Ian Kinsler knickers, is Nick Castellanos Greek, Drew Smyly ebola, Torii Hunter inflatable furniture: 2014 Tigers

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"I ain't going to sign that. A couple of people have tried. I said, 'No. That ain't even me. That's my feet.'"

http://espn.go.com/blog/jayson-stark/post/_/id/617/hunter-paid-a-price-for-fenway-flip

Andy K, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 18:18 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Shins exploded, ligaments flopping all over the place.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10646038/bruce-rondon-detroit-tigers-torn-elbow-ligament-miss-season

Andy K, Friday, 21 March 2014 18:42 (five years ago) link

Collecting shortstops now.

Andy K, Monday, 24 March 2014 13:55 (five years ago) link

@TonyPaul1984
Alex Gonzalez played two more games at short than Omar Vizquel last season.

http://www.thedetroitsportssite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dave+Dombrowski+Detroit+Tigers+v+Miami+Marlins+yFoVr7pFoFOx.jpg

Andy K, Monday, 24 March 2014 16:17 (five years ago) link

@beckjason
Dombrowski said they were in a jam, disagreed when asked if they were scrambling. "I'd say busy," he said.

Andy K, Monday, 24 March 2014 16:25 (five years ago) link

alex gonazalez in 2013: 41 games, -1.0 war, 18 ops+

mookieproof, Monday, 24 March 2014 16:29 (five years ago) link

Source: Cabrera close to deal on long-term extension with Tigers

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 March 2014 21:54 (five years ago) link

@TonyPaul1984
Those suggesting #Tigers are spend-happy again, not true. They were deliberately frugal this winter, and loads of cash comes off books soon.

@TonyPaul1984
Simply put, this was a deal the #Tigers had to do. The best hitter in franchise history, and he's showing no signs of slowing.

Maybe he was worth more than he was paid, 2008-2013.

Andy K, Thursday, 27 March 2014 23:24 (five years ago) link

Just because other players are coming off the books doesnt make it a good idea to give 30m to a 35+ yo cabrera

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 27 March 2014 23:51 (five years ago) link

Mike Ilitch is 84 years old and wants the team to win a World Series before he dies. He does not care.

Andy K, Thursday, 27 March 2014 23:59 (five years ago) link

Buster_ESPN
Haven't heard as much disgust over a contract from rival execs since the Jayson Werth contract. Industry is in shock over the Cabrera deal.

Andy K, Friday, 28 March 2014 00:01 (five years ago) link

Haha -- Illitch bought the team for $82 million.

Andy K, Friday, 28 March 2014 00:08 (five years ago) link

I wonder how much a star player like Kershaw or Cabrera bring in money, t-shirt sales, ticket sales, etc.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 28 March 2014 01:09 (five years ago) link

i'd probably pay $250 million to see cabrera in person it balances out

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Friday, 28 March 2014 02:37 (five years ago) link

Kershaw is in a market where you don't really need star power but Detroit might..

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Friday, 28 March 2014 02:39 (five years ago) link

Had the Tigers let Cabrera walk after 2015, nothing short of hiring Brandon Inge as manager would have repaired the fan base damage.

Andy K, Friday, 28 March 2014 02:48 (five years ago) link

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Bringing the mosh (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 28 March 2014 04:42 (five years ago) link

Every 10-year contract up until now has become an embarrassment before year 5 -- you'd think that people wouldn't be so eager to hand them out.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 28 March 2014 07:06 (five years ago) link

Apparently they can afford the embarrassment for the sake of the next 3-4 years

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 March 2014 10:47 (five years ago) link

pray it doesnt pour in DC tomw so Karl Malone and I can heckle Miggy

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 March 2014 19:02 (five years ago) link

Guy's a homer but

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/cabreras-millions-and-baseballs-billions/

Andy K, Friday, 28 March 2014 22:51 (five years ago) link

how do you feel about this situation andy k

mookieproof, Saturday, 29 March 2014 01:00 (five years ago) link

I see both sides.

