Al Avila, the Detroit Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, is the first Cuban-born General Manager in Major League Baseball history. He is in his 29th season in professional baseball, his 19th season with the organization and his fifth full season in his current role. Al Avila is an inspiring leader, committed to the community and a trailblazer for the many Latin American players and front office staff who will follow in his footsteps.
The players for the Detroit Tigers are from many countries, united by a passion for baseball. For decades, baseball marveled at the skills and talent of players from Latin American countries, but systematically barred them from participation. When Ozzie Virgil stepped on the field at Briggs Stadium in 1958, the Tigers took the first step in becoming a global team. Thanks to talented, proud men, the impact of Latino players on Tigers baseball history is significant.