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Tigres cut ties with general manager Al Ávila

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers announced today that 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 Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of the Detroit Tigers. “Al’s loyalty and dedication has served as an example to all during his time as a leader in our baseball operations department.

“I will oversee the search process for our next baseball operations leader, in collaboration with various members of our executive baseball and business operations teams.

“I want to restore our momentum and progress towards building a winning team and I am motivated to find a talented executive to help us achieve that. You will be entering an organization with many foundational elements in place and an exciting path forward. Tiger fans deserve winning teams, and I am very focused and committed to delivering that to the people of Detroit and Michigan. With new baseball operations leadership will come a fresh perspective toward evolving our roster and maximizing our talent to achieve our goals. To be clear, our goals are to build a team that wins sustainably, qualifies for the playoffs and ultimately wins the World Series.”

Ávila was named Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager by Mike Ilitch on August 4, 2015, after initially joining the organization in 2002 as Assistant General Manager.

“For almost 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 for treating me and my family like we were part of the franchise. yours,” Avila said. We’ve celebrated successes and enjoyed great times, and I’m proud to have worked with so many talented people in baseball operations and throughout the organization. I will cherish our friendships and the successes we all celebrate together. For the fans of the Tigers, you are the best and you deserve a winner. I wish the results had been better this season, but I know there are a lot of good things to come in the years to come. God bless you all.”

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