After a 6-3 road trip that saw the #Tigers sweep the Red Sox for the first time in Boston since 1983, the team returns to Comerica Park for a four-game homestand against the Texas Rangers this weekend.
5/22 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET
- Weather Day: More than 3,600 students will be treated to a lesson on the science behind Michigan weather and why it acts the way it does. The lesson will feature meteorologists from FOX 2 Weather Authority and special weather-related demonstrations by experts from Toledo’s Imagination Station.
5/23 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET – FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
- 8th Annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The singing competition will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. 10 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Golden Tate, wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and FOX 2 TV personality Lee Thomas.
- Passing of the Bat Ceremony: The Tigers are continuing their celebration of African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball with the “Passing of the Bat” ceremony, which embodies the past, present and future contributions of African American ballplayers to the game of baseball. The ceremony features former Detroit Stars player Walt Owens, former Tigers and current FOX Sports Detroit broadcasters Rod Allen and Craig Monroe, current Tigers Rajai Davis Torii Hunter, and Austin Jackson, as well as Dazon Cole of West Bloomfield High School. Cole is one of the top high school baseball prospects in the state of Michigan.
5/24 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 4:08 PM ET – 20th ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES TRIBUTE GAME
- Detroit Stars Baseball Cap Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans to enter the park will receive a Detroit Stars baseball cap, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
- On-Field Ceremony: Prior to the 20th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, where the Tigers and Rangers will don the uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Ft. Worth Texas Black Panthers, 10 former Negro Leagues players will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony. In addition, as part of its commitment to the metro Detroit community, Comerica Bank will donate $5,000 to Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium to purchase a historic marker identifying the Negro Leagues diamond as a National Historic Landmark. Former home of the Negro Leagues Detroit Stars, Hamtramck Stadium has played host to National Baseball Hall of Famers such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell and Norman “Turkey” Stearnes.
5/25 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET
- Bill Bruton Baseball Card Giveaway: Upon exit from the ballpark, all fans will receive a commemorative Bill Bruton baseball card, courtesy of The Detroit News.
- Detroit Tigers Starting Rotation Poster Giveaway: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Detroit Tigers Starting Rotation Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
- African American Legacy Award Presentation: Prior to the game, the Tigers will posthumously honor former Tigers outfielder Bill Bruton for his contributions to the legacy of African Americans in baseball in the city of Detroit and across the country. Bruton’s family will be on-hand to receive the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award on his behalf.
- Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive afree promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoyfree 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 bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
DYNAMIC DEALS IN MAY
New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games in May. 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
Last week the #Tigers took three of four from the Houston Astros and added another win against the Twins before heading out on a nine game road trip. Every homestand Comerica Park is full of Tigers fans watching baseball and participating in celebrations both on and off the field. Here are a few events you may have missed that happened when the Tigers were in town.
It was probably hard to miss the Zubaz, but every was wearing them on Friday night (even the grounds crew)! The pants from the 90’s were part of the Fourth Annual Zubazpalooza held at Comerica Park. Fans were able to purchase special ticket packages that were included pants, shirts and even ties.
6. Detroit Economic Club Luncheon
So it didn’t ACTUALLY happen at Comerica Park, but the Tigers joined the Detroit Economic Club for their annual luncheon on Friday afternoon. The Tigers donned bow ties to help raise awareness for Bow Ties for a Cause.
5. Cinco de Mayo
The Tigers celebrated Cinco de Mayo by hosting live music and various dance groups from around Detroit to the ballpark. Fans who purchased special ticket packages also received Cinco de Mayo t-shirts as well.
4. Samurai First Pitch
This one explains itself.
3. Space Day
NASA Astronaut Dr. Michael Massimino spoke to over 3,000 students during Space Day at Comerica Park. He was joined by the Michigan Science Center, and had the chance to throw out the first pitch on Thursday afternoon.
2. Jim Leyland Day
The Tigers celebrated the third-winningest manager in franchise history on Saturday by awarding Jim Leyland with an honorary painting and first-pitch ceremony.
1. Fan Signs
You may have missed some of these signs around Comerica Park.
