Second-place Tigers gear up for Hall of Famer visit

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Norwich - posted Tue., Aug. 2, 2011
Zach Maggard watches his pop-up foul into the stands at the Aug. 1 Connecticut Tigers minor league baseball game against Batavia. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
Zach Maggard watches his pop-up foul into the stands at the Aug. 1 Connecticut Tigers minor league baseball game against Batavia. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

With a month to spare in the season, the Connecticut Tigers are in second place in their division of the New York-Penn League.
The local Class A short-season minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers had a 19-23 record as of press time Tuesday, prior to the start of a five-day road trip to Auburn and Lowell, Mass. They will return home to Dodd Stadium in Norwich on Sunday, Aug. 7, for two more games against Lowell, followed by three games against Jamestown.

The season ends on Sunday, Sept. 4, with a home game against Lowell, followed by league playoffs.

At press time, the Tigers trailed the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League’s Stedler division by 3.5 games. The Tigers’ last home stand, against the Batavia [N.Y.] Muckdogs, came one game short of a sweep, with two wins (5-4 and 8-2) and a series-ending 5-3 loss Aug. 1.

One of next week’s highlights will be a visit to Dodd Stadium from Baseball Hall of Fame legend Al Kaline, who played for the Detroit Tigers in the 1960s. He will throw out the first pitch of the Aug. 8 game to his grandson, Colin Kaline, who currently plays second base for the Connecticut Tigers.

The elder Kaline spent his entire 22-year Major League Baseball career in a Tigers uniform, and since then has provided color commentary for Tigers games and worked as an advisor to Tigers management. He led the team to a World Series title in 1968 and was a 10-time Golden Glove award winner and 18-time All-Star. His uniform number 6 was retired by the Tigers in 1980, the year he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Al Kaline will be available to sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the ceremonial first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

The Tigers will also offer a baseball camp for boys and girls aged 7 to 15 on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8 and 9, at Dodd Stadium. Young players will learn baseball fundamentals from Tigers players and coaches. To register, or for tickets to Dodd Stadium games, visit www.cttigers.org or call 860-887-7962.


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