Statement from Al Avila on passing of Mike Ilitch

The following statement is attributable to Detroit Tigers - Al Avila, Executive Vice President and General Manager

"I've never seen a man more dedicated to this community and to baseball than Mr. I. What he has done for this franchise, and for Detroit, is immeasurable. He was always there to give us whatever we needed because he wanted greatness and happiness for all of us -- especially the fans. Mr. I was truly one of the great ones. He was a friend and an inspiration and he will be deeply missed."