The #Tigers return to Comerica Park on May 22nd for a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The homestand includes the 12th Annual Negro Leagues Weekend celebration and the 20th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
The #Tigers finished an eight game road trip with a 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, and will return home on Monday to take on the Houston Astros for the first time this year. While on the road, the Tigers moved to 17-9 and extended their lead atop the American League Central to 4.5 games.
DYNAMIC DEALS IN MAY
New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games in May. 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
ALL-STAR VOTING IS IN FULL SWING
Voting for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game has opened. Tigers fans can vote for their favorite Tigers on the ballot online and at Comerica Park. Last year’s All-Star Roster included six Tigers, including Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. Fans can vote up to 25 times per email address here: VOTE NOW!
5/5 – ASTROS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET
- Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Comerica Park will host live entertainment on the concourse from 5-7 p.m. near the Big Cat Court (behind Section 119) and Brushfire Grill (behind Section 131). Also as a part of the celebration, the Tigers sold Special Edition Cinco de Mayo t-shirts which helped benefit the Centro Multicultural La Familia in Pontiac, MI.
- In-Park All-Star Balloting: The time is now to vote your favorite Tigers players into the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field. Beginning on May 5th, fans will have the opportunity to vote in-park as well as online for the All-Star Game.
- Ceremonial First Pitch: The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by Detroit Lions safety, Glover Quin, U.S. Speedskating Olympian Kelly Gunther, and University of Michigan Men’s Basketball player, Nik Stauskas.
5/6 – ASTROS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET
- Ceremonial First Pitch: The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by the star of “Defending the Caveman”, Vince Valentine and The Samurai from the current Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit “Samurai: Beyond the Sword.”
- National Anthem: The national anthem will be performed by country vocalist Julianne Ankley, recent winner of the Outstanding Country Songwriter Award from the Detroit Music Awards.
5/7 – ASTROS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET
- Ceremonial First Pitch: The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by former “Hardcore Pawn” and “Meltdown” star, Rich Pyle.
5/8 – ASTROS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET
- Space Day: Astronaut Dr. Michael Massimino will speak to more than 3,000 students and educators before the game as part of the club’s Class Outside Series. Massimino will share his experiences from his trips to space to service the Hubble Telescope, and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
- Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Day: The Tigers were the first professional sports team to commit to the G.R.E.A.T. in 1994. Now in its 20th year, the Tigers will welcome 875 Detroit Area middle school students from the 13-week program to Comerica Park to celebrate their achievements in avoiding destructive behaviors.
5/9 – TWINS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET
- Miguel Cabrera Three-Time Batting Champion Trophy Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park on Friday will receive the trophy courtesy of Pepsi.
- Fourth Annual Zubazpalooza: For the fourth year, the Tigers are offering a special ticket package for stripe-enthusiasts during Zubazpalooza. Find out how to purchase the special ticket package here.
5/10 – TWINS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET
- Tribute to Jim Leyland: Prior to the game, the Tigers will honor the third-winningest manager in franchise history in a special pre-game, on-field ceremony at Comerica Park. The former skipper will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. Be sure to be in your seats by 12:40 p.m. so you don’t miss a minute of this special ceremony.
- 2014-15 Wall Calendar Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park on Saturday will receive the giveaway courtesy of Red Robin.
- Pre-Game On-Field Clinic: From 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. fans are welcomed onto the playing field at Comerica Park for a special pre-game clinic featuring Tigers players. Fans will choose a station and Tigers players and coaches will rotate among the stations giving fans tips on hitting, infield defense, pitching and catching. The clinic is weather permitting and sponsored by Red Robin. Autographs are not permitted.
5/11 – TWINS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET
- Happy Mother’s Day! All Moms and Kids 14-and-under will receive a special Mother’s Day Picture Frame, courtesy of Little Caesars. Plus, the first 500 families to visit the Fan Foto display in the FOX Sports Detroit Brushfire Grill will receive a FREE Mother’s Day branded photo to place in their new frame. Upon entry to the ballpark, 500 moms will be invited to participate in a special on-field recognition during the singing of the national anthem.
- Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer: Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers have partnered with Komen for the Cure to go to bat against breast cancer. The Tigers donated 1,000 tickets to breast cancer survivors, volunteers and their families from the Detroit Race for the Cure to attend the Mother’s Day game. More than 150 breast cancer survivors will be invited onto the field and recognized prior to the national anthem. In addition, the Tigers winner from Major League Baseball’s Honorary Bat Girl contest to recognize inspirational fans that have been affected by breast cancer will be honored prior to the start of the game and will throw a ceremonial first pitch. During the game, players from both clubs will use pink bats, and all baseballs will have pink stitching.
- 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 bicycle and are invited down to the field forKids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.
After a five game roadtrip out west, the #Tigers return home to Comerica Park for a 10 day homestand that starts on Tuesday. The Tigers will host the Cleveland Indians, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Chicago White Sox.
DYNAMIC DEALS IN APRIL
New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games in April. 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
4/15 – TIGERS v. INDIANS at 7:08 PM ET
- In honor of Jackie Robinson, all on-field personnel from both the Tigers and Indians will wear Jack Robinson’s number 42.
- The Tigers will honor the winners of their annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest.
4/16 – TIGERS v. INDIANS at 7:08 PM ET
- The first 10,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive “April in the D” Gloves courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit.
4/17 – TIGERS v. INDIANS at 1:08 PM ET
- As part of the Class Outside Series, students will learn about the field of sports journalism during Journalism Day.
4/18 – TIGERS v. ANGELS at 7:08 PM ET
- The Tigers have partnered with Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism to raise awareness of autism.
4/19 – TIGERS v. ANGELS at 1:08 PM ET
- Austin Jackson will be recognized for being named the Tigers top defensive player in 2013 by Wilson.
4/20 – TIGERS v. ANGLES at 1:08 PM ET
- Every child 14-and-younger will receive a Torii Hunter Mini-Bat.
- Prior to the game, Kids Club members will be selected to take part in a special parade with the Easter Bunny and PAWS.
4/21 – TIGERS v. ANGLES at 1:08 PM ET
- Law Enforcement Night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and their families.
4/22 – TIGERS v. WHITE SOX at 7:08 PM ET
- Prior to the game, the Tigers will recognize all of the young women currently in the running to become Miss Michigan.
4/23 – TIGERS v. WHITE SOX at 7:08 PM ET
- The first 10,000 fans will receive an Anibal Sanchez 17 K’s DVD, courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit.
4/24 – TIGERS v. WHITE SOX at 1:08 PM ET
- During six select games this season, the Tigers and Aquafina will host over 10,000 students from local schools to reward them for being a member of their school’s safety patrol or having perfect attendance for a marking period.
The crack of the bat is just one of the sounds you expect to hear when you enter a ballpark during the summer, but lately many fans have been paying closer attention to the walk-up and entrance music for both batters and pitchers.
While some players will change their songs during the season, here are some of the songs you’ll hear through the speakers this year at Comerica Park as your favorite player heads onto the field:
Kinsler: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
Hunter: “My Hitta” by YG feat. Jeezy
Cabrera: “Mercy” by Kanye West
Martinez: “Mi Bajo y Yo” by Oscar de Leon
Jackson: “PSA” by Jay-Z
Collins: “What You Know” by T.I.
Castellanos: “Revolution” by Diplo feat. Imanos, Faustix
Holaday: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
Romine: “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Avila: “Save My Soul” by Blues Saraceno
Gonzalez: “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled
Kelly: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
Davis: “Jesus” by Kirk Franklin
Verlander: “In the Air Tonight” by Non-Point
Scherzer: “Forgot About Dre”
Smyly: “Bad Boy for Life”
Sanchez: “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon
Krol: “Partition” by Beyonce
Nathan: “Fireman MIX”
Alberquerque: “Yo Lo Que Vine a dar Mambo” by El Alfa
Coke: “War Machine” by AC/DC
What do you think? Do you have any other songs you think should be added to the playlist this season? Leave them in the comments or shoot us a note on Twitter!
In honor of day one of the Winter Meetings in Orlando, how about a little throwback to one of the Tigers most recent big deals at the annual event. How do you think this deal worked out for the Tigers?
