Farrell remembers his time with Tigers

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

DUNEDIN — While the Tigers were taking batting practice Sunday, Blue Jays manager John Farrell was reminded of his nine-day stint in a Detroit uniform at the end of his career.

On May 14, 1996, Farrell was traded to Detroit for minor-leaguer Greg Granger. Four days later he made his first start.

“We were playing the White Sox at Tiger Stadium and I was getting shelled,” Farrell said. “I’d just thrown a pitch and I felt something hit me on the forearm.

“My first thought was ‘I’ve only been here a few days and they’re already throwing stuff at me.’ Well, it turned out a seagull had crapped on my arm.”

A sign from above?

Farrell lasted 11/3 innings that night in what would become a 16-4 Chicago win. Four days later, on May 22 1996, Farrell made his 109th, and last, career start against the Kansas City Royals. The next day he was sent to the minors and retired shortly after.


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