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DETROIT, August 11, 2022 ~ The Detroit Tigers announced they have parted ways with Executive Vice President and General Manager Al Avila, effective immediately.
“Once I decided to make a change, I sat down with Al and thanked him for his nearly 22 years of service to our organization,” said Detroit Tigers Chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch. “Al’s loyalty and dedication has served as an example to all during his time as a leader in our baseball operations department.”
August 11, 2022 ~ Lloyd Jackson talks with Tom and Kevin about Chris Ilitch firing Tigers Vice President and General Manager Al Avilia.
(CONTINUED) “I will oversee the search process for our next baseball operations leader, in collaboration with several members of our baseball and business operations executive teams…I want to re-establish our momentum and progress towards building a winning team and I am driven to find a talented executive to help us do that…To be clear, our goals are to build a team that wins on a sustainable basis, qualifies for the playoffs, and ultimately wins the World Series.”
Avila was named Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager by Mike Ilitch in August 2015, after initially joining the organization in 2002 as assistant general manager.
“For nearly 22 years, I have given my heart and soul to this franchise, and I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch, along with Chris, for the opportunity and treating me and my family as their own,” said Avila. “We’ve celebrated successes and enjoyed great moments, and I’m proud to have worked with so many talented people in baseball operations and throughout the organization. I’ll cherish our friendships and the successes we all celebrated together. To Tigers fans, you’re the best and you deserve a winner. I wish the results would have been better this season but know there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years. God Bless everyone.”
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