Tigers announce Tigerfest 2008 lineup

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!


  1. Drew

    January 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm


  2. billfer

    January 8, 2008 at 7:50 pm

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.