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Former Tigers in MLB Opening Day

Check out Dallas Tiger Alumni in this years MLB Opening Day.  #openingday

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New Website Launched to Better Serve the Club

We are excited to announce the launch of our new baseball club website headed into the 2015 baseball season!  The decision to build a new site was driven by the high interest in everything going on in the Dallas Tigers Baseball Club.  “The increasing traffic to our website and Facebook over recent years has been staggering,” said Tommy Hernandez, President. “It was clear to us that we had members and fans very interested in the news and stories surrounding our teams, players, and alumni, so building an all new DallasTigersBaseball.com site was a no-brainer.”

The new baseball club website is complete with:

  • Mobile responsive design for optimal viewing on tablets and smartphones
  • Featured articles section
  • Social media integration and ability to share stories right from the site
  • Updated and current alumni webpage
  • On-site search functionality for visitors to easily find exactly what they are looking for
  • Dedicated tryouts section with online web form to submit player information
  • Online web form for coaches and instructors interested in working with our teams

We also want to thank the great team over at Polk Three Marketing for a great website design and build.

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Former Tiger, Zach Duke, Signs New Deal with White Sox

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Zach Duke (photo courtesy of Jeff Curry - USA Today Sports)

Congratulations to Tiger Alumni, Zach Duke, on his recent contract signing with the Chicago White Sox!  In his free agent year, Zach signed a 3-year, $15-million contract.  He was a graduate of Waco Midway High School and drafted in the 20th round of the MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001.  White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn identified Duke as a top lefty available this off-season.

Congratulations Zach!

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MLB Cy Young Awards go to 2 Former Dallas Tigers

Wow, this doesn’t exactly happen everyday …2014 MLB Cy Young awards go to two former Dallas Tigers Baseball Club Alumni!!!  Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber have been awarded the 2014 NL & AL MLB Cy Young awards.

“Corey was a big strong kid who could hit and pitch. Very quite and worked harder than anyone. Coming out of Coppell High School he was simply overlooked. He showed them!” said Tommy Hernandez, President of Dallas Tigers Baseball Club.  “Clayton was with us when other clubs in town didn’t wanted him.  He was a very good first baseman with a great glove but believe it or not was undersized.  Even when he was young, Clayton was a great teammate just as you perceive him now.  Funny too that he could swing the bat a little.  I introduced him to his long time/current pitching coach Skip Johnson.  Happy for both boys.  Hope all of our kids in the club can see that this could be them one day.”

You can check out more of the stats, stories, and videos at MLB.com.

13U-Woods Win State Fair Classic Baseball Tournament

13U Dallas Tigers coached by Kyle Woods recently won the State Fair Classic baseball tournament.  Nice start to the season boys!

Ryan Vilade Selected to the 15U USA National Team

Congratulations to Ryan Vilade for making the USA Baseball 15U National Team!  Ryan is a current Tiger and played on the 15U team this summer coached by Kyle Woods.  Ryan heads to Mexico next week!  Wish him luck.

Way to go Ryan!

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VIDEO: 2 Former Tigers – Kluber and VerHagen Square off on Mound in MLB

Corey Kluber vs Drew VerHagen

Two Dallas Tigers Alumni will square off on the mound today at Detroit Tigers Comerica Park.  Drew VerHagen will make his Major League debut today against another former Dallas Tiger, Corey Kluber.  What a day for the Dallas Tigers in the MLB!

Check out Drew’s video interview leading into today’s Major League debut. Click to play video.

Former Tiger Dazzles MLB All-Star Futures Game

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Jake Thompson, former Tiger from Rockwall, Texas, is ranked the Tigers’ No. 3 prospect by fangraphs.com and pitched in Minneapolis, MN this week at the MLB All-Star Futures game. Check out the story …

MINNEAPOLIS — Tigers outfield prospect Steven Moya has heard all about Jake Thompson, Detroit’s highly touted right-handed pitching prospect.

He’s read about Thompson’s pinpoint fastball, and he’s heard stories about his deceiving slider. But Moya never had the chance to face the 20-year-old Thompson. Until Sunday.

It didn’t take long for the 6-foot-7, 240 pound Moya to witness firsthand what the hoopla surrounding Thompson, the Tigers’ second-round pick in 2012, was all about.

Thompson needed just three pitches to dispose of Moya in the sixth inning, capped by an 83 mph slider for a called third strike in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game, an annual showcase featuring baseball’s best minor leaguers.

“I had heard that he had been doing really good in the Florida State League,” Moya said. “But I never expected him to be that good.”

In all, Thompson needed just eight pitches to strike out the only two batters he faced in the United State’s 3-2 win over the World at Target Field in Minneapolis. It extended a five-game winning streak for the U.S.

[Continue reading the full story here]

Congratulations Clayton Kershaw on NO-HITTER!!

Clayton Kershaw Dallas Tigers BaseballThe Dallas Tigers want to congratulate a former Tiger, Clayton Kershaw, on his no-hit performance!  If you had never seen Sandy Koufax pitch, then Clayton Kershaw is the next best thing.  This was the 12th no-hitter thrown in Dodger history and was only 1 play away from being a perfect game.  Only 1 Colorado Rockies batter reached based on error.

Congratulations Clayton and Ellen Kershaw!

Check out the video of the last batter here.

Former Tiger, Corey Kluber, Needs Your MLB All-Star Vote

Corey Kluber Dallas Tigers BaseballThat’s right, former Dallas Tiger Corey Kluber is on the MLB All-Star ballot and needs your vote.  Don’t wait to vote!  The Final Vote will end at 4 pm ET on Thursday, July 10.  Click the link below to vote.

Corey Kluber 2014 season:

  • 8-6 record
  • 2.86 ERA
  • 125.2 Innings Pitched
  • 137 K
  • 1.18 WHIP

Corey was a 2004 graduate of Coppell High School, attended Stetson University, drafted 2007 in 4th round by San Diego Padres, and major league debut with Cleveland Indians in 2011.

Corey needs your votes.  Click here to vote now!!  Best of luck Corey!  We’re trying to make you an MLB All-Star!

See Corey Kluber’s Perfect Game profile here.