Let's revisit this in 2065, when the contract expires.

Andy K, Saturday, 29 March 2014 01:05 (five years ago) link

haha

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 03:19 (five years ago) link

ian kinsler is the new brandon inge

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 20:31 (five years ago) link

Won two challenges today.

Andy K, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 21:18 (five years ago) link

And a game.

Andy K, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 21:18 (five years ago) link

Verlander, previously 0-for-career, 2-for-2 off Ian Kennedy thus far tonight.

That's one more hit than the team had last night.

Andy K, Sunday, 13 April 2014 01:56 (five years ago) link

strds

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Sunday, 13 April 2014 04:15 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

@Tom_Gage
incredible streak - #Tigers Victor Martinez has gone 151 games w/o taking called third strike - 117 last year, 11 post-season, 23 this year

And he's no hacker. Bananas.

Andy K, Friday, 2 May 2014 14:50 (five years ago) link

Now with Joel Hanrahan

Andy K, Friday, 2 May 2014 15:42 (five years ago) link

@Tom_Gage
#Tigers Victor Martinez about first called 3rd strike since 5/21/13: "If I'd known (it had been that long), I would have swung."

Andy K, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 23:35 (five years ago) link

Really like that the team is running more often, but

T Hunter doubled to left.
T Hunter caught stealing third, catcher to third.
M Cabrera homered to left center.

Andy K, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 23:36 (five years ago) link

ROBBIE RAY IS THE FIRST TIGER TO WIN HIS FIRST START AT AGE 22 OR YOUNGER SINCE JEFF WEAVER IN 1999.

Andy K, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 23:16 (five years ago) link

take sides: '14 astros vs. '99 twins

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 23:42 (five years ago) link

So...Paul Nauert...

http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/visual/whatshot/ToriiSlap051214.gif

Andy K, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:58 (five years ago) link

jeez louiiizze

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 May 2014 14:16 (five years ago) link

Huh.

"That's my guy," Hunter told The Detroit News of Nauert. "He was trying to cover my mouth. I've known him too long [to be upset]. He was just saying to me, 'C'mon, T. You're way better than that.' And he's right.

"I apologize to the fans for my reaction."

Andy K, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 14:34 (five years ago) link

2013: 35 SB, 20 CS
2014: 35 SB, 13 CS

Andy K, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:50 (five years ago) link

Like Verlander, Ausmus seemed intent on answering questions about the pitch in the most direct and brief way possible. What was his view of the pitch?

"My view was from the dugout," Ausmus said.

http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2014/05/justin_verlander_on_pitch_he_t.html

Andy K, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 23:37 (five years ago) link

lol ausmus

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 23:41 (five years ago) link

@beckjason
Not only have #Tigers matched last year's SB total, they lead the AL. They've led league at season's end only once in last 80 years.

Word to Milt Cuyler.

Andy K, Thursday, 15 May 2014 17:27 (five years ago) link

Make that Brian Hunter.

Andy K, Thursday, 15 May 2014 17:32 (five years ago) link

@TonyPaul1984
Interesting. #Rangers GM Jon Daniels says neither Fielder, Kinsler took physicals in trade. Showed how badly #Tigers wanted Prince out.

Andy K, Saturday, 17 May 2014 21:32 (five years ago) link

Road warriors

Porcello on his way to a WTF ASG start

Avila's OBP higher than that of Cabrera

Andy K, Sunday, 18 May 2014 02:35 (five years ago) link

Are the Tigers just playing exceptionally well, or are they good enough to win 105-110 games? The rotation would seem to be at least the equal of what the Phillies had that one year.

clemenza, Monday, 19 May 2014 01:58 (five years ago) link

Even 100 seems unlikely, but...how many times have recent Red Sox teams been swept at home while being held to three or fewer runs (in a three-game series)?

Andy K, Monday, 19 May 2014 03:46 (five years ago) link

how about castellanos not bunting!

