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Fernando Rodney to be inducted into the Whitecaps Hall of Fame

Sold Out 21st Whitecaps Community Foundation Winter Baseball Banquet features Dombrowski, Trammell, McCann, Lobstein.

Fernando Rodney to be inducted into the Whitecaps Hall of Fame

 

COMSTOCK PARK, MI – The Whitecaps Community Foundation Winter Baseball Banquet will take place next Wednesday, January 21 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The popular annual event is sold out, with nearly 600 planned in attendance.

 

Four members of the Detroit Tigers are scheduled to attend ahead of the Tigers’ planned 2015 Caravan visits around the state. Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski will serve as the banquet’s featured speaker, and he will be joined by Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, catcher and former Whitecap James McCann and pitcher Kyle Lobstein.

 

The banquet begins at 5:45 p.m. with a silent auction of sports memorabilia and other items. The silent auction will be followed by dinner, a live auction, the Whitecaps Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the guest speakers.

 

Former Whitecaps pitcher Fernando Rodney is the lone 2015 inductee to the Whitecaps Hall of Fame. Rodney posted a 6-4 record and 2.92 ERA with 56 strikeouts for the Whitecaps in 2000. He made his Major League debut with the Tigers in May 2002 and is currently in his 12th season in the Majors. He has pitched for the Tigers, Angels, Rays and the Mariners, his current team. Rodney is not able to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony as he is scheduled to be part of a USO tour to South Korea at the same time.

 

Proceeds from the Winter Baseball Banquet go to the Whitecaps Community Foundation, which will donate all funds from the event to the YMCA Inner-City Youth Baseball and Softball Program and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. More than $618,000 has been raised through the Whitecaps Winter Banquet for the charities.

 

The YMCA Inner-City Youth Baseball and Softball Program, funded by the West Michigan Whitecaps and Fifth Third Bank, gives approximately 1,900 children annually the chance to participate in a structured activity that provides guidance in their lives. Money raised provides the equipment and operations necessary to teach the youth self-esteem, teamwork, self-confidence and the fundamentals of baseball.

 

The Detroit Tigers Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in Tigers tickets, grants and scholarships to local charitable organizations with a focus on youth, education and recreation since its establishment in 2005. From renovating baseball fields to rewarding academic achievement, the Foundation aids in the development and funding of innovative programs that promote the game of baseball and the good citizenship embodied in the storied history of the Detroit Tigers.

 

The Tigers guests will be made available to the media before the event. For details regarding Tigers availability and to acquire a media credential, please contact the Whitecaps Media Relations Department at (616) 726-7067.