As part of the Detroit Tigers Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the club will be featuring some pieces of content from Tigers Magazine. The following Q&A appeared in the third edition of Tigers Magazine.
You were born and raised in Ciudad Bolivar, how is it there?
Born and raised in Ciudad Bolivar. There are not many things to do there. It is very big, there is Ciudad Bolivar and Puerto Ordaz, in the state of Bolivar. There are farmlands and ranches, it is more agricultural.
Naciste y creciste en Ciudad Bolívar en Venezuela, como es allí?
Nací y criado en Ciudad Bolívar. No hay muchas cosas que uno pueda hacer allí. Es bien grande, esta Ciudad Bolívar, esta Puerto Ordaz, es estado de Bolívar completo. Hay campos y ranchos y es más de agricultura.
Was that the point where you started to love baseball?
Since I was little. We liked baseball but it was never anything serious. We liked it and we played and then we realized that there was a possibility that we could play baseball professionally. That was where it got more serious because we trained, ran harder, but that wasn’t until we were around 15 years old.
Allí de chiquito fue entonces cuando te empezó a gustar el béisbol?
Desde chiquito. Nos gustaba el béisbol pero nunca fue algo serio. Nos gustaba y jugábamos y ya después nos dimos cuenta que había posibilidades de que podíamos jugar béisbol profesional. Allí fue donde se puso más serio que entrenábamos, corríamos más duro, pero eso no fue hasta que teníamos como 15 años.
Baseball is the most popular sport in Venezuela, right?
Baseball is the number one sport in Venezuela. A lot of good ballplayers have come from Venezuela, and they were the ones we used as guides. We always watched the big league games and watched the ballplayers, and if a Venezuelan was playing we would pay more attention. During that time there weren’t as many Venezuelan ballplayers as there are today, it made us very proud. Things have changed for the better. Today there are more schools and academies that prepare you to sign. In the past, you would just prepare on your own. Now there are schools where they can prepare, so everything is more organized.
El béisbol es el deporte más grande en Venezuela, verdad?
El béisbol en Venezuela es el deporte número uno. Venezuela siempre ha sacado muchos peloteros buenos y de allí es que uno se ha guiado. Uno siempre miraba los juegos de Grandes Ligas y veía los peloteros, y si estaba jugando un venezolano más atención prestábamos. Antes no habían tantos peloteros venezolanos como hay ahora en las Grandes Ligas, para nosotros era un orgullo. Las cosas han cambiado para el mejor. Hoy en día hay más escuelas/academias que preparan mejor para firmar. Antes era uno por su cuenta. Ahora hay esas escuelas que te preparan, ya la cosa es más organizada.
What is your favorite city to visit in Venezuela?
Venezuela is very pretty. The thing is the situation nowadays, but the country is beautiful. There are places like Canaima, the Santo Angel, there are beautiful places. There is the Gran Sabana, you can go there in a car. There is the Isla Margarita that is one hundred percent tourist with the beaches. There is also Puerto la Cruz that is also a beach. It is a beautiful country.
Cuál es tu favorita ciudad para visitar en Venezuela?
Venezuela es muy bonito. Lo que pasa es la situación que esta hoy en día pero Venezuela es un país bellísimo. Hay sitios como Canaima, el Santo Ángel, hay cosas bellísimas. Esta la Gran Sabana, allí puedes ir en carro. Esta la Isla Margarita que es turista cien por ciento con las playas. Esta Puerto la Cruz también que es de playa. El país es bien bonito.
What is your favorite Venezuelan tradition?
The big Venezuelan tradition is like Thanksgiving here in the United States. Over there for us it is the 24th and 31st of December. The 24th and 31st of December are times to be with your family with a lot of food.
Cuál es tu favorita tradición venezolana, una distinta al país?
La tradición en Venezuela es como el Thanksgiving aquí en los Estados Unidos. Allá nosotros es el 24 y 31 de diciembre. El 24 y 31 de diciembre es así de reunión familiar, mucha comida.
Some of your walk-up songs are vallenato, what kind of music is big in Venezuela?
Yes, the vallenato music is Colombian, but I love vallenato. The typical music in Venezuala is similar to country music here. It is heard out in the farmlands. It is with harps, cuatro, and maraca, that is it. That is the Venezuelan music.
Algunas de tus canciones cuando bateas son de vallenato, que tipo de música es grande en Venezuela?
Si, la música de vallenato es colombiana, pero a mí me encanta el vallenato. La música típica venezolana es como decir la música “country” aquí. Se escucha en los campos. Es con arpa, cuatro y maraca, eso es todo. Es la música de Venezuela.
What do you miss the most from Venezuela?
I would say the big get-togethers with your family and friends, and definitely the food. You can’t compare with the food, the cachapa, the fried fish. I will stop because I’m getting hungry.
