Mickelson to Try Out for Tigers Triple-A Squad


Toledo, OH - Phil Mickelson will try his hand at another sport on Friday, as he has received a pitching tryout with the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
If Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish and pitching coach Jeff Jones like what they see out of golf's 10th-ranked player, and the Tigers sign off on the idea, Mickelson could pitch for the Mud Hens this weekend.
'This is a lifetime dream of mine and I'm extremely grateful to the Toledo and Detroit organizations for giving me the chance to live it,' Mickelson said in statement on the team's website.
Mickelson threw to members of the Double-A Akron Aeros at last week's World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational and reportedly offered $300 to any player that could hit a home run off him. None did and Mickelson, who golfs left-handed but throws right-handed, will take the next step in his baseball evolution.
Despite the opportunity, Mickelson will stick with golf balls, not baseballs.
'I know which sport is mine, but I just could not pass on this opportunity,' he said. 'I've got nothing but the utmost respect for the players at this level and I'm humbled to be a part of it even for a day or two.'
'In the tradition of other two-sport athletes such as Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, Jim Thorpe, and Gene Conley, we look forward to seeing what Phil can accomplish,' said Mud Hens general manager Joe Napoli.