Tigers announce Tigerfest 2008 lineup

by billfer on January 8, 2008 · 5 comments

in 2008 Season,Fan Experience

There will be 23 Tigers players on hand at Saturday’s Tigerfest. They are: Jeremy Bonderman, Tim Byrdak, Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Macay McBride, Zach Miner, Magglio Ordonez, Placido Polanco, Rick Porcello, Ryan Raburn, Clay Rapada, Edgar Renteria, Nate Robertson, Ivan Rodriguez, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Seay, Jordan Tata, Marcus Thames, Justin Verlander, Dontrelle Willis and Vance Wilson.

Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski and Vice President, Assistant General Manager, Al Avila, will participate in activities around the park along with manager Jim Leyland and his entire coaching staff. Former Tigers expected to be on hand include Gates Brown, Barbaro Garbey, John Hiller, Mickey Lolich, Dan Petry, Dave Rozema, Jon Warden and Milt Wilcox. Tigers broadcasters Rod Allen, Dan Dickerson and Jim Price will also be on hand.

A quick check of the list reveals four prominent players who won’t be attendance. By my count Carlos Guillen, Joel Zumaya, Fernando Rodney, and Brandon Inge will not be there. I’m not going to read too much in to any of those that won’t be there, just pointing it out for those who are going. The event is a sellout, but there are tickets available on StubHub!



Drew January 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm


billfer January 8, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Yeah, he’s kind of prominent – good call Drew.

Tim D January 9, 2008 at 12:01 am

Here I am in sunny SoCal and I wish I was in MI for Tigerfest. Am I insane or what?

Congrats to the Goose. Going in w/Dick Williams is great. Let’s see that clip where Goose talks Williams into letting him pitch to Gibby. Boom!

18% for Trammell. What a joke. At least he beat Concepcion by a few votes.

I do not get the Jim Rice bandwagon. He was feared, yes. Lots of sluggers were feared. He was a lousy OF, he has some incredible off the chart GIDP numbers, and as good as he was at his peak his career was short. Even in ’78 when he put up the big numbers his SLG was .600. Very good but not great. He hit like Frank Robinson at Fenway and like Jeff Conine everywhere else.

“Feared” hitters not in the HOF: adjusted OPS+

Dick Allen 156
Albert Belle 143
Kevin Mitchell 142
Frank Howard 142
Norm Cash 139
Boog Powell 134
Fred McGriff 134
Rocky Colavito 132
Juan Gonzalez 132
Mo Vaughn 132
Greg Luzinski 130
Fred Lynn 129

Jim Rice 128

Bob Horner 127
Richie Zisk 126
George Foster 126
Fred McGriff 134
Rocky Colavito 132
Juan Gonzalez 132
Bobby Bonilla 124
Kirk Gibson 123
Dale Murphy 121
Dave Parker 121
Willie Horton 120
Andre Dawson 119

With Yaz, Lynn and Evans on the team, Rice may have been Boston’s 4th best OF. Why is he so special?

tiff January 9, 2008 at 5:32 am

alright now I’m headed straight to StubHub!

Does anyone know who will be at the Tiger Caravan at WSU on Monday?

joybird January 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm

we figured it out the trick this year – just camped out in the press conference area. had great seats, and a great time. it wasn’t crowded because they didn’t announce names beforehand .. but then in walked Leyland, Cabrera, Willis, Robertson, Polanco, Ordonez, Guillen, asst. mgr. Avila, four ’68 Tigers, along with some others … pretty much everyone I’d wanna see! the q&a sessions were laid back too, really easy to ask something if you wanted. That part of the day was worth 12 bucks within the first five minutes! four hours of that was baseball fan heaven.

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