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Other than the breaking news from yesterday that some people are entrusting their professional livelihood to Gary Sheffield, it’s been spring training as usual for the Tigers.
The pressing lineup questions right now are 2B and a 5th starter. Not surprisingly, Leyland isn’t saying anything about the latter, and I don’t think anyone had enough brass to ask him about the former in the past few days. Is the fifth starter even on the roster yet?
For any of you who plan to visit the Tigers in Lakeland, a local site published a nice intro to Tigertown. Did you know that the Tigers are the team with the longest-standing spring training site?
The title of this ESPN story on AJax is a little ironic.
About that tease…
FanGraphs is running an interesting thread on TV broadcaster ratings. You can read about the inception here, and then check out #31, #30-#21, and #20- #11 (as they are counting backwards). Mario and Rod have not yet made an appearance, which means that they have made the top 10. There has to be some merit to these ratings, as Hawk Harrelson is so despised that the ChiSox ended up last in the rankings, even with the brilliant Steve Stone in the booth. This is also where I found this gem. I can’t wait until FanGraphs does it for radio.
BEST OF MAXIM
Manager Jim Leyland already had a good reason to like new reliever Collin Balester.
"He married a girl from Perrysburg, Ohio, my hometown," Leyland said. "So he can't be all bad."
Balester agreed it was unusual that his wife Ashley already had that connection with his new manager.
"She went to Ohio State and I met her when I was playing in Columbus...
When the Detroit Tigers made their run to the AL championship series last year, Brennan Boesch wasn't able to play.
Boesch, the 26-year-old outfielder who hit 16 home runs in 115 games, was unavailable because of a right thumb injury that required surgery, but he's back now and says he's 100 percent heading into the season.
Boesch is expected to play an important role...
Andy Dirks isn’t going to get a starting spot. With Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young penciled in as likely starters, there isn’t much room in the outfield. But with one Major League season under his belt, Dirks could be a big asset coming off the bench if he shines this spring in Lakeland.
Delmon Young had 112 RBI's in 2010 (Twins)
** Writer’s Note ** – This article is the first of what I will call My “Player Predictions Preview”. Each article will take a different Tiger who will be on the roster out of Spring Training and attempt to predict their season. Obviously not all 25 spots are shoe ins at this point in time, so expect those last bullpen spots,...
Manager Jim Leyland and the Tigers stressed the importance of the double play today during drills at spring training.
As it turns out, the sure way to get Ryan Raburn at his best is when he doesn't think it can get any worse.
There is a buzz once again in the Motor City as baseball fans anxiously anticipate the upcoming season with the unexpected signing of local legend Prince Fielder. Yes, the 27 year old Prince has already reached legendary status in the Detroit area and actually did it many years ago. As a 12 year old, Prince
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Austin Jackson is making a change in his swing, forcing himself to keep his front leg down. Jackson said the change would not be drastic, but he struck out 181 times last season as a leadoff hitter and both he and the Tigers are eager for a change.
By John Pesetski
Special to FOXSportsWisconsin.com PHOENIX You don't replace a player like Prince Fielder. You adjust to his departure. You add a few pieces, you move around others and you ask for a little bit more out of everybody else.Aramis Ramirez, the Milwaukee Brewers' new third baseman, agrees. He will fill Fielder's cleanup spot in the lineup if not Fielder...
The man pays the bills at Miller Park, making him admittedly biased. But Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio thinks everybody is missing the real story about Prince Fielder defecting to Detroit.
Former major league star Gary Sheffield is in Orioles training camp this morning, hoping to sell the O's on former Severna Park star Josh Banks, who has pitched for the Blue Jays, Padres and Astros.