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#TigersWives: Giving Back to the Community

By Kristina Avila

This year when the #TigersWives set out to make a bigger difference with our volunteer efforts we sure meant it! Although in the past years we have done many things around our community, we just thought that this year we could do more. Now that the season is more than half way over, we are looking back on what we have done so far and we are proud to say that we have been meeting our goal in giving back to the wonderful city of Detroit.


Last month we held our first Mystery Grab Bag Sale. It was the first time that we organized a fundraiser together entirely by ourselves. We collected all the balls and pictures as well as made sure all the players signed them and then packaged them to be sold. We raised more than $16,000 that went directly to the Tigers Wives Fund and the Detroit Tigers Foundation. It was great to see all the smiling faces when fans would get autographs from their favorite Tigers players old and new. And it was so rewarding to see fans just donate because they knew that the money would be going to a great cause.


The first event that we hosted from the funds raised so far was held last week at The Children’s Center in Detroit. The Children’s Center is an amazing organization that helps children and families coming from a difficult home environment. It is a place where children can feel safe and have fun no matter what challenges they face in their home life. We held a Game Night for the children and families of the center and provided a fun night where they enjoyed playing games and then continued the excitement by attending the Tigers game later that evening.


The event at The Children’s Center was so impactful and we are excited to continue our relationship with them. Stay tuned to see what we have in store the rest of the season.

10 Things You May Have Missed at Comerica Park

The #Tigers finished up a six-game homestand with a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. Here are 10 things you may have missed happening at Comerica Park this week…

1. Christmas in July


The #Tigers celebrated Christmas in July on Tuesday. While the team was gearing up to take on the Chicago White Sox, fans were greeted with stockings, decorations and Santa!

2. Jack White’s First Pitch


As part of the Christmas in July festivities, Detroit-native Jack White threw out the first pitch to Santa.

3. A Pair of V-Mart 3-run home runs

Victor Martinez hit three-run home runs in back-to-back games this weekend. It’s the fourth time this season he has hit a home run in consecutive games, and the first since doing so on June 20th and 21st against Cleveland.

4. Kids Club Meet and Greet

Some lucky Kids Club members got the chance to meet and take photos with Ian Kinsler before Thursday’s game against the White Sox.

5. Lauryn Williams First Pitch


Lauryn Williams threw out the first pitch on Wednesday. Williams was the first American woman to win Olympic  medals in both the Summer (track) and Winter (bobsled) Olympic games.

6. Hunter and Braden

Hunter and Braden threw out a very special first pitch on Sunday’s game against the Rockies. 14-year old Hunter carried 7-year old Braden on his back for 40 miles earlier this summer to raise awareness for cerebral palsy, a disorder Braden was born with.

7. Pudge Rodriguez First Pitch

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was in Detroit over the weekend to help celebrate Fiesta Tigres! As part of the ceremony, he threw out the “first pitch” on Saturday.

8. Fiesta Tigres


The 9th Annual Fiesta Tigres kicked off on Friday afternoon with a luncheon at Comerica Park that featured a Q&A session with Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Friday’s festivities also included the annual “Dia en el Parque” event that invited children from the Clark Park Coalition to the ballpark. These kids had the chance to take a tour of the ballpark and meet J.D. Maratinez. Saturday’s celebration included a special Tigres jersey and a ceremony honoring Pudge Rodriguez.

9. Robot First Pitch

The Tigers have seen Robocop, Jack White and even a Samurai throw out the first pitch this year, so why not add an actual robot to the list? This robot was designed by Michigan high school students and is able to shoot a ball at over 100 miles per hour, but the students took it easy on PAWS Wednesday evening.

10. Tigers score in every inning

The Tigers scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game for the first time since 1912 in their 11-5 win over the Rockies on Saturday night.

Homestand Highlights (7/29 – 8/3)

After seven games on the west coast, the #Tigers return to Comerica Park next week for a six-game homestand against the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies.


7/29 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Christmas in July: Why wait until December to celebrate the holiday season? Santa Claus will pose for pictures with fans and participate in the “Prance Around the Park” pre-game on-field parade featuring 400 Salvation Army Day Campers, the Detroit Tigers Kids Club Grand Marshall and a dance performance by the elves from Deborah’s Stage Door Dancers. Musical entertainment for the special occasion includes Christmas music through
    out the ballpark. Salvation Army Red Kettles will be located at all entrances to the ballpark so fans can help celebrate the season of giving.
  • Detroit native and nine time GRAMMY winner Jack White will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Gloves for Kids Autograph Signing: Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday will be appearing at the ABC Warehouse in Southgate from 12:00-1:00 p.m. as part of the Gloves for Kids program. During each visit, a Tigers player signs a collectible poster for the fans in attendance. In addition, free Little Caesars pizza and soft drinks will be served. The ABC Warehouse appearances are to promote the Gloves for Kids “Weekend of Giving” September 5-7, 2014 at Comerica Park when CBS Radio stations and the Tigers will be collecting equipment outside the main gate. Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball.
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Dale Gage of the United States Army from Flint, Michigan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Lisa Page Brooks.