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 August 2014 19:57 (five years ago) link

Miguel Cabrera's health leaves a dark cloud over Tigers' pennant push

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140831/SPORTS0104/308310017

Twelve months later, with the Tigers in the inferno of another playoff chase, Cabrera is again aching. And again he is attempting to cope with pain, all because he wants to play, the Tigers want to win, and nobody is sure that even a few days of rest will make significant difference.

Andy K, Sunday, 31 August 2014 15:52 (five years ago) link

two innings, three errors

mookieproof, Sunday, 31 August 2014 19:04 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VswuVZ_0ZAI

peepee, Monday, 1 September 2014 14:40 (five years ago) link

ha haha - i get this reference.

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 1 September 2014 19:40 (five years ago) link

Yeah -- Daniels is a Tigers fan.

Andy K, Tuesday, 2 September 2014 00:09 (five years ago) link

Verlander did not comment specifically on the photos.

Andy K, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 01:15 (five years ago) link

@dschoenfield Aug 12
I know, hard to believe ... RT @mdfrese wait, you mean relying on the guy Houston cut might not work out?

This was such a bright tweet a couple weeks ago, when Martinez was slumping. Besides, the Astros are so smart now!

Martinez has 19 HR in 99 games, a .911 OPS, a .679 "late and close" SLG, and is paid the league minimum.

Even if he sucks the rest of the season, he has "worked out."

(Astros left fielders this year: .209/.279/.316.)

Andy K, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 16:40 (five years ago) link


San Francisco - Top of 1st SCORE
David Price pitching for Detroit SF DET
A Pagan struck out looking. 0 0
J Panik flied out to center. 0 0
B Posey singled to right. 0 0
H Pence singled to right, B Posey to third. 0 0
P Sandoval singled to center, B Posey scored, H Pence to second. 1 0
A Susac doubled to deep right center, H Pence and P Sandoval scored. 3 0
J Arias doubled to left, A Susac scored. 4 0
M Duffy struck out looking. 4 0

I can't recall this many frustrating/Twilight Zone-type games in 2008, when they went 74-88.

Andy K, Saturday, 6 September 2014 17:28 (five years ago) link

Starting Romine, Kelly, and "Lobber," looking at being three games back -- no worries.

Andy K, Sunday, 7 September 2014 20:40 (five years ago) link

Wasn't sarcasm.

Andy K, Monday, 8 September 2014 03:13 (five years ago) link

Don't fuck this up, bullpen.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 8 September 2014 22:23 (five years ago) link

Kelly is out there trying to kill Hunter.

Andy K, Monday, 8 September 2014 22:39 (five years ago) link

https://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/865759480.gif

Andy K, Monday, 8 September 2014 22:50 (five years ago) link

Tip of the cap to Ned Yost for calling for a third-inning sac bunt against one of the league's least effective pitchers, btw.

Andy K, Monday, 8 September 2014 22:54 (five years ago) link

Thanks, Jarrod.

Andy K, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:53 (five years ago) link

@based_ball
J.D. Martinez has a higher WAR than the Astros outfield

Andy K, Saturday, 13 September 2014 02:45 (five years ago) link

ready for a long-term contract then?

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 September 2014 03:46 (five years ago) link

Really entertaining listening to broadcast booth addition Jack Morris refer to Justin Verlander as Justin Morneau and to the Tigers as the Twins.

Andy K, Sunday, 14 September 2014 19:38 (five years ago) link

The Tigers scored a run on a botched intentional walk. Small ball!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:42 (five years ago) link

Jack Morris seriously thought Kinsler was credited with an RBI for that.

Andy K, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:44 (five years ago) link

Morris used the phrases "never-never land" and "the triangle out there" following a bloop single.

Andy K, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:48 (five years ago) link

Thing is, it's 6-3. He broadcasts to the score; if the Tigers come back and make it 6-6, that's when he'll really bear down.

clemenza, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:51 (five years ago) link

OTM

Andy K, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:54 (five years ago) link

The tying run is on for the Indians. Jack's about to step it up!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:00 (five years ago) link

Oh no, not Giambi.

