Detroit Tigers react to death of owner Mike Ilitch

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Members of the Detroit Tigers organization have started to react to the passing of Mike Ilitch.

Team Executive Vice President and General Manager Al Avila has released the following statement:

I’ve never seen a man more dedicated to this community and to baseball than Mr. I. What he has done for this franchise, and for Detroit, is immeasurable. He was always there to give us whatever we needed because he wanted greatness and happiness for all of us – especially the fans. Mr. I was truly one of the great ones. He was a friend and an inspiration and he will be deeply missed.

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Tigers' Manager Brad Ausmus has released the following statement:

I worked for Mr. I as both a player and as a manager. I can honestly say it was an honor to work for a man who made winning the priority. Baseball is a business, but Mr. I was a baseball player who became a businessman. He loved baseball, and my memories will always be centered around the passion with which he talked about it.

Members of the team have taken to social media to issue their responses:

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