Ilitch Offered Model for Owners to Follow

As you know, late Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch died last week. Even if you follow the sport only casually, you’re probably aware that Ilitch wanted to win as badly as his club’s fans did — to a point, even, that sometimes led to irrational decision making. When Victor Martinez hurt his knee in the winter of 2012, for example, Ilitch spent $214 million on Prince Fielder...
Via Fangraphs
February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Former Tigers’ and Red Wings’ owner Mike Ilitch secretly paid Rosa Parks’ rent for years

Since Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch died this past Friday, the sporting world — including athletes or journalists — have paid their respects to the man in charge of two major franchises. In the wake of Ilitch’s passing, more information has surfaced about this Detroit icon. One of the most striking and telling details about Ilitch recently came out. We now...
Via The Comeback
February 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Ex-Tigers manager Jim Leyland ‘crushed’ by Ilitich’s death

The words of former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland show just how many Detroit sports fans feel about the death of Mike Ilitch.Ilitch, the Little Caesars Pizza co-founder and owner of the Red Wings and Tigers, died on Friday at the age of 87. The Wings were a power under his watch, winning four Stanley Cups, while his spending helped turn the Tigers into a contender from a laughingstock...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Motor City Uncut 93: Does Mike Ilitch have Detroit’s best interest in mind?

Join hosts Adam Hernandez, Dorf and Shawn Bell every Monday night at 8:00PM ET for Motor City Uncut on the TMSNX Detroit.TheMajors.Net Radio Network! On this weeks show, we discuss the recent Deadspin article highlighting Mike Ilitch hiring the guy from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation who negotiated the $285 million dollar arena district deal. Is this shady business or just...
Via The Majors Detroit
February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Tigers spend owner's 'pizza money' in effort to win it all

On Monday, Mike Ilitch (owner of Little Caesars) and the Detroit Tigers made their second free agent signing worth over $100 million this offseason, signing Justin Upton to a six year, $132.75 million deal which equates to 4,425,000 "Hot-N-Ready" pizzas per season. In addition to Jordan Zimmermann, who was brought in for five years and $110 million, the Tigers already had Miguel...
Via The Outside Corner
January 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Did Mike Ilitch Accidentally Suggest Possibility of Collusion?

On Monday, the Detroit Tigers held a press conference to introduce their newest acquisition, Jordan Zimmermann. As has become customary on these occasions, Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch attended the media session and fielded questions from reporters. Most of the attention following the press conference centered on Ilitch’s comments that he doesn’t “care about the money,” and...
Via Fangraphs
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski Out in Detroit

In a move that seemingly came out of nowhere, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has announced today that the team has released Dave Dombrowski from his contract so he can pursue other opportunities elsewhere. Assistant GM Al Avila was promoted to replace him as General Manager of the team, effective immediately. Dombrowski wasn’t under contract past this year, so there have been rumors...
Via Fangraphs
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings owners unable to attend Lidstrom ceremony

DETROIT -- There will be a couple of very important empty seats Thursday night when the Red Wings retire Nick Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey in a special ceremony. Owners Mike and Marian Ilitch are unable to attend. In a statement, Mike Ilitch said: "While Marian and I would love to be there, we won't be at tomorrow's jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom. This past year, I had a medical...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Regner: Ilitch will do whatever it takes to win World Series

As the offseason turns to the Grapefruit League season, the perception among some Tiger fans remains that the team decided to go on the cheap, dumping salaries to slash payroll. Although I continue to struggle with the Doug Fister trade, begrudgingly, I'm willing to give it some time to see if it benefits the team in the long run. Shedding Prince Fielder -- although the Tigers are...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Morosi: Winter Classic perfect chance to cheer Detroit icon Ilitch

On New Year's Day, more than 100,000 people are expected to gather at America's largest football stadium to watch a hockey game. It will be a spectacle, because of the setting (Michigan Stadium), the ancient rivals (the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs), the prospect of a world-record crowd, the sheer curiosity in the sports version of a hey-wouldn't-this-be-cool 1 a.m....
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

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