December 9, 2009 -DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired righthanded pitcher Max Scherzer and lefthanded pitcher Daniel Schlereth from the Arizona Diamondbacks and lefthanded pitcher Phil Coke and outfielder Austin Jackson from the New York Yankees. The Tigers have traded righthanded pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, while outfielder Curtis Granderson has been traded to the Yankees. Additionally, the Yankees have traded righthanded pitcher Ian Kennedy to Arizona as part of the deal.
“We are thrilled to add four quality players to the Tigers organization today,” Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. “We feel this infusion of talent will help our major league club compete both in 2010 and for many years to come. We want to thank both Curtis and Edwin for all they have done for the Tigers organization and we wish them nothing but the best as they join their new clubs.”
Scherzer compiled a 9-11 record, 4.12 ERA (170.1IP/78ER) and 174 strikeouts in 30 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2009. He finished eighth in the National League with 9.19 strikeouts per nine innings this past season. A first-round selection by the Diamondbacks in 2006, Scherzer has posted a 3.86 ERA (226.1IP/97ER) and 240 strikeouts in 46 games (37 starts) at the major league level.
Schlereth recorded a 1.01 ERA (26.2IP/3ER), four saves and 39 strikeouts in 21 outings with Double A Mobile. He limited opponents to a .161 batting average against (14×87) during his stint with Mobile. Schlereth saw action in one game with Triple A Reno, in addition to 21 outings at the major league level with the Diamondbacks. He fanned 22 batters in 18.1 innings of work with Arizona, limiting opponents to a .221 batting average against (15×68). Schlereth was a first-round selection of the Diamondbacks in 2008 and he is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth.
Coke spent the entire season at the major league level with the Yankees in 2009, compiling a 4-3 record, 4.50 ERA (60.0IP/30ER), two saves and 49 strikeouts in 71 appearances. He limited opponents to a .209 batting average against (44×211). Coke is 5-3 with a 3.74 ERA (74.2IP/31ER) in 84 outings in his major league career, holding opponents to a .199 batting average against (52×261).
Jackson batted .300 (151×504) with 67 runs scored, 23 doubles, nine triples, four home runs, 65 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 132 games with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2009. Entering the season as the top prospect in the Yankees organization by Baseball America, he was selected the International League Rookie of the Year after leading the league with nine triples. Baseball America tabbed him the best hitting prospect in the league during the season.
Granderson hit .249 (157×631) with 91 runs scored, 23 doubles, eight triples, 30 home runs, 71 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 160 games for the Tigers in 2009. He was named to the American League’s all-star squad for the first time in his career this past season.
Jackson compiled a 13-9 record and 3.62 ERA (214.0IP/86ER) in 33 starts for the Tigers this past season as he was selected to the American League’s all-star squad for the first time in his career.
Additionally, the Tigers today designated the contracts of righthanded pitcher Freddy Dolsi and catcher Dusty Ryan for assignment. Dolsi finished 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA (51.2IP/22ER) and 10 saves in 39 appearances with Triple A Toledo in 2009. Ryan batted .257 (52×202) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 63 games with the Mud Hens.
DETROIT – Detroit Tigers players and coaches return to Comerica Park on Saturday, January 25 to take part in the 19th annual TigerFest. Fans can purchase tickets for Detroit’s annual winter baseball event on Friday, December 13 beginning at 10 a.m. on tigers.com/tigerfest or by calling 866-66-TIGER.
TigerFest will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost of admission, which includes all TigerFest attractions, is $25 for adults and $14 for kids 12-and-under. All fans will receive a TigerFest branded t-shirt upon entry.
Event Activities for all Fans:
- Autograph booths featuring current Tigers players and coaches, including one kids-only line.
- Main stage, featuring updates on the 2014 season by Tigers players, coaches, and members of the front office, including a special “Fan Conference” Q & A Session.
- Tigers player photo area, located in the visitors clubhouse, where fans can take pictures with Tigers players.
- Self-guided tour through the Tigers Home Clubhouse, including an archival display featuring historical baseball artifacts.
- Take batting practice in an underground batting tunnel.
- Visitors dugout will be open for fans to visit and take photos.
