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  • Tigers' Peterson recounts team bus crash in minors: 'I was almost killed'

    USA Today "Dustin Peterson, the Tigers' new outfielder, was sitting by his locker in Comerica Park. “I know a little bit about your background,” I said. “I know you were a high draft pick. Big bonus.” I paused. “But how’d you end up..." April 22

  • Judge: Miguel Cabrera's 2 kids with mistress should share in 'good fortune'

    Detroit Free Press "In the end, the law came down on the side of the children. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who for five years led a double-life with a mistress in Florida and fathered two children with her, has been ordered to provide those children with the same lifestyle and opportunities enjoyed by..." April 22

  • Tigers' Nick Castellanos on agent change: 'Just a business decision I had to make'

    Detroit News "It couldn’t have been an easy conversation for Nick Castellanos. David Meter had been his agent from the beginning. He’d become a friend of the Castellanos family, often attending games with Nick’s father. But, Castellanos, who will be a free agent this offseason,..." April 22

  • Struggling MLB Players Already in Danger of Getting Benched

    Bleacher Report "Midway through April, we're still in the very early stages of the 2019 MLB season. However, for players who are off to particularly terrible starts, it might already be time for teams to start weighing their potential replacement options. Whether it's a young player..." April 19

  • Matt Moore to miss rest of 2019 following knee surgery

    Hardball Talk "Tigers pitcher Matt Moore underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the meniscus on his right knee. The damage was greater than expected and the lefty will miss the rest of the season as a result, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. Moore was originally expected to miss four to six..." April 17

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Fireballer Jose Cisnero could be a find for Tigers

    Detroit News "If he can consistently straighten out his pitches, Jose Cisnero’s long and winding road could soon land him back in the big leagues with the Tigers. After an impressive spring training with the Tigers, Cisnero, who turned 30 on Friday, is keeping crooked numbers off the..." April 15

  • 2 Tigers minor-leaguers suspended for drug program violation

    Michigan Live "Two Detroit Tigers minor-leagers and a third who was released last year were suspended for violating baseball’s drug policy. The length of their suspension -- 25 games -- suggests that they were punished for possessing a syringe. The three players are: catcher Moises..." April 15

  • Matt Moore To Undergo Knee Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Tigers left-hander Matt Moore will undergo surgery on his injured right knee Wednesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. It’s unclear how much time Moore will miss, though he’s hoping to sit out just four to six weeks, per Beck. Moore, who damaged his meniscus April 7, had..." April 14

  • Tigers To Place Jordy Mercer On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers will place shortstop Jordy Mercer on the 10-day injured list because of a right quad strain, the team announced. They’ll make a corresponding move Sunday, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News tweets. This injury continues a rough start to the season for Mercer, a..." April 13

  • Tigers Designate Mikie Mahtook For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced this morning that they’ve designated outfielder Mikie Mahtookfor assignment. His spot on the 25-man roster will go to fellow outfielder JaCoby Jones, who has been reinstated after opening the season on the injured list due to a shoulder..." April 11

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Tigers Nicholas Castellanos scratched Thursday due to toe injury

    Click on Detroit "Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has been scratched from Thursday's series finale against the Cleveland Indians due to a right toe injury. The announcement was made about two hours before first pitch and shortly after the team reinstated center fielder JaCoby..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • Tigers' Matt Moore encouraged by early rehab work, trying to forestall surgery

    Detroit News "You can’t blame Matt Moore for eliminating all other options before agreeing to surgery.  The MRI on the Tigers’ starting pitcher showed some damage in his right meniscus, something he’s dealt with before. But the knee itself doesn’t feel all that..." April 09

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Fox Sports Detroit to do a “Players Only” broadcast for 17 Tigers games

    Detroit Free Press "The idea was inspired by basketball games, put into motion for the quickest of trial runs a year ago and now, finally, will be carried out on televisions across Metro Detroit. On Tuesday afternoon, Fox Sports Detroit will carry the first of 17 “Players Only”..." April 08