7/30 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Justin Verlander and Detroit Tigers Host Johnny Agar: During the 2014 Tigers Winter Caravan, many Tigers players met an inspirational young man, Johnny Agar of Rockford, Michigan, who was born with cerebral palsy. Son of former Tigers prospect Jeff Agar, Johnny harbors a competitive spirit akin to his father. The father-son team has competed in many races, with Jeff pushing Johnny in a jogger. It was his competitive spirit that drove Johnny to work towards crossing the finish line of his own accord at a local 5K race in August, 2012. Johnny’s story was featured on ESPN’s “E60” in 2013. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was so inspired by Johnny’s story that he has personally invited Johnny to be his guest at tonight’s game.
  • Gloves for Kids Autograph Signing: Tigers pitcher Ian Krol will be appearing at the ABC Warehouse in Farmington from 12:00-1:00 p.m. as part of the Gloves for Kids program.
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Lieutenant Ryan Zaleski of the United States Navy from Traverse City, Michigan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Renae Murphy.

7/31 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • The national anthem will be performed by Lynnae Winnie.

8/1 – ROCKIES  v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Interview: As a kickoff to the 2014 ¡Fiesta Tigres! Activities, fans will have the opportunity to experience an up-close and personal one-on-one interview with Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. The interview will take place at 6 p.m. in the Big Cat Court. Rodriguez will be interviewed by international reporter, Jesse Sanchez.
  • Following the game there will be Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
  • Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will take place on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is the Centro Multicultural La Familia.
  • The national anthem will be performed by The Lutheran Choral Aires.

8/2 – ROCKIES v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • ¡Fiesta Tigres! Celebration: The Tigers will host the ninth annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration, sponsored by Miller Lite, to recognize and honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players to the game of baseball. Current Tigers players with Hispanic or Latino heritage will be honored as part of the ¡Fiesta Tigres! Celebration. In addition, the Tigers will host Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, a member of the 2006 Detroit Tigers World Series team, who will be honored in a special pregame ceremony and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. ¡Fiesta Tigres! Will feature live entertainment on the concourse from traditional Mexican Ballet Folklorico, Moyocoyani Izel and Raices Mexicanas de Detroit dance groups, Samba 1 Brazilian Dance Group from Chicago, live salsa and merengue band Orquesta Sensacional, Cuban Jazz by Tumbao Bravo, premiere guitar duo Los Primos, DJ Tony Toca spinning the latest reggeton, bachata and a variety of Spanish hits, Mariachi Gallos de Oro and Mariachi Juvenil. Returning to ¡Fiesta Tigres! In 2014, the Tigers will wear a special alternate uniform with the Spanish translation of “Tigers” on the chest.
  • The first 15,000 fans 21-and-older will receive an Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Collectible Figurine, courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • Following the game there will be Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
  • The national anthem will be performed by Jessica Hernandez.

8/3 – ROCKIES v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • All kids 14-and-under will receive a PAWS “Pop-Out” Figurine, courtesy of FOX-2.
  • First Pitch: A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by brothers Hunter and Braden Gandee from Temperance, Michigan. Hunter, an 8th grader, raised national awareness for cerebral palsy, a movement disorder that Braden was born with by successfully walking 40 miles over two days with Braden, 7, strapped to his back, a highway walk Hunter dubbed the “Cerebral Palsy Swagger.”
  • 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 Fisher Price mini-Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
  • The national anthem will be performed by 11-year-old Brooklyn Stack.


Bicycle to the Ballpark – August 17th
Pink Out The Park – September 12th
Jewish Heritage Night – September 14th
Irish Heritage Night – September 25th


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


#TigersWives: All-Star Break with the Kelly Family

By Carrie Kelly

The All-Star Break is one of our favorite times as a family. We cherish the four days of relaxing and spending time together in the middle of the crazy baseball season.

Earlier in Donnie’s baseball career, we would go home to the suburbs of Pittsburgh for All-Star break. Three years ago, we decided to break from tradition and stay in Michigan. We ended up on Mackinac Island. That was the end of going home for the break! We finally understood what everyone was talking about when they raved about summers spent up north. We were hooked, too!


We spent this break in the little town of Evzart, MI. Our dear friends let us use their cabin on one of the small lakes in town. The weather wasn’t the best, but we didn’t let the polar vortex ruin the fun.

We spent the three days fishing, boating, jet skiing, tubing, and swimming. Each of our boys caught their first fish on the trip. Our five year old, Brett, got really into the whole fishing thing. By the end of the trip he was baiting hooks and casting lines like a pro. Our two year old, Luke, was more into petting the fish that we caught. We’re not sure, but we think he might end up working with animals when he’s older!


When it was too cold to be on the lake we took the kids to the park, read books (okay, I read a book), took naps, ate really, really well, and hung out by the bonfire. We even turned the TV on once to catch a few innings of the All-Star Game. We didn’t last til the end but we were very happy to wake up in the morning to an American League win!


