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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Tigers release Dombrowski, promote Avila to GM

Next stop, Toronto?

The Detroit Tigers today announced that assistant general manager Al Avila has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, replacing Dave Dombrowski in a stunning move this afternoon.

Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and will report directly to team owner Mike Ilitch.

“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a released statement. “Together, we’ve enjoyed some success, but we’re still in aggressive pursuit of our ultimate goal: to bring a World Series title to Detroit and Michigan. I’ve decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities. I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership.”

asinwreck Posted: August 04, 2015 at 04:38 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Monday, August 03, 2015


Friday, July 31, 2015

Last minute deals

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tigers, trade deadline, trades, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pirates acquire Joakim Soira from Tigers | MLB.com

The bodies are flying now.

he National League Central race still has 10 weeks to go. But the Pirates have already beaten out the Cardinals on one count: Joakim Soria.

Swinging their second deal of the day to solidify the bullpen, the Bucs on Thursday acquired the fading Tigers’ closer—who had been also on the wish-list of the Cardinals, looking to bolster their own bullpen even after last week’s acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Marlins.

The Tigers get shortstop JaCoby Jones—who had been promoted by the Pirates from Class A Advanced Bradenton to Double-A Altoona last week. Jones, a third-round pick in the 2013 Draft, is a strikeout-prone (once every four at-bats) power hitter (33 homers in 834 at-bats in 2014-15).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 07:34 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tigers, trades

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.

 


Blue Jays make big score, land Tigers lefty David Price - CBSSports.com

The haul going back to the Tigers seems to be still up in the air. Most recent speculation is Daniel Norris and two other pitchers.

Update:
Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:01 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david price, tigers, trade rumors


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Notes: Tigers, Pillar, Pirates’ Bell, Correa, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s lastest. That’s L-A-U-R-I-L-I-A.

Carlos Correa is on the cusp of stardom at a young age. Two months shy of his 21st birthday, the Astros shortstop is hitting a precocious .292/.337/.532, with 21 extra-base knocks in 154 at bats.

According to manager A.J. Hinch, the youngster is attentive to a fault. After an at bat, or following a game, he’ll often seek “affirmation on what he sees versus what we see.”

“He’ll want to know that his load is on time,” elaborated Hinch. “He’ll want to see if the ball is borderline, in, out, up, down. He’ll want to know what we thought from the side. His front foot in his timing, how high his hands get, how high his load gets… that’s always a point of emphasis for him. He’s very mechanically sound, and very tuned in to his body and how his swing operates.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, kevin pillar, notes, pirates, reds, tigers

Friday, July 24, 2015

Source: Cubs chasing Cole Hamels, David Price not in play yet | CSN Chicago

MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a significant acquisition.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs, david price, phillies, tigers, trade rumors

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Rosenthal Report: Tigers may be willing to trade Price | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

The question remains: How good can Puig be?

He has made an effort to be a better teammate since the All-Star break, sources say. But the far more relevant concern is his performance.

Puig’s OPS in July is only .623, and he remains vulnerable to high velocity. Scherzer struck him out three times Sunday, with fastballs registering 95 and 97 mph and a slider registering 87.

Consider:
Puig, in 62 at-bats this season ending on fastballs between 89 and 94 mph, has batted .403 with a .613 slugging percentage — well above the league averages of .277 and .435, according to MLB Network research.

However, in 20 at-bats ending on fastballs between 95 and 99 mph, Puig has batted .200 with a .250 slugging mark — well below the league averages of .246 and .370.

Too small a sample? Perhaps. But last season, Puig fared even worse in a larger sample. In 50 at-bats that ended between 95 and 99 mph, he batted .120 with a .220 slugging mark, while the league averaged .239 and .344.

Puig has had individual success against certain hard throwers, but one measure of a good hitter is his ability to hit tough pitching, particularly in the postseason.

The overall numbers suggest that Puig is not quite there yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, david price, julio teheran, notes, tigers, yasiel puig

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tigers’ Brad Ausmus ‘would do nothing different’ about poor bullpen management

I guess an education at Dartmouth ain’t what it used to be.

With two outs in the eighth, Neftali Feliz, a struggling reliever who the Tigers picked up for a pittance—the latest existential shot in the dark—was reverting to his floundering self. He had passed 30 pitches and had already allowed a run via a wild pitch. With two on-base, Seth Smith was walked intentionally, loading the bases. It should have never gotten to this point. Instead, Ausmus stuck with Feliz, who served up what can arguably be called the season-worst home run: A grand slam.