  • Tigers To Place Matt Moore On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Tigers will place lefty Matt Moore on the 10-day IL after the lefty sprained his right knee in the middle of today’s outing against the Royals. A corresponding roster move will come tomorrow, per the team. " April 06

  • Miggy surpasses Ernie Banks on all-time RBI leaderboard

    The Score "Miguel Cabrera cashed in the 1,637th RBI of his career against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, officially passing Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks in the record books. The groundball punched past a diving Adalberto Mondesi brought Nicholas Castellanos to the plate and propelled the..." April 06

  • Tigers' Opening Day tickets remain available; team insists it will be a sellout

    Detroit News "Tigers' Opening Day tickets used to be as good as gold, often selling out mere minutes after they went on sale. Like the Tigers themselves, Opening Day tickets are just not what they used to be. Tickets still remain for the Tigers' home opener, set for 1 p.m...." April 03

  • MLB.com has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on MLB.com. For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • 'He's an outfielder now': Tigers' Castellanos starting to shush defensive detractors

    Detroit News "Day after day this spring, Tigers outfield coach Dave Clark and roving outfield coordinator Gene Roof would line up the outfielders – either on one of the back fields or the stadium field – and hit balls in front of them. “Get to the ball!” Clark would yell...." April 01

  • Gardenhire: Tigers' inability to score will make me 'drink heavily'

    CBS Sports "Three games into the 2019 season, the Detroit Tigers are 1-2 and they've scored two runs. Total. Christin Stewart slugged a two-run home in the 10th inning on Opening Day.The Tigers have not scored since. Including Saturday's loss (TOR 3, DET 0), the Tigers are 7 for 60 (.117)..." March 31

  • X-rays negative on Miguel Cabrera's hand after being hit by pitch

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers are holding their breath. Miguel Cabrera was hit by a pitch on his right hand in the top of the sixth inning on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and immediately exited the game. Cabrera took a 93 mph fastball off the hand from Blue Jays right-hander..." March 30

  • RIP to the Detroit Tigers' Comically Large Hat Logo

    The Big Lead "There are few things this humble blogger cares about more than the Detroit Tigers. The past few years have been an unfortunate callback to my formative ones as they’ve fielded an unsuccessful and largely irrelevant team. There’s no logical reason to expect things to get any better..." March 28

  • This Stat Shows How Utterly Out Of Control Defensive Shifts In MLB Are

    NESN "Defensive shifts used to be rare occurrences reserved for only the most-notable left-handed pull hitters in Major League Baseball. Oh, how times have changed. As advanced stats have taken a larger role in the day-to-day workings of baseball, and every manager in the game has..." March 28

  • Tigers feeling frisky about 2019 season but red flags are numerous

    Detroit News "Rebuilding is a front-office concept, a business construct, a macro policy. Baseball players and coaches, they don’t live in that world. So, as manager Ron Gardenhire and the Tigers embark on another 162-game journey, starting Thursday against the Blue Jays, forgive them if they..." March 28

  • At age 36, Tigers' Miguel Cabrera determined to prove he still belongs

    Detroit Free Press "The kid from Maracay is older now, nearly 36 years old, much more round than thin, with curly dark hair and a goatee that is trying to grow into a beard, but when he walks into his domain on this March morning, what you notice most is the smile. It is the final week of his 16th spring..." March 27

  • MLBPA just another union currently being crushed by technology

    Sportsnet "We are not witnessing the death of the Major League Baseball Players Association. But on the 50th anniversary of Curt Flood’s challenge on the reserve clause that opened the door for free agency, we are bystanders to its gelding. It’s debatable who, if anybody, gets the..." March 25

  • Tigers still mulling options to replace JaCoby Jones in center field

    Detroit News "JaCoby Jones was scrolling through his phone in front of his locker Sunday morning, in street clothes with a sling around his injured left shoulder. "It's just a good thing it's not my right arm," he said. "It would be much harder. It's tough, going through..." March 25

