Tagged: Colin Kaline

Fun Patrol: August 13th Update

On Tuesday, C.T. appeared at the Crystal Mall in Waterford for a Simon Kidgits® Club event.

C.T. played Kinect,

Hungry Hungry Hippos,

posed for photos,

and signed autographs.

Thursday was the 2nd installment of the “Lunch with a Tiger” series.

Tigers’ players Zachary Maggard and Colin Kaline visited Buddy’s Dugout for “Lunch with a Tiger”.

C.T. also appeared.

The remainder of the “Lunch with a Tiger” schedule:

  • Saturday August 20th – 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Monday August 22nd – 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Saturday August 27th – 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Wednesday August 31st – 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Saturday September 3rd – 12:00-1:00 PM

Buddy’s Dugout
146 West Town Street (next to Ace Hardware)
Norwich, CT 06360-2132
(860) 889-0899

Look for C.T. at a community event near you.  To request C.T. to appear at your event contact Dave Schermerhorn, the Tigers’ Community Relations Manager at (860) 887-7962 Ext. 118

Homestand Photos – July 7-11, 2011

The game will be made up in early September when Lowell returns to Dodd Stadium.

Colin and Al Kaline pose together after the ceremonial first pitch. (Photo Credit: Kevin Pataky)

Luis Sanz threw 7 innings of 1-hit ball.

Tuesday’s game was postponed due to rain and made up as part of a Doubleheader on Wednesday.

The Tigers finished up the homestand with a shutout victory over Jamestown. 

Starting pitcher Brennan Smith hurled 7 shutout innings

and DH/1B Dean Green hit two homeruns for the Tigers.

The Tigers travel to State College for a 3 game series before the AllStar Break.

Tails from the Road: Auburn and Lowell

The Tigers are in the midst of a 5 game roadtrip to Auburn and Lowell.

The Doubledays play at Falcon Park.

Falcon Park was built in 1995 and has a capacity of 2,800.

Auburn is the New York-Penn League affliate of the Washington Nationals.

Andrew Graham’s club then visited Lowell, a quick drive up 395 (and 290), for 2 games.

The Spinners, a Stedler Division rival, play at LeLacheur Park, located on the campus of UMass-Lowell.

The Tigers and Spinners continue their series with 2 games at Dodd Stadium Sunday and Monday.

Tomorrow, it is C.T.’s Birthday Party and Sunday Funday.

Monday night, Hall of Famer Al Kaline will visit Dodd Stadium.

Kaline will sign autographs before the game and throw out the ceremonial first pitch to his grandson, Tigers’ infielder Colin Kaline.

Al Kaline

Al Kaline’s final game was in 1974.  With over a generation of baseball fans never seeing “Mr. Tiger” play, some fans might not be familiar with the Hall of Famer.

In advance of his appearance at Dodd Stadium on Monday August 8th, we wanted to give fans some information on the Right Fielder:

  • born December 19, 1934

As a rookie outfielder in July 1953. (AP Photo)

  • made his Major League debut June 25, 1953
  • was the 1955 AL Batting Champion (.340)

Greeting teammate Jim Northrup after Northrup hit a grand slam in the third inning of Game 6 of the 1968 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  October 9, 1968.  (AP Photo/File)

  • batted .379 in the 1968 World Series, won by the Tigers in 7 games

Al Kaline became the 12th member of the 3,000-hit club on Sept. 24, 1974, with a double off Dave McNally at Memorial Stadium. Kaline was the first American Leaguer to reach the milestone in 49 years. (Photographed by: Lane Stewart/SI)

  • got his 3,000th career hit in his hometown of Baltimore on Sept. 24, 1974
  • 15 time AllStar

Spring Training, March 4, 1965. (AP Photo)

  • 10-time Gold Glove Winner
  • hit 399 Home Runs
  • had his uniform number 6 retired by the Tigers on August 17, 1980, the first Tiger ever to receive this honor

       (Photo: Baseball Hall of Fame)
  • elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980 by the BBWAA, his first year of eligibility.

Posing along with George Kell in their broadcast booth on July 3, 1979 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. (AP Photo)

  • spent 26 seasons providing color commentary for Tigers television broadcasts (1975-2002)

Throwing out a first pitch before a 2011 Spring Training game, just like he will do before the Connecticut Tigers game on August 8th.  Catching the ceremonial first pitch that day will be his grandson and Tigers Infielder, Colin Kaline. (AP Photo)

  • now works in the front office for a sixth year as a special assistant and advisor to the Tigers’ senior management
  • has been in the Tigers’ organization for 55 years


Visitors to Comerica Park look at statues of former Detroit Tiger greats, from front to back, Al Kaline, Hal Newhouser, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg and Ty Cobb (Paul Warner: AP)

  • has a statue in his honor at ComericaPark

To purchase tickets for the game click here or call (860) 887-7962.


This afternoon, numerous members of the Tigers visited Wequonnoc Elementary School in Taftville for an important assembly for the students.

Along with Tigers General Manager Andrew Weber, Director of Community Relations and Promotions Dave Schermerhorn, Tigers players Colin Kaline and Clemente Mendoza promoted the importance of reading.

The players read numerous books to the children; Colin in English and Clemente in Spanish.

Along with Tater, “Everyone’s Favorite Gator”, the players also led the students in many songs, including “Take Me Out to the BallGame”.

Afterwards, Tater, Kaline and Mendoza interacted with the youths and signed autographs.

Media Day and Host Family BBQ

The players have begun to arrive.

Pitching Coach Jorge Cordova watches his staff.

Pitcher Tyler Barrett

The roster has been announced. – http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ros&cid=571&stn=true&sid=t571

The brand new baseballs sparkle white.

It must mean that Opening Day is almost here!!

Wednesday was a busy day at Dodd Stadium.

At 1:00 was the Annual Media Day event.  Members of local media outlets came out to meet the players, while getting some quotes and footage for their stories.

Manager Andrew Graham.

This season marks the Australian native’s first managerial gig.

Second Baseman Colin Kaline

The grandson of Tigers’ Hall of Famer Al Kaline, recently completed his college career at Florida Southern.

Outfielder Bo McClendon

The son of former Major League Outfielder, Manager, and current Tigers’ Hitting Coach Lloyd McClendon, was excited to leave the mundane rigors of Extended Spring Training and looked forward to the upcoming season.

More shots from Media Day:


Pitcher Clemente Mendoza

Catcher Zachary Maggard

Pitcher Patrick Lawson

Pitcher Rayni Guichardo

Pitcher Kevan Hess

That evening, the Host Family BBQ was held in the Pavillion.

The 28 players and coaching staff members introduced themselves to their prospective host families.

Standard ballpark food (burgers, hotdogs and bbq chicken) was served.

Numerous conversations complete with the important questions, such as: Where are you located?  and Do you have a car? were held to find the best match possible.

Tonight at 6:30 there is a team practice at Dodd Stadium.  The general public is invited for this “Open Practice”.