Chris Ilitch approved as the Tigers’ controlling owner

Chris Ilitch, Ilitch Holdings, President and CEO, left, and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores shake hands at a news conference in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. The Pistons announced they will move downtown Detroit and begin playing at the new Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, starting next season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Ilitch has been unanimously approved as the new controlling owner of the Detroit Tigers.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Thursday following the vote during a quarterly owners’ meeting.

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch died in February at age 87.

Ilitch Holdings Inc. announced a succession plan in May 2016 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.