Tigers Rumors & News

  • Tigers call up Mike Gerber, demote Drew VerHagen

    Detroit News "What appeared to be a quick, one-day cameo last week for Detroit Tigers rookie Mike Gerber has morphed into a new opportunity as the Tigers recalled him Monday from Triple A Toledo while designating for assignment reliever Drew VerHagen. Gerber will rejoin the Tigers for Monday’s team flight..." April 23

  • V-Mart hints at retirement after 2018: 'I'm ready'

    MLB.com "Victor Martinez can see his father, in the faintest flashes of memory. In one such snapshot, Guillermo Martinez is holding a broomstick behind his neck as he twists from side to side, loosening up his chest and abdominal muscles. In another, Guillermo is napping on a hammock, and Victor and his..." April 20

  • Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera still raking at age 35

    Detroit Free Press "Of course, Miguel Cabrera was going to play on his birthday. Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire expected as much, even after Cabrera was pulled from Tuesday night’s win over the Orioles after eight innings for precautionary reasons related to lower back tightness. It was cold outside. So..." April 19

  • Yankees-Tigers postponed due to inclement weather

    MLB.com "Today's Yankees-Tigers game at Comerica Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET and 7:10 p.m. ET." April 14

  • Tigers relievers refuse to use sweet new bullpen cart

    The Score "Relievers in the Motor City have no plans to hitch a ride to the office. On Friday, the Detroit Tigers became the second team this season - following in the footsteps of the Arizona Diamondbacks - to debut a bullpen cart, continuing the sudden revival of a once-common ballpark feature after an..." April 14

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • Detroit Tigers' send Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Toledo for bullpen help

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers, in need of immediate bullpen help, sent struggling left fielder Mikie Mahtook down to Triple-A Toledo following a 5-1 loss to the Indians on Wednesday. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said a corresponding move would be announced on Thursday. “I’m not playing well,” Mahtook..." April 12

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Jordan Zimmermann exits Wednesday's game after being hit in face by line drive

    CBS Sports "Scary moment at Progressive Field on Wednesday night. Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was struck in the jaw by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis in the first inning. Zimmermann was in obvious pain -- Kipnis was shaken up as well -- before..." April 11

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Tigers' Buck Farmer leaves game with spasms, will be reevaluated Tuesday

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers reliever Buck Farmer left Monday night's game with spasms in his hip and buttocks. Farmer said he experienced tightness in his glute, or gluteus muscles. Manager Ron Gardenhire was more direct: "His butt tightened up. That's exactly what happened. It spasmed on him." In any..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Miguel Cabrera leaves game after stumbling while running bases

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera stumbled while running the bases in the first inning Thursday and was removed from the game an inning later. The Tigers said he was experiencing left hip flexor tightness. Niko Goodrum replaced Cabrera at first base. Cabrera singled in the first..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Fiers: 'I'm on track to pitch in Chicago'

    Detroit Free Press "If Mike Fiers was in charge, he would be pitching this weekend in Chicago. But since Fiers is not in charge, the Tigers have not yet made such a statement. Fiers, the veteran right-handed starting pitcher, reported no injury issues upon his re-arrival to Comerica Park on Tuesday afternoon...." April 04

  • The Tigers 'six-game' homestand included three postponements and should have been avoided

    CBS Sports "The Royals at Tigers game set for Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather and that's kind of been a theme in Detroit's Comerica Park here in the early going, which begs the question: Why even play there to open the season? The reality of the Major League Baseball season is that making..." April 04

  • Tigers, Royals game on Wednesday postponed due to snow, cold

    Michigan Live "The series finale between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals on Wednesday was postponed due to cold, windy weather. The news was released 10:55 a.m., about 2 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on April 20, when the..." April 04

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Brayan Pena holding out hope of chance to play while coaching Tigers rookies

    Michigan Live "Veteran catcher Brayan Pena is working young players at the Detroit Tigers facility in Lakeland, Fla., but he hasn't completely closed the door on his playing career. Pena, 36, was in Tigers camp as a player this spring. He has not played regularly in the big leagues since 2015 and was expected..." April 02

  • Take out Nicholas Castellanos for a defensive sub? Never, Ron Gardenhire says

    Michigan Live "Shane Greene's first appearance of the season started to unravel Friday after he surrendered a triple to Starling Marte to start off the ninth inning. The ball was hit into the right field corner, where it bounced off Nicholas Castellanos' glove just inches inside the foul line. Statcast..." April 02

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • The Detroit Tigers are the overwhelming favorites to land Marlins Man

    CBS Sports "Days after Marlins Man declared himself a free agent in the wake of a public dispute with the Marlins, oddsmakers are already taking bets on which MLB team the 61-year-old superfan will follow next. And the Detroit Tigers, one of the teams Marlins Man has apparently already started..." March 31

  • Ron Gardenhire ejected in first game as Tigers manager

    The Sports Daily "The Tigers’ first game of their 2018 campaign had a controversial ending, and it resulted in new manager Ron Gardenhire getting ejected in his inaugural game with the team. Gardenhire had received 73 career ejections up to that point — all with the Twins — and he added to that total after..." March 31

