The Detroit Tigers visit Taylor tonight!

The City of Taylor welcomes the winter caravan of the American League champion Detroit Tigers to the Taylor Sportsplex on Wednesday, January 17.

Hundreds of Taylor baseball players and fans of all ages are expected to attend the event, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with the Tigers’ scheduled arrival set for 7:30. The event is free and open to the public.

Scheduled to attend are Tigers players Jeremy Bonderman, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, Mike Maroth, Magglio Ordonez, Nate Robertson, Kenny Rogers and Gary Sheffield, along with coaches Jeff Jones and Andy Van Slyke and television announcers Rod Allen and Mario Impemba.

The day is billed as a tribute to Little Leagues in the city. Taylor is home to four Little Leagues featuring hundreds of players. In addition, the city has been the site of the Junior League World Series of baseball since its inception in 1981. In fact, when he was 13 years old, Sheffield played in Taylor for the 1982 world championship team from Tampa, Florida.

And last April, during the inaugural Little League Day and Parade, Governor Jennifer Granholm called Taylor the “Little League capital of Michigan.”

Starting at 6 p.m. January 17, parents will be able to register players to play baseball, softball or t-ball in one of the four Little Leagues: Taylor North Central, Taylor Northeast, Taylor Northwest or Taylor South.

In addition, the Harry S Truman High School Pep Band will perform, there will be prizes and giveaways and pro baseball fans will have a chance to learn about pre-sale information on Tigers tickets.

A question-and-answer session with the Tigers will take place. However, no autographs will be signed due to the expected size of the crowd and time constraints.

“We’re excited that the Tigers selected Taylor to be part of their caravan,” Mayor Cameron G. Priebe said. “It should be a great night for baseball fans of all ages, a great night for Taylor and a great night for the Tigers.”