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Torii Hunter Hosts A Special Play Baseball Detroit Rally in Wayne, Michigan

A sea of screaming orange.

That’s what greeted Detroit Tigers superstar Torii Hunter as he entered the Franklin Middle School auditorium in Wayne, Michigan on May 14.

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Hunter was at the school as part of the Tigers’ Play Baseball Detroit Program, designed to encourage participation in youth baseball and softball programs throughout the metro-Detroit area.

Over the past two decades, participation in youth baseball and softball programs has fallen dramatically in inner city and urban areas throughout the country.

The Tigers are trying to turn those numbers around.

That’s why each year they throw a Play Baseball Detroit Rally in a local school with a Tigers player to help encourage young people to participate in the game of baseball.

This year, it was Hunter’s turn to fire up the kids. And he did just that.

Hunter spoke about his life growing up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and how he prepares himself to succeed on the field, and in life.

“It’s about getting yourself ready,” said Hunter. “It’s like when a teacher gives you test. If you studied for the test you’re like ‘Man I got this’. But if you didn’t study for the test, that’s when you feel pressure. And that’s when things get tough.”

Hunter encouraged the kids to get involved in their communities, be active in sports, and find what their passions and strengths are.

Then Hunter posed for a photo with the youth baseball and softball players in the audience before returning to Comerica Park for that night’s game against the Astros.

For Hunter, the Play Baseball Detroit Rally was a chance to give back and encourage more kids to play the sport that he loves.

“It was pretty awesome to see the kids and to give them the opportunity to see a professional player and talk to them and engage with them,” said Hunter. “These kids had me pumped up.”

Tigers Host Screening of “42” for Detroit High School Students

What was is like to be Jackie Robinson in 1947?

That is the question that over 200 Detroit Edison Public School Academy Students were asked on Friday, May 10 as the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball held a private screening of the acclaimed movie “42” at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.


After the movie, three students from the school shared their thoughts on Jackie Robinson and “42” before listening to a roundtable with distinguished guests that included, FOX Sports Detroit analyst and former Major League Baseball player Rod Allen, Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumnus Shani Allison, Detroit News Sports Columnist and radio personality on WXYT-FM Terry Foster, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs for the Detroit Tigers Elaine Lewis, and former Negro Leagues player Ron Teasley.

Each shared their own unique perspective on the impact Jackie Robinson had on their lives, and how they have each become successful in their personal and professional careers.

The students then posed for a photo with their “42” movie posters and patches before returning to school to discuss the lessons learned from the movie.

To learn more about Jackie Robinson and the Jackie Robinson Foundation visit

Detroit Tigers Host 11th Annual Negro Leagues Weekend at Comerica Park

Last weekend, the Detroit Tigers continued their efforts to honor the stars of the Negro Leagues and the many contributions of African-Americans to the game of baseball with the 11th annual Negro Leagues Weekend at Comerica Park.

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The celebration kicked off on Friday, April 26 with the Detroit Stars singing competition. 11 contestants from all over the country competed in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an audience in the Big Cat Court at Comerica Park, for the chance to win $1,500 and the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Tigers game.

After a fierce battle, Marnell Kenan and her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston won over the panel of celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, Drew Rives, Midwest Marketing Director of Island Def Jam Music Group and Lee Thomas, Entertainment Anchor and Reporter from FOX 2 News.

That same night, the Tigers hosted the ceremonial ‘Passing of the Bat’ on the field at Comerica Park, honoring the past, present and future contributions of African-Americans to the game of baseball in Detroit. Featuring former Tigers Ike Blessitt and Rod Allen, current Tiger Torii Hunter, and future baseball star Johnny Slater of Southfield Lathrup High School, the passing of the bat embodies the continuing legacy of African-Americans in the game of baseball.

On Saturday, the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves suited up in the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers for the 17th annual Negro Leagues Tribute game. The day also featured a roundtable discussion with former Negro Leagues players in the Big Cat Court and an on-field ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of 12 former Negro Leagues players.

The weekend concluded on Sunday with a special tribute to former Tigers player, Larry Herndon. Most commonly known to Tigers fans as the man who caught the final out of the 1984 World Series, Herndon was presented with the African-American Legacy Award, sponsored by the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association.

