Annual Whitecaps fundraiser going virtual in 2021

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 11:22:09-05

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — For the first time in team history, the West Michigan Whitecaps annual Step Up to the Plate fundraiser is going virtual in 2021.

While there are drawbacks to not having an in-person event, the 'Caps say they have a full program to entertain anyone who wants to join.

“We will pack nine innings of fun into about an hour. We’ve got a great program planned that a lot more people can join because it’s virtual,” said Jenny Garone, Community Relations Manager for the Whitecaps.

Tickets are available to the public. Proceeds from the event go to the Whitecaps Community Foundation, which will donate to the YMCA Ted Rasberry Youth League, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation.

For details on how to buy tickets, and what items are available in the auction, head to the Whitecaps website.

The team will also hold a Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the class of 2021. Just one player made the cut: Spencer Turnbull.

Hicks hits tiebreaking homer, Tigers top Twins in DH opener
Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader on May 11, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Turnbull will be inducted into the West Michigan Whitecaps Hall of Fame on January 21, 2021. He spent the 2015 season in West Michigan, going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA, leading the team to a Mid-West League Championship.

The right-hander was a part of the 2015 championship team, going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA. He's been with the Tigers since the 2019 season.

Turnbull will join the ceremony live to accept his award. He'll be joined by new Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, General Manacher Al Avila, 2019 1st round pick Riley Greene, and former Whitecaps Manager Brayan Pena.