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TigerFest Is Back On January 25! Tickets on Sale Next Friday at 10 a.m.

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 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

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.

Tigers Agree to Terms With Joe Nathan

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.

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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.

Brad Ausmus named Tigers Manager

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.

Jim Leyland Announces Retirement

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).

Scenes from our Eighth Annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! Celebration

Yesterday, the Tigers held their eighth annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration at Comerica Park.  The evening included Latin dancing, music and much more. Plus, 1984 World Series Champion Juan Berenguer was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Hall of Fame in a special pre-game, on-field ceremony prior to the Tigers game vs. the Chicago White Sox. Plus, for the first time since 1960, Detroit Tigers players wore an alternate home uniform with “Tigres” inscribed across the chest to celebrate ¡Fiesta Tigres!


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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired righthanded pitcher Jose Veras from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later on or before September 15, 2013.

Jose Veras

Jose Veras

“We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen,” said David Dombrowski, Tigers’ President, CEO, and General Manager “Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen, and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly.”

Veras, 32, has compiled an 0-4 record, 2.93 ERA (43.0IP/14ER) and 44 strikeouts in 42 relief outings with the Astros this season. Opponents are hitting .192 (29×151) against him this season, while he has issued 14 walks. He has posted a 0.00 ERA (8.0IP/0ER) and six strikeouts over his seven outings during the month of July.

Originally signed by Tampa Bay as a non-drafted free agent on January 19, 1998, Veras has seen action at the major league level with the Yankees (2006-09), Indians (2009), Marlins (2010), Pirates (2011), Brewers (2012) and Astros (2013). In parts of eight seasons at the major league level (2006-13), Veras has compiled a 19-21 record, 3.88 ERA (357.1IP/154ER) and 372 strikeouts. The 6-6, 242 lbs. right-hander is a native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Vasquez hit .281 (105×374) with 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 39 RBI in 96 games with Single A West Michigan.


Max Scherzer and The Tigers Take Down the Phillies (PHOTOS)

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Tigers All-Stars Shine in 2013 All-Star Game

The 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City was filled with the best players in baseball. The Detroit Tigers sent six players for the midsummer classic, including the American League starting pitcher Max Scherzer and third baseman, Miguel Cabrera.

Scherzer pitched a perfect 1-2-3 first inning, Miguel Cabrera clubbed a double and scored the first run of the game, Jhonny Peralta hit a double and Prince Fielder motored around the bases for a triple. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland managed the game for the American League and led the team to a 3-0 win and homefield advantage in the 2013 World Series.

Check out our slideshow of all the action at the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.

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Closers, bunting and Kelly: Jim Leyland Answers Fan Questions

Most of the questions we got today were about the closer situation. Can you tell the fans about that thought process right now?MAC_07312011_302

 We did not have anybody that we thought was really ready to close coming out of Spring Training. We tried Rondon, but we did not feel that he was ready to be able to close games at the major league level, which put us in a little bit of a quandary. So with that being said, we tinkered around the first part of the season and ended up signing Jose Valverde who was throwing the ball good, and is throwing the ball good. He became more of an option for us because he’d done it before and he wasn’t afraid. Since making him the closer, he’s been successful most of the time and has blown three saves. It doesn’t appear that he’s quite the same as he was a year or two years ago, but he’s certainly not bad. Where we stand right now is I think there will be some situations where he will be the closer, but as you saw (Sunday) if the lineup is set up for someone who has a different repertoire of pitches, I might go that way. [Valverde] is gonna close some games.

@Hammonds253 #askleyland. How valuable is a player like Matt Tuiasosopo to your club in his limited starts and pinch hitting?

He’s been terrific. I’ve got a soft spot for him because he really won the job out of Spring Training and he’s proven that we made a very good decision. He’s done a very good job for us wherever we put him.

@Aj_McComb Are you happy with Action Jackson’s performance returning from the DL? #askleyland2012  Photo by Mark Cunningham

He looks pretty good. I think he was a little stale the first couple of days in Toledo but it looks like he’s picked up and gotten back into the swing of things a little bit. I’m still holding my breath a bit because sometimes when guys are out for so long when they come back they get a few hits but they’re still not really in sync and it takes them a while to get in a good groove and get going, but if yesterday is any indication, he’s well on his way.

@MattWilhelm9 @tigers #AskLeyland Don Kelly has been on fire. Have you thought about starting him more often?

I’ll answer that question this way, Don Kelly is a valuable player for us when used in the right spots and when used sparingly either to rest somebody, play on a Sunday or against a tough sinkerballer or righthander and that’s probably what we’ll continue to do with him.

Another question that came up a lot was about bunting with Miguel Cabrera on deck. Can you talk about what goes into that decision?Tigers vs Twins  at Comerica Park 5-1-2013

That’s where you’re torn between a rock and a hard pile. I would not have bunted Torii Hunter if they had a left-handed pitcher warming up in the bullpen. But if [fans] watch the game, they did not have a lefthander warming up in the bullpen, so that meant that Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez were gonna get a chance to drive in a run. Prince Fielder is a 100+ RBI guy. He’s very capable of knocking that run in, which he did I believe. You don’t ever want to take the bat out of Miguel Cabrera’s hands but I will also say this, when you’re in the ninth inning of the game, a tie game, particularly at home and the first guy gets on and you don’t bunt, and Torii Hunter who can hit into double plays, hits into a double play it takes the starch right out of your team. So that means Cabrera is hitting with nobody on base. So now you’re saying that to win the game, Cabrera has to hit a home run. That’s pretty hard to do. So this is one that I’ve tossed around with a lot of other managers, had they [Twins] had a left-handed pitcher warming up in the bullpen that, a tough lefthander that I knew Prince was gonna have to face, I wouldn’t have bunted him, but because they didn’t have a lefty and I knew Prince and Victor would get to hit off a right handed pitcher- I mean Victor knocked in one hundred something runs for us and Prince is a perennial 100+ RBI guy. The fourth and fifth guys are supposed to be able to knock in some runs for us, and in this case they did and we won the game.

