Price, Cespedes, Verlander among those on Tigers winter caravan
David Price and Yoenis Cespedes are among the Tigers scheduled to take part in next week’s Winter Caravan, which will trek through the snow across Michigan and into Toledo for its usual two-day journey.
The Tigers are expected to release a full itinerary in the next next day or two, but some details are already set. Among them is a player roster that includes new Tigers such as Cespedes, Shane Greene, Anthony Gose, Alfredo Simon, Alex Wilson and Josh Zeid, and first-time caravan participants Price, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, James McCann, Andrew Romine, Tyler Collins and Steven Moya.
Justin Verlander is also expected to take part in some stops after missing last year’s caravan while recovering from core muscle surgery. Victor Martinez, Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila are also on the list. It’s unclear whether Miguel Cabrera, who’s in a walking boot while recovering from foot and ankle surgery, will make the trip; Cabrera has been an annual part of the caravan and TigerFest since 2008.
Technically, the caravan starts next Wednesday with a stop in Grand Rapids for the West Michigan Whitecaps’ annual winter banquet. The bulk of the schedule takes place Thursday and Friday, followed by TigerFest next Saturday at Comerica Park. The TigerFest roster is still not set.
Again, the caravan will have a north bus and a metro bus. Stops on the north bus include Zehnders Restaurant in Frankenmuth, the Northern Michigan Rotary Club, and the Lake City Fire Department (part of its 100-year celebration). The metro bus stops include a Thursday visit to Hockeytown Authentics, where J.D. Martinez and Castellanos are scheduled to take photos with fans in exchange for a charitable donation
sign autographs next Thursday. DTE Energy, Neighborhood Service Organization in Detroit, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are also on the itinerary. So is the Tigers’ annual visit next Friday to the North American International Auto Show, where noted car enthusiast Verlander is expected to be part of the group.
Manager Brad Ausmus, the coaching staff and special assistant Alan Trammell are also part of the caravan. Ausmus and Avila are scheduled to visit Toledo next Thursday for the Mud Hens’ Helping Hens dinner.