So, with that being said, why did Ausmus not go to the bullpen for either Joakim Soria or Alex Wilson, who have both been solid this season?

“We were running short on pitchers as it was,” Ausmus said. “We can get into the second guessing based on results, but the truth is I would do nothing different at all in that game. You try and put the players in the position to succeed, you try and get through the game. We were running short on pitchers from early on in the game. But quite frankly that’s exactly how I would do it again.”

Soria, the Tigers’ closer, is useless if the team doesn’t hand him a save to preserve. He was available. Wilson was available. Neither were warming up during that entire eighth. And the crux of it is, Soria has recorded four-out saves before—it should also be noted that his last four-out save was on June 5 against the White Sox. Ausmus has used him in these exact situations before. And succeeded. There were options.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tigers face new reality: They’re ready to sell at trade deadline

The Tigers, according to several people inside and outside the organization familiar with their strategy, plan to put ace David Price and power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the trade market.

Yet, when contacted Monday, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told USA TODAY Sports that no decision had been finalized.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, trade rumors

Thursday, July 09, 2015

What to Do When a Rival Gets Injured

Recently, Miguel Cabrera hit the 15-day DL for the first time in his HOF-worthy career, and I felt bad. The Tigers (the favorite team of all my Michigan-bred blood relatives) have been the team I rooted for in every October since the 2011 season. I don’t want, at any point, one of the best players in the game to have to take unwanted time off and sit on the bench, recovering, while his teammates are forced to pick up the slack around him.

But I had a different reaction when I heard the Alex Gordon news.

My gut reaction was, “Oh, damn. Wow, that really sucks for the Royals fans.” My immediate response to that was, “This could really help the Twins. The Royals might be without one of their best players and we need to capitalize on that. This could be really good for the standings.”

My reaction to that thought was, “Wait, what am I saying?”....

So while simultaneously feeling bad for one of the game’s most talented, and feeling good about the prospects the Twins have in light of this news, I find myself very largely conflicted about just how I SHOULD be reacting. How much, as a rival fan, am I entitled to the “silver lining” for the Twins? How much, as a fan of baseball as a whole, should I putting any and all “positive” reaction out of my mind?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 09, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, fans, injuries, miguel cabrera, royals, tigers, twins

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tigers place Miggy on DL with calf strain | MLB.com

Detroit placed the slugging first-baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to the left calf strain he suffered trying to get a running start off first base.

The injury occurred when Cabrera took off from first base on a hit-and-run play with Victor Martinez at the plate. Cabrera, who had taken off several times during what ended up being an 11-pitch at-bat, pulled up immediately as Martinez fouled off another pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, miguel cabrera, tigers

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

BLS: Gorkys Hernandez’s awful mistake on the bases nearly costs Pirates

Meh, Hernandez is no Ruben Rivera.

With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Hernandez made a base-running gaffe that nearly cost his team the game. After a one out single by Chris Stewart, Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner. He did not do his job very well.

The next batter, Josh Harrison, sprayed a double to center, and that’s when things got confusing for Hernandez.

Center fielder Rajai Davis nearly got to the ball, diving at the last second. The ball deflected off Davis’ glove, but Hernandez didn’t see it.

Because of that, Hernandez turned around and attempted to run back to first base, thinking the ball had been caught. He touched second on his way back, but was then waved to keep going by Harrison.

On his way to third base, Hernandez did not retouch second. At first, it appeared no one noticed Hernandez’s gaffe. Eventually, someone on the Detroit Tigers figured it out.

Before throwing his next pitch, Tom Gorzelanny appealed to second base and Hernandez was called out. This was a crucial out in a tie game.

Fortunately for Hernandez, he was let off the hook. Harrison would come around to score on a Neil Walker double, and the Pirates held on for the 5-4 win.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, gorkys herandez, pirates, tigers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MLive: Watch Miguel Cabrera give batting gloves, bat to young Indians fan following hilarious exchange

Mickey Callaway was ejected from the game for less. Go figure.

Never one to shy away from engaging with fans of the visiting team, Cabrera’s generous gift came after a playful back-and-forth conversation with a young fan, who cleanly fielded a foul ball down the first-base line with his baseball cap.

