Former Detroit Outfielder Sheridan Talks Tigers

Prior to Friday’s Midwest League contest against the Lansing Lugnuts, former Detroit Tigers outfielder Pat Sheridan made his first appearance at the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Fifth Third Ballpark as part of the organization’s Tiger Fridays.

Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1981, Sheridan, an Ann Arbor native, graduated from Eastern Michigan and played with the outfield in Detroit from 1986-89 before stints with the San Francisco Giants and finally the New York Yankees. Sheridan also won a World Series with the Royals in 1985.

Like many who grew up watching and loving the Tigers, Sheridan says he is frustrated by the team’s struggles this season.

"It’s an emotional roller coaster. It’s frustrating,” Sheridan said. “The unfortunate thing is that a lot of the nucleus of the Tigers is getting older, and they’re not going to produce like they used to. They’re not filling them in with young players that are studs really. And you hate to hear the guys say ‘Well, we’re going to come back tomorrow, because it looks like they might have to blow the team up a little bit, and start fresh."

Since leaving the game, Sheridan now works in the insurance business.