Flying Tigers Play Small Ball to Defeat the Yankees 4-2

On Saturday night, the Lakeland Flying Tigers hit-and-clawed to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Yankees. Wade Gaynor’s double drove in two runs in the top of the second. In the 5th, Tyler Collins’ double scored Dixon Machado while Nick Castellanos reached home on a wild pitch. The Yankees were able to scratch out a […]

Detroit Tigers Spring Training Opens Today

[box type=”shadow”]Editor’s note: The Detroit Tigers open their 76th season of Lakeland-based Spring Training this afternoon. Photographer Tom Hagerty has spent some time at the team practices this year. You bet he has a few photos…[/box] A Kaline Solo A Leyland Duo   A Verlander Solo A Fielder Quartet   That’s just a taste of […]

Flying Tigers to Take on SEU in April 6 Exhibition

The Lakeland Flying Tigers will take on Southeastern University in a pre-season exhibition at Joker Marchant Stadium on April 6th at 6pm. Tickets are below regular season cost at $2 per seat. The 7-inning contest will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida. The 2011 is the 45th season Lakeland has been a Detroit Tigers […]

Each Spring Lakeland is Tiger Town

A BackChannel video and Tom Hagerty’s 2011 Spring Training Photos [box type=”shadow”]The BackChannel Film Crew This is the fourth edition of BackChannel, our collaboration with with Lakeland-based NFocus, producer of feature films, corporate videos, commercials, events and more. Working with Lakeland Local staff and area students, NFocus is branching out into spot news and feature […]

TW3 Week 6

The Lakeland Local Week Six Index features 12 items, along with two BackChannel video shorts. Keeping with the days-old tradition, we’ll keep our reviews to one word each: Corporations, Whoopie, Quirky, Tigers, Jailbreaking, Performing, Motorcycles, Backside, Inventory, Pronounced, Love and Pancakes. Wouldn’t Love and Pancakes make a great name for a retro-indie band? • Next […]

Dave Huppert Set to Manage the Flying Tigers

Perennial minor league manager Dave Huppert was announced today as the new manager of the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Huppert replaced Andy Barkett who left the Flying Tigers earlier this month to manage the AA Jacksonville Suns. Huppert has managed 21 seasons in the minor leagues in the Brewers, White Sox, Marlins, Expos and Phillies organizations. […]

Barkett Leaves Flying Tigers to Manage Suns

There is an unconfirmed report tonight that Lakeland Flying Tigers Manager Andy Barkett has accepted the position as Manager of the Florida Marlins AA team, the Jacksonville Suns. Barkett had a 193-212 record in three seasons managing the Flying Tigers. We’ll post more information here as it becomes available. Update: Lakeland Flying Tiger General Manager […]

Flying Tiger GM Named Fl State League Executive of the Year

Yesterday, the Florida State League, a Class A division of Major League Baseball, named Zach Burek Executive of the Year for 2010.

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Burek led the team to a new single-season attendance record for the Flying Tigers. 64,010 fans filed into Joker Marchant Stadium for the 2010 season, surpassing the 61,255 record set in 1987.

“I am very honored and humbled to be recognized by a league with such great history and tradition as the Florida State League” commented Burek. “This award is a credit to the hard work and passion of our entire staff.” 2010 marked Burek’s tenth season with the Detroit Tiger’s organization and his fifth as the Flying Tigers GM.

The Lakeland club has been a Detroit Tigers affiliate since 1967, the second longest consecutive affiliation in Major League Baseball. The team moved into Joker Marchant Stadium 45 years ago.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local