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The Lakeland Flying Tigers are an Advanced Single A team playing in the Florida State League. Originally affiliated with the Detroit Tigers in 1967, The Flying Tigers were known as the Lakeland Tigers prior to 2007.

The Lakeland Flying Tigers are named in honor of the Flying Tigers fighter squadron who trained in Lakeland, FL before defending China from the Japanese prior to the US entry into World War II. The team extends the military theme to both the fans and the field. Joker Marchant Stadium, Spring Training home of the Detroit Tigers, received some cosmetic remodeling prior to the 2007 season to include a series of images of P-40 Flying Tiger planes and 1940s era big band music to greet fans. On the field, one of the major changes is to the team uniforms which have departed from the styling of their parent club to use period-appropriate military fonts, and military khaki away uniforms. Pitchers also receive stars added to their hats for each win.

The team's new identity was officially unveiled to fans on Veterans Day 2007.

[edit] Year by Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
2007 53-87 12th Kevin Bradshaw Larry Herndon Joe Coleman
2008 67-70 7th Andy Barkett Larry Herndon Joe Coleman
2009 55-75 11th Andy Barkett Larry Herndon Joe Coleman
2010 71-67 7th Andy Barkett Larry Herndon Joe Coleman
2011 64-74 8th Dave Huppert Larry Herndon Joe Coleman
2012 73-58 3rd Dave Huppert League Champs Larry Herndon Mike Maroth
2013 64-68 8th Dave Huppert Larry Herndon Mike Maroth
2014 Dave Huppert Larry Herndon Mike Maroth

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