Detroit Tigers opening minor-league minicamp to fans

Detroit Free Press

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers announced Friday night fans can attend minor-league minicamp beginning Monday.

There’s no cost to attend.

The Tigers began minicamp Tuesday, when pitchers and catchers reported, and start full-squad workouts Monday.

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Twenty-one of the Tigers’ top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, will be in camp: Spencer Torkelson (1), Riley Greene (2), Jackson Jobe (3), Dillon Dingler (4), Ty Madden (5), Izaac Pacheco (6), Dylan Smith (7), Roberto Campos (8), Cristian Santana (9), Ryan Kreidler (10), Reese Olson (11), Colt Keith (12), Gage Workman (14), Daniel Cabrera (16), Parker Meadows (17), Andre Lipcius (22), Tanner Kohlhepp (26), Beau Brieske (27), Jacob Robson (28), Jose De La Cruz (29) and Tyler Mattison (30).

MLB announced Friday spring training games, scheduled to begin Feb. 26, will not start until at least March 5 due to the MLB lockout.

“We regret that, without a collective bargaining agreement in place, we must postpone the start of spring training games until no earlier than Saturday, March 5th,” MLB said in a statement. “All 30 clubs are unified in their strong desire to bring players back to the field and fans back to the stands.”

In response, the MLBPA’s statement: “MLB announced today that it ‘must’ postpone the start of spring training games. This is false. Nothing requires the league to delay the start of spring training, much like nothing required the league’s decision to implement the lockout in the first place. Despite those decisions by the league, players remain committed to the negotiating process.”

Contact Evan Petzold at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.

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