If you stop by here from time to time, you know that I usually keep up on former Tigers playing elsewhere in the majors. The whole "always a Tiger" thing, you know? Well, I did some looking around and couldn't believe the amount of former Tigers that are still playing ball, whether it be in Japan, Korea, Mexico, Independent Leagues, or in the minors with other teams. Plus, there's plenty that are still free agents looking for a job somewhere. These guys keep playing for the love of the game, and I can respect that. Either that, or they just don't want to sell insurance. See how many you remember.
Plays with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. Led the league in wins last year with 17.
Free agent. Last played in the Baltimore organization last year.
Pitches for the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League.
Another Japan guy. Played from '06-'07 with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Signed in '08 with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Better than playing with the Spitters, from what I hear.
Plays for the Long Island Ducks in independent ball.
In the White Sox minor league system after the Mets released him on 4/28 after he got bombed in two minor league starts.
After pitching for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Independent League, the Phillies signed John to a minor league deal. In his first appearance, Ennis hurt himself requiring Tommy John surgery. He'll miss the rest of the season.
Free agent. Last played in '08 with the Giants organization.
What Tigers fan doesn't have a soft spot for Maroth? Mike's a free agent after Toronto released him in March '09.
Plays for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization.
In the Brewers minor league system.
In the Astros minor league system.
Free agent. Was in the Phillies minor league system earlier this year.
This one's interesting. Glover signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in January '09. He was released on 5/9. He signed a minor league deal later that month with the Marlins. He lasted less than a month and on 6/21 signed to play for the SK Wyverns in South Korea. I'd feel bad for the guy if he didn't suck so much in Detroit. Or was that Gary Knotts?
Andy Van Hekken
Wikipedia says he's in the Astros minor league system. Who knew? I thought he was dead.
Our ex-"ace" is in the Yankees minor league system.
DFA'd by Colorado on 7/18/08. A free agent.
Released by the Tigers in April, Tata signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs 15 days later. The mighty AirHogs had seen enough by 7/1 and released him, too. Yikes. If you can't make it with the Grand Prairie AirHogs, you can't make it anywhere.
The big guy's pitching with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.
Member of the Hiroshima Toya Carp in Japan.
Free agent. Was released by Baltimore a few weeks ago. Jamie remains the nicest Tiger I've ever actually spoken to. I wish him luck.
Released by the Giants in April '09. A free agent.
Stick with me. Started this year and played a bit for the Mets. Was DFA'd. Went to the Yankees. Played in their minor league system from 5/2-6/24. Opted out of that deal. Signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on 7/3. Still sucks no matter where he pitches.
Released by Pittsburgh on 7/1. Free agent. Seriously...WTF happened to Craig?
Cut by Cincinnati on 3/30, Jones is playing for the Newark Bears in independent ball.
Played in '08 for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. Reportedly blames the Mitchell Report for him being unable to sign with a MLB team. And here I was thinking it was because the guy couldn't hit.
Free agent released by Baltimore on 4/1.
Plays for the Saitama Seibo Lions in Japan.
My boy! Timo's still in Mexico with Rojos del Aguila.
In the Oakland minor league system.
Plays for the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League.
Free agent. Played (a lot) for the Marlins last year.
Played last year for Diablos Rojos del Mexico.
Another guy in Mexico. Raul plays for Broncos de Reynosa.
Currently a free agent. Played for Italy in the WBC.
Free agent. Played for the Mets last year. Not sure if he's STILL on the Tigers payroll, though.
Ahh...memories. See you in a few days with the August "Always A Tiger" report.