Chris Ilitch approved as Tigers’ controlling owner

The Angels didn’t have much margin for error if they wanted to be a playoff team this season, but one of the reasons for hope was the return of Richards, the staff ace who had a 3.18 ERA in 58 starts in 2014-15 but made only six starts in 2016. That hope was slowly, agonizingly squashed. Richards left his first start in the fifth inning (he was throwing a shutout) and initially it was hoped he would only miss a couple of starts. But the irritated nerve refused to heal, and the potential return date kept getting pushed back. At this point, an August return is the best-case scenario. It’ll be way too late for playoff hopes by then.

Chris Ilitch was unanimously approved Thursday as the new controlling owner of the Detroit Tigers after a vote.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement during a quarterly owners meeting.

After former Tigers owner Mike Ilitch died in February at age 87, Ilitch Holdings Inc. announced a succession plan in which Chris Ilitch, a son of Mike and Marian Ilitch, would take over his parents’ roles.

Mike Ilitch said then that their businesses, including the Tigers and the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, would remain family owned.

The Red Wings will debut new Little Caesars Arena as a part of Hockeytown in downtown Detroit next season.

Little Caesars Arena is right next to Comerica Park (Tigers) and Ford Field (Lions).

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