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Courtesy: WMU

Western Michigan University to Host Detroit Tigers Caravan Jan. 20

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 01/05/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan University is pleased to announce it will be a stop on the 2012 Detroit Tigers' Winter Caravan, Jan. 20. The event will take place on campus at the Bernhard Center from 12-1:35 p.m. and is open to the public.

WMU will be one of several stops for the 2011 American League Central Division Champions around the state of Michigan, but one of the only in Southwest Michigan. Coaches and 15 of your favorite Tigers will be present, including WMU Alumnus and Tigers President, CEO & General Manager Dave Dombrowski. Also on hand will be WMU President Dr. John M. Dunn and the 2012 Bronco baseball team.

Fans will have the opportunity to watch a Tigers highlight video, listen to broadcaster Dan Dickerson introduce the players and talk about the program, hear what Dave Dombrowski has to say about the 2012 baseball season and enter a drawing for Tigers memorabilia. Tickets for the luncheon are available for $10. To reserve a spot, please contact the WMUFAMILY Experience Office at 269.387.8746.

Please note that Detroit Tigers players will not be available for autographs during or after the event.

"We are very excited about the Detroit Tigers Caravan making a stop in Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University," said WMU head baseball coach Billy Gernon. "The Tigers are a championship organization led by a champion and distinguished alumnus in Dave Dombrowski. There are currently three former Bronco players in the Detroit organization and there are many Tiger fans that wear the Bronco uniform. We open our season Feb. 17, at Arizona State, and this will obviously enhance our level of enthusiasm."

The relationship between Dombrowski and Bronco baseball is nothing new. The distinguished alumnus visited campus last year as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Bronco Baseball Leadoff Dinner. Dombrowski is also a generous supporter of the program, as he is a member of WMU's Diamond Club, giving a gift of $10,000 or more in support of Western Michigan's recent baseball stadium renovation project.

The connection between WMU and the Tigers goes even further, as Western Michigan is scheduled to face Detroit's spring training elite-mini camp team in an exhibition game in Lakeland, Fla., on March 6.

Three former Bronco pitchers, Kevan Hess, Brian Stroud and Eric Heckaman, are currently members of the Tigers organization. Hess was a 14th round pick in 2009, while Stroud and Heckaman were drafted by the club last season, going in the 31st and 35th round, respectively.



Broadcaster (and event emcee):
Dan Dickerson

David Dombrowski, President, CEO and General Manager, WMU Graduate

Rafael Belliard
Tom Brookens
Jeff Jones
Mike Rojas

Detroit Players:
Alex Avila
Duane Below
Joaquin Benoit
Casey Crosby
Brandon Inge
Don Kelly
Gerald Laird
David Pauley
Rick Porcello
Ryan Raburn
Daniel Schlereth
Clete Thomas
Jacob Turner
Adam Wilk
Danny Worth