  • Bobby Wilson winds up back with Tigers

    CBS Sports "Wilson signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Sunday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Wilson was let go Saturday but will remain in the organization. " March 24

  • Tigers purchase Gordon Beckham’s contract, option Ronny Rodriguez to minors

    Bless You Boys "Gordon Beckham has made the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day roster. The club purchased Beckham’s contract on Saturday and optioned infielder Ronny Rodriguez to Triple-A Toledo. Beckham, 32, played in 22 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2018. He hit .182/.250/.205 in the..." March 23

  • There is little correlation between player salaries and ticket prices

    Hardball Talk "With the recent spate of contract extensions and big name free agent signings, more than a handful of fans have expressed concern that deals signed by the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado will drive up ticket prices. Research on the subject is scarce, but..." March 22

  • Both sides open to it, but still no extension talks between Tigers, Castellanos

    Detroit News "Earlier this spring, Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos indicated a willingness to discuss a contract extension with the Tigers. Castellanos, 27, will be a free agent this offseason. “I think both sides know a conversation would be welcome,” he said..." March 21

  • Tigers expect 12- to 14-month process for Fulmer to return to big-league action

    Detroit News "There is still no date or choice of surgeon for Michael Fulmer’s impending Tommy John surgery to replace the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. But on Thursday morning, the Tigers were still sifting through the fallout for Fulmer and the Tigers going..." March 21

  • Michael Fulmer's status gives Spencer Turnbull big opportunity with Tigers

    Detroit News "We learned this about Spencer Turnbull last September, when he made his four-game, big-league audition with the Tigers. The lanky Alabaman may look like a picture of tranquility on the mound, but there is a torrent of emotion roiling inside of him. “It’s easier..." March 20

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Tigers say Tommy John surgery recommended for Michael Fulmer

    Detroit News "It was Monday that Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer sat and joked with reporters about what his role might be in April.  “I know I have three innings in me, maybe 45-50 pitches,” he said. “Probably all I can be is an opener right..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • Gordon Beckham fighting his way back from brink, and onto Tigers roster

    Detroit News "Gordon Beckham has asked himself some very difficult questions the last couple of years. Spending the bulk of two seasons in Triple-A after turning 30 will do that to a player, especially one who got to the big leagues and had success less than a year after he was drafted. Questions..." March 19

  • Tigers option OF Dustin Peterson, RHP Zac Reininger to Triple-A Toledo

    Bless You Boys "The latest casualties in the battle for roster spots were announced on Monday morning, as the Detroit Tigers optioned two players to Triple-A Toledo and dismissed two others from major league camp. The most notable of those cuts was outfielder Dustin Peterson, who has..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Yankees’ Brian Cashman should be glad he passed on Tigers’ Michael Fulmer

    Newark Star-Ledger "Going into the offseason, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman identified starting pitching as a top priority. He eventually settled on James Paxton, J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia. That game plan might have been different, had he traded..." March 15

  • Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos is right: The MLB system is broken

    Detroit Free Press "I completely agree with Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos – Major League Baseball is a mess. “The system we have now is broken,” Castellanos said. Seemingly half of MLB's 30 teams are rebuilding.  The free-agent market..." March 15

  • Daniel Norris appears to be the odd man out of the Tigers’ rotation

    Bless You Boys "The Tigers came into spring camp with six starting pitchers, and only five spots in their rotation. A decision, made either by the team or by attrition, was always going to come due. We’re not quite there yet, with two weeks and several starts apiece remaining until Opening Day,..." March 14

  • Tigers Shut Down Michael Fulmer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have shut down righty Michael Fulmer, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports (Twitter links). Manager Ron Gardenhire says that Fulmer “took a step back to refine his lower body mechanics.” Typically, pitchers only hit the shelf in mid-March if they are..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14