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Christopher Ilitch Speaks of Commitment to Detroit; Optimism for Tigers

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DETROIT, September 21, 2022 ~ 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith held a wide-ranging conversation Wednesday with Ilitch Holdings President and CEO Christopher Ilitch. In it, the pair discussed the Ilitch family’s decades long commitment to Detroit … from their single store start in Garden City, to their Woodward Avenue world headquarters and surrounding investments. 

“You mention all the things we have going on … it’s all possible because of the exceptionally talented and bright people that we have throughout our entire organization,” Ilitch told Paul W.

September 21, 2022 ~ Ilitch Holdings President & CEO Christopher Ilitch talks to Paul W. about the Tigers‘ new president of baseball operations, and says he is looking forward to great things from Scott Harris.

(CONTINUED)One of my core functions is to make sure I have the very best leaders in every part of our business. When I look at a Dave Scrivano at Little Caesars, and a Keith Bradford at Olympia Development, and a Steve Yzerman at the Red Wings, and a Chris McGowan at Illich Sports + Entertainment … these folks are best in class leaders.

Illich went on to talk about his company’s recent acquisition of Scott Harris and the appointment of the 34-year-old as Detroit Tigers president of baseball operations.

I believe Scott Harris is the best and brightest rising star in the baseball industry.” “He’s got a very clear vision and plan, and more importantly, he’s progressive and forward-thinking in winning baseball in today’s game,” continued Ilitch.

We’re focused on doing everything we can to bring Tigers fans and the city of Detroit what they deserve … and that’s a winning franchise and world championships.” 


September 20, 2022 ~ The Detroit Tigers hold a press conference to introduce Scott Harris as their new president of baseball operations.