Whitecaps and Tigers Extentd Relationship

At least I know that two of my kids will graduate high school while the ‘Caps are still affiliated with the Tigers. Seriously, though, this move makes sence, and it’s good to know we’ll keep seeing future Tigers come through the system. I’ve always wondered if the Tigers had any interest in possibly moving affiliation to the Lansing LugNuts or the Great Lakes (Midland) Loons, but I guess that question has been answered. This move also will help attendance at Fifth Third Ballpark, and bring fans from all over western and northern Michigan. Grand Rapids is a great town, and also hosts the Red Wings top AHL affiliate in the Griffins. The Tigers had already signed on for West Michigan through 2014, but the extention now goes to 2018. The Whitecaps CEO Lew Chamberlain is also happy about the deal, as he stated to the Grand Rapids Press:

“For the people of West Michigan and the fans, it’s really important for them now to know that we will be developing young Tigers for years to come. Because that is the exciting part of it. When you turn on your TV and see guys like Brennan Boesch and Ryan Raburn and Alex Avila. Guys that you watched here just a few years ago, and to know that we are going to continue to do that is what is really fun and exciting for me. This has been a terrific relationship between the two organizations from top to bottom, and now we don’t have to worry about what might happen next year or at the end of 2014. So There is some stability there, and that was important. The Tigers have provided us the great players and great teams, and they understand what we are all about as an organization.”

Spoken like a true business man. At least my favorite baseball teams know how to make a relationship last…

The Whitecaps are still looking for a playoff spot, but trail both Fort Wayne and Great Lakes by two points. After a rough start, they’ve played pretty consistantly in the second half of the season with a 26-24 record (58-61 overall). They have only 20 games left in the season, though, with ten at home. Below are some pics of the ‘Caps recent series with Great Lakes and the Dayton Dragons. 

Photos courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps and Grand Rapids Press

4 Comments

I’m glad the team you love is keeping the A team you love, especially when it sounds like the Tigers have so much talent budding in this particular farm system even beyond than the more publicized draft picks.
— Kristen

Good news for GR! And you of course! I’ve really enjoyed seeing the youngsters (the players and your own) come up through your blog so it’s good to see the affiliation extended. I still gotta get up there and attempt one of those 5/3 burgers.
–Jeff

The Lansing Lug Nuts? Sorry, can’t get over that name ;) But that’s really exciting for your community. You’re very lucky to have the next Alex Avilas not too far away.
Catherine

Kristen-It’s always fun to look back on the players we’ve seen. I buy a team set for the kids every year, so we can track who we’ve seen play.
Jeff-Next season we’ll make plans for the 5/3 Burger. Maybe you and Trevor can split it, and you can talk him into being a Cardinals fan!
Catherine-Yeah, the LugNuts is a good one…the Minor team names are the best.
–Mike

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