Hundreds of them pour into the Detroit Tigers offices each week. Autograph requests for players, coaches and manager Jim Leyland. They’re not unlike any other big league team in that regard, but the Tigers try to take an organized, positive approach to those letters and packages with baseball cards, photos and other items sent in by fans around the world.
It helps that the man in charge of the Tigers Community Foundation is a former TTM (through the mail) autograph seeker himself. Jordan Field will help players make sure that fan mail gets answered if the players want him to by laying it all out for them to sign and then getting it to a mailbox.
However, a story in the Detroit Free-Press will make you feel even better. It reveals many Tigers, including Leyland, actually prefer to open their own mail and sometimes actually read it.
Even the team’s big names will sign baseball cards for donations of $10-40 to Autographs for the Cause, an arm of the Foundation. The players will match the required donation dollar for dollar. Proceeds go to various charities in the Detroit area.
Read more of George Sipple’s interesting look inside the Tigers clubhouse here.