Andy Dirks was born in Haven, KS and attended both Hutchinson Junior College and Wichita State University before being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2008. He made his Major League Baseball debut in 2011. Primarily serving as left fielder during his time with the Tigers, Andy played all three outfield positions and was known best for his grit and hustle. Some of his achievements include being runner up for the gold glove award in 2013 and being on the 2012 World Series team, finishing the season with a .322 batting average. Andy retired in 2014 with a career batting average of .276 due to a reoccurring back injury. Since then, Andy has been practicing real estate with Berkshire Hathaway in Clarkston, Michigan where he resides with his wife Megan and children, Deacon (4), Madison (3) and Palmer (1).
Having three children of his own (and one on the way!) partnering with the ChadTough Foundation was a no brainer for Andy. “I can’t even imagine the heartache the Carr’s have been through. I’m completely impressed with how they have managed to turn their heartache and devastation into blessing for other families and future generations. They’ve showed true selflessness- what a way to honor their son by continuing his legacy. I’m honored to be a part of their efforts.” Join Andy and show your support to take a stand against pediatric brain cancer and be ChadTough!