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Alex Avila humbled by induction into Whitecaps Hall of Fame

Alex Avila humbled by induction into Whitecaps Hall of Fame

Detroit Tigers catcher played his first professional season with the Class-A team. Watch video GRAND RAPIDS - Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who got his start with the West Michigan Whitecaps, returned Thursday to be inducted as the 17th member of the team's Hall of Fame. Avila, a fifth-round pick out of Alabama, joined the Whitecaps shortly after the 2008 draft. In 55 games, he batted .305 with 22 RBIs. A year later, he made his debut with the Detroit Tigers that began a career that's entering its ninth season. The video above is Avila's...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 18, 2017
Alex Avila back happy to be catching with - not hitting against - Justin Verlander

Alex Avila back happy to be catching with - not hitting against - Justin Verlander

Avila, who will be inducted into the West Michigan Whitecaps Hall of Fame, sees pitcher back in prime form. Watch video A one-year absence from the Detroit Tigers was long enough for catcher Alex Avila, especially as he pondered what it would be like to again catch - rather than hit against - longtime battery mate Justin Verlander. Avila hit a memorable home run off Verlander last August as member of the Chicago White Sox. It was a beauty - dead center to give the Sox a temporary lead - but the prospect of returning to the Tigers played out far...
Bless You Boys Jan 16, 2017
MLB trade rumors: Michael Bourn could help solve the Tigers’ center field problem

MLB trade rumors: Michael Bourn could help solve the Tigers’ center field problem

Bourn is one of the few free agents remaining who could provide an upgrade in Detroit’s outfield. Good news: spring training is less than a month away! While other teams are still searching to fill major holes in their lineups, the Detroit Tigers’ roster is almost set. It has been for months now, with the Alex Avila signing the only major move the Tigers have made since early November. Other teams need a fifth starter; Tigers fans are simply hoping their team picks the right fifth starter. Unfortunately, the Tigers still have a hole in center field. General manager Al Avila hinted that...
Sacramento Bee Jan 11, 2017

Tigers' Al Avila put aside 'dad' role when signing Alex

Once again, Al Avila had to take himself out of the equation. Way back when the Detroit Tigers drafted his son, Alex, in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB …
Grand Rapids Press Jan 10, 2017
Tigers GM says he had to step away from role as father to sign son

Tigers GM says he had to step away from role as father to sign son

Youve got to take yourself out of the equation of being the dad and saying, OK, regardless of there being some scrutiny, this is the guy we want, Al Avila said. DETROIT -- When the Detroit Tigers drafted Alex Avila out of the University of Alabama in 2008, his dad wasn't so keen on the idea. This was important because his dad was then the team's assistant general manager and played a big role in the draft-day decisions.  "At that point, the organization took me out of the equation and drafted him anyway," said Al Avila, now the Tigers' general manager. "He...
Bless You Boys Jan 10, 2017
Tigers' Alex Avila caught a really, really, really big fish

Tigers' Alex Avila caught a really, really, really big fish

Like, really, really, really, really, really, really, really big. Alex Avila, along with his father Al, his brother Alan (notice a trend), his uncle Ralph, and his son Nick snagged a 585-pound swordfish off the coast of the Port Everglades. Pretty impressive stuff: Caught this slob #swordfish today off #fortlauderdale weighed in at 585. @offseasonfishingteam A photo posted by Nick Avila (@nickavila31) on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:48pm PST This extremely in-depth write-up from the Sun-Sentinel would also like you to know that the fish was caught 20 miles off the coast at a depth of 1,700...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 6, 2017
Tigers' Angel Nesbitt clears waivers, outrighted to Toledo

Tigers' Angel Nesbitt clears waivers, outrighted to Toledo

Nesbitt was designated for assignment on Dec. 23 to create a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed backup catcher Alex Avila. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers right-handed reliever Angel Nesbitt has been outrighted to Triple-A Toledo after passing through waivers unclaimed. Nesbitt was designated for assignment on Dec. 23 to create a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed backup catcher Alex Avila. A 26-year-old native of Venezuela, Nesbitt made 24 appearances for the Tigers in 2015 but struggled at Toledo in 2016. This is the first time Nesbitt has been...
Bless You Boys Dec 26, 2016
Alex Avila signing provides a left-handed complement to James McCann

Alex Avila signing provides a left-handed complement to James McCann

Avila’s track record suggests the Tigers could have a nice catching platoon. Alex Avila is back with the Detroit Tigers. This has either made you cry doomsday about the Tigers’ chances of success for 2017, or elated that general manager Al Avila made the most obvious move of the offseason. Either way, the Twitter and Facebook takes came in hot and heavy, faster than at any point since the end of the 2016 season. Since the departure of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Tigers had a hole for the backup catcher spot. With James McCann mightily struggling against right-handed pitchers last year...
Bless You Boys Dec 24, 2016
Tigers fans reacted to the Alex Avila signing exactly as expected

Tigers fans reacted to the Alex Avila signing exactly as expected

The reunion either made or ruined Christmas for fans online. When the Detroit Tigers announced that they would be bringing back veteran Alex Avila to fill the backup catcher role for the coming season, fan response was... varied. Some people were elated by the return of a familiar face, while others had decidedly terser words for the signing. The deal was a relative bargain at $2 million, but that hasn’t kept people from sounding off about the decision. Great to see the worst catcher in baseball back on the Tigers. #nepotism Why is Alex Avila worth $2 million? He will get hurt in...
Bless You Boys Dec 24, 2016
Signing Alex Avila a positive sign for the Tigers’ front office

Signing Alex Avila a positive sign for the Tigers’ front office

The Tigers are spending again, which is a good sign. Say what you will about Alex Avila’s capabilities as a catcher. He wore out his welcome with Detroit Tigers fans in his previous stop, hitting just .216/.326/.351 with 26 home runs and 107 RBI from 2013 to 2015. That translated to an 89 OPS+ and 2.8 rWAR in 298 games played over three seasons. Some fans (myself included) defended Avila because of his high walk rate and solid defense, but that production isn’t enough out of a starting catcher. Avila bounced back slightly in 2016, but is little more than a backup at this point in his...
Sacramento Bee Dec 24, 2016

Tigers bring back catcher Alex Avila on 1-year deal

Christmas came early for Alex Avila. The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with Avila, the son of Tigers president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila. …
KFFL Dec 23, 2016

Tigers | Detroit signs Alex Avila

The Detroit Tigers signed C Alex Avila to a one-year deal Friday, Dec. 23.

Tigers bring back C Avila on 1-year, $2M deal

Tigers bring back C Avila on 1-year, $2M deal
Sacramento Bee Dec 23, 2016

Tigers bring back catcher Alex Avila with $2M, 1-year deal

The Tigers are bringing back catcher Alex Avila with a $2 million, one-year contract. Avila tells The Associated Press he is excited for the opportunity to back up James McCann. …
Grand Rapids Press Dec 23, 2016
Tigers bring back Alex Avila to serve as backup catcher

Tigers bring back Alex Avila to serve as backup catcher

Avila, who was part of the organization from 2008-2015, is the son of general manager Al Avila. DETROIT -- The first big-league free agent signed by the Detroit Tigers this winter is a familiar. The Tigers signed catcher Alex Avila to a one-year contract, the team announced on Friday afternoon. Avila, who was part of the organization from 2008-2015, is the son of general manager Al Avila. The younger Avila, who turns 30 next month, will serve as the backup and occasional platoon partner for Tigers starting catcher James McCann. The deal is reportedly worth $2...

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