My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps and Tigers extend player contract | News
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— The West Michigan Whitecaps will continue to welcome Tigers in training through the 2020 season.
The two teams announced a two-year extension of Detroit’s player development contract Tuesday. Tigers Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta says he is delighted with the decision, which was easy to make.
“This all takes place because of several factors; first, our tremendous relationship with the Whitecaps ownership and front office; second, their continued commitment to providing a first class operation and an excellent environment for our players to develop; and third, wonderful and strong support from the community. It is a natural tie for the Tigers and Whitecaps to maintain a long-term commitment to one another and we are proud to continue our affiliation with the Whitecaps,” Lunetta said.
The Whitecaps have been the Tigers’ Class A Midwest League affiliate since 1997. In that time, the Whitecaps have won four Midwest League Championships and welcomed dozens of Tiger prospects and star players, including Brandon Inge, Alex Avila, Ramon Santiago, Andy Dirks, Don Kelly, Francisco Cordero, Robert Fick, Cameron Maybin, Jeff Weaver, Fernando Rodney, Matt Joyce, Eugenio Suarez, and Nick Castellanos.
Whitecaps Vice President Jim Jarecki says the extension assures Tigers fans will see the best future talent of the Tigers playing right in Fifth Third Ballpark.
The 2015 Whitecaps season kicks off at home on Thursday, April 9 at 6:35 p.m. against the Dayton Dragons. Individual game tickets will go on sale next month; group and season tickets are available by calling the Whitecaps’ front office at (616) 784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.