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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tigers sign former prospect to contract 62 years after he declined $26,000 offer

The Tigers keep signing these old guys to contracts.

Each year, the Detroit Tigers sign several players to new contracts, as every team does. But 62 years ago, one man turned down an offer, one that would have netted him $26,000.

Earl Robinette was a Tigers prospect with a big outfield arm and switch-hitting ability. He was also a part of a family that owned a farm, which played a huge role in his decision to decline the contract.

Since that day in 1954, Robinette has regretted the choice, but the 80-year-old got a do-over Wednesday. According to the Detroit Free Press, Robinette was offered a one-day contract by the Tigers, which he signed at the very table that hundreds of players have sat at before.

“We had to dust off a contract that’s been sitting around for 50 years, for crying out loud,” Tigers vice president John Westhoff said. “Have a seat. You need to sign something.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 02:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tigers’ Brad Ausmus ejected, leaves sweatshirt over home plate

Well, you can definitely say Brad Ausmus isn’t going down without a fight. Ausmus was ejected after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during Monday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. He may or may not need that sweatshirt later this season, though.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tigers’ Steven Moya in left field; Justin Upton in center

BALTIMORE—The Detroit Tigers did not promote outfielder Steven Moya to sit on the bench.

Moya will start in left field and bat seventh tonight when the Detroit Tigers open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Upton will make his first big-league start in center field.

There is much less room in the outfield at Oriole Park at Camden Yards than at Comerica Park, which might explain the willingness of Brad Ausmus to give Upton a shot in center.

Just what in the heck is going on with Justin Upton?

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 13, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Thursday, May 05, 2016


Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Thursday, March 31, 2016


Friday, March 25, 2016

Detroit Tigers’ Daniel Norris to start season on the disabled list

Still doesn’t sound good.

After seeing a back specialist today, the Detroit Tigers left-hander was diagnosed with three non-displaced fractures in the spinal process, according to team trainer Kevin Rand.

The diagnosis, Rand said, “sounds a whole lot worse than it is.”

Regardless, Norris will not be ready to start the season. He won’t pick up a baseball for five days, and the timetable for his return has not changed.

“We don’t know exactly,” manager Brad Ausmus said, “But as soon as the pain goes away. Really, it’s once he feels better.

“It doesn’t seem to be anything long term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Daniel Norris to undergo tests on injured back, unlikely to make Tigers opening day roster | MLive.com

This isn’t ideal.

Norris was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to back stiffness after first tweaking his back while working out in the weight room. His start was pushed back to Tuesday, but his back issue flared up while he was pitching in the top of the first inning.

At this point, it would be a surprise if Norris were to make the opening day roster for the Tigers.

“It doesn’t help him even just from a pitch count perspective,” Ausmus said of Norris’ outing Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers

Sunday, March 06, 2016

What to do when your window of opportunity is closing (Mar 5, 2016) | FOX Sports

The Blue Jays want to build on last year’s success, while the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals hope 2015 was an aberration. All three teams are trying to keep their championship windows open, and it isn’t easy.

‘‘At some point, some teams get into an all-win-now mode because they’re right there,’’ Tigers general manager Al Avila said. ‘‘It’s very hard to get into the playoffs. It’s very hard to get into the World Series, much more even to win it. When you feel you have that chance, you’ve got to go for it.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2016 at 06:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, nationals, playoffs, team building, tigers

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

40 years ago: Fidrych opened eyes at spring training on his way to becoming “The Bird”

He was a lot of fun to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mark fidrych, tigers

Monday, February 22, 2016

After reflection, Detroit Tigers’ Jose Iglesias vows to improve as teammate

“He sat down,” Vizquel said, “and told me, by himself, coming out of his own heart and saying, ‘I really need to become a better teammate. ... I realize now, that in order for us to have success and in order for me to be a better player, I have to make this commitment to be a better teammate, to sacrifice myself a little bit more on the field for them and understand where my teammates are coming from, when they are telling me something.’ ”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2016 at 06:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jose iglesias, tigers

Friday, February 19, 2016

Tony Phillips, former major leaguer, has died at the age of 56

Tony Phillips, the former Oakland A and Detroit Tiger, has died, according to Arizona g.m. Dave Stewart, who has passed along the very sad news.  Phillips was 56.

Phillips was an 18 year major leaguer who started his career with the Oakland A’s in the 1980s, before joining the Detroit Tigers as a free agent prior to the 1990 season.  Phillips also spent time with the Angels, the ChiSox, the Blue Jays and the Mets, before finishing out his career with the A’s in 1999, at the age of 40.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2016 at 01:08 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, obituaries, tigers, tony phillips

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lorenzo Cain and A.J. Pollock Sign Atypical Contracts | FanGraphs Baseball

I would think at least one of these judgments will be wrong.

For Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays are paying for an expected increase due to his MVP season this season, but in the case of the other three players, the teams are paying more in case of an even further breakout for these players. The teams did not receive the typical discount given for two-year contracts, and the only way the team ends up ahead is with an MVP-like season. Given the caliber of these players and the salaries they’re receiving, the team is unlikely to end up behind with these contracts, but they are a departure from the deals that have been made over the past few years.


Sunday, January 31, 2016


Monday, January 25, 2016

Tigers will use more data to improve decision-making

What did the “analytics coordinator” do before the change?

“We didn’t really revamp the analytics department,” Avila said Saturday during TigerFest. “We didn’t have an analytics department.”

So in August, Avila promoted Sam Menzin from analytics coordinator to director of baseball operations and hired former Apple executive and Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager Jay Sartori to serve as senior director of baseball operations in November.

