Found September 24, 2012 on
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It's an archaic notion, straight out of 1969, 1993 or at least 2011.
Win the division or go home.
No wild card. No second wild card. No safety net , to borrow the radioactive political term. The American League Central is old school: one bid, two teams, 10 games left.
The new wild-card round has transformed races across baseball ... except for this outlier. In every other division, the second-place team is a viable contender for a wild card. Baltimore (AL East) has the AL's first spot, one game ahead of Oakland (AL West). In the National League, Atlanta (East) is close to clinching the first wild card, St. Louis (Central) holds the second, and Los Angeles (West) has hope -- albeit faint -- of catching the Cardinals.
Not so in baseball's Big Ten, where the Chicago White Sox hold a one-game lead over the Detroit Tigers. Winner to the first round, loser to the first tee.
"Right now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday, "these are playoff-type games.&...
BEST OF MAXIM
DETROIT -- It's kind of an odd time to be Miguel Cabrera right now, yet he's handling it as well as anyone could.
His team is fighting to catch the Chicago White Sox in the Central Division at the same time he's fast approaching a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 1967.
So what does a guy leading all three Triple Crown categories do when he heads home?
Not since 1967 has Major League Baseball seen a Triple Crown winner. The last man to accomplish that feat was the Boston Red Sox' very own Carl Yastrzemski. The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, could be the next man to don the Triple Crown. After launching his 42nd home run on Saturday, Cabrera tied Josh Hamilton for the American League lead in home runs. The Detroit slugger...
It has been the location of baseball’s glamour profession, the real estate of Ty Cobb and Tri Speaker, annexed by Joe DiMaggio. Hallowed ground fought over for supremacy by Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider, who all played a subway ride away from each other.
Its vastness has both swallowed the slow and incompetent whole and enabled the fleet and...
Miguel Cabrera is doing all he can to help the Detroit Tigers remain in the hunt for a second straight AL Central title.The Tigers hope Max Scherzer is healthy enough to do the same.With Scherzer on the mound in the opener and Cabrera in pursuit of history, the Tigers conclude their weekend home series against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday with a split doubleheader. Cabrera hit his...
81-72, .5 games back.
There was a brief moment of exuberance last night, when the Tigers were arguably tied for first, and Miguel Cabrera was arguably in the Triple Crown lead. Then stephen spoke and all hell broke loose. Minutes later a Josh Hamilton 6th inning HR and an Adam Dunn 8th inning 3 run blast wiped the smiles away, and the Tigers and Cabrera were knocked back down a...
ARLINGTON, Texas The only person who could be standing between Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and a Triple Crown is pulling for the Tigers' slugger to become baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967.
That doesn't mean Hamilton plans to go into a power funk though.
Cabrera started the day leading the American League in batting average and RBIs. He's second...
As nearly every playoff race in the American League becomes closer, so does the MVP race between Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Going into Sunday's games, Cabrera is the clear favorite based on standard statistics. He leads the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs -- the Triple Crown categories. No one has won the Triple Crown since...
Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota 8-0 Saturday, keeping their hopes high in the AL Central race.
Detroit began the day 1 1-2 games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox, who played later at the Los Angeles Angels.
Cabrera's solo shot in the...
Ryan Braun is putting together another MVP season, leading the NL in Home Runs and RBIs. He is also in the top 5 for BA although unlikely to catch Melky Cabrera or Andrew McCutchens.
Braun seems like the natural MVP with his team playing strong down the stretch. However his offseason speculated struggles might scare voters as it has for the Hall of Fame.
Last Week: 3-4
This Week: KC (9/24-27); at Min (9/28-30)
So, What Happened?
Just another bob and weave ride on the choppy waters inside the Good Ship Tiger Pop.
That’s what this team does to you: raises and lowers your hopes like a school flag.
The Tigers fell three games back on Monday after suspect (and MMM is being kind) defense doomed them in a makeup game...
Or a dogma and pony show. Couldn't decide on which was the best pun...
The American and National League Most Valuable Player Award for 2012 is going to be debated for a long time. Which does not make this year any different than last year. Everybody chooses a side and a dogma to hang onto and the problem for just us average joes is wondering who the heck is right...