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Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Victor Martinez, Alex Avila are options to give Miggy an occasional rest at 1st

Victor Martinez, Alex Avila are options to give Miggy an occasional rest at 1st

Im hoping (Martinez) can play some first base this year, because Miggy could use some more days off his feet DH-ing, manager Brad Ausmus said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera used to scoff at his old coach in Venezuela who predicted he would one day be a first baseman -- and a good one. With three full seasons under his belt since he moved to first for good, he's happy with his home on the right side of the infield. "When the time came and I played first, everybody called me and said, 'You see. I told you!,'" Cabrera said on Saturday. "So right now, I'm...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 16, 2017
Alex Avila has been concussion-free since 'scary time' in 2014

Alex Avila has been concussion-free since 'scary time' in 2014

I did what I could to make sure that I could continue my career and I wasnt going to be struggling after the fact, he said. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- It was less than three years ago that Alex Avila's career seemed in jeopardy after a series of concussions. "I'm not going to lie," he said. "That was a scary time." But Avila is entering his ninth big league season and his second stint with the Tigers having been concussion-free since the playoffs in 2014. And he'd like to keep it that way. With a new mask and a more conscious understanding of...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 15, 2017
Alex Avila, now backing up James McCann, ready to embrace new role

Alex Avila, now backing up James McCann, ready to embrace new role

McCann started 96 games out of 141 he was on the active roster in 2016 (he spent three weeks in April on the disabled list), or 68 percent of the time. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers lost a starting center fielder and a backup catcher during the offseason. On the first topic, manager Brad Ausmus has offered no hints and has said the competition is wide open. At catcher, however, he was more explicit. Alex Avila was brought in to back up James McCann, not replace him. "Now that could change as the season goes on, obviously,...
Sacramento Bee Jan 26, 2017

Tigers GM Al Avila: Victor Martinez had offseason surgery

Victor Martinez played through left knee pain last season. But the Detroit Tigers designated hitter also was dealing with an injury that required minor surgery in October, general manager Al …
Grand Rapids Press Jan 24, 2017
Ex-Tiger Jarrod Saltalamacchia signs with Toronto Blue Jays

Ex-Tiger Jarrod Saltalamacchia signs with Toronto Blue Jays

The Tigers opted to bring back Alex Avila this winter and didnt appear to seriously consider re-signing Saltalamacchia. DETROIT -- Former Detroit Tigers backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to several published reports. Saltalamacchia reportedly signed a minor-league contract that will be worth up to $1.5 million if he makes the team. Signed a year ago to replace Alex Avila, who left in free agency for the Chicago White Sox, Saltalamacchia got off to a hot start, but hit just .110 (9-for-82) after Aug. 1.  The...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 20, 2017
Justin Verlander had reason to be troubled but Tigers reversed sell-off plan

Justin Verlander had reason to be troubled but Tigers reversed sell-off plan

The Tigers ace pitcher admitted there were times when he thought the team would make unwanted offseason trades, then was pleased when it didnt happen. This is an opinion piece by MLive.com columnist David Mayo. DETROIT -- Justin Verlander looked around the room at the Tiger Den. Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton sat facing him, just a few feet away, as local media moved between tables in Thursday's kickoff to the Detroit Tigers' winter caravan. The other player at Verlander's table was catcher Alex Avila, his longtime battery mate who rejoined the...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 19, 2017
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...

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