Tigers to honor Guillen in pregame ceremony

Tigers to honor Guillen in pregame ceremony

Tigers to honor Guillen in pregame ceremony
DETROIT -- The Tigers gave Magglio Ordonez the proper recognition upon his retirement last month. Next homestand, it will be Carlos Guillen's turn.

The Tigers announced Monday they will honor their former All-Star shortstop in a pregame ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 4. It will be part of their annual Fiesta Tigres celebration, which recognizes and honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players to the sport.

Guillen will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He'll also be inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.

The question of honoring Guillen came up when the Tigers brought back Ordonez to officially announce his retirement in a pregame ceremony. Guillen, after all, was one of the first acquisitions in the Tigers' turnaround from 119 losses in 2003 to a World Series appearance three years later.

Detroit's acquisition of Guillen from Seattle after the 2003 season ended up as arguably the best trade of Dave Dombrowski's tenure as Tigers president/general manager. Guillen earned three All-Star selections in a five-year stretch and put up three consecutive seasons with a .318 average or better. He fell a home run shy of a 20-homer, 20-steal season in 2006 to go with a .320 average, helping fuel Detroit's offense to its best season since 1984.

Injuries wore down Guillen from 2008 on, but he still had his stretches. He was an underrated hitter down the stretch on the 2009 team that lost the division in a tiebreaker, while his home run off Jered Weaver last July at Comerica Park provided one of the most memorable shots of Detroit's division drive.