Everything You Need to Know when the Tigers Take on the Orioles

Here’s everything you need to know when the Tigers take on the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park this week.

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Monday, June 17 – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Scherzer vs. Hammel) @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Mario Impemba’s Military Veteran Program (MVP): Beyond “Operation Opening Day”, Fox Sports Detroit broadcaster Mario Impemba continues to thank the men and women of the United States Armed Force with the launch of a new program, MVP (Military Veterans Program) — Mario Impemba’s salute to those who served. Through the program, Mario hosts Veterans who fought in earlier conflicts (World War II – Persian Gulf) to attend Monday home games at Comerica Park. The group of 20 Veterans and guests receive a lower-bowl ticket to the Tigers game, a “MVP” t-shirt, a voucher for ballpark dinner (hot dog, chips and soda) and an autographed photo of Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba. The Veterans and guests arrive to the ballpark in style by way of the Fox Sports Detroit Fan Express.
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Game: Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers partner with the Prostate Cancer Foundation for the 2013 Home Run Challenge. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to aid in research to fight against prostate cancer. The partnership is celebrated league-wide on Father’s Day, June 16 with MLB players and umpires wearing light blue wristbands and blue ribbon decals during the game to raise awareness of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. On Monday, June 17, The Tigers host a special group of guests during a pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Special guests include Dr. Evan Keller, Dr. Ajjai Alva, Dr. Todd Morgan, Dr. Felix Feng, Dr. John Jiang, Dr. Jinlu Dai, Dr. Joe Sottnik, Dr. Mary Osisami and Dr. Ram Mani. All are physicians from the University of Michigan and are grant recipients of the Prostate Cancer Foundation conducting research at the University of Michigan to find a cure for prostate cancer. As part of this recognition, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Prostate Cancer Foundation blue ribbon temporary tattoo, upon entry of the ballpark.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Senior Airman Erica Kohout of the United States Air Force from Traverse City will deliver the game ball. Senior Airman Kohout recently returned from her first tour of duty in Afghanistan where she served as a surgical technician. She has earned an Afghanistan Campaign medal and a NATO medal. Senior Airman Kohout has proudly served her country for three years.
  • Summer Fan Pack: Take advantage of the Detroit Tigers Summer Fun Pack! This package is available exclusively on for only $35 per person! Each $35 package includes: an Upper Box Infield ticket, Adult Value Meal (Hot Dog, Pepsi and Lay’s potato chips), Detroit Tigers Olde English D t-shirt , coupon valid for a complimentary ride on the Comerica Carousel or Fly Ball Ferris Wheel. Available for June 17th and 18th games.

Tuesday, June 18 – Baltimore Orioles @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Head coach of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, John Beilein, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Scherzer’s Superstars: Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer invites 16 fans to Comerica Park for each remaining Tuesday home game. As guests of Scherzer, the group watches batting practice on the field, receives complimentary Scherzer’s Superstars t-shirts and has the opportunity to meet Scherzer. The participants in the program are matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Detroit.
  • The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a MLB Network / Detroit Tigers drawstring backpack, courtesy of MLB Network.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Michael Moore of the United States Army, from Detroit, will deliver the game ball. Sergeant Moore recently returned from Afghanistan after his second deployment to the Middle East. He has earned numerous medals including two Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals and the IN-4 award recognizing the Best Soldier in Basic Training. Sergeant Moore has proudly served his country for seven years.

Wednesday, June 19 – Baltimore Orioles @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Cabrera’s Chamitos: Tigers All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera invites 20 fans to Comerica Park for each remaining Wednesday home 007game as part of his Cabrera’s Chamitos program. The group will watch batting practice from the field, receive complimentary Cabrera’s Chamitos t-shirts and will have the opportunity to meet Cabrera. The group is also treated to complimentary transportation to Comerica Park by the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express. The program participants are from deserving charitable groups in the greater Detroit area. On June 19, children from SER Metro Detroit’s Youth Program Mission will participate in the program. SER Metro Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. is a multi-service, Michigan corporation committed to the development and utilization of the nation’s workforce. SER promotes upward mobility and economic self-sufficiency for Metropolitan Detroit residents through a comprehensive service delivery system in the areas of literacy, education, employment, community development and economic opportunity. The Youth Program Mission, which targets teenagers 14 to18, focuses on academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring activities, leadership training and career guidance and counseling.
  • People Tribute to Heroes: Major League Baseball and People magazine announced three finalists to represent the Tigers in the Tribute for Heroes campaign, a national initiative around the All-Star Game to recognize veteran and military service members for their work. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was on a guest panel of players and retired service members who helped select the finalists. Prior to the game, the three Detroit Tigers finalists will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony. Fans can learn more about their stories, read other heroes’ stories, and vote on their choices at Voting runs through June 30. The Tribute For Heroes campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans, which is an initiative of Major League Baseball, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which provides grants to hospitals and clinics that provide post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury treatment to veterans and their families.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Master Sergeant Aaron E. Duggins of the United States Air Force, from Flint, will deliver the game ball. Master Sergeant Duggins serves as a firefighter and an Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent. He recently returned from Guam and has also served deployments in Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Southwest Asia. During his service, he has been named the Noncomissioned Officer of the Year three times. Master Sergeant Duggins has proudly served for his country for 13 years.

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