Found September 20, 2012 on

The Detroit Tigers have been all in from the start of the regular season. They knew that losing Victor Martinez was going to be too big of a loss to overcome, so general manager Dave Dombrowski decided to go out and bring in Prince Fielder for the next nine years. This was a Tigers team that was not going to settle for just reaching the American League Championship Series. This team has World Series or bust written all over it. The problem is, the Tigers are in danger of missing the playoffs entirely with just two weeks remaining in the 2012 regular season. Despite a triple crown threat in Miguel Cabrera and an elite starting pitcher in Justin Verlander, Detroit finds themselves two games behind the Chicago White Sox with 14 games left. Simply put, if Detroit does not even qualify for the 2012 MLB Playoffs, especially with an additional wild card spot, change will be inevitable in Detroit after this season. That could all begin with Tigers’ manager, Jim Leyland. I am not saying that this is Leyland’s fault. Not by a long shot. Some of the Tigers players have underperformed this year. And although Detroit went out and brought in Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez through the trade route, the team has still come up short at times throughout the season. And since you cannot get rid of half the team – unless you are the Boston Red Sox – teams generally get rid of the manager. Again, I am not saying that this disappointment is Leyland’s fault, especially if Detroit does not even reach the postseason, but he may be the fall guy. If Leyland is seen as the scapegoat, whether he is relieved of his duties or if he decides to hang it up on his own, could the Tigers replace another manager who led a team to great seasons, only to also be used as a scapegoat himself? Terry Francona was a major reason why the Boston Red Sox were able to end an 86 year World Series drought in 2004. He also led Boston to another championship in 2007, only to be forced to part ways after a collapse last year brought out the worst in the team with players drinking and eating in the clubhouse. The team said that Francona lost control with the players. How did that work out by replacing Francona with Bobby Valentine? Clearly, it is not the manager. It is the whiny bunch of overpaid, overrated players still left over. Francona has taken the year off from managing to work as an ESPN analyst. While I am sure he is content there, his heart is still in managing. Many teams will be interested in his services, but he could come at a costly price, And it is also unknown as to Francona would manage a team who is not all that close to having legitimate World Series aspirations. But what about the Tigers? They have the money. They are desperate to get back to the World Series. They may be looking for a change. Leyland may not be the problem. So far, we don’t even know how this story will end. Detroit could catch Chicago and win the World Series. I ave no idea. But if they do not, whether Leyland is seen as the problem or not, Francona could be the solution.  

Upton, Verlander spotted out together in public

Yep, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander are still dating and going strong. While Upton has gone quiet since Detroit went nuts over the possibility of their ace dating the most notorious swimsuit model of a generation, it seems things are moving along just fine with baseball’s royal couple. The two were spotted last week – in daylight for the first time – during a stroll along...

Keith Hernandez will reportedly shave his mustache at the end of the season

Come Sept. 27, Keith Hernandez may no longer be Keith Hernandez. You’ve seen him as the NL MVP in 1979. You’ve seen him in five All-Star games. You’ve seen him nearly lead the Mets to the World Series in 1988 only to fall one victory short. You’ve seen him in “Seinfeld. You’ve seen him in the broadcast booth. But all the while, you’ve seen Keith Hernandez with a mustache...

Tigers' Scherzer confident he will start Sunday

DETROIT If you asked the Magic 8-Ball whether Max Scherzer will make his next scheduled start Sunday, you'd probably get an answer like, "All signs point to yes." Scherzer, who had to leave his last start three days ago after just two innings because of shoulder weakness, is feeling a lot better. Scherzer played catch out to 75 feet Friday and was very encouraged...

Defensive mistakes cost Tigers sweep

DETROIT The old saying is defense wins championships. If that's the case, the Tigers are probably not going to need any champagne. The box score from Thursday afternoon's 12-4 loss to the Oakland A's shows that the Tigers made one error, Omar Infante's throwing error in the third inning that allowed a run to score. "I think Omar's play, he just didn'...

Game 2012.149: Athletics at Tigers

(sorry for the late post) 79-69, 2nd place, 2 games behind CWS, E# 13. Quick turnaround today. Let’s not discount how well the Tigers have played over the last two days. The Athletics were the ALs hottest team coming into Detroit, posting an 8-2 record over their last 10 games and going 22-9 over the last month+. And the Tigers have won two snoozers. A sweep this afternoon could...

Verlander: Cabrera should be MVP

Tigers ace Justin Verlander's opinion if Miguel Cabrera was not named MVP if his teammate wins the Triple Crown: "Bull (expletive)."

Verlander: 'Bull' if Miggy's not MVP

Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of doing something that hasn't been done in baseball for a long time, and even that might not win him the MVP. The reigning winner of that award has a couple of problems with that. Justin Verlander, who won the Cy Young and MVP last season, has put his support firmly behind his teammate in this year's race for the award. However, there are...

Twins try to derail Detroit on the road

With the season winding down, the Detroit Tigers will only see two teams the rest of the way.Fortunately for them, one of them is the Minnesota Twins.The Tigers try for a fifth win in six games in this series as they open a three-game set against the visiting Twins on Friday night.Detroit (79-70) scored a combined 18 runs in kicking off its 10-game homestand with back-to-back wins...

Tigers 12, Athletics 2

Miguel Cabrera homered twice, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers had no trouble overcoming an early injury to right-hander Max Scherzer in a 12-2 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Cabrera matched a career high with six RBIs and now has 40 homers on the season - also a career best. Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta added home runs for the...

Avila cleared to play Friday after suffering a mild concussion

After suffering a mild concussion earlier in the week, Tigers catcher Alex Avila was cleared to play Thursday afternoon and should be in the lineup Friday when the Tigers begin a critical series against the Minnesota Twins. Avila reportedly passed a SCAT II test Thursday morning which originally revealed the mild concussion earlier in the week. “Everything was just better across...

Tigers fail to sweep as A's pull away for win

DETROIT (AP) -- Seth Smith homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-4 Thursday in a matchup of AL playoff contenders. Both teams began the day in second place in their divisions, and Oakland held an edge in the wild-card race. The Tigers fell 2 games behind the Central-leading Chicago White Sox...

Two Crooked Innings Help Oakland Athletics Blitz Detroit Tigers, Preserve Wild Card Lead

The Detroit Tigers are running out of time to make their move in 2012. In an important and winnable game, both Anibal Sanchez and the bullpen came up small and the Tigers offense left eight men on base, contributing to … Continue reading →

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury…

The other day my good friend and colleague, Jeffery, publicly mocked me for not being tuned in to Anibal Sanchez’s at-the-time no-no.  In his screed, Jeff notes how he sent me text, a text that compelled me to call him and find out what was going on.  However, when you read a little more closely, you realize that this all happened on Saturday. Now, I’m sure I don’t need...

A's end two-game skid by beating Tigers

DETROIT - Don't talk wild card or division title to Bob Melvin. "All I'm trying to do is win as many games as I can," the Oakland manager said Thursday afternoon after his A's came back to drub Detroit 12-4 to break a two-game slide by winning the final game of the series. Oakland has made a living off other teams' mistakes this year, while Detroit...

Tigers down the stretch and in a hole

DETROIT -- It's not the situation the Tigers hoped to be in at this point, but there's no denying it. With 16 games to go heading into Tuesday night's game against the Oakland A's, the Tigers are three games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American Leagues Central Division. Manager Jim Leyland points out that at this time last year, the St. Louis Cardinals were...
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