The award honors a current or former African-American Tigers player for their enduring legacy in baseball in Detroit, as well as their positive influence on players of all races who have since followed in their footsteps.

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The Detroit Tigers Foundation and Trader Joe’s Team Up to Strike out Hunger in the Metro-Detroit Community

In a special pre-game on-field ceremony at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers Foundation and Trader Joe’s presented Gleaners Community Food Bank with a check for $26,360 to use to help feed the hungry in our community.

In 2011, Trader Joe’s and the Detroit Tigers partnered to create the Strikeout Hunger program. Since then, Trader Joe’s pledged to donate $20 to the Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit for every strikeout thrown by a Detroit Tigers Pitcher.DSC_0068

Last season, Tigers pitchers recorded 1,318 strikeouts for a total donation of $26,260.

“We are able to leverage each dollar contributed into three meals for someone who needs it,” said Dewayne Wells, President of Gleaners Community Food Bank. “These contributions will be almost 80,000 meals that we will be able to provide to hungry seniors, kids, and working families throughout Michigan.”

Over the past two seasons the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Trader Joe’s have partnered to donate over $50,000 to Gleaners, and will continue to Strikeout Hunger during the 2013 season. Now every time you cheer for a strikeout on the field, it will also be helping to strikeout hunger off the field.

About the Gleaners Community Food Bank
Founded in 1977, Gleaners is one of the oldest and largest food banks in the country. Today, it distributes more than 46 million pounds of emergency food annually, equivalent to 100,00 meals per day. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates a total of five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, which provide food to 558 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 93 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor. Learn more at

About the Detroit Tigers Foundation
The Detroit Tigers organization, its owners, management, players and coaches are committed to providing a caring, enduring presence in the greater Detroit community. The mission of the team’s official charity, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, is to enhance lives through the game of baseball with a focus on youth, education and recreation. From renovating baseball fields to rewarding academic achievement, the Foundation aids in the development and funding of innovative programs that promote the game of baseball and the good citizenship embodied in the storied history of the Detroit Tigers. Since its inception in 2005 as an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the Detroit Tigers Foundation has awarded over $8 million in grants, tickets and scholarships to area charitable organizations that invest in the region’s future through the game of baseball.

The Tigers Salute the Armed Forces with Game Ball Delivery Program

During select home games, the Tigers welcome a member of the United States Armed Forces to deliver a game ball to the pitcher’s mound . The service member is announced to the crowd and shown on the Comerica Park scoreboard as he or she walks the official game ball to the pitcher’s mound.

On April 6 and April 9, the Tigers welcomed Master at Arms First Class Steven Rollins and Petty Officer Second Class Justin Thompson both of the United States Navy to deliver the game ball.

Master at Arms First Class Rollins recently returns from his third combat deployment including tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Caribbean in support of anti-piracy operations. He has earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Medal, Iraq Medal, Kosovo Liberation Medal and two Navy Achievement Medals. Master at Arms First Class Rollins has proudly served the Navy for 18 years.

Petty Officer Second Class Thompson recently returned from Guantanamo Bay after his fourth deployment. He has earned the Humanitarian Aid Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and multiple Overseas Service Ribbons and Sea Service Deployment Ribbons. Petty Officer Second Class Thompson has proudly served the Navy for 9 years.

The Tigers salute you, and thank you for your service and dedication to our country.

Holland and Cass Tech High Schools Awarded Grand Slam Grant

On Saturday, April 6 the Cass Tech High School and Holland High School baseball and softball team’s received $10,000 to support their programs thanks to Comerica Bank.

The students were honored in a special pre-game, on-field ceremony featuring Tigers outfielder, Andy Dirks, and one coach from each team threw out a ceremonial first pitch, before sixty representatives of the baseball and softball programs enjoyed a Tigers game.

The Comerica Bank Grand Slam Grant program was created in 2011 to help public high schools in Michigan create, expand or improve a baseball or softball program. Past winners include Kalamazoo Central High School, Lincoln Park High School and Detroit Renaissance High School. CD_091111 142

2013 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan ready to roll Tigers players and coaches to visit fans across the state


DETROIT – The 2013 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by FOX Sports Detroit and Pure Michigan, is set for Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, and features an exciting lineup of appearances in Detroit and around the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Manager Jim Leyland, coaches, players, broadcasters and Detroit’s favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey traveling in two buses and an additional dozen vehicles, across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

“These are exciting times for Tigers fans with great anticipation for the upcoming season, and it all starts with the Winter Caravan,” said Elaine Lewis, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs. “We once again are expecting outstanding participation from our players, manager and coaching staff to engage with fans throughout the state of Michigan and Northwest Ohio.”