Together, Menzin and Sartori head the analytics department and serve multiple purposes, such as gathering and sharing data at the major league, minor league, amateur and international levels, providing manager Brad Ausmus with advanced metrics on pitching matchups and defensive alignments, and using sabermetrics to recommend which player acquisition would serve the team best.

Overall, their goal is simple — use data to make decisions easier.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tigers

Friday, January 22, 2016

Niyo: After cancer scare, Norris lives life to fullest

“I want to be known for baseball. I don’t want to be known for the van, I don’t want to be known for the cancer.”

He doesn’t even want to be “known for the home run,” he adds, though it was pretty cool, that 420-foot shot he hit off Jon Lester at Wrigley Field in August in his first professional at-bat.

“I want to be known for pitching, and striking people out,” Norris said.

“That’s my focus. I want to be the best pitcher I can be. I want to make a name for myself on that little circle in the middle of the diamond. That’s what I want. That’s what I’ve desired my whole life. And we’re getting there.”

The detours, he says, are just part of the journey.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Are the Tigers Really Too Right-Handed?

To the Leftorium!

On one hand, maybe league-average against more than half the league’s pitchers could be considered an issue, given the amount of money invested in this lineup and the expectations that follow. On the other hand, a cursory glance at recent history reveals that Cabrera’s outperformed this year’s projection for each of the last seven seasons, by an average of 27 points. Since reinventing himself as a hitter in 2014, J.D. Martinez has been 30% better against righties than his. Kinsler’s would be his worst year against righties in three years, by between 10% and 20%, with Upton in a similar boat….

Just for fun, let’s consider the most right-handed heavy lineup of the last 40 years: the 2001 Astros. The Astros won 90 games that year with eight righties in their everyday lineup, a mediocre rotation and an above-average bullpen. In other words, something that sounds like what this year’s Tigers could be. And in the lineup, the comps just so happen to line up nicely across the board. The Tigers’ very own skipper Brad Ausmus set a low bar offensively for McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Miggy’s got Jeff Bagwell. The Kinsler-Craig Biggio comp is obvious. Jose Iglesias plays the Julio Lugo role of slap-hitting shortstop, and Nick Castellanos only has to be league-average with the bat to match Vinny Castilla. Same with the combined production of a Gose-Cameron Maybin platoon in center field and Houston’s Richard Hidalgo. In the corners, there’s Upton-Martinez, and Moises Alou-Lance Berkman

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: justin upton, tigers

Monday, January 18, 2016

Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers agree to six-year deal

Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who craves star players and refuses to let money stand in the way of being a World Series contender, agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton on a six-year contract Monday night, a person directly involved with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity since the deal won’t become official until Upton passes his physical.

The Tigers, who informed everyone the past six weeks that they no longer had financial flexibility to acquire another premier free agent, quietly changed their mind this past week and aggressively pursued Upton, the three-time All-Star outfielder.

Upton will become the third highest-paid free-agent position player this winter behind only Jason Heyward (eight years, $184 million with the Chicago Cubs) and Chris Davis (seven years, $161 million with the Baltimore Orioles).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 09:44 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: justin upton, tigers

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Detroit Tigers’ Bruce Rondon ejected following ugly brawl during winter league game | MLive.com

You don’t see too many brawls start on pick-off throws.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce rondon, tigers

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Al Avila: Going from assistant to GM a little like getting married

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

Avila, the Tigers’ assistant general manager before replacing Dave Dombrowski late last season, has spent a lifetime in baseball waiting for the opportunity to make such deals.

“It’s been easy in the sense that I’ve been through it so many years, so many times over and over,” Avila said. “Same system. We go through the same meetings.

“The biggest difference is when you’re in charge, everything is on your shoulders. That responsibility is big. Nobody should take it lightly. You don’t really know until you get that responsibility. You think you know, because you’ve been there, you’ve done that, over and over. And you think you know. But once you’re appointed that position and the responsibility is yours, it’s a whole different feeling.

“I’m not going to compare it to being a kid, but I remember being single. You get married. All of a sudden you’re married, and now you feel a little more pressure. Now you have your first kid, it’s a whole different responsibility. I’m not going to compare it to that, maybe I am ... It happens, and all of a sudden you feel it. With time, it feels normal.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, general managers, tigers

Monday, December 07, 2015

Tigers sign setup reliever Mark Lowe for two years

The Tigers would not be Lowe-balled.

The Tigers made another move Sunday toward rebuilding their problematic bullpen, signing former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Mark Lowe to a two-year contract, pending the completion of a physical.

Lowe, 32, likely will work as a setup man to new Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez. Lowe had a brilliant second half for the Jays after they brought him to Toronto in a July deadline deal for three players, two of whom were Jays prospects.

He pitched in 23 games for the Jays and was sterling: 19 innings, 0.84 WHIP, with 15 hits allowed in 19 innings. He struck out 14 and walked one.

For the season, spanning stretches with the Mariners and Jays, Lowe pitched in 57 games, with a 1.96 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He threw a cumulative 57 innings, striking out 61, and walking 12.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 02:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mark lowe, tigers

Friday, December 04, 2015

Source: Detroit Tigers nearing deal with free-agent starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey

The Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation appears close to being set.

The Tigers are nearing a deal with free agent starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, according to a source close to the situation. The two sides are discussing a one-year deal worth roughly $8 million, MLive.com has learned.

Tigers officials have not commented on the talks.

Pelfrey, who most recently pitched for the Minnesota Twins, was spotted in Detroit late Thursday. He would need to pass a physical as part of completing the deal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:35 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mike pelfrey, 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

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