Andy K, Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:05 (five years ago) link

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140916/SPORTS0104/309160096/Jack-Morris-Tigers-TV-cameo-hope-there-s-an-opportunity-down-road-

“Unfortunately, Justin does a lot of the talking when we have conversations,” Morris said. “I understand him, he’s wired kind of the same way I was when I played. We both have strong will and beliefs in what we do.

“I think there’s things that I could help Justin with, but until I know that he’s coming to me with sincere ears wide open, I feel like it’s not my job.”

Morris also was asked about Max Scherzer, who let a big lead slip away Monday, and the difference between him and Morris.

Morris responded with this zinger:

“The one huge comparison,” he said laughing, “he’s got one complete game.”

Does Scherzer have any wild-pitch RBI?

Andy K, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:41 (five years ago) link

jack morris sounds like a prick

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:46 (five years ago) link

That's seven blown saves for Joe Nathan. Should the Tigers miss the playoffs, that number will look far worse than it does now.

Andy K, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 03:18 (five years ago) link


G IP H HR ER K BB SV BSV WHIP ERA
Vs Tigers 61 62.2 33 2 10 75 23 36 0 0.894 1.44
As a Tiger 58 54.2 58 5 31 52 28 32 7 1.573 5.10

Andy K, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:06 (five years ago) link

Earliest Free Agent: 2016

Andy K, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:11 (five years ago) link

You'd think Ausmus would try to get two innings out of Jim Johnson during a post-clinch game only, yet...

Andy K, Thursday, 18 September 2014 03:17 (five years ago) link

@beckjason
Ausmus on McCann stolen base: "Every once in a while, Omar [Vizquel] gets bored over there, so he sends somebody."

Andy K, Saturday, 20 September 2014 15:37 (five years ago) link

and there was noooooo doubt about it

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 September 2014 20:35 (five years ago) link

btw raul ibanez is 1-for-41 against lefties this year

gotta dance with who brung ya tho

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 September 2014 20:53 (five years ago) link

Nathan remains the closer and Soria mops up for Phil Coke.

Andy K, Sunday, 21 September 2014 21:07 (five years ago) link

Closer watches starter surrender five ninth-inning hits and a three-run lead. Remains closer.

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:27 (five years ago) link

gets a win

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:37 (five years ago) link

And Soria will be available for mop-up tomorrow. Win-win.

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 03:04 (five years ago) link

@castrovince
Victor Martinez update: 35 (age), .335 (AVG), 31 (HR), 32 (2B), 40 (K). "Age," he said this morning, "is just a number." #Tigers

He is going to get so paid by the...

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:29 (five years ago) link

he was talking about his 88 year-old gf tho

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:41 (five years ago) link

chris sale is pretty good

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

andrew romine is fun . . . damental!

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 19:54 (five years ago) link

Now that it's no longer a save situation, Nathan has refrained from warming up, and now September call-ups mop-up men Soria and Sanchez are getting loose.

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:00 (five years ago) link

‏@based_ball
J.D. Martinez
Pull: 1.254 OPS
Center: 1.036 OPS
Opposite: 1.456 OPS

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:42 (five years ago) link

@matthewbmowery
Sale on binocular motion: "I did? I don't remember that, but if I did, I was just goofing off and trying to keep things light in the dugout"

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByUmR2lIEAAfRnv.jpg

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:01 (five years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByUyqSgIgAAxikd.jpg

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:02 (five years ago) link

@scottmerkin
Robin said Ausmus should worry about his own team and Sale is not "weak"

Andy K, Thursday, 25 September 2014 21:45 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

@beckjason
Tigers announce Miguel Cabrera had surgery, not just for bone spurs in ankle but for stress fracture in navicular bone at top of foot.

Andy K, Friday, 24 October 2014 13:58 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

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