Detroit Tigers

Banister benches Prince Fielder Well, to be honest I thought I was gonna be wrong the day after I wrote that Jurickson Profar should stay with up with the Texas Rangers and not be sent down to Triple-A. It may not be under the circumstances I would have liked but it does look like he’ll be around in the big leagues a bit longer. Profar played in each of the seven games Rougned Odor missed while he was suspended for punching Jose Bautista. Profar had hit in each of those seven games, plus one more, now owning a .378 batting […]

Prince Fielder benched for Jurickson Profar

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My favorite baseball moment (written to *hopefully be published as part of an upcoming book, details soon if it is included) The most amazing baseball moment in my life began with a loss. It wasn’t at all your everyday regular season, we can get ‘em tomorrow, kind of loss. The Oakland Athletics were up two games in the 2012 American League Division Series going into Detroit and a couple of days later found themselves back in Oakland for Game 5. Detroit Tigers’ had their star pitcher, the reigning AL MVP AND Cy Young Award winner, Justin Verlander, on the mound. […]

My favorite baseball moment

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What happened to Sonny Gray? Well, so much for my dream re-match of the pitcher’s duel that was Games 2 and 5 of the 2013 American League Division Series. Just a rookie who had been called up in July, Sonny Gray faced Justin Verlander in the postseason twice. He was brilliant in one outing and had a quality start in the other. Gray got a no-decision and a loss. Yet, for those of you who remember – Verlander was today’s Clayton Kershaw. He had won the AL MVP and AL CY Young just two seasons prior and was considered one […]

So much for my dream re-match between Gray & Verlander

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Gray or Verlander: Who’s got the edge in the re-match? The last time these two pitchers went head to head in a game one was the 2011 Cy Young  Award and 2011 American League MVP  and the other was a rookie who had been called up to the big leagues in July. Oh and it was three years ago in the postseason. The pitching champ was Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tiger. The rookie a kid named Sonny Gray, from the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers had already defeated the Athletics in 2012, taking the ALDS to a full five games. […]

Gray and Verlander finally meet again for 2013 ALDS re-match

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Why hasn‘t anyone committed to Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes is one of the biggest names free still left on the free agent market. He probably didn’t expect to find himself without a job in January but no one has committed to Cespedes yet.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for outfielders; other big names are still looking for the right offer. Alex Gordon and Justin Upton are both looking for homes in 2016 and beyond. There are more than a few teams that are on the lookout for an outfielder as well, specifically for Cespedes. The Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, San […]

No one’s committed to Cespedes, For the Angels it should ...

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 Should potential buyers be weary of signing Yoenis Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes had a couple of unbelievable months in August and September after being traded to the New York Mets from the Detroit Tigers. In fact, he’s had a very good year on the whole, batting .291 with 35 home runs and 105 RBI combined between his time with both teams. However, once October hit and Cespedes stepped on to baseball’s biggest stage, he hasn’t been the same player the Mets had during the second half of the regular season. His offense has gone downhill since the National League Division Series, […]

Buyer Beware: Should Cespedes get a big free agent contract?

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A few previously highly ranked teams’ ships are slowly sinking: just look at the Nationals, Mariners and Angels At the start of every season, so-called “experts” make their predictions on which teams will be the strongest during the regular season and ultimately make the playoffs. Some years they come closer than others, but in a sport where anything can happen, their predictions are rarely correct. This season has been one where quite a few teams, predicted to be powerhouses, have severely under-performed. The team getting the most flack for their performance (or lack of) in 2015 are the Washington Nationals. […]

Nationals, Mariners and Angels all underachieving in 2015

Dombrowski in as president of baseball operations, Cherington out as GM The Boston Red Sox have named former Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski their new president of baseball operations. Dombrowski was recently and very suddenly released from his contract with the Tigers. At the time,  Dombrowski expressed his desire to continue working with a Major League Club in the same capacity but I don’t think anyone thought that that time would come this quickly. Current Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was given the option to stay on as the team’s GM but declined the opportunity. He will stay […]

Dave Dombrowski named Red Sox president of baseball operations

After the 2013 season, Robinson Cano, arguably the best second baseman in baseball, surprised everyone by electing to explore free agency instead of immediately re-signing with the New York Yankees – the only team he had played with during his nine-year career. Still, it was widely assumed that he would become the next in a line of Yankees to play his entire career wearing pinstripes (Jeter, Rivera, Posada, etc.). In December of that year, he further shocked the baseball community when he signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million. The Yankees’ highest offer reportedly came in […]

Is Cano’s contract the worst in baseball today?

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Update: August 5, 2015 8:30 pm PT Ok, now that Dave Dombrowski has made a statement, things are coming a little more into focus on this situation. The former president, CEO and GM of the Detroit Tigers wasn’t told anything about his “release” from the team until just before we were. Dombrowski told on Wednesday, It’s pretty simple. Mike Illitch let me know yesterday, they were going in a different leadership direction.” Dombrowski wasn’t exactly shocked, however, with his contract expiring at the end of the season he hadn’t heard anything about its renewal either. Still, it means that […]

Update: Dombrowski didn’t know of his “release” from the Tigers ...

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Although still fifth place in the American League West, the Oakland Athletics appear to be turning things around. They’ve won six of their last seven games, taking three of four from the AL East first place New York Yankees and completing their first sweep of the season over the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have been sliding downhill fast and while they began the season fighting the Kansas City Royals for first place in the AL Central, they’ve now fallen four and a half games behind the Royals and the Minnesota Twins after what is, after today’s loss to Oakland, a […]

Surging A’s get first sweep of the season over flailing ...

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The Oakland A’s have had a rough first two months of the season. Going into June they were 20-33 and 12 games out of first place in the American League West.  The team showed signs of life nearing the end of May, even after losing left fielder Coco Crisp for what could be the rest of the season and with closer Sean Doolittle coming off the disabled list to make one appearance before being hit with another injury. Still the team was beginning to play a little better, committing fewer (though still too many) errors and overall playing more cohesively […]

A’s defeat Tiger’s on Zobrist’s grand slam & other notes