DETROIT — New Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter will wear his familiar No. 48 in Detroit, and victims of Hurricane Sandy will benefit from it.
Although the number has been worn by Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello during the past four seasons, he was willing to give it to Hunter — who also wore 48 during 14-plus combined seasons in Minnesota and Los Angeles — for a good cause.
Hunter said Porcello turned down a “nice dollar amount” for the number, instead asking Hunter to donate to Hurricane Sandy relief.
“That’s the kind of guy Rick Porcello is,” Hunter said.
Porcello lives in New Jersey, which was devastated by the late October storm.
A Tigers spokesperson said Porcello will now wear No. 21, the number he had in high school.