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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Former Senator, baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning has died

Former Republican Senator Jim Bunning has died.

He served as a United States senator from 1999 to 2011.

Bunning pitched in the MLB for 17 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

His career was spent mostly with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies.

Bunning had suffered a stroke at his Southgate home in October.

He was 85 years old.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2017 at 01:52 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: jim bunning, obituary, phillies, tigers

Monday, May 08, 2017

K-Rod ‘embarrassed’; Brad Ausmus: Tigers will discuss closer situation

“We’re going to have to have a discussion,” Ausmus said. “He’s not closing out games. It’s something he’s done for a decade. So I think it’s very obvious that it’s not the same Frankie.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2017 at 08:15 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tempers flare in Tigers-Twins; Matt Boyd, Miguel Sano ejected

Tempers flared in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game in Minnesota after Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd threw behind Twins first baseman Miguel Sano.

Sano pointed at Boyd. Tigers catcher James McCann came up and exchanged words with Sano, who reacted by landing a punch to McCann’s protective gear.

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos came running in, yelling at Boyd. Both teams came into the field before order was restored.

Boyd and Sano were both ejected. It was the first career ejection for Boyd and second for Sano.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2017 at 05:24 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, tigers, twins

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Brad Ausmus: Tigers fielders to blame after being confused by fan

Two seemingly harmless fly balls fell for hits in the first three innings of the Rays’ 8-7 victory as Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones, right fielder Tyler Collins and second baseman Ian Kinsler were confused by the shouts from the Tropicana Field stands.

The source of the Tigers’ confusion wasn’t miscommunication between the fielders. If anything, it was overcommunication on the part of a fan in the Tropicana Field stands yelling “I got it!”

“It’s fair game, if you’re a fan. I’m not the blaming [the] fan or anything. He’s within his rights to do that. We have to make the adjustment,” Ausmus told reporters Thursday, according to mlive.com.

Since outfielders have the right to call off infielders on fly balls, Kinsler assumed his teammates were doing so Wednesday night and backed off.

“I just got out of the way,” Kinsler said, according to mlive.com.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 06:18 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, fans, tigers

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tigers take precautions against sign-stealing ‘fad,’ but Justin Verlander still hit hard

It’s becoming a sort of tradition: The Detroit Tigers attempt to explain why they are taking unusual measures to prevent sign-stealing at Progressive Field without explicitly accusing the Cleveland Indians of stealing signs.

Justin Verlander was especially cautious after his ugly outing on Saturday, not wanting it to seem as if he were making excuses.

And yet he spent a full hour after the game meticulously watching video of the game with catcher James McCann before he emerged to talk to reporters. During the game, Verlander and McCann ran through multiple sets of signs, even with no runners on base, and sometimes had to meet to sort out confusions.

“I guess when you go to multiple signs with nobody on you’re just saying, ‘Hey, it’s a little fishy,’” Verlander said. “But you never know. These guys are a really good lineup. It was just one of those days.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, justin verlander, sign-stealing, tigers

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

Monday, April 03, 2017

Tigers GM Al Avila says Tigers can compete | MLB.com

“Cleveland obviously is the class of the American League, if not Major League Baseball,” Avila said. “They’re an excellent team. But the American League Central Division is still very tough. The Chicago White Sox still have a very good team. The Kansas City Royals have an excellent team. It’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest division, in my mind.

“It’s not going to be easy. If anybody thinks it’s going to be easy, they’re not thinking right. But we do feel we have a good team, a team that’s going to compete. We really like our starting rotation with the young guys mixed with the veteran guys. We feel we can score some runs. Obviously we’re starting the season without J.D. Martinez, but we think we have it covered for the short term, and right now everybody other than J.D. seems very healthy.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Detroit Tigers release pitcher Mike Pelfrey

With three days left in spring training and their bullpen at capacity for Opening Day, the team granted Pelfrey an unconditional release today. He is owed $8 million after signing a two-year, $16-million deal before 2016.

It’s the second release of a veteran righty this week, after letting Mark Lowe go Sunday. Lowe was due $5.5 million after signing a two-year, $11-million contract before 2016.

Pelfrey, 33, went 4-10 with a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP last season. This spring, he posted a 7.94 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 17 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mike pelfrey, tigers

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Braves announcers think Tigers OF JaCoby Jones & former NFL WR Jacoby Jones are the same person

“Is he the Jacoby Jones who played for the Ravens?”

“Believe so.”
Nope. He most certainly is not.

“Wonder why nobody’s talking about him?”

“Unless there’s another Jacoby Jones.”
Yep, that’s what it is.

“Nope, different JaCoby Jones, my bad.”
It happens, but probably shouldn’t.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, chip caray, jacoby jones, joe simpson, tigers

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tigers release Mark Lowe, who’s still due $5.5M

The Tigers on Sunday unconditionally released the veteran right-handed reliever, whom they still owe $5.5 million.