- Self-guided tour, which includes stops in the Ernie Harwell Media Center, luxury suite, the ChampionsClub, and select Detroit Tigers executive offices.
- Detroit Tigers ice sculptures, including LIVE sculpting demonstrations by Ice Sculpture Ltd..
- David Chandler and the staff from Chandler Bats will operate an authentic bat lathe and provide LIVE baseball bat carving demonstrations all day.
- Learn more about Detroit Tigers season and group ticket plans, Fantasy Camps and experiences, and official Detroit Tigers Spring Training Vacations.
- Detroit Tigers Authentics featuring one-of-a-kind authentic signed items and game-used memorabilia.
- Unique Tigers items at the Tigers Foundation Fire Sale.
Event Activities for Children:
The Detroit Tigers Kids Zone featuring:
- Kids-Only autograph booth
- Miniature Comerica Park stage hosted by Radio Disney personalities and featuring Tigers player book readings, games and interactive activities. Special bleacher seating is available for parents and kids.
- Free face painting and caricatures
- Baseball-themed games and activities for kids
- Video game bullpen
- Official 2014 Kids Club enrollment
Additional information, including players scheduled to appear, will be announced in early January. For further details and the latest updates, visit tigers.com/tigerfest.
Most access areas within the event will be heated and covered; however, the Tigers encourage all fans to dress according to the weather as some passageways are not be protected from seasonal elements.
DETROIT- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with righthanded pitcher Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2016 season.
“We are pleased to be adding a premier closer to our ballclub,” said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. “Joe solidifies the back end of our bullpen and fills what we identified as a big need on our pitching staff.”
Nathan, 39, compiled a 6-2 record, 1.39 ERA (64.2IP/10ER) and 43 saves in 67 outings for the Texas Rangers during the 2013 season. He fanned 73 batters during the year, while he limited opponents to a .162 (36×222) batting average.
In 13 seasons at the Major League level with the San Francisco Giants (1999-2000, 2002-03), Minnesota Twins (2004-2011) and Texas Rangers (2012-13), Nathan has posted a 57-30 record, 2.76 ERA (858.2IP/263ER) and 341 saves in 714 career outings. He has struck out 912 batters over his career, while limiting opponents to a .201 batting average (625×3104).
Nathan has converted 90 percent of his save chances over his career, which marks the highest conversion rate of any active Major League pitcher with at least 200 career saves. The six-time All-Star (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) is tied for 10th on the all-time Major League saves list with his 341 saves. He has converted 19×19 save opportunities at Comerica Park and converted 36×36 save opportunities during his career against the Tigers.
Nathan will wear jersey number 36 with the Tigers.
To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have designated infielder Dixon Machado for assignment.
The Detroit Tigers today named Brad Ausmus as the 37th manager in franchise history, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract that includes a club option for 2017.
A former Major League catcher for 18 seasons, Ausmus, 44, succeeds Jim Leyland who announced his retirement on October 21st after eight seasons at the helm. Gene Lamont, who originally joined Leyland’s staff as the club’s third base coach on October 11, 2005, agreed to a two-year contract as bench coach for Ausmus’ staff. It will mark his second season as Tigers bench coach and his 50th season in professional baseball.
“I couldn’t be more excited to manage the Detroit Tigers,” said new Tigers manager, Brad Ausmus. “It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to manage a team that went to the American League Championship the previous year. There is a lot of work to be done by Spring Training and no details will be glossed over. Our goal is to hopefully return to the ALCS and then take the next step.”
“We are thrilled to introduce Brad Ausmus as the new manager of the Detroit Tigers,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski. “After a great deal of research and conversation, we felt Brad was the best fit for our ballclub. We received positive feedback on Brad from players, managers and baseball executives. Brad had a long-standing career as a player and we feel that he will relate well with the current players. We were most impressed with Brad’s preparation and leadership, which are among his many quality attributes. We are confident Brad is the right person to lead our team and continue the recent success of the Tigers organization.”
“I’ve known Brad since my time coaching with the Astros in 2002,” said Tigers bench coach Gene Lamont. “He is not only a good baseball mind but a very smart baseball mind. I really wanted to stay in Detroit so I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to help Brad as his bench coach. We have a good team with the Tigers and I am confident that Brad will continue that success.”
