The MLB trade deadline has passed, and Ryan grad Austin Jackson was one of the ones one the move.
Jackson was shipped from the Detroit Tigers to the Seattle Mariners as a pawn in a three-team trade that sent Tampa Bays Rays pitcher David Price to Detroit right before the 3 p.m. CST deadline. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade.
Well, Jackson was starting in center field for the Tigers in today’s game against the Chicago White Sox, and Jackson was pulled off the field to a standing ovation at Detroit’s Comerica Park.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Detroit’s Joakim Soria was getting ready to pitch to Chicago’s Gordon Beckham when Detroit manager Brad Ausmus approached home plate, informed Tim Welke of the trade and called Jackson into the Detroit dugout for the final time. You can see the whole deal here.
It has to be a weird feeling knowing that you’re stepping off your home field for the final time. He didn’t even get to finish the at-bat.
Now the only question remains if Jackson played his final baseball game of the day. First pitch in Cleveland for tonight’s ballgame between the Mariners and the Indians is scheduled for 6:05.
UPDATE: The Mariners have announced on Twitter that Jackson will be joining the Mariners tomorrow against the Indians, where a new jersey number will away the player who formerly wore No. 14 for the Tigers.
Austin Jackson will wear #16. He'll join the #Mariners in time for tomorrow's series opener vs. the Orioles in Baltimore.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 31, 2014