Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just announced at the club’s annual TigerFest event that Sparky Anderson’s No. 11 will be retired this season.
According to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press, the team will also wear a patch on their uniforms and fly a flag at Comerica Park in honor of Anderson throughout the season.
Anderson passed away in November at the age of 76. He compiled a 1331-1248 record (.516) over 17 seasons as manager of the Tigers, including a World Series title in 1984.
This is a wonderful tribute and I’m glad the Tigers are getting this right, but what the heck took so long to retire his number in the first place?
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.