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TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS ON A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH JOSE IGLESIAS
January 9, 2014 @ 8:29AM
Iglesias batted .259 (35x135) with six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in 46 games with the Tigers after being acquired from the Red Sox on July 30. He finished the season batting .303 (106x350) with 16 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 29 RBI in 109 games between the Red Sox and Tigers.
Iglesias led the American League with 35 infield hits, while he was tied for second with 10 bunt hits. He finished the season ranked second among all American League rookies with 106 hits and 31 multi-hit games, while he was sixth with 39 runs scored. He finished second in voting conducted by the Baseball Writersâ€™ Association of America for the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.
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TIGERS & LIONS OH MY! By Denny McLain
January 6, 2014 @ 1:35PM
DON KELLY RECEIVES 10TH MAN AWARD
December 20, 2013 @ 8:38AM
DETROIT- Don Kelly, whose versatility and all-around skills again made him an invaluable Tigers handyman, has been named the 2013 Tenth Man Award Winner in a vote by The Detroit Baseball Society.
Kelly will be honored at the 13th Annual Detroit Baseball Dinner, set for 6 p.m., Jan. 25, at Bloomfield Hills Country Club.
The 33-year-old Kelly played six different defensive positions for the Tigers in 2013, and appeared in 112 games. He worked primarily in the outfield, but also played third base, second base, and first base, and even filled in as designated hitter.
He hit six home runs, had 23 RBIs, batted .222, and was a frequent pinch-runner for manager Jim Leylandâ€™s team, which advanced to the American League Championship Series.
It is the second time in the awardâ€™s three-year history that Kelly has been honored. The 2012 winner was Quintin Berry.
â€śDon Kelly was always able to make a smooth transition to any position in which he was needed,â€ť said Steve Clarfelt, president of The Detroit Baseball Society. â€śHe is a true class act and we are honored to name Don Kelly as our Tenth Man Award winner.â€ť
MAX SCHERZER NAMED â€śKING TIGERâ€ť BY MAYO SMITH SOCIETY
December 17, 2013 @ 10:15AM
Scherzer, 29, led the American League with 21 wins and an .875 winning percentage, while he was second with 240 strikeouts, 10.08 strikeouts per nine innings, 25 quality starts, and a .198 batting average against, fifth with a 2.90 ERA, and tied for fifth with 214.1 innings pitched.
Scherzer established a franchise record, winning 13 straight decisions to begin the season as a starter. In addition, he became just the second pitcher in American League history to fan six-or-more batters in his first 18 outings to begin the season, joining Pedro Martinez who struck out six-or-more batters in 29 straight outings to begin the season in 2000. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)
He is also actively involved with Dreams Come True, Play Baseball Detroit, Autographed Memorabilia Donation Programs, Gloves for Kids and the Tigers Winter Caravan. Additionally, Scherzer is an advocate and spokesman for Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign to support the Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Conservation Fund of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Mayo Smith Society, founded in 1983 and named for the manager of the Tigers 1968 World Series championship club, is a nationwide organization of Tigers fans. Since 2004, the society has voted on King Tiger winners based on playersâ€™ on-field and off-field endeavors, picking up a tradition from 1964-80 when the presidents of individual Tigers fan clubs had voted for their own King Tiger awardees. Mayo Smith Society representatives plan to make the King Tiger presentation to Scherzer during the organizationâ€™s annual trip to Lakeland, Florida, for Spring Training.
Past King Tiger winners as voted on by the Mayo Smith Society:
2012: Miguel Cabrera
2011: Justin Verlander
2010: Miguel Cabrera
2009: Justin Verlander
2008: Miguel Cabrera
2007: Magglio Ordonez
2006: Kenny Rogers
2005: Placido Polanco
2004: Carlos Guillen, Ivan Rodriguez (tie)
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TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH OUTFIELDER RAJAI DAVIS
December 11, 2013 @ 6:03PM
â€śRajaiâ€™s style of play adds another dimension to the makeup of our ballclub,â€ť said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. â€śHis speed, defense and bat provide us with more depth and versatility.â€ť
Davis, 33, batted .260 (86x331) with 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 24 RBI and 45 stolen bases in 108 games with the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2013 season. He finished second in the American League with 45 stolen bases in the 2013 season.
Originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 2001, Davis has played eight seasons at the Major League level with the Pirates (2006-2007), Giants (2007-2008), Athletics (2008-2010) and Blue Jays (2011-2013). During his eight seasons in the majors, Davis has hit .268 (652x2431) with 133 doubles, 25 triples, 27 home runs, 224 RBI and 268 stolen bases in 821 games.
Davis has stolen 40-or-more bases four of the last five seasons and has finished top five in the American League with stolen bases in those four seasons. The righthanded hitter batted .319 (37x116) against lefthanded pitching in 2013 and has batted .294 (236x802) against lefthanded pitching during his career.
To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have designated righthanded pitcher Luis Marte for assignment.
