Found January 22, 2014 on Baseball Professor:
Torii Hunter is truly one of a kind. You don’t normally see a 38-year-old player coming off a three-year stretch where he averaged 147 games per season — especially playing in the outfield. It’s amazing enough that the man is taking the field (he’s averaged 133 starts in the outfield over the same time span), but when you add in the fact that he’s putting up legitimate fantasy seasons? That’s rare. Given his old age maybe it’s not a coincidence that Hunter has thrown his patience out the window. Take a look at his last three years: Year BB% K% O-Swing% Swing% Contact% SwStr% 2011 9.6 19.3 30.0 46.5 77.2 10.1 2012 6.5 22.8 35.3 51.2 74.9 12.4 2013 4.0 17.3 42.2 56.1 79.0 11.2 Is Hunter trading in his walks for a walker? You can immediately see how his walk rate has been cut from 9.6% to 4.0% last year, and it should come as no surprise that his swing rate both on balls out of the zone and overall has risen considerably. The good news is Hunter is making more contact than ...

Gossip: Justin Verlander, Kate Upton vacationing in Bahamas

The “Are They Back Together” roller coaster ride regarding whether or not Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander and über-supermodel Kate Upton has taken yet another loopty-loop with the news that the two allegedly were spotted together vacationing in the tropical climes of Bahamas. Of course, US Weekly was all over the gossip, courtesy of a […]The post So now it sounds like...

Sports Glory Interview: Nick Carmichael, P, Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Nick Carmichael took the time to do this interview with Sports Glory. He is currently playing for the GCL Tigers. We hope that you enjoy this interview, and thanks for reading! Q. Nick, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. How are you doing today? No problem. I’m doing well, just getting ready for season! Q. What have you been working...

Detroit Tigers 2014 starting rotation preview

The Detroit Tigers have been able to boast one of baseball’s best starting rotations over the past few seasons. A few months ago GM Dave Dombrowski rolled the dice by trading away Doug Fister and hoping that Drew Smyly would be ready to step in and produce. Will the gamble pay off? The Fister trade meant potential double-trouble for the Tigers because not only did the bullpen get...

Baseball betting tips: who will win this year’s MLB?

With a small fortune having already been spent in an attempt to put together a team that can win the World Series, it’s not really surprising that the Dodgers are the bookies favorites to do so in the upcoming season. Indeed, anything other than a major push for honors will be a disastrous failure for LA, but this could put pressure on them – which will make it interesting...

Austin Jackson can dunk a basketball with ease (Video)

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is a tremendous athlete. Baseball America named him the best 12-year-old baseball player in the nation in 1999 and the best 15-year-old player a few years later. Coming out of high school, Jackson was also a top-ranked point guard prospect after averaging 22.5 points per game as a junior. […]

Jim Leyland says he won’t interfere with Brad Ausmus' regime

If you thought Jim Leyland is going to continue to be a fixture at Tigers spring training and in the clubhouse, you’re apparently wrong. According to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press, the former Tigers manager says he won’t interfere with Brad Ausmus’ team nor will he be a regular face at Spring training. “Brad Ausmus is his own man, he has his own ideas, and that’s...

Max Scherzer: 'Detroit is where I want to play'

DETROIT -- Max Scherzer is in a great spot, and he knows it. He holds all the cards in negotiations on a long-term contract, and thoroughly enjoys pitching for the Detroit Tigers. He's pleased with the $15.525 million contract he agreed upon for this year to avoid arbitration after winning the Cy Young Award, and he's eager to get down to Lakeland to work on improving his...

2014 Detroit Tigers Hot Stove – Hitters Preview

  The Detroit Tigers finished 2013 second in runs and RBIs, and first overall in batting average. They also finished seventh in home runs. To state the obvious, this team was one of the most fantasy relevant teams and that will not be changing much for 2014. The Tigers only have one offensive superstar in [...]

Price tag of Tigers' Max Scherzer could be $200 million if he reaches free agency

The Detroit Tigers and Max Scherzer avoided arbitration last week, but there's likely no getting around the monster payday coming for the AL Cy Young winner. While Scherzer is unlikely to approach the record deal Clayton Kershaw received from the Los Angeles Dodgers (seven years, $215 million), he'll be the top pitching target on the market if he makes it to free agency...

Austin Jackson can dunk

The Pistons might have been looking in the wrong place for a scoring option. It turns out that Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson's jumping ability is good for more than bringing home runs back into the stadium.  Teammate Torii Hunter posted a video to Instagram Tuesday that shows Jackson in an empty gym, dribbling down the lane and throwing down a nasty one-handed dunk. "...

Grading the Tigers' Acquisitions

What can a team improve upon when they've reached the American League Championship Series three seasons in a row? Well, when you've only advanced to the World Series in one of those three seasons, then went on to get swept, there's always a move or two to be made.  Here are the three biggest moves the Detroit Tigers have made so far. For an explanation of how I assigned...

Cubs chasing Masahiro Tanaka after missing Anibal Sanchez

The Cubs appealed to the ego, telling Anibal Sanchez he would be their primary building block – and not just another guy behind Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer with the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs likely read from a similar script during their sales pitch to Masahiro Tanaka. Last winter, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and chairman Tom Ricketts sat down at a Miami...

Report: Detroit Tigers interested in veteran RHP Luis Ayala

The Detroit Tigers are among a handful of teams interested in free agent reliever Luis Ayala,’s Jon Heyman tweeted this morning. The Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners also are “looking at” Ayala, according to Heyman. Ayala is a 36-year-old right-hander who had one of his best seasons for the Atlanta Braves in 2013, when he went 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 37...

Throwing Less of Al Alburquerque’s Very Best Pitch

For me, one of the most memorable pitches of the past few seasons is the fastball that Sergio Romo threw by Miguel Cabrera to clinch the 2012 World Series. On its own merits, Romo’s fastball isn’t particularly good, and for that reason, everybody watching figured Romo would throw a slider. For that reason, Romo threw […]

Kate Upton is definitely dating Justin Verlander again, probably

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