2015 Tigers Winter Caravan player appearances announced

Tigers Players, Coaches, Executives and Broadcasters to visit fans throughout the state

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by Oakland University and in partnership with FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Executive Vice President of Business Operations Duane McLean, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Vice President, Baseball Legal Counsel John Westhoff, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit's favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making more than 30 stops throughout the region, including 12 new locations and three cities never before visited by the Tigers Winter Caravan. The Metro Bus will make a stop in Northville, while the North Bus will debut in Lake City and Grayling.

Media are encouraged to attend all the stops along the caravan. However, please note that some of the stops require advanced registration to attend. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Tigers media relations department by Wednesday, January 21.

Metro Bus

Wednesday, January 21
West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet    6:00-9:00 p.m.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture
100 E. Beltline Ave, Grand Rapids
DOMBROWSKI, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL

  • Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell and Tigers players will participate at a seated dinner for fans.  

Thursday, January 22
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Kellogg Center
219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing
DOMBROWSKI

  • Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski will be the keynote speaker addressing the Economic Club of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago    1:50-2:35 p.m.

1600 East Warren Ave, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CLARK, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, MARTIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON

  • Tigers players will participate in an employee rally, which will include a jersey presentation to honor the 100th anniversary of the banks' first day of operation in November of 2014.
  • Interested media must pre-register with Theresa Chiang at 313-964-6182 or Theresa.chiang@chi.frb.org to attend.

Buffalo Wild Wings    1:40-2:25 p.m.

1234 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ

  • Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez will serve as celebrity servers at Buffalo Wild Wings.
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Oakland University    2:45-3:30 p.m.

2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ

  • Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez provide a baseball skills demonstration for OU Cares program participants and participate in a question-and-answer session with the program participants, guests and Oakland University student athletes
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.

Lipari Foods and Winter's Sausage    3:05-4:20 p.m.

26661 Bunert, Warren
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CLARK, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, MARTIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON

  • Tigers players and coaches will participate in an employee rally where Brad Ausmus, Victor Martinez and Justin Verlander will be paired with Lipari employees for a sandwich making contest. Alex Avila, Joe Nathan and David Price will judge the contest.

Detroit Tigers Kids Club Rally    4:45-6:00 p.m.

Sterling Heights High School - Performing Arts Theatre 12901 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
BERNARD, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KROL, MACHADO, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON

  • Tigers players will participate in an interactive event that includes raffle prizes, games and promotional giveaways.
  • Tigers players will also present a jersey in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts (WCSPA).
  • WCSPA hosts the final round of its singing competition with the winner receiving the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to a 2015 Tigers home game.  
  • In addition, Tigers players will host a meet-and-greet with two young fans from the Tigers Dreams Come True Program, and select members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club.
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Limited tickets will be available to the public on the day of the event  
  • Seating is limited, first come, first serve.

Hockeytown Authentics    5:15-6:00 p.m.

1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ

  • Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez in exchange for a donation of new, packaged, warm men's or women's socks to benefit the Neighborhood Service Organization's Homeless Recovery program. In exchange for a donation of socks, fans will receive a wristband to take one photo with the Tigers players.
  • Please note, a maximum of 150 wristbands will be distributed. Wristband distribution will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Hockeytown Authentics.
  •  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TigerTalk: A Helping Hens Charity Benefit    6:00-7:30 p.m..

Fifth Third Field                                         
406 Washington Street, Toledo, OH
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA
Brad Ausmus and Alex Avila will participate in a question-and-answer session at a seated dinner for fans.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Ticketed Event; To order tickets call 419-725-4367 or visit http://bit.ly/1G1RKXV

Friday, January 22
FOX Sports Detroit    10:45-11:45 a.m.

26555 Evergreen Road Suite 90, Southfield
VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE

  • Tigers players will participate in a meet-and-greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients.

Northville City Fire Department    10:45-11:45 a.m.