Que extrañas más de Venezuela?
Yo creo que esas reuniones que se hacen entre familia, amigos, y definitivamente la comida. No se compara, nunca se compara, la comida, la cachapa, el pescado frito, bueno mejor paro me da hambre.
Check out all of the highlights and tweets from #TigerFest here.
The second day of the #Tigers Winter Caravan (#DETCaravan) wrapped up today. Tigers players were in Metro Detroit and on the west side of Michigan to finish off the two-day event. Here are some of the highlights…
Thanks to everyone for coming out and making #DETCaravan a success!
The first day of the #Tigers Winter Caravan (#DETCaravan) is in the books. Tigers players were in Metro Detroit and on the west side of Michigan to get the event started. Here are some of the highlights…
Keep following @tigers and the hashtag #DETCaravan to see what is in store for Day 2.
In celebration of the holiday spirit, the #Tigers treated nearly 50 children and teens in need from HAVEN and Variety, the Children’s Charity to a special holiday dinner and surprise holiday shopping spree inside Oakland Mall on Tuesday.
Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson and his wife, Lori Anne, along with FOX Sports Detroit broadcaster Rod Allen and his wife Adrian, former Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones and his wife, Paula, and Detroit’s favorite mascot PAWS joined the youth and their families for the special event.
Anthony Gose, Kyle Lobstein and James McCann visited the #Tigers Dominican Academy, home of the club’s Dominican Summer League team and fall instructional program on Wednesday. The #Tigers visited with children and staff from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an organization that cares for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In collaboration with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the players presented the children from the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage with more than 300 pieces of baseball equipment, t-shirts, cleats and shoes to support their youth baseball program.
On Thursday, Time Magazine released their “50 Most Instagrammed Places in America” based on data collected from Instagram. Comerica Park was listed as the most Instagrammed place in the state of Michigan for the second year in a row!
Tigers fans, players and personalities have been snapping selfies and photos all season long and checking in at Comerica Park.
Check out some of the photos tagged at Comerica Park this year here!
The Detroit #Tigers today announced the minor league field staff and roving personnel assignments for the 2016 season.
Dave Owen (Director, Player Development), Bill Dancy (Minor League Field Coordinator), Manny Crespo (Director, Latin American Player Development), Scott Fletcher (Infield Coordinator), Joe DePastino (Catching Coordinator), Bruce Fields (Hitting Coordinator), A.J. Sager (Pitching Coordinator), Gene Roof (Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator), Brian Peterson (Performance Enhancement Instructor), Dr. George Carlo (Performance Coach), Sharon Lockwood (Coordinator of International Player Programs), Corey Tremble (Medical Coordinator), Steve Melendez (Minor League International Medical Coordinator) and Steve Chase (Strength and Conditioning Coordinator) will all return in their respective positions for the 2016 season.
Lloyd McClendon, Jeff Pico, Willie Blair, Ace Adams and Mike Hessman have each joined the Tigers organization. McClendon will be the manager at Triple A Toledo, Pico will be the pitching coach for Triple A Toledo, Blair will be the pitching coach for Double A Erie, Adams will be the pitching coach for Connecticut and Hessman will be the hitting coach for Connecticut.
Additionally, Phil Clark, who previously was the hitting coach for Single A West Michigan, will now be the hitting coach at Double A Erie. Edgar Alfonzo, who was the hitting coach for the GCL Tigers and Double A Erie, will be the hitting coach for Single A West Michigan. Nick Avila, who also serves as an area scout for the Tigers, will be the pitching coach for the GCL Tigers. German Geigel and Josman Robles will each serve as hitting coaches for the GCL Tigers. , Robles was previously the hitting coach for the VSL Tigers, while Geigel is a Tigers scout in Puerto Rico and also assisted as the hitting coach for the GCL Tigers at the end of 2015. Jaime Garcia, who was the pitching coach for the GCL Tigers in 2015, will serve as the extended spring training/rehab pitching coach.
The following are the field staff assignments at each of the organization’s six minor league affiliates:
Manager: Lloyd McClendon
Pitching Coach: Jeff Pico
Hitting Coach: Leon “Bull” Durham
Trainer: Chris McDonald
Strength & Conditioning: Fred Murphy
Manager: Lance Parrish
Pitching Coach: Willie Blair
Hitting Coach: Phil Clark
Trainer: TJ Saunders
Strength & Conditioning: David Snedden
Manager: Dave Huppert
Pitching Coach: Jorge Cordova
Hitting Coach: Nelson Santovenia
Trainer: Jason Schwartzman
Strength & Conditioning: Jeff Mathers
Manager: Andrew Graham
Pitching Coach: Mark Johnson
Trainer: Edgar Alfonzo
Trainer: TJ Obergefell
Manager: Mike Rabelo
Pitching Coach: Ace Adams
Hitting Coach: Mike Hessman
Trainer: Chris Vick
Manager: Basilio Cabrera
Pitching Coach: Nick Avila
Hitting Coach: Josman Robles/German Geigel
Trainer: Jarad Branski
Just like you, #Tigers players are all over social media, tweeting their thoughts and posting their latest happenings on Instagram. With the 2015 season finished up, we took a look back at some of the top social media moments of the season. The fans were in charge, and helped pick some of their favorite moments from the season.
