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Tigers Manager AJ Hinch, Catcher Eric Haase and Pitchers Matt Manning and Matthew Boyd visited the Detroit Police Department’s (DPD) 6th Precinct last month to make a donation to the department’s Community Closet, which provides essential items such as personal hygiene products, baby items, and clothes to the residents of the westside neighborhood that the precinct serves.

While at the precinct, the Tigers were joined by members of the DPD and city officials. Detroit City Council Member Fred Durhal III, who represents the city’s 7th District where the precinct is located, expressed his gratitude to the officers who put together the closet and donors like the Detroit Tigers organization.

“To have the players come down here and take time out of their busy schedules means a lot to our officers, our council members and residents in the city of Detroit. It shows that we need public-private partnerships to ensure that we can continue to provide for our residents,” said Durhal. 

Matthew Boyd, who played for the Tigers from 2015 until 2021 and recently re-signed with Detroit, is happy to rejoin charitable team efforts in advance of his first season back with the Tigers. 

“I think it’s good to be aware of what’s going on in the community, the needs of the people who live here, and how you can help,” said Boyd. “What they’re doing here at the Community Closet is really special, as they’re directly helping those in need. It’s an awesome concept that I’m humbled to support.” 

The Community Closet was created in 2020, and since then, Neighborhood Police Officers and other 6th Precinct officers have used the space to serve neighborhood residents with free resources.