Thursday, December 30, 2010


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DETROIT – The following is a club statement on the passing of Steve Boros attributable to David Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager:

"The Detroit Tigers were saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Boros. Steve started and finished his career as a Tiger, first as a player, and most recently with us in the front office. Steve was a life-long baseball man, who we respected for his years of experience as a player, manager and teacher of the game. We've lost another long-standing member of our Tigers' family and the organization extends its heartfelt condolences to the Boros family."

A native of Michigan, Boros began his career in professional baseball after signing with the Tigers in 1957. He played seven seasons at major league level with the Tigers (1957-58, 1961-62), Chicago Cubs (1963) and Cincinnati Reds (1964-65). Boros spent more than 40 seasons in professional baseball, working the final nine seasons with the Tigers organization as the minor league field coordinator (1996-2002), director of player development (2003) and special assistant to the general manager (2004).

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


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DETROIT – The following is a club statement on the passing of Bill Lajoie attributable to David Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager:

"Bill played an integral role in building the Detroit Tigers into a world championship team in 1984 and a division title winner in 1987 as the Club's general manager. Bill was a respected and highly regarded baseball executive who made significant contributions to the Tigers franchise and the game of baseball. The Tigers organization extends its sincere condolences to the Lajoie family."

Friday, December 17, 2010


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Outfielder Agrees to One-Year Contract with the Tigers

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Magglio Ordonez on a one-year contract.

Ordonez hit .303 (98x323) with 56 runs scored, 17 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs and 59 RBI in 84 games with the Tigers in 2010 before landing on the disabled list for the remainder of the season on July 25 with a right ankle fracture.

“Magglio is one of the top run producers in baseball and he has been a consistent contributor to our club for the past six seasons,” Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. “Magglio’s return solidifies the middle of our lineup and we are excited to keep him in a Tigers uniform.”

Since joining the Tigers in 2005, Ordonez is hitting .318 (905x2842) with 176 doubles, six triples, 102 home runs and 501 RBI in 755 games over the six-season stretch. He is third among all American League players with a .318 batting average during that stretch.

A six-time American League all-star selection (1999-2001, 2003, 2006-07), Ordonez is batting .312 (2072x6649) with 416 doubles, 21 triples, 289 home runs and 1,204 RBI in 1,756 games during his 14-year major league career with the Chicago White Sox (1997-2004) and Tigers (2005-10).

Ordonez is second among all players in major league history from Venezuela with a .312 batting average and 289 home runs, while he is third with 1,204 RBI.

He belted a walk-off, three-run home run in Game Four of the American League Championship Series on October 14, 2006 versus Oakland, becoming the eighth player in major league history to hit a home run to end a post-season series.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has released righthanded pitcher Alfredo Figaro after his contract was sold by the organization to the Orix Buffaloes in the Japanese Baseball League.

Figaro made eight appearances with the Tigers in 2010, posting a 0-2 record and 6.75 ERA (14.2IP/11ER). He finished 10-6 with a 4.14 ERA (124.0IP/57ER) in 23 starts with Triple A Toledo this past season.

Figaro compiled a 2-4 record and 6.54 ERA (31.2IP/23ER) in 13 outings (four starts) over his two seasons at the major league level with Detroit.

The Tigers now have 39 players on the club’s 40-man roster.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010


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DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has won the 2010 King Tiger Award, an award given each year by the Mayo Smith Society.

The award is the second in three years for Cabrera, having also earned the honor in 2008. He is the first repeat winner since the award was resumed in 2004. Society members take into account both on-field and off-field achievements when voting for King Tiger.

Cabrera batted .328 with 111 runs scored, 45 doubles, 38 home runs and 126 RBI. He led the American League with a .420 on-base percentage and 32 intentional walks, while he finished second with a .328 batting average, .622 slugging percentage, 341 total bases, 84 extra-base hits and an RBI once every 4.3 at-bats, tied for second with 111 runs scored, finished third with 38 home runs and a home run every 14.4 at-bats, tied for fourth with 45 doubles, finished fifth with 89 walks and 10th with 180 hits. He was selected to the all-star team for the fifth time in his career and first with the Tigers.
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Cabrera became the first Tigers player to lead the American League in RBI since Cecil Fielder led the league with 124 RBI during the 1992 season. He also joined Hank Greenberg as the only player in Tigers history to finish with at least 45 doubles, 35 home runs and 120 RBI during a single season. Greenberg accomplished the feat in 1935, 1937 and 1940. The 2010 season marked his seventh consecutive season with 100-or-more RBI (2004-10) and he is one of four major league players with 100-or-more RBI in each of the past seven seasons, joining Alex Rodriguez (13 straight), Albert Pujols (10 straight) and Mark Teixeira (seven straight).

Also getting King Tiger votes from Mayo Smith Society members were righthanded pitcher Armando Galarraga, third baseman Brandon Inge and outfielder Magglio Ordonez.

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 players’ 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 Cabrera during the organization’s annual trip to Lakeland, Florida, for Spring Training.

Past King Tiger winners as voted on by the Mayo Smith Society:
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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Thursday, December 2, 2010


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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club will not tender a contract to righthanded pitcher Zach Miner for the 2011 season.

Miner missed the entire 2010 season after landing on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis and he was forced to undergo right elbow reconstruction surgery on May 28, a procedure performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in California.

In four seasons at the major league level with the Tigers, Miner has compiled a 25-20 record and 4.24 ERA (357.0IP/168ER) in 157 appearances (35 starts).

Miner’s contract had been designated for assignment by the Tigers on November 29.