As far as All-Star Breaks go, this one did not disappoint. It’s always a little bittersweet coming back to Metro-Detroit after a few days up north, but the excitement of the second half of the season makes our return a lot easier! The time away helps us to reconnect as a family and allows Donnie a break before gearing up for the next three months. Where is your favorite place to go up north? Are there any hidden gems that we need to know about?



Homestand Highlights (7/18 – 7/19)

The #Tigers capped off the first half of the season by winning nine of their last 12 games before the All-Star Break. Four Tigers were named to the roster for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minneapolis this year. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Max Scherzer and Ian Kinsler made the trip for the Tigers. The second half of the season kicks off with four games in three days at Comerica Park this weekend against the Cleveland Indians.


7/18 – INDIANS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET


  • Motown Night: The Tigers will celebrate the music that put Detroit on the map with Motown Night. Enjoy live music from renowned Detroit-based R&B group Serieux, The Reflections and Motor City Soul as the Tigers pay tribute to the timeless Motown sound. All in-game music, and the post-game fireworks show will feature all of the classics of Motown. As a part of Motown Night, legendary Motown Group The Four Tops will perform the national anthem and Duke Fakir of the group will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Today’s game ball will be delivered by First Sergeant Ryan Roush of the United States Marine Corps from Republic, Ohio.
  • Friday Night Fireworks with a special Motown theme, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

7/19 – INDIANS v. TIGERS  GAME ONE at 1:08 PM ET

  • This afternoon’s game is a makeup from the game on April 15 that was cancelled due to rain. All tickets from the April 15 game will be honored. No ticket exchange is necessary
  • Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award: In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the Diverse Business Partners program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of Major League Baseball.  Brandon J. Bordeaux, Chairman and COO of Caravan Facilities Management, LLC is presented the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during a special pre-game on-field ceremony.
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation: The Tigers will host the 12th annual Children’s Health Day in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, a Detroit based organization that supports the healthcare needs of all children in Michigan by raising philanthropic funds for childhood disease research, the prevention of injuries and community outreach programs in southeast Michigan.
  •  The national anthem will be performed by Christina Chriss, lead singer of the band Kaleido. Kaleido was named the 2013 Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly. Kaleido recently released their second studio album entitled, “Unbreakable.”

7/19 – INDIANS v. TIGERS  GAME TWO at 7:08 PM ET

  • Tonight’s game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Andrew McCarthy of the United States Army from Flint, Michigan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Saline Summer Band.
  • Following the game there will be Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
  • MLB AT the Ballpark Check-In Experiences: One lucky fan that checks in at Comerica Park with the MLB at the Ballpark app will have the opportunity to watch postgame fireworks from the visitor’s dugout. Fans may check in beginning four hours prior to game time.

7/20 – INDIANS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET

  • All kids 14-and-under will receive an Anibal Sanchez poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. Kris Johnson, conductor of the Civic Jazz Orchestra will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • PAWS For Applause: The PAWS for Applause program is a partnership between the Detroit Tigers and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. It’s a campaign that celebrates youth who volunteer their time and resources to make the community better. During the 2014 Tigers season, fans have the opportunity to submit an essay to the O&E Newspapers to nominate a young person in their community for doing something to make their community better. Today’s winner is 10-year-old Andrew Lithgow of Livonia, Michigan.
  • 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 Fisher Price mini-Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
  • Bicycle to the Ballpark: The Tigers are offering a special ticket package to our cycling friends. A limited number of tickets are available that include a secure bicycle valet and a Detroit Tigers “Bicycle to the Ballpark” water bottle.


Christmas in July – July 29th
Yooper Night – August 1st
Fiesta Tigres! – August 2nd
Pink Out The Park – September 12th


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


Five Things You May Have Missed Last Weekend

The #Tigers hosted the Rangers for a short home series over the weekend. The four game stint honored former Negro Leagues players as part of the annual Negro Leagues Weekend celebration at Comerica Park. Here are five things you may have missed this weekend at Comerica Park…

5. Detroit Stars v. Fort Worth Black Panthers


Saturday night, the Tigers and Rangers sported the Negro Leagues uniforms of both the Detroit Stars and Fort Worth Black Panthers.

4. Weather Day

The Class Outside Series went out with a bang (literally). Over 10,000 students visited Comerica Park for the series this year to learn about journalism, math, science and weather. The Imagination Station in Toledo was on hand Thursday for Weather Day along with meteorologists from FOX 2 Weather Authority.

3. Passing of the Bat


A part of the club’s Negro Leagues Weekend celebration, the Passing of the Bat is a tradition that includes baseball players from multiple generations. Dazon Cole from West Bloomfield High School joined Walt Owens, Rod Allen, Craig Monroe, Darnell Coles, Dave Clark, Rajai Davis, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson in signing the ceremonial bat.

2. African American Legacy Award PresentationMAC_2580

The Tigers posthumously honored the career of Bill Bruton and the contributions to the legacy of African Americans in baseball in the city of Detroit and across the country.  Bruton was represented by his family members in a special on-field ceremony Sunday afternoon.

1. Danny Worth’s Knuckleball

The Tigers hit the road Monday for a seven game road trip out west with the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners, and will return home to face the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox on June 3rd.

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).