The Lakeland Flying Tigers are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Lakeland has a long-standing relationship with the Detroit Tigers as Detroit has been the only parent organization the franchise has ever known since its inception. The original name of the franchise was simply the Lakeland Tigers, and the organization operated under that name from 1967 through 2006. The Lakeland Tigers would win back-to-back Florida State League titles in 1976 and 1977 under legendary manager, Jim Leyland. The 1980's and 1990's were the most successful decades for the team, as the the Tigers went to six consecutive postseasons between 1987 and 1993. The term "Flying Tigers" was adopted before the 2007 season as a tribute to the Flying Tigers squadron that trained in the Lakeland, Fla., area. Things got off to a bit of a rough start for the newly branded team before they turned things around and won another Florida State League title in 2012. The Flying Tigers haven't been back to the postseason since that championship run, but they look to rebound from a 65-70 record in 2019. Get your Lakeland Flying Tigers tickets at StubHub.
Who are some notable players who have played for the Lakeland Tigers?
Some of the top names that have come through the Detroit Tiger's farm system spent time in Lakeland on their way to Major League success. Outfielders Nick Castellanos and Steven Moya are both Flying Tigers alumni. Other notable players include an impressive list of pitchers, including Casey Mize, Jake Thompson, Michael Fulmer and Jacob Turner.
Are there any important games on the Lakeland Flying Tigers' schedule this season?
Divisional games always mean more, so it's a great idea to catch the games between the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the rest of the teams of the North Division. When the Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Tarpons and the Florida Fire Frog face off with the Flying Tigers, it's often for playoff seeding. Other intense games include those between the Flying Tigers and the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. The Mighty Mussells are the affiliate of the Minnesota Twins who are divisional rivals of the Detroit Tigers.
Where do the Lakeland Flying Tigers play their home games?
Joker Merchant Stadium doubles as the home of the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the site of Detroit Tigers' Spring Training operations. The stadium initially opened in 1966 but has undergone renovations that have turned it into one of the nicest Minor League Baseball stadiums there is. The concession stands offer mostly typical ballpark foods with the exception of the "Nothin but a Hound" Dog which is a grilled hot dog covered in Memphis BBQ sauce, coleslaw and chips. The park has 8,500 seats and also includes a grassy berm area where parents can spread out a blanket while kids chase foul balls and home runs.
Who is the manager of the Lakeland Flying Tigers?
Andrew Graham will be returning for his second consecutive season as the manager of the Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2020. Graham previously managed the team in 2017 before taking over as skipper for the Erie Seawolves in 2018. Coach Graham has been a part of the Tigers' farm system since 2010. He also has managerial stops with West Michigan and Connecticut. In his first season back with Lakeland, Graham put up a record of 65-70.
Where can I buy Lakeland Flying Tigers tickets?
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