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Lakeland Tigers

Template:MiLB infobox The Lakeland Flying Tigers are a minor league baseball team based in Lakeland, Florida.

Home games are played at Joker Marchant Stadium; opened in 1966 and renovated in 2003. The park, which also doubles as the Detroit Tigers spring training home, seats 8,500 fans. It plays in the Florida State League and has been the High-A affiliate of the Tigers since 1967, one of the two longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing.[1] Until November 2006, the team was known as the Lakeland Tigers, with branding similar to the parent club.

In 2012, the Flying Tigers won their first FSL title in twenty years by defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads, three games to two. It was the fourth league title in club history.[2]

Team name

The team's new name and colors pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, which trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945, some of whom later flew with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II.[3] The school was actually located at the current site of Joker Marchant Stadium.[4]

Notable former ballplayers

Current roster

Players Coaches/Other


  • 63 Nick Avila
  • 20 Alex Burgos
  • 37 Joshua Carr
  • -- Thomas Collier
  • 60 Matt Davenport
  • 18 Kevin Eichhorn
  • 17 Jeff Ferrell
  • 55 Wilsen Palacios
  • 47 Hudson Randall
  • 26 Joe Rogers
  • 34 Kyle Ryan
  • 39 Brennan Smith
  • 15 Slade Smith
  • -- Jade Todd
  • 49 Michael Torrealba
  • 54 Jose Valdez


  • 32 John Murrian
  • 36 Luis Alberto Sanz


  • 28 Harold Castro
  • 38 Dean Green
  • 35 Tyler Hanover
  • 10 Corey Jones
  •  7 Brandon Loy
  • -- Dixon Machado *
  • 19 Francisco Martínez *
  • 25 Aaron Westlake


  •  3 Mike Hernandez
  •  9 Jason Krizan
  • 14 Jeff McVaney
  • 21 Steven Moya
  •  4 Chad Wright



7-day disabled list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated June 24, 2013
More MiLB rosters
Detroit Tigers minor league players


External links

  • Interview with the General Manager of the Lakeland Flying Tigers

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