Metro Bus

Thursday, January 24
1:00-2:30 p.m.
GM Heritage Center, 6400 Center Drive, Sterling Heights
Tigers players will tour a showcase of heritage, classic, race car and concept vehicles
Photo opportunity with invited guests including local servicemen and women

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Red Robin, 31805 John R. Road, Madison Heights
Two tigers players will serve as celebrity waiters for customers at Red Robin

1:35-2:05 p.m.
Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills
Tigers players will receive an orientation of the Holocaust Memorial Center

2:30-3:45 p.m.
The Detroit Arsenal Family and MWR at the US Army Garrison
US Army Garrison, 6501 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren
Tigers players will tour the Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (GSPEL), a new one-of-a-kind facility that addresses the emerging power and energy challenges facing the Army’s next generation of ground vehicles
Players will observe and participate in a tactical robot demonstration
Players will participate in an interactive question and answer session with soldiers, Veterans and employees

3:15-4:30 p.m.
West Bloomfield Police Department, 4530 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township
Tigers players will attend a meet and greet with officers of the West Bloomfield Police Department to give thanks for their service to the community and to honor fallen Sergeant Patrick O’ Rourke

4:00-4:40 p.m.
Royal Oak Fire Station #2, 31000 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak
Tigers players will attend a meet and greet dinner with firefighters of Royal Oak Fire Station #2 to give thanks for their service to the community

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Palladium 12 Theatre in Birmingham, 250 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
Rally featuring Tigers players will include an interactive question and answer session, games, raffle prizes, giveaways and more
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (Program begins at 5:00 p.m.)

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
Interactive question-and-answer session with parents and students about anti-bullying
The winners of the Detroit Tigers Anti-Bullying Essay/Story Contest in partnership with Detroit Newspapers in Education and Michigan K.I.D.S will be announced
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (tickets no longer available)

5:15-6:00 p.m.
Hockeytown Authentics, 1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy
Fans have the opportunity to take a photo with two Tigers players
A collection to benefit fire victims will be administered by the American Red Cross

Friday, January 25
10:00-11:30 a.m.
United States Coast Guard, 110 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit
Tigers will headline a rally, including an interactive question and answer session with members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Veterans from the Tuskegee Airmen and Montford Pointe Marines

Dunkin Donuts, 29285 Southfield Road, Southfield
Two tigers players will serve as celebrity baristas for customers at Dunkin Donuts

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit
Playroom visit with patients

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
North American International Auto Show
Cobo Hall, General Motors Display Area, One Washington Blvd., Detroit
Fan rally and parade, including an interactive question and answer session in the Chevrolet Display Area

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
United States Customs and Border Protection, Fort Street Cargo Facility, 2810 West Fort St., Detroit
Tigers players will receive an orientation of United States Customs and Border Protection operations
Players will participate in a rally and interactive question and answer session for officers and employees

1:00-2:30 p.m.
DTE Energy, 1 Energy Plaza, Detroit
Tigers players will participate in a rally and interactive question and answer session for employees

2:30-3:45 p.m.
GM Renaissance Center Wintergarden, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit
Tigers headline an employee rally, including an interactive question and answer session
In partnership with Think Detroit P.A.L., GM employees will donate baseball and softball equipment to benefit local area youth
A jersey will be presented to recognize the launch of 13 new Chevrolet products in 2013

2:45-3:00 p.m.
Wayne State University Center for Latino and Latin American Studies
Wayne State University, 5045 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit
Tigers players will participate in a roundtable discussion and Q&A session with Wayne State University students and teachers from the Greater Detroit Hispanic community
Tigers players will share their experience as Latinos in Major League Baseball with students at Wayne State University at the recently renovated Latin American cultural room, Salon de Nuestra Cultura

2:50-3:25 p.m.
Manoogian Mansion, 9240 Dwight Street, Detroit
Mayor Dave Bing will share the history of the Manoogian Mansion for Tigers players and personnel