“It’s never easy when you have to cut players, but Mark Lowe was a particularly tough one for me because I really like the guy,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He was one of the better guys in that clubhouse. He does everything right. We just felt like there were other pitchers at this point who are more deserving.

“It doesn’t mean I don’t wish him well. I like the person and I hope he moves on and continues to do well.”

Lowe, who struggled mightily last season, showed signs of regaining his form this spring until Saturday, when he gave up three runs in an inning to the Pirates in Bradenton. In 8.2 innings, he had a 1.67 WHIP and opponents hit .297 against him.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2017 at 01:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mark lowe, tigers

Tigers will try to convert OF Anthony Gose to pitcher

Sean Doolittle did it. Kenley Jansen and Jason Motte did it.

The Tigers are going to see if Anthony Gose can do it, too.

Gose, the Tigers’ opening day starting center fielder the last two seasons, was re-assigned to minor league camp Sunday. He will still play outfield wherever he lands in the system this season, but he will also take initial steps to convert to pitcher.

“He came back to us with an idea – something that we had talked about internally and the end of last season,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s going to throw a couple of bullpens here and there. He was a guy who threw in the mid-90s in high school.

“Try it out and see what happens.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2017 at 12:50 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony gose, pitcher conversions, tigers

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Henning: Tigers have issues; Avila isn’t worried yet

The Tigers, Avila acknowledged without mentioning names, could say goodbye to some well-known people with high-dollar contracts: Anibal Sanchez ($21.8 million owed on his long deal), Mike Pelfrey ($8 million), and Mark Lowe ($5.5 million). None of the three has pitched well enough to survive – yet.

“We’ll take our 12 best pitchers,” Avila said, insisting performance, as opposed to contract politics, will decide who travels to Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ten Bold Predictions for the Coming Season

2. The Rockies will finally have the pitching to make the postseason.
At the top of the rotation, the Rockies may have one of their best pitchers ever this year. Jon Gray was already pretty good (15th in K-BB% last year), and then he learned how to throw his slider two ways, and then he started throwing the curveball more, and now he has a new changeup grip. He’s exciting as a young ace with velocity, an elite slider, and the makeup to continue striving for a better, more complete arsenal.

But this is more about the lesser-known names behind Gray. Tyler Anderson doesn’t have a ton of pitches, but his cutter/four-seam/change combo has proven itself to be major-league worthy at least. Chad Bettis only has average velocity, but his four-pitch combo has kept hitters off balance enough to call him a viable starter, as well. Tyler Chatwood may only have the two fastballs and a slider, but he throws the curve sometimes, and his sinker is all world. All three are adept at getting ground balls, and the rotation just put up their second-best rate since they started tracking that number.


Peter Gammons: Another February traveling through Florida - GammonsDaily.com

Brian Cashman had wanted to do a bridge year or two as the Yankees got old. By trading Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, then re-signing Chapman, he effectively traded two years of Miller for infielder Gleyber Torres, outfielder Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield. Gary Sanchez hit 20 homers in 52 games and this spring puts fannies in the seats to watch him take batting practice.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, tigers, yankees

Saturday, February 18, 2017

J.D. Martinez ‘not proud’ after finishing last among defensive RFs

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus likened it to a slump.

“I think he had an off year; I don’t want to say he took a step back,” Ausmus said. “I think, quite frankly, it was a lack of concentration at times. I think a couple of balls hit his glove and bounced out. I’m not worried about him. I think he takes pride in his defense and he will return to form.

“Even good hitters have off years. Why couldn’t a good defender have an off year?”

Now remember, Martinez was a finalist for the 2015 Gold Glove Award. And besides, he is paid to crush the ball with his bat, not run through the outfield like a gazelle.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, j.d. martinez, tigers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

At full health, Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez hoping for strong spring

It’s a lot easier to be healthy in the off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, tigers

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tigers, Red Wings owner and pizza titan Mike Ilitch dead at 87

Owners who try to win should be applauded. It’s a shame the team couldn’t give him a championship before he died.

Condolences to his family and friends.

Mike Ilitch, one of the most famous Detroiters of his time, died today at the age of 87, according to his company, Ilitch Holdings. His family will honor him at a private funeral service.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 242 comment(s)
  Beats: mike ilitch, owners, tigers

Monday, January 30, 2017

Detroit Tigers’ Dixon Machado facing an important spring training

Take a shot!

After playing in the Venezuelan Winter League last off-season, Machado has spent this winter hitting the weights. He considers himself to be in the best playing shape of his career.

