Sparky AndersonDETROIT — The Tigers have had to do a lot of mourning, a lot of honoring over the past year or two. Their move to honor Sparky Anderson is something that has been anticipated for a long time.

Now, the Hall of Fame manager is going to get the honor many have hoped to see, from a patch on the players’ right sleeves to the retirement of his No. 11 on the brick wall at Comerica Park.

“To me, there’s no greater honor for a franchise to bestow upon an individual than to retire his number,” team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in making the announcement Saturday morning at TigerFest. “It’s happened very few times in Tiger history, with all the great players that have been through.”

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