Results tagged ‘ Jim Leyland ’

Homestand Highlights (May 5 – May 11)

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.




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


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.

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).

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.

Jim Leyland Answers Fan Questions

Before today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tigers Manager Jim Leyland answered fan questions submitted through Twitter. Since the skipper doesn’t speak in 140 characters or less, here are his answers to your questions. Did he answer yours?


@jawilla11: #Ask Leyland How do you motivate a player when he’s in a slump?
Well as a manager, you try to keep them loose, try to keep their confidence level up and try to show confidence in them by playing them. The most confidence a manager can show in a player is to put them in the lineup. At some point obviously it’s up to the player, but at the same time you try to be there for them a little bit more than somebody that’s not in a slump-pay a little more attention to them.

@Tigers2435 What is the most difficult part of your job?
I think trying to keep everybody on the same page. There’s a lot of distractions up here and I think that the biggest part is trying to keep everyone on the same page to accomplish the ultimate goal.

@kristen_squires How do you choose which pitcher comes out of the bullpen?
It all depends who’s fresh, what the other team’s lineup looks like, lefties, righties, switch-hitters how they do against righties and who’s fresh for that day.

@theericwilson What is your favorite baseball memory?ALCS Celebration 2006
I would probably have to say winning the first division title with Pittsburgh in 1990. We were so bad and they were so bad when we got there and it took us a few years, but then when we finally got it and finally accomplished that and won our first division title, it was great.

What was Your Favorite Baseball Memory with the Tigers?
My favorite memory with the Tigers had to be 2006 because the expectations weren’t much and we came in and my first year we were able to go to the World Series. But favorite memory, Magglio’s home run.

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