Favorite Fan Sign
Favorite #Tigers GIF
Favorite Tigers Follow
CBS RADIO’S 97.1 THE TICKET SIGNS EXCLUSIVE MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT TO BROADCAST DETROIT RED WINGS AND DETROIT TIGERS
CBS RADIO’s 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) in association with Olympia Entertainment, announced today a long-term sports and entertainment alliance with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. The comprehensive multi-year agreement is an extension of a partnership that first began in 2001, and includes play-by-play rights to both teams, as well as marketing and promotional activities across the company’s portfolio of local stations in Detroit. CBS RADIO owns and operates WWJ-AM, WXYT-AM, WDZH-FM, WOMC-FM, and WYCD-FM, offering the most 24/7 live and local sports, news and music programming in the market.
“We’ve enjoyed a tremendous relationship with CBS RADIO as the broadcast home for the Red Wings for the last 14 seasons,” said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. “The fans in Hockeytown and throughout the state of Michigan have come to know 97.1 The Ticket and its extended radio network as the broadcast home for Red Wings action and we’re excited to extend the relationship as we celebrate our final two years in Joe Louis Arena and transition into the new Detroit Events Center.”
“There is something special about listening to a Tigers game on the radio, and the team at CBS RADIO continues its standard of excellence in their coverage of Tigers baseball,” said Duane McLean, Detroit Tigers Executive Vice President of Business Operations. “97.1 The Ticket and the Tigers radio network, in addition to the partnerships with the local CBS RADIO stations, play an integral role in engaging fans with the ball club. This partnership is a commitment to connect the community, Michigan, and Tigers fans across the country with the old English D.”
Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Detroit said, “97.1 The Ticket and all of CBS RADIO are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment. We truly believe the Tigers and Red Wings are the best partners in sports. It’s an exciting time for Detroit, largely because of the Ilitch family and the work their organizations are doing to bring new life to downtown.”
Highlights of the agreement include:
- Play-by-play announcer, Dan Dickerson, will continue to host the Detroit Tigers pre- and post-game shows, as well as “Hot Stove,” an off season show airing weekly to keep listeners up to date on the Detroit Tigers.
- Detroit Red Wings announcer Ken Kal will host “Inside Hockeytown” weekly throughout the hockey season.
- WWJ-AM will add three new one hour shows including “Inside The Arena,” to keep fans up-to-date on the development of the new Detroit Red Wings hockey stadium; “Inside The Ballpark,” which will include the latest news and information about the Detroit Tigers upcoming season, and “Inside District Detroit” focusing on all things related to the expansion of “The District.”
Additionally, the new partnership includes CBS RADIO’s Detroit stations assisting Olympia Entertainment in the production and marketing of select concert and entertainment events. WYCD-FM’s “Downtown Hoedown” is currently produced in partnership with Olympia Entertainment and the “Opening Day Block Party” at Grand Circus Park in Detroit, is produced by WXYT-FM with the assistance of the Detroit Tigers. Both the Downtown Hoedown and the Opening Day Block Party have successfully drawn more than 100,000 people to the city of Detroit annually.
ABOUT THE DETROIT RED WINGS:
The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program and Champion Foods. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit http://www.DetroitRedWings.com
ABOUT THE DETROIT TIGERS:
The Detroit Tigers, Inc., a charter member of the American League in 1901, have won four World Series and 11 American League pennants. The team is owned by Michael Ilitch who purchased the ball club in 1992. Michael and his wife, Marian, jointly own other companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries including: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods, Uptown Entertainment and Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Marian Ilitch is the sole owner of MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit http://www.tigers.com.
ABOUT WXYT-FM/CBS RADIO:
WXYT-FM/97.1 The Ticket provides 24 hour live and local programming seven days a week. The station is home to top rated personalities including Mike Stone, Bill McAllister, Doug Karsh, Scott Anderson, Mike Valenti, Terry Foster, Jamie Samuelsen, and Bob Wojnowski. Listeners can hear 97.1 The Ticket online at http://www.cbsdetroit.com and via the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices. WXYT-FM is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation. CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. More than two dozen professional sports teams are broadcast on CBS RADIO stations.