The play was entertaining. But the exchange that took place afterwards between Cabrera and the fan, Dom, was the real magic.

“I just told Miggy, ‘I got your back. You need to be fired up,’” Dom told FOX Sports Detroit. “He looked bored out there.”

Cabrera played along and exchanged a broad smile with the fan. When the inning ended, Cabrera told Dom, wearing an Indians cap and T-shirt, to stay seated.

“At first, I thought he was just telling me to back away and stop talking,” Dom told FOX Sports Detroit.

Instead, Cabrera gathered a gift basket of sorts from the dugout, which included batting gloves and a bat, and tossed them to the energetic fan in between innings.

“I was shocked, really,” Dom said.

Shocked enough to become a Cabrera fan?

“I don’t know,” he said. “He’s on Detroit.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 24, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, indians, miguel cabrera, tigers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Brad Ausmus boils over after replay goes against Tigers

The umpires are consulting with “angels”?

“After viewing all relevant angels, the Replay Official felt that he could not definitely determine that the runner touched home prior to being tagged,” home plate umpire said through a pool reporter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, tigers

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dodgers’ class of ‘68 tops list of 10 best Drafts

Los Angeles signed six future All-Stars in 1968 who would combine for 23 All-Star Game appearances, both Draft records. Washburn (Kan.) University outfielder Davey Lopes was a second-rounder in the January secondary phase, while California high school first baseman Bill Buckner (second), University of Houston outfielder/defensive back Tom Paciorek (fifth) and Alabama prep right-hander Doyle Alexander (ninth) were part of the regular June Draft. The cherry on top was a pair of college third basemen in the June secondary phase: Michigan State’s Steve Garvey (first) and Washington State’s Ron Cey (third).

University of Michigan left-hander Geoff Zahn (fifth, January secondary), Connecticut high school outfielder Bobby Valentine (No. 5 overall, June) and University of the Pacific outfielder Joe Ferguson (eighth, June) also enjoyed lengthy careers. The Dodgers inked a total of 11 future big leaguers who combined for a total of 235.6 Wins Above Replacement (Baseball-Reference version), another record.

The Dodgers not only had the best Draft of all time in 1968, but they don’t even have a legitimate challenger for that title. Boston’s 1983 Draft (see below) was the only effort that comes within 50 WAR of the Dodgers’.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, draft, indians, red sox, royals, tigers

Justin Verlander doesn’t look ready to rejoin Detroit Tigers

“Overall, he looked like a guy who hadn’t pitched in a while,” said Toledo manager Larry Parrish, after his team’s 11-6 win. “I would think he would get one more rehab start. But that isn’t my decision.”

Verlander showed velocity – he touched 96 on the radar gun at Victory Field – but he was not able to blow it past any of these minor leaguers. Of his 50 strikes, only about a half dozen were swings and misses.

“Going two months without pitching, I don’t think you are going to feel perfectly in sync, but my body feels good,” said Verlander, who walked two batters, struck out three and hit a hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Kyle Farnsworth is a defensive lineman now, and he leads his team in sacks

Good news everyone!

Kyle Farnsworth is ... listen, there are a lot of descriptions that walk a fine line between libelous and accurate, so let’s just say that he’s different. He could take your nose off with one well-placed karate chop, and then he would probably do something weird with the nose.

So it’s completely bizarre and perfectly logical that 321 days after throwing his last major league pitch, the 39-year-old Farnsworth is leading his Florida Football Alliance team in sacks and tackles.

We’re talking real, minor league, tackle football with with big dudes. Of course Farnsworth is thriving. Of course he is.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 04:29 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, football, kyle farnsworth, royals, tigers, yankees

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Just awful news.

Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one’s movement. Well-known patients include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tigers notes: Verlander can’t throw until he’s pain-free

“He can’t pick up a ball until he’s completely pain-free and no fluid in the area,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

And until the soreness in his strained right triceps subsides, Ausmus said, he will be sidelined. There is no timetable for him to throw a ball again.

The fluid in the area, Ausmus explained, is inflammation, which was found by an MRI last week.

“My understanding is that it wasn’t fully recovered which is why it became sore again,” Ausmus said. “We have to have him completely free of pain and inflammation because you don’t want to have a return to that scenario.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

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