Detroit Tigers: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Spring trainingThe defending American League champion Detroit Tigers are stronger than they were last season – at least on paper. The club added veteran Torii Hunter in right field, and DH Victor Martinez returns after missing all of 2012 with a knee injury. They join a lineup that already boasts first baseman Prince Fielder, third baseman Miguel Cabrera, center fielder Austin Jackson, shortstop Jhonny Peralta and catcher Alex Avila.

Detroit Tigers newsThe rotation is bolstered by right-hander Justin Verlander, who is one of the game’s few true aces. Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez (who signed a long-term deal this offseason), Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello team with Verlander to give Detroit one of the best rotations in the majors. Scherzer or Porcello could be expendable because of left-hander Drew Smyly.

The Tigers are replacing departed closer Jose Valverde with 22-year-old hard-throwing right-hander Bruce Rondon. Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel and  Joaquin Benoit add an effective core of set-up men.

The Tigers filled the void they had at second base when they acquired Omar Infante with Sanchez in the trade with Miami last summer. Left field is the primary question mark in Detroit’s lineup. Andy Dirks, Avisail Garcia, Brennan Boesch and Quentin Berry will contend for the starting job.

Though the White Sox and Royals are improved, the Tigers are still favored to repeat as AL Central champions. With Verlander atop the rotation and Fielder and Cabrera in the lineup, they have the firepower to defend their AL pennant as well.

About Joker Marchant Stadium

Tigers Spring trainingThe Detroit Tigers have trained at Joker Marchant Stadium since 1934, which is the longest tenure of a Major League team and a current spring training host city.

Joker Marchant was named for Lakeland’s late parks and recreation director and was first used for spring training in 1966. It now seats 8,000. Joker Marchant Stadium is part of Tiger Town, which consists of the spring training headquarters for the Tigers along with the home of the advanced Single-A Florida State League Lakeland Flying Tigers.

About Lakeland

Located between Orlando and Tampa, Lakeland is home to the largest on-site collection of Frank lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College and the Polk Museum of Art.

Amusement park enthusiasts can venture to LEGOLAND in Winter Haven, Busch Gardens in Tampa and, of course, Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World in Orlando. Historic Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales and aviation attraction Fantasy of Flight in Polk City are other nearby destinations that are ideal to visit when fans are not at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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Tigers Spring Training

Detroit Tigers Spring Training Information

First Practice Dates

February 11 – Pitchers and Catchers

February 14 – Position Players Report

2013 Ticket Prices

Tigers spring trainingInfield Box, $23

Baseline Box, $22

Reserved, $21

Left Field Reserved, $16

Bleachers, $12

Grass Berm/Standing Room Only, $10

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