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Tigers’ New Player Hunter Paid Sandy Victims For No. 48

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) He’s worn the No. 48 on his jersey his entire career — and that won’t change now that Torii Hunter wears the Olde English D.

The Detroit Tigers officially introduced Hunter at 4 p.m. Friday, finalizing a $26 million, two-year deal.

During the announcement, it came to light he wanted to keep the 48 — but it already belonged to Rick Porcello.

A negotiation ensued.

Hunter said he offered Porcello a “nice dollar sign” for the number, according to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, but Porcello wouldn’t have it. He said instead he would give up the number to his new teammate if he donated to victims of Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast — and it was a done deal.

Hunter is the Tigers’ newest No. 48.

Hunter also said during the press conference that eight teams were courting him, but he was focused only on the Tigers.  He described the city as growing, saying “I’ve seen the face of Detroit change.”

Apparently holding nothing back, he described coach Jim Leyland as a “funny old man” and said he’ll bat wherever the coach needs him in the order.

“I really think I can win my World Series here in 2013 and 2014 ,” he said.

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