Organizational News and Notes

Spring Training tickets go on sale on Saturday, minor league clubs are preparing for their season with big off-season events, and 16 players received non-roster invites to big league camp.

Football season is coming to a close, which means only one thing; baseball season and spring training is just around the corner. And with that in mind, on Saturday at 10AM, Spring Training tickets for all Tiger home games will go on sale. Ticket prices range from $20 for box seats at premium games to $9 for general admission at regular games. Tickets can be purchased through the Tigers' website at, by phone at (866) 66-TIGER, or at the Joker Marchant Stadium Box Office.

Meanwhile, every year the Tigers extend invites to a handful of players not on the 40 man roster to work out with the big league club, and this year the Tigers passed out 16 invites.

The big name on the list of course is 19-year old outfielder Cameron Maybin, the club's 2005 first rounder. Maybin has garnered attention not only because of his incredible tools, but also his impressive work ethic. Of course, as is the case with many players in Maybin's position, his presence in camp will be nothing more than a smile for the cameras, and the chance for Maybin to sit with big leaguers for a few days. He'll be headed to the minors when camp breaks.

The rest of the invitees are righthanded pitchers Craig Dingman, Jair Jurrjens and Dennis Tankersley, lefthanded pitchers Tim Byrdak, Felix Heredia and Bobby Seay, catchers Gabe Johnson, Dane Sardinha and Steve Torrealba, infielders Brent Dlugach, Mike Hessman and Kevin Hooper and outfielders Cameron Maybin, Timo Perez, Ryan Raburn and Brandon Watson.

Moving on to the minor league clubs, every year the clubs hold events to boost excitement around the team and feature some of the top Tigers.

The Toledo Fandemonium event takes place this upcoming Thursday, January 18th at the SeaGate Centre in Toledo. Scheduled to appear are Tiger stars Magglio Ordonez, Gary Sheffield, Carlos Guillen, and many more. The event runs from 6:30PM until 8:30PM, and will include autograph opportunities. Tickets, which are $12, can be purchased online at, by calling (419)725-HENS or at the Mud Hens Swamp Shop.

The SeaWolves will also be hosting their own event the following weekend, a Hot Stove Dinner at the Avalon Hotel. On top of representatives from the Tigers and Mandalay Baseball, the event will feature Tiger outfielder and former SeaWolve Curtis Granderson. Doors open at 6PM for a cocktail hour, with dinner at 7PM. Tickets are $35/person, and can be purchased by calling (814) 456-1300.

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