North Bus

Thursday, January 24
11:00-1:00 p.m.
Northern Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance Luncheon
Cadillac Grill, 7839 E. 46 1/2 Rd., Cadillac
Tigers players will participate in the Northern Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance luncheon, hosted by the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Silent and live auction to benefit Detroit Tigers Foundation

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Sweet Shop
Sweet Shop, Cadillac, 111 South Mitchell Street, Cadillac
Tigers players will make candy and greet employees to celebrate the Sweet Shop’s 50th anniversary

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Pepsi Marketing and Equipment Center, 6200 Taylor Drive, Flint
After a tour of the facilities, Tigers players will unveil a special new vending machine to commemorate the 2012 American League Championship

3:30-6:00 p.m.
Christian Youth Fellowship Association Rally
Temple Theatre, 201 North Washington Avenue, Saginaw
Tigers players will participate in a community rally benefitting the Christian Youth Fellowship Association featuring the American League Championship Trophy

5:00-7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute Banquet
Saginaw Valley State University – Curtis Hall, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw
Tigers players and personnel will participate in the Hispanic Leadership Graduation Banquet

Friday, January 25
7:30-10:30 a.m.
Soaring Eagle Casino Community Rally
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 East Broadway Road, Mt. Pleasant
Tigers players will participate in a community rally featuring the American League Championship Trophy hosted in partnership with the Soaring Eagle Casino, Central Michigan University Athletics, Central Michigan University Alumni Association, Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and Mt. Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Midland Center for Arts Community Rally
Midland Center for Arts, 1801 Saint Andrews Street, Midland
Tigers players will participate in a community rally which will include a special Dreams Come True presentation hosted in partnership with the Midland Center for Arts, Dow Gardens and the Midland Chamber of Commerce

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
22nd Annual Snowfest
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, 730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth
Tigers players will participate in the 21st Annual Snowfest and recognize the 150 year anniversary of the Frankenmuth Brewery
In partnership with Zehnder’s and Pepsi, scarves, hats and gloves will be collected for donation to the Salvation Army of Saginaw County

Detroit Tigers Week Ahead 7.30-8.5

The Tigers continue their nine-game road trip with the first game of a three-game series at Boston this evening at Fenway Park. The team will have an off-day on Thursday before returning to Comerica Park on Friday to begin a seven-game set with the Indians and Yankees. 

@ Boston

Monday, July 30 @ 7:10 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1) Probables: Max Scherzer vs. Clay Buchholz

Tuesday, July 31 @ 7:10 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1) Probables: Justin Verlander vs. Josh Beckett

Wednesday, August 1 @7:10 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1) Probables: Rick Porcello vs. Aaron Cook

vs. Cleveland

Friday, August 3 @ 7:05 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1)

Saturday, August 4 @ 7:05 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1)

Sunday, August 5 @ 1:05 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1)

Who’s Hot:

Miguel Cabrera is batting .350 (100×286) with 24 doubles, 18 home runs and 61 RBI over his last 72 games dating back to May 10. He is tied for the America League lead with 61 RBI during that stretch, while he is second with 100 hits, and third with a .350 batting average, 24 doubles and a .622 slugging percentage.

Prince Fielder is batting .325 with 18 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 56 RBI over his last 68 games.

Austin Jackson is batting .333 with 14 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 40 RBI over his last 62 games

Max Scherzer enters Monday’s start against the Red Sox having won nine of his last 11 decisions over a 14-start stretch dating back to May 10.Image

Brayan Villarreal has struck out 40 batters in 29.2 innings of work over his last 24 outings.

In the Community:

Thursday, August 2: Prince Fielder and his wife will host Uncork for a Cause at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan. Proceeds from the event will go to Common Ground, a non-profit organization that serves Michigan children and their families who are in crisis, and Ele’s Place, a non-profit healing center that supports children and teens who are dealing with the loss of a parent, sibling or other close family member of friend.

Thursday-Sunday, August 2-5: The Detroit Tigers will host the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a youth baseball and softball tournament held in Detroit for children ages 8-19. 2012 marks the 16th year of the popular tournament hosted in partnership by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the Youth Development Commission and the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department.

Saturday, August 4: Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball. On Saturday, Tigers pitcher Duane Below and outfielder Andy Dirks will be signing autographs in exchange for new or gently used baseball and softball equipment at ABC Warehouse in Livonia.