Detroit Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin and free-agent utilityman Don Kelly will be inducted into the Whitecaps Hall of Fame during West Michigan’s winter baseball banquet Thursday.
Both players are expected to attend the event, which is sold out.
Maybin played for the Whitecaps in 2006, one year after the Tigers selected him 10th overall in the draft. He was named the Midwest League Prospect of the Year after batting .304 with 9 HR, 69 RBI and 27 SB and 101 games with the Whitecaps, who won the league title that year. The Tigers reacquired him in a trade with the Atlanta Braves last November.
Kelly batted .286 with 1 HR and 59 RBI in 128 games with the Whitecaps in 2002, and was the Eastern Division’s starting shortstop in the Midwest League All-Star Game that year. After making his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007, he played for the Tigers for six seasons before signing with the Miami Marlins last year. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in July and is currently seeking a job for the 2016 season.
Whitecaps want food ideas
In what has become an annual tradition, the Whitecaps are once again asking for fan suggestions for unique food items to be added to the menu at Fifth Third Ballpark this season. This is the seventh year the Whitecaps are doing this, with past winning submissions including the Baco (a taco with shell made of bacon) and the Hot-to-Tot (a combination of tater tots, hot sauce and bleu cheese).
Suggestions can be made through Friday, Jan 29, via the team’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email accounts. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 24, fans will be able to vote for one of the finalists, with the winning entry added to the menu for the 2016 season.
Whitecaps coaching staff set for 2016
In case you missed it in early December, you can click here to read about this year’s Whitecaps coaching staff. One of the three main coaches — a former Midwest Leaguer and brother of a former MLB player — is new this year.