215 N. Main Street, Northville
ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, DICKERSON, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, LAMONT, SMITH, WILSON, BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON AND TIGERS EXECUTIVES DUANE MCLEAN AND JOHN WESTHOFF

  • Tigers players, coaches and executives will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Northville City Fire Department (NCFD) by participating in a special employee rally and jersey presentation.
  • Alex Avila and Joe Nathan will partake in a "Suit Up" competition accompanied by two NCFD firefighters. The Tigers players will race to see who can suit-up in the firefighter's gear the fastest.

Michigan State Police Crime Lab    11:15-12:00 p.m.

42145 W. 7 Mile Road, Northville
AUSMUS, KINSLER, MARTIN, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL

  • Crime Lab scientists will educate Tigers players and coaches in Latent Print and Trace Evidence testing and participate in an employee rally.

Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO)    11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m.

882 Oakman Blvd, Detroit
DOMBROWSKI, CLARK, VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE AND BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN

  • Tigers personnel will present a jersey to the NSO to recognize its 60th anniversary during a rally for NSO employees, volunteers and residents.

DTE    1:00-1:40 p.m.

1 Energy Plaza, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, CLARK, DOMBROWSKI, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, MARTIN, NATHAN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON

  • Tigers players, coaches and executives will participate in an employee rally.
  • Interested media must pre-register with Pam Neubacher at neubacherp@dteenergy.com to attend.  

DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan    1:55-3:00 p.m.

 3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit
BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON

  • Tigers players will visit select patient rooms and present each child with a gift.
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will be in attendance.  
  • Note: Media will be able to cover a short visit between Tigers players and patients in the hospital lobby, however no media will be permitted on patient floor units.

United States Customs and Border Protection Agency    1:55-2:55 p.m.

2810 W. Fort Street, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, CLARK, LAMONT, MARTIN, PRICE, VICTOR MARTINEZ, VIZQUEL AND BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON

  • Tigers players will learn about the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency, and participate in a rally with agency officers.
  •  Interested media must pre-register with Katherine Reach at Katherine.Reach@cbp.dhs.gov to attend. When registering, please provide your full name and date of birth.  

North American International Auto Show    3:15-4:15 p.m.

One Washington Boulevard, Detroit
BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON AND BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN

  • Players will participate in the "Cars On Parade" along the auto show floor and will take part in a question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area.
  • Tigers players will host a special guest from the Tigers Dreams Come True program. The teenager will ride along with Tigers representatives during the parade and later have a private meet-and-greet with Tigers representatives.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation    3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

1211 Trumbull, Detroit
VICTOR MARTINEZ, OMAR VIZQUEL

  •  Victor Martinez and Omar Vizquel will tour the facility and participate in a special ribbon cutting ceremony for Southwest Detroit's FIRST Robotics build site, the Robotics and Engineering Center of Detroit.

NORTH BUS

Thursday, January 22
Lake City Fire Department    12:00-12:45 p.m.

115 John Street, Lake City
LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL

  • Kyle Lobstein, James McCann and Alan Trammell will present the fire department with a jersey in recognition of 100 years of service.

Traverse City Chamber of Commerce    3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

202 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL

  • Kyle Lobstein, James McCann and Alan Trammell will present a jersey to the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its 100th anniversary.

Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center    4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Camp Grayling, Grayling
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA

  • Tigers players, coaches and executives will tour the Training Center and participate in interactive simulations.
  • Following the tour, the players, coaches and executives will participate in a question and answer, and photo session with military personnel and their families.
  • Interested media must pre-register with 1LT Kyle Leese at kyle.n.leese.mil@mail.mil or 989-344-6102 to attend.

Friday, January 23
Northern Michigan Rotary Club Alliance Business Breakfast    9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa     
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Grand Traverse
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, TRAMMELL, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Williamsburg

  • Tigers players, coaches and executives participate in a rally with Rotary Club members and guests.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / Ticketed Event
  • Tickets for the Grand Traverse Resort Business Breakfast are being sold by several northern MI rotary clubs. They can be purchased ($40 each) here:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-tigers-winter-caravan-tour-tickets-15021268017

Zehnder's Snowfest    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth                         
730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, TRAMMELL, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA

  • Tigers players will participate in the annual Snowfest event.  
  • Guests are encouraged to donate items for care packages to be sent to troops overseas.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC