upper box Infield or Upper Reserve ticket and Limited Edition mini Hank Greenberg Hall of Fame replica plaque. Please visit tigers.com/tickets for more information and to purchase your ticket package.

UPCOMING SPECIAL TICKET PACKAGES:

Lung Cancer Awareness Night – September 22nd
Irish Heritage Night – September 25th
Stitch N’ Pitch – September 28th

DYNAMIC DEALS ALL SUMMER:

New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games this summer. Fans can enjoy discounts on tickets to see the Tigers battle their AL Central Division rivals at home. Get more information at tigers.com/tickets

 

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