TIGERFEST IS BACK AT COMERICA PARK
December 6, 2013 @ 11:22AM
19TH ANNUAL WINTER FAN FEST SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JAN. 25
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:
Â· Autograph booths featuring current Tigers players and coaches, including one kids-only line.
Â· Main stage, featuring updates on the 2014 season by Tigers players, coaches, and members of the front office, including a special â€śFan Conferenceâ€ť Q & A Session.
Â· Tigers player photo area, located in the visitors clubhouse, where fans can take pictures with Tigers players.
Â· Self-guided tour through the Tigers Home Clubhouse, including an archival display featuring historical baseball artifacts.
Â· Take batting practice in an underground batting tunnel.
Â· Visitors dugout will be open for fans to visit and take photos.
Â· Self-guided tour, which includes stops in the Ernie Harwell Media Center, luxury suite, the Champions
Club, and select Detroit Tigers executive offices.
Â· Detroit Tigers ice sculptures, including LIVE sculpting demonstrations by Ice Sculpture Ltd..
Â· David Chandler and the staff from Chandler Bats will operate an authentic bat lathe and provide LIVE baseball bat carving demonstrations all day.
Â· Learn more about Detroit Tigers season and group ticket plans, Fantasy Camps and experiences, and official Detroit Tigers Spring Training Vacations.
Â· Detroit Tigers Authentics featuring one-of-a-kind authentic signed items and game-used memorabilia.
Â· Unique Tigers items at the Tigers Foundation Fire Sale.
Event Activities for Children:
The Detroit Tigers Kids Zone featuring:
Â· Kids-Only autograph booth
Â· 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.
Â· Free face painting and caricatures
Â· Baseball-themed games and activities for kids
Â· Video game bullpen
Â· Official 2014 Kids Club enrollment
Additional information, including players scheduled to appear, will be announced in early January.
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
December 4, 2013 @ 7:09PM
â€śWe are pleased to be adding a premier closer to our ballclub,â€ť said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. â€śJoe solidifies the back end of our bullpen and fills what we identified as a big need on our pitching staff.â€ť
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 (36x222) batting average.
In 13 seasons at the Major League level with the San Francisco Giants (1999-2000, 2002-03), Minnesota Twins (2004-2011) and Texas Rangers (2012-13), Nathan has posted a 57-30 record, 2.76 ERA (858.2IP/263ER) and 341 saves in 714 career outings. He has struck out 912 batters over his career, while limiting opponents to a .201 batting average (625x3104).
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 19x19 save opportunities at Comerica Park and converted 36x36 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.
MISTER FISTER GONE!
December 2, 2013 @ 6:40PM
AND STEVE LOMBARDOZZI FROM WASHINGTON NATIONALS IN EXCHANGE FOR DOUG FISTER
DETROIT â€“ The Detroit Tigers announced tonight that the club has acquired lefthanded starter Robbie Ray, lefthanded reliever Ian Krol and utility player Steve Lombardozzi from the Washington Nationals in exchange for righthanded starter Doug Fister.
â€śWe are excited to be adding three solid players to the organization,â€ť said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. â€śRobbie is a premium pitching prospect,Ian adds a quality lefthanded young arm for the bullpen andSteve provides our ballclub with versatility in several roles as a switch-hitting utility-man. This affords us the opportunity to move the lefthanded arm of Drew Smyly into the starting rotation where we are confident he will do well. We would like to thank Doug for everything he has done for the Tigers organization. He is an exceptional player and individual and we wish him all the best going forward."
Ray, 22, split the season between Single A Potomac and Double A Harrisburg. He posted a 6-3 record, 3.11 ERA (84.0IP/29ER) and 100 strikeouts in 16 games started with Potomac. He started in 11 games for Harrisburg, posting a 5-2 record, 3.72 ERA (58.0IP/24ER) and 60 strikeouts. Originally drafted in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Nationals, he was rated as the #5 prospect in the Washington organization for 2014 by Baseball America.
Lefthanded reliever Krol, 22, made his Major League debut on June 5 with the Nationals after being acquired from Oakland before the start of the 2013 season. He appeared in 32 games for Washington during the 2013 season, posting a 2-1 record, 3.95 ERA (27.1IP/12ER) and 22 strikeouts. He appeared in 26 games between Double A Harrisburg and Triple A Syracuse, posting a 1-1 record, 1.21 ERA (29.2IP/4ER) and 36 strikeouts.
Lombardozzi, the 25-year-old switch-hitter, batted .259 (75x290) with 15 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI in 118 games played in 2013. He saw action at second base (48 games), third base (four games) and left field (23 games) this season for the Nationals, compiling a .989 fielding percentage. He has hit .264 (186x705) with 32 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 50 RBI in 257 games over three seasons with the Nationals at the Major League level.
Fister, 29, posted a 14-9 record, 3.67 ERA (208.2IP/85ER) and 159 strikeouts in 33 appearances (32 games started) for the Tigers in 2013. After being acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 30, 2011, Fister posted a 32-20 record, 3.29 ERA (440.2IP/161ER) and 353 strikeouts in 70 appearances (68 games started) with the Tigers.