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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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Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber

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.

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 Clayton Kershaw and Current Tiger Bryce Carter Win Awards

Former and present Dallas Tigers take home prestigious national awards!

Former 4 year Dallas Tiger, Clayton Kershaw, received the 2013 Warren Spahn Award. The Warren Spahn Award is presented annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. The award is named after Oklahoman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, who holds the MLB record of 363 wins as a left-handed pitcher. Spahn Award rankings are based on a pitcher’s wins, strikeouts and earned run average.

This season, Kershaw became the first pitcher since Greg Maddux (1993-1995) to lead the major leagues in ERA for three consecutive seasons.

Current Dallas Tiger, Bryce Carter, was awarded the The Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student Athlete Award which recognizes 10 high school athletes and the outstanding high school baseball and softball coaches. This award is presented annually at the Warren Spahn Award Gala in Oklahoma City.

Congratulations men for the honor of these awards!

Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Carter

Former Dallas Tiger Clayton Kershaw & current Tiger Bryce Carter

Bryce Carter and Ferguson Jenkins

Bryce Carter accepting The Ferguson Jenkins Award

Clayton Kershaw

Former Dallas Tiger Clayton Kershaw - Warren Spahn Award Winner

Tigers President Tommy Hernandez Featured on Youth1.com

Dallas Tigers Baseball 13U 1993(Youth1 Baseball) – Through 20 magnificent years of the Dallas Tigers, the organization won 16 National Championships, including 5 national championships by his 2005 Dallas Tigers team that was coached by Tommy Hernandez himself.

Tommy spent most of his childhood career in El Paso, Texas playing baseball. He played for several colleges including Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech. Tommy Hernandez was drafted by the Texas Rangers and spent two years in the minor leagues as their catcher.

It would be the early days in 1993 when the future skipper made perhaps one of the most memorable decisions in his career. When he returned to his hometown of Texas, he was met by a group of 11-12 boys whose enjoyment was playing baseball and Tommy accepted the duty as coach.

The next two decades held respectable milestones for Dallas. Coach Hernandez led his team to their first victory in March of 1993 and reached his 100th win in 1995. Hernandez currently has 1,472 wins as of 2012.

Tommy Hernandez pays credit to some of the individuals who helped guide him in the path of early success. Shortly after leaving the minors, Hernandez helped coach the Trinity Christian Academy that was run by Steve Adair who fully provided the resources of an indoor baseball facility.

“We trained the kids and it was great working with him, I owe him a lot. In the public, he was golden”, Coach Hernandez said of Steve Adair’s commitment to youth player development.

Upon starting the Tigers, a fellow by the name of Ronnie Ortegon joined the organization for two years. As a 2-3 time state champion coach, Ortegon agreed to work with the young Tigers as the hitting instructor and helped develop the early offensive form.

After a few years of establishment, the mark that really put the Dallas Tigers on the map was winning the Jr. Olympics in 1998 with only 12 players on the squad.

Tommy Hernandez spoke about some of the notable individuals that grew up in the organization including Michael Hollimon who was part of the original 11U Tigers team that began in 1993.

“He stayed with the team the entire time and played his last season on the 18U team. He had several injuries, but he always fought through them”, Coach Hernandez praised.

Michael Hollimon was selected to the University of Texas as well as the 32nd round in the LA Dodgers organization.

Dallas Tigers 14UThe Tigers saw the dawning of many prominent players that made it to the Major Leagues as well as division 1 teams. They included Curtis Thigpen, Zach Duke, Austin Jackson, as the current ace of the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw. Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions grew up in the Tigers organization.

Clayton Kershaw was selected in the first round draft to the LA Dodgers. Coach Hernandez has memories of the current Major League star.

“He was very coachable, and a tough kid. He never wanted to lose”.

Kershaw and Stafford were just a few of the main group of kids that were only of age 10 or 11 when they first started on the squad. (pictured: Clayton Kershaw top row 1st from left, Matthew Stafford top row 2nd from right).

Others included Evan Gattis who was selected into the Atlanta Braves minor league team in 2004. Preston Paramore was picked in the third round by the Oakland A’s in 2005, and Shawn Tolleson advanced to Baylor University and drafted to the Dodgers in recent 2011.

Along with many of the successes, Coach Hernandez and the Tigers also went through times of adversity especially with the loss of one of their own in a tragic accident, Haskell Foster at age 16 in 1997. Another moment was when the Tigers had also lost a father from the 11U squad due to cancer.

“Haskell Foster taught a lesson about life, baseball is not all that there is, the kids and everyone was devastated. You cannot take things for granted, and it made me a better person”, Hernandez said of the tragic events that players, parents, and coaches remember for a long time.

Despite the tough challenges that Tommy Hernandez and the Tigers faced, his successes built strong relationship with the team over the years. Hernandez tips his hat to the coaches and parents that greatly support and contribute to the benefit and well-being of the team. The significance of the parents in the decades was al based on focus that remained with training the youth athletes and teaching them the proper way to approach the game. The organization always dedicated itself to preparing the youth for high school and even college.

Tommy Hernandez reminisced and reflected on one of his proudest moments of his coaching career when his two boys Lawrence(20) and Calvin(17) along with his three stepsons started in the club. He got his children involved in the tournaments as well as travel ball. A highlight of his personal life was when he was remarried eight years ago to Donna Hernandez whose four kids surprisingly also played baseball for a number of State Universities. Coach Hernandez’ niece also leads a softball team in one of the leagues.

Tommy Hernandez FamilyAfter 20 brilliant years of success, Tommy Hernandez responded to honors of congratulations on an outstanding lifetime mark, and reflections of the past two decades. “I was melting at how much our organization grew. Chad Polk has done such a great job with digital marketing. In the past 20 years, I haven’t changed a thing. We’re not going to change much”, Coach Hernandez said about his teams and organization.

After 20 years of glory and excellence, Tommy Hernandez looks to the next decade, “we have an opportunity hopefully for another 20 years”.