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Wanna play for the Detroit Tigers?

Feb 11, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

I suppose Johnny Damon technically fits the eligibility requirements, but the Tigers will probably post someone at the gate to keep him out:



It’s hard to imagine in this day and age that legitimate, professional-level baseball talent can go unnoticed so that a player could latch on like this via a tryout. But weirder things have happened. I mean, Ron LeFlore got discovered while he was in prison.

  1. darthicarus - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Pretty sure the Tigers have been doing this for years. I’ve played MLB The Show, so I think that qualifies me for “professional experience” (at least that’s what it appears the Astros count as experience)…time to find my mitt!

  2. giocatore4 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    If Johnny Damon lived on Mars he might be between the ages of 18-23.

    • frank433 - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      You missed the “or have previous professional playing experience” part me thinks.

  3. historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I will be sorely disappointed if none of you bums shows up to tryout. Do me proud, HBT Nation!

    • indaburg - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Hmm… doesn’t say anything about being male… I’m about an hour from Lakeland…

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM


        Take pictures. Make a scene. Pleeeeeaaaase.

      • indaburg - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        It was meant to be. I just bought a baseball glove last week too. Well, actually, it’s a fastpitch glove, but that’s close enough, right?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        They didn’t say what kind of glove. ;)

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        How old are you? Approximations not allowed!

      • historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Oh, snaps, PC!

      • cur68 - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        ‘burg might be cool here. As a rule, only a total cretin would ask a lady her age. Anyhow, she laughs at fart jokes. That’s pretty juvenile. I say go for it.

      • indaburg - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        Who are you calling a lady?!

  4. weaselpuppy - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    LeFlore is still one of the most incredible stories in baseball history…first guy to lead each league in steals, 200 hit guy plucked out of State Prison….

    • antifreeze27 - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Don’t forget about Ricky Vaughn, who was discovered in the California Penal League!

  5. ikedavisnose - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Hey if they can discover Sidd Finch then anyone can be discovered

  6. chacochicken - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Ugggh, who wants to play in the AL central…

  7. chrisbrunson17 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    The twins signed a guy to a minors contract a few years back after one of these at Hammond stadium in fort Myers.

  8. joerymi - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Bet Brandon Inge shows up with a beard and glasses, then registers with the name Fausto Carmona. Hey, it’s available.

  9. hojo20 - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    If the first drill was “pickle” I would turn some heads…..until it was time for BP.

  10. johnnyhamer - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Leon Sandcastle!

  11. levistahl - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    My baseball glove in Little League was a Ron LeFlore model. I guess after the TV movie LeFlore was . . . seen as enough of a role model that he could endorse Little League gloves?

    (I’ve still got it–and, even stranger, still use it. It’s kind of like using a dead ball-era glove, barely big enough to cover your hand but remarkably effective nonetheless: all you really need to play the outfield is webbing.)

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