November 16th, 2010

Tigers name (most of) minor league staffs

The Tigers still haven’t filled their managerial vacancy at Double-A Erie, but the rest of their minor league staffs are pretty much set. We found out last week about Phil Nevin joining Leon Durham and A.J. Sager at Triple-A Toledo. Jerry Martin will take over as Erie hitting coach, a spot that Andrew Graham filled for much of last season. The staff at Class A Lakeland will remain intact with manager Andy Barkett, pitching coach Joe Coleman and hitting coach Larry Herndon. 
Coaches Ben Ogilvie and Mark Johnson will join new manager Ernie Young at West Michigan, and Graham will get his first managerial post at short-season Class A Connecticut. Former Tiger Mike Rabelo gets a shot as a hitting coach with the Gulf Coast League Tigers. 
The roving instructional roster is also set. Former Whitecaps manager Joe DePastino takes over as the Tigers’ minor league catching coordinator, while Kevin Bradshaw has been promoted to field coordinator once Mike Rojas became player development director. Hitting coordinator Toby Harrah, pitching coordinator Jon Matlack and outfield coordinator Gene Roof are all back. Dave Owen joins the ranks as the new infield coordinator. 
The moves pretty much ensure that the new SeaWolves manager will come from outside the organization. Club officials have declined to discuss names. 

Galarraga receives honorable mention back home

Armando Galarraga didn’t win the Luis Aparicio award this year for outstanding Venezuelan player in the Major Leagues — that went to Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez — but Venezuelan baseball writers are still going to recognize the Tigers right-hander. He’ll receive an honorable mention for his would-be perfect game and the way he handled himself in the aftermath. Thanks to Gerardo Boscan and Augusto Cardenas for passing along the info.

The Tigers have two Aparicio award winners on their roster, pretty impressive since the award didn’t come around until 2004. Magglio Ordonez won it for his Major League batting title in 2007, two years after Miguel Cabrera’s 2005 season in Florida won him the honor. 

Tigers release spring training schedule

The Tigers will celebrate their 75th Spring Training in Lakeland, Fla., with visits from the NL East champion Phillies, AL East champion Yankees, Red Sox and Braves as part of an 18-game home schedule at Joker Marchant Stadium in February and March.
The longest-running relationship between a Major League team and a Spring Training city hits another milestone this year with 75 years, including the last 46 in a row at the Tigertown complex just north of downtown. 
With Opening Day coming March 31 at Yankee Stadium, the spring schedule also gets going a little earlier. The voluntary reporting date for Major League pitchers and catchers is Feb. 13, followed by position players Feb. 18.
From there, it’s just a week until the Tigers begin their Spring Training schedule with their traditional opening exhibition against Florida Southern College on Friday, Feb. 25 at 1:05 p.m. ET. A day later, the Tigers open the Major League portion of their spring slate against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, followed by a rematch at Joker Marchant Stadium Feb. 27.
Three of Detroit’s first four big league contests are against the Jays, part of five matchups overall between the two clubs. Toronto returns to Marchant Stadium March 1 for a split-squad game, followed by another split-squad matchup in Dunedin March 5 and one more meeting in Lakeland March 12.
With the Tigers and Yankees facing each other to open the season, they’ll have just two meetings this spring at opposite ends of the schedule — Feb. 28 in Lakeland, then March 29 at Legends Field in Tampa to close out Spring Training. Baltimore, which hosts the Tigers in early April, will meet Detroit three times this spring — March 4 in Lakeland, and March 13 and 28 in Sarasota.
The Phillies will send squads to Marchant Stadium on March 6, March 9 and March 26. The Red Sox, Cardinals and NL Central champion Twins will visit to Marchant Stadium March 15-17, part of a stretch of five Tigers home games in a six-day stretch.
Tickets this spring will be split into three color-coded levels. Tickets for premium games, known as Navy level, will range from $14-25. Mid-level games, known as Orange level, will be priced at $12-23. White-level games will be ticketed at $9-20.
Individual game tickets will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. ET online at, in person at the Marchant Stadium ticket office, or by phone at 866-66-TIGER. Full-season ticket packages are on sale now, also at and the stadium ticket office, or by phone at 863-686-8075.