“That’s why I did it,” he said, “because I feel like this year is so important that I had to get ready. I’ve been running a lot, working a lot, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 08:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dixon machado, tigers

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Toolshed: Detroit Tigers’ Matt Manning happy away from hoops | MiLB.com

Those major growth spurts can be a thing of wonder. I’m still waiting for mine.

By his own admission, the right-hander didn’t take pitching seriously until the summer before his junior year in high school. Then he hit a major growth spurt, and while he didn’t reach the heights of his 6-foot-11 father, the added inches did wonders for his velocity as he started to hit the upper-80’s with his fastball. That winter, he verbally committed to Loyola Marymount, but by the spring of his senior season, it became clear he was destined for the diamond. As he continued to fill out, the Sacramento native started to throw in the mid-90’s and showed signs of a promising curve as an 18-year-old. He finished his final season at Sheldon High School with a 1.91 ERA, 77 strikeouts and a .120 batting average-against in 40 1/3 innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt manning, tigers

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Report: Verlander, Upton purchase $5.5M Beverly Hills house

I’m glad he’s putting his Cy Young disappointment behind him.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 07:40 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tiger Tales: Replacing V-Mart

Lee Panas projects Victor Martinez’ 2012 production, and that of some possible replacements.

Would Martinez have had a WAR of 5.0 again in 2012?  Probably not. He’d likely hit about as well overall (lower batting average, more homers).  However, he might lose a fraction of a win by not catching.  More importantly, we would not expect him to come anywhere close to his 2011 performance in situational hitting.  Even if he we think he would have hit a little better in clutch situations than other at bats in 2012, we would estimate that he would have had a WAR of about 3.0.

So, we have two questions: (1) How much will the Tigers lose going from Martinez in 2011 (5.0 WAR) to Player X in 2012?  (2) How much would they have lost going from Martinez’s expected performance in 2012 (3.0 WAR) to Player X in 2012?

fra paolo Posted: January 19, 2012 at 09:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, tigers

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tigers’ Victor Martinez likely out for season with torn ACL

Shouldn’t have gone motorbike racing with Jeff Kent.

The Detroit Tigers today made the following announcement regarding catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez:

Martinez injured his left knee last week during his off-season conditioning. An MRI at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland yesterday revealed Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

Martinez will be re-evaluated by Dr. Richard Stedman next week and surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee is anticipated. If surgery is required as anticipated, Martinez will most likely be lost for the 2012 season.

Martinez hit .330 (178x540) with 40 doubles, 12 home runs and 103 RBI in 145 games with the Tigers during the 2011 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Monday, January 16, 2012

CAPUTO: Why I won’t vote for Bonds, Clemens or Sosa for the Hall of Fame

Former Tigers pitcher Jack Morris was named on the second-most ballots - nearly 67 percent.

In the aftermath, Peter Gammons, one of the preeminent baseball writers of all time, talked on MLB Network about how he put Morris on the ballot the first three years he was eligible, but stopped because another baseball writer had displayed extensive statistical proof to him that Morris’ 3.90 ERA was “not because he pitched to the score” but rather because he lost a lot of leads.

Right then I decided this coming year, the first time they are eligible for election to the Hall of Fame, I am not voting for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens or Sammy Sosa.

...Gammons said Bagwell is like a hockey player (whatever that means) and was one of those 10-to-12 hour per day in the weight room guys, who lost weight later in his career (ala Pudge Rodriguez) because he had a shoulder injury that prevented him from lifting. It’s the type of thinking that was prevalent from many baseball writers during the steroids era. Always buying the story. Unfortunately, I was one of them. I’d like to think I’ve learned my lesson.

...But if Hall voters are going to be so picky about the career ERA of Jack Morris, why not about possible PED use?

I strongly feel this: If Morris gets in, it will still be the Hall of Fame.

If Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are inducted, it would become

(Yanks out Rogers’ Dictionary of Cliches ~ Looks for entry form)

the Hall of Shame.

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 05:40 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, media, steroids, tigers

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Zumaya agrees to deal with Twins

Game on!

The Tigers could end up seeing a lot of Joel Zumaya this year after all. It’ll just be in a different uniform, albeit an awfully familiar one.

After throwing for teams in December and holding out for a roster spot and the right situation, Zumaya has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins, the reliever told MLB.com. The two sides spent Saturday putting together a deal that could pay him anywhere from $800,000 to $1.7 million if he reaches incentives.

A Twins official would neither confirm nor deny the deal to MLB.com, but said they’ve been in negotiations since December.

Zumaya weighed what he called “good offers” from three other clubs,  but the Twins included guaranteed money rather than a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invite. If he’s healthy, they’ll bring him to the same mound at Target Field where he last threw a Major League pitch. He fractured his elbow throwing for the Tigers against the Twins on June 28, 2010.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, twins

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


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