  • Tigers will have bullpen cart but relievers give it thumbs-down

    Detroit News "What if the Detroit Tigers provide a bullpen cart to bring relief pitchers into the game and nobody uses it? That appears to be the situation. The Tigers announced that beginning Friday, a bullpen cart will be available and they are waiting for paying sponsors to decorate it with their..." March 30

  • Tigers re-sign left-hander Jairo Labourt

    Detroit News "What a spring it’s been for left-hander Jairo Labourt. Labourt, who made his big-league debut with the Tigers last season, was put on waivers on Feb. 24, lopped off the 40-man roster to make room for Francisco Liriano. Within the next two weeks he was picked up and released by two other..." March 28

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • 2-Time MVP Miguel Cabrera Is Stuck in Baseball Purgatory

    Bleacher Report "There we were, Miggy and me, in the tunnel off the dugout, when the Detroit Tigers big man paused to explain himself. "I'm not trying to be a dick," Miguel Cabrera says. He was talking about what happened a couple of hours earlier on this spring day, though there was no need for an..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Tigers say back stiffness is root of Mike Fiers’ struggles

    Detroit News "Suddenly, it feels like the Tigers’ starting rotation might be shifting slightly. There is some concern about the health of right-hander Mike Fiers, who has been hit hard in four starts this spring (12 runs in 11.1 innings). “He had a stiff back and we had him checked out by a lot of..." March 19

  • Tigers lose top prospect Franklin Perez for at least 3 months

    Michigan Live "Franklin Perez, the Detroit Tigers' top-ranked prospect and the centerpiece of last year's Justin Verlander trade, will miss at least three months with a strained lat muscle, the team announced Monday night. The 20-year-old right-handed pitcher from Venezuela suffered the injury in a..." March 19

  • Jordan Zimmermann named Tigers’ Opening Day starter

    Detroit News "You kept waiting for the punch line. You kept waiting for manager Ron Gardenhire’s face to crack into that impish grin of his. But it never happened. “I am not kidding you,” he said. “I’m being serious.” Gardenhire announced his Opening Day starter Saturday following the Tigers’ 9-3..." March 18

  • Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire recovering after getting hit by BP ball

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was still in pain Thursday, two days after he was struck in the ribs during batting practice. "It hurts. It hurt when it hit me, too, but I couldn't let them see it," Gardenhire said. Gardenhire was standing behind the protective screen placed behind..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Miguel Cabrera giving deposition in paternity case on Tigers' day off

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers don't play on Wednesday, but Miguel Cabrera was scheduled to spend his off-day giving a videotaped deposition in an ongoing paternity case. Cabrera's deposition will take place in an Orlando attorney's office, not a courtroom, and records indicate that a videographer,..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Tigers put lefty Francisco Liriano in starting rotation

    ESPN "Left-hander Francisco Liriano will be in the Detroit Tigers' starting rotation to begin this season, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters on Sunday. Liriano, who had signed a one-year contract with the Tigers last month, pitched three scoreless innings Sunday against the Atlanta Braves,..." March 11

  • ‘Full-go’: Michael Fulmer sharp, pain-free in 51-pitch outing

    Detroit News "Michael Fulmer didn’t want to go there. If you do the math, and he stays on five-day schedule, Fulmer is in line to be the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day starter against the Pirates on March 29. “I haven’t been told nothing,” he said. Huh. Double-negative. Does that mean you actually have..." March 09

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Tigers Agree To Minor League Deal With Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MLBTR has confirmed. MLB.com’s Jason Beck first tweeted that Saltalamacchia showed up at the Tigers’ Spring Training facility. Saltalamacchia is represented by ACES. This will mark the second go-around..." March 09

  • Tigers ace Michael Fulmer back on the mound after 12-day break

    Detroit News "Michael Fulmer is ready. This time. Almost for sure, he’s ready. The Tigers’ ace right-hander will make his second spring start Friday in Lakeland against his former team, the Mets. It will be 12 days since he made his first spring start. “I am excited to get back out there,” he said. “The..." March 08

  • Tigers' Blaine Hardy might not be ready for start of season

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy is still waiting to make his Grapefruit League debut. And the clock is ticking. Hardy, out since a shoulder impingement flared up early in camp, hopes to be throwing again soon. But he also knows that rushing his comeback would be..." March 08

  • Tigers release Travis Wood following torn ACL

    Fanrag Sports "The Detroit Tigers released left-handed reliever Travis Wood on Tuesday, following recent news that the pitcher had torn his ACL during training camp this spring. Wood is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday, but will likely have to sit out the entire 2018 season while he rehabs. He signed..." March 08

  • Mike Pelfrey retires

    Hardball Talk "Mike Pelfrey has announced his retirement. Pelfrey was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2005 draft out of Wichita State. He grew up in Wichita and is leaving baseball to take a job coaching with Newman University which is, you guessed it, in Wichita. Turns out you can go home again. He..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

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