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OK, that article header is meant to be taken figuratively, so hang in there with me. If the Detroit Tigers don’t bring back the Brad Penny to be their 5th starter in 2012, they are very likely to bring back a Brad Penny.
The Tigers would have absolutely loved for one of their few home-grown products to prove MLB worthy at this point. However, Andy Oliver has tanked in both of his big league chances over the past 2 seasons and the team’s #1 prospect, Jacob Turner, did nothing in 2011 at either the minor or major league level to prove that he could take a rotation spot in the spring and throw 30 games for Jim Leyland’s crew.
Perhaps the most enticing in-house option is that of Drew Smyly. The left-hander was dubbed the team’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, and deservedly so. He dominated high-A Lakeland and didn’t blink an eye when he was promoted to AA Erie, only stepping up his game in a notorious hitter’s league.
Between the two leagues, Smyly was 11-6 with a ...
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In March, I suggested in this space that Miguel Cabrera would have his worst season as a Tiger.
"I remember," Dave Dombrowski told me a few days ago.
Dombrowski, the Tigers' president and general manager, was standing in a Milwaukee hotel at baseball's executive meetings when I reminded him of my mid-spring prediction. He smiled.
You see, Miguel Cabrera did not...
On the day it was announced that he had won the American Leagues Cy Young Award, Justin Verlander told a funny story that described how his teammates regard him.
Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers lighthearted but heavy-hitting first baseman, romped through the clubhouse wearing a Superman cape.
Verlander, in Cabreras view, was baseballs version of Superman this season.
It was not a very good year for Brandon Inge, and every metric you examine just tells a story of how truly bad the season went for Inge. However, despite that, there's a good bet you'll see Inge in the lineup regularly next season.
In our final contest of the Movember MLB Mustache Madness regional semi-finals, the Wild Card bracket gives a pair of big fake artifical ones... mustaches I mean. What did you think I was talking about?
Considering the great legacy of Brewer mustaches it is only fair that their mascot boast one of the best in the mascot business, but is it good enough to beat...
The Detroit Tigers' postseason run ended with a loss to the Texas Rangers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, but that didn't stop manager Jim Leyland from watching every second of the World Series.
With Justin Verlander’s unanimous selection as the AL Cy Young Award winner, it seems like a good time to revisit an article written on August 3rd exploring how dominant Verlander had been at the start of games.
On July 31st, Verlander took a no-hit bid into the 8th inning, marking the third time he had accomplished that feat in his first 24 starts. Using a calculation described...
Here's a look from Free Press baseball writer John Lowe at the MVP worthiness of Justin Verlander's most apparent rivals for the award -- and some comments by and about Verlander's candidacy: CF, Boston
The Detroit Tigers signed catcher Gerald Laird to a one-year, $1 million contract on Friday.
Laird will play in his second stint with the club, having spent time with Detroit in the 2009-10 season prior to signing with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 32-year-old batted .232 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 108 plate appearances this past season.
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Justin Verlander won the Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote, which means he'll try to do better next year. This...
Catcher Gerald Laird is returning to the Detroit Tigers, agreeing to a $1 million, one-year contract.
Laird hit .232 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 37 games last season for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The 32-year-old Laird has a .241 career average with 35 homers in nine major league seasons. He was with the Tigers from 2009-10 and also has played for Texas...
On Monday, the results of the American League MVP race will be revealed; here’s who I would put in my top-10:
10. Alex Avila, C – Detroit Tigers
Alex Avila’s line as a catcher in 2011 was incredible, hitting .295/.389/.506 with 33 doubles and 19 home runs. At just 24 years of age, Avila won his first silver slugger and could be in line for many to come.
9. Evan Longoria...
The Tigers have made their first somewhat significant move of the off-season by signing catcher Gerald Laird to a one-year deal. Before you get too upset, keep in that he will probably be playing fewer than 40 games as Alex Avila's back-up catcher. The 32-year-old Laird needs no introduction to Tigers fans who remember him as a good field no hit catcher on the 2009-2010 teams...
The Tigers this morning announced they have signed Gerald Laird to a one-year contract to serve as the backup catcher to Alex Avila.