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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.
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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...
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...
DETROIT Justin Verlander wasnt just the American Leagues best pitcher in 2011. He was the best player in baseball a dominant winner who brought an electric power charge to the stadium with every pitch he threw.
Verlander was rewarded for his super season on Monday with the American League Most Valuable Player award. He also won the AL Cy Young last week.
Verlander received 13...
Key Stats: Jhonny Peralta has not been a consistent source of much of anything since he became a full-time player in 2005 with the Indians. He's had three seasons with 15 or less home runs and 4 seasons with more than 20 home runs. A pretty significant difference when evaluating a player's value. He's also had two seasons with an aveage over .290 (including last year...
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Key Stats: Brennan Boesch is going to be 27 years old and has just completed his 2nd “full” year of big league play. He gave us a solid .283/.341/.458 slash line in 2011 good enough for him to be deserving of a roster spot in 10 team leagues. He increased his power last season hitting two more HR’s in 40 less AB’s over the previous season while also striking out less. We...
The American League Most Valuable Player Award is going to be announced at 2:00 pm today, and there’s a pretty good chance that Justin Verlander is going to become just the 10th player to win both the Cy Young and MVP in the same year. Unfortunately, the reasons that Verlander is probably the favorite to win the award aren’t great – the two best position players both played...
In early September, I wrote of the American League MVP race: "A position player should win the award if all things are equal."
One month later, after agonizing over my ballot during contemplative rain delays, I concluded that this was an unequal year.
I voted for Justin Verlander ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury.
I did so after parsing the criteria set forth by the Baseball...
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
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...
Hate to say it, Tigers fans, but a sampling of online opinion this morning would seem to suggest Justin Verlander's chances of winning the American League MVP award this afternoon aren't very good.
Check out the mustachioed elite: Mayor Dave Bing, Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., executive fire commissioner Donald Austin, Democratic Congressman John Conyers, City Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown, Tigers manager Jim Leyland, radio personality Dick Purtan and many judges and attorneys.