November 6, 2006 - Florida State League (FSL) - Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakeland, FL (November 6, 2006) - The Lakeland Tigers will be hosting a press conference on Saturday, November 11 at 9:00 am at Joker Marchant Stadium to announce the new team name and logo.
The Lakeland Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and 2007 will mark the 41st season as a Tigers affiliate, the second longest affiliation in all of Minor League Baseball. The 2007 season will also mark Lakeland\'s 55th season in the Florida State League (FSL). Lakeland is an original member of the FSL which was established in 1919.
Lakeland has played in 6,207 games in the FSL, third most in the history of the league trailing only Daytona Beach (8,308) and St. Petersburg (6,335). Lakeland has won 5 Florida State League Championships in its history in 1924, 1954, 1976, 1977 and 1992. The championship teams in 1976 and 1977 were both managed by current Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland.
Lakeland opens the 2007 season on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 pm vs. the Tampa Yankees at Joker Marchant Stadium. This will mark the inaugural game with the new team name. Joker Marchant Stadium is located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard. More information can be obtained by calling the Tigers at (863) 686-8075 or by visiting the online home of the Tigers at www.lakelandtigers.net.