Ausmus was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in 1987 and played in their minor league system while attending Dartmouth College. He was then drafted by the Colorado Rockies from the New York Yankees in the 1992 expansion draft and later traded to the San Diego Padres where he made his major league debut on July 28, 1993. He played parts of 18 seasons in the majors with the Padres (1993-96), Detroit Tigers (1996, 1999-2000), Houston Astros (1997-98, 2001-2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009-10).
Over his 18-year playing career, Ausmus hit .251 (1579×6279) with 80 home runs, 270 doubles, 34 triples, 607 RBI, 718 runs scored and 102 stolen bases in 1,971 games played. He is the winner of three Gold Gloves (2001, 2002, 2006) and was selected an All-Star with the Tigers in 1999. With the majority of his playing career with the Astros, Ausmus is the all-time Astros leader among catchers in games played (1,259), hits (970) and runs scored (415).
He spent the last three seasons (2011-2013) in the role of Special Assistant, Baseball Operations, with the San Diego Padres. Additionally, he managed Team Israel for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Ausmus and his wife, Liz, reside in San Diego with their two daughters, Sophie (15) and Abigail (14). He will wear jersey #7 with the Tigers.
DETROIT — Jim Leyland, the third-winningest manager in Detroit Tigers franchise history, today announced his retirement after eight seasons as the team’s manager. Leyland, 68, guided the Tigers to their third straight American League Central Division Championship this season and leaves the game ranked 15th all-time in managerial wins (1,769).
“On behalf of the entire Detroit Tigers organization, we thank Jim for everything he has done for this franchise over the past eight seasons,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. “Jim’s tenure will be looked back on as one of the great eras in Tigers history; an era that included two World Series appearances, four ALCS appearances in eight seasons, three division titles and two American League pennants. It has truly been an honor to work with one of the great managers in the history of the game.”
“We want to thank Jim for everything he has done over the past eight years to steer the ship, and lead our ballclub to some exciting times in this town,” stated Tigers’ owner Michael Ilitch. “Jim has been instrumental in the franchise’s most recent success on and off the field, and we are forever grateful. We wish the best to Jim and his family in the future.”
“It has been a huge honor to have been the Tigers manager for the past eight seasons, so many wonderful days and nights at Comerica Park with almost every seat filled. I can’t thank you enough for your support,” said Jim Leyland. “When I came here all I wanted was a chance and you gave me that. I hope you do the same for your next manager. My goal coming here was to turn talent into team, and with the help of the entire organization, we did that. This is not a good bye, it’s a so long, as I will be accepting another position in the organization yet to be determined. I hope you enjoyed me as much as I enjoyed you.”
Leyland was named the Tigers 36th manager on October 4, 2005 and guided Detroit to 700 wins at the helm, third-most in franchise history. Sparky Anderson (1,331 wins) and Hughie Jennings (1,131 wins) are the only two Tigers skippers with more wins. The Tigers advanced to the postseason four times during Leyland’s managerial career with the club, including three straight division titles (2011-2013), two American League pennants (2006, 2012) and two World Series appearances. Leyland joined Hughie Jennings as the only two managers in Tigers history to lead the club to the postseason in three-or-more seasons. He was the third manager in franchise history to guide a Tigers club to the World Series multiple times, joining Hughie Jennings and Mickey Cochrane.
Leyland guided a club to the postseason eight times in his 22 seasons as a Major League manager and compiled a 44-40 record (.524) during the playoffs. He led the Pittsburgh Pirates to three straight National League East Division titles (1990-92), and he captured the National League Wild Card with the Florida Marlins in 1997. His 1997 Marlins went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series.
Leyland is 14th all-time in games managed with 3,499, including 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-96), two with the Florida Marlins (1997-98) and one with the Colorado Rockies (1999). He ranks third on the Tigers all-time games managed list with 1,297.
Leyland’s Tigers teams finished above .500 in six of his eight seasons at the helm. Detroit has surpassed three million in season attendance four times in franchise history, all during Leyland’s Tigers managerial career (2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013).