Last summer, the Detroit Tigers drafted Lansing Michigan star Daniel Fields right out of high school. The Tigers started Fields with the Flying Tigers earlier this week. The move might give long-time Lakeland fans a bit of deja vu.
According to the Tigers Director of Florida Operations, Ron Myers, adding Daniel this season gave Lakeland their first father-son combination. In 1978, the Tigers drafted Fields’ father, Bruce, out of high school and sent the outfielder to Lakeland. Bruce Fields played for the Lakeland Tigers in 1979, ’80 and ’81 and played in three seasons at the major league level. Bruce Fields is now working in the Cleveland Indians organization. His son has notched four games with the Flying Tigers and many consider him a sure bet to make the majors.