Tigers to honor Sparky, retire number

The Tigers will honor Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, from a patch on their right sleeves to the retirement of his number 11 on the brick wall at Comerica Park. 
Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Saturday morning during his annual question-and-answer session at TigerFest.
“To me, there’s no greater honor for a franchise to bestow upon an individual than to retire his number,” Dombrowski said. “It’s happened very few times in Tiger history, with all the great players that have been through.”
The Tigers will begin the honors by wearing the patch during Spring Training games. The patch, in the shape of home plate, features “Sparky” and his number 11. The team will raise a flag to remember him before their home opener April 8. The ceremony to retire his number will take place at a game to be determined.

6 Comments

A fitting tribute.

This is great!sparky really deserves it!
GO TIGERS!

My comments about this:
1) It’s about time
and
.
2) It’s a little late isn’t Mike?

Finally! Will there be a statue to accompany his number on the outfield wall – as all the other number retirees have gotten?

I agree it is about time. But better late than never I suppose.

GK

Yeah, it would have been nice to see this take place a year or two ago and actually have Sparky there.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

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