January 21st, 2014

Tigers put names to places on winter caravan

Jose Iglesias fielded just about everything in sight down the stretch at shortstop for the Tigers last season. On Friday, he’ll be trying to field orders at National Coney Island in Warren.

The Tigers released their winter caravan schedule last week, but didn’t have names listed for most of the stops. Those are out now, so if you’re planning on making a stop or two, you’ll know who you’re running down.

Among the highlights is Friday morning’s visit to National Coney Island on Van Dyke in Warren, where Iglesias and Torii Hunter will serve as celebrity waiters. Hunter proved pretty fast as handling orders at the counter at Dunkin Donuts last year.

On Thursday, Hunter and his good buddy Joe Nathan will climb into a driving simulator for the AAA Employee Safe Driving Rally. That stop won’t be open to the public, but it should be interesting nonetheless.

This year will be a little different from past caravans in that a lot of players are headed on the West Bus to Grand Rapids and Holland. Among them are Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Drew Smyly, Austin Jackson, Joba Chamberlain, Al Alburquerque, Andy Dirks, Bruce Rondon, Don Kelly and Bryan Holaday.

Miguel Cabrera will be staying in town, as will Hunter, Iglesias and Nathan (obviously), Victor Martinez, Anibal Sanchez, Ian Krol and manager Brad Ausmus.

One prominent name not listed on the winter caravan roster is Justin Verlander, who had surgery earlier this month. No roster has been released for TigerFest yet, but it sounds like his travel is limited at this point while recovering from surgery, so it appears unlikely he’ll be there.

Here’s a list of the public stops along with players on the trip …

METRO BUS

Thursday, 5 p.m. — Tigers Kids Rally at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn (tickets required)

  • Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera, Daniel Fields, Jose Iglesias, Ian Krol, Kyle Lobstein, Evan Reed and Anibal Sanchez

Thursday, 4-6 p.m. — Photos at Hockeytown Authentics (photos in exchange for canned food donation to Salvation Army of Metro Detroit)

  • Victor Martinez, Omar Vizuqel

Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. — Toledo Mud Hens Helping Hens Charity Dinner at Fifth Third Field (tickets on sale at mudhens.com)

  • Torii Hunter, Brad Ausmus

Friday, 11-11:45 a.m. — Celebrity waiters at National Coney Island

  • Torii Hunter, Jose Iglesias

Friday, 3-4 p.m. — North American International Auto Show

  • Alex Avila, Rajai Davis, Daniel Fields, Ian Krol, Kyle Lobstein, Victor Martinez, Joe Nathan, Evan Reed, Anibal Sanchez, Rod Allen

Friday, 3:15-3:45 p.m. — Tigers tour Michigan United and 555 Gallery in Detroit

  • Miguel Cabrera, Omar Vizquel

WEST BUS

Thursday, 5:45-9 p.m. — West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet (tickets required)

  • Dave Dombrowski, Al Alburquerque, Mick Billmeyer, Nick Castellanos, Joba Chamberlain, Dave Clark, Darnell Coles, Andy Dirks, Bryan Holaday, Austin Jackson, Jeff Jones, Wally Joyner, Don Kelly, Steve Lombardozzi, Matt Martin, Justin Miller, Hernan Perez, Rick Porcello, Luke Putkonen, Bruce Rondon, Max Scherzer, Drew Smyly, Dan Dickerson

Friday, 10-10:45 a.m. — Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company tour (tickets required — sold out)

  • Dave Dombrowski, Al Alburquerque, Mick Billmeyer, Nick Castellanos, Joba Chamberlain, Dave Clark, Darnell Coles, Andy Dirks, Bryan Holaday, Austin Jackson, Jeff Jones, Wally Joyner, Don Kelly, Steve Lombardozzi, Matt Martin, Justin Miller, Hernan Perez, Rick Porcello, Luke Putkonen, Bruce Rondon, Max Scherzer, Drew Smyly, Dan Dickerson
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