Found February 01, 2013 on
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DETROIT Who is being over-looked as the Tigers head into spring training?
There could be a player nobody is thinking about right now who will make an impact. And there are players who have been pushed to the side who will step up as the Tigers attempt to reach the World Series in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1934 and 1935.
Nobody outside of the clubs front office knew Quintin Berry existed at this time last year. Yet, as a 27-year-old rookie, he sparked a team that was lethargic before he burst onto the scene. He cooled off to finish at .258, but scored 44 runs in what amounted to a half season as a regular and led the team with 21 steals while never getting thrown out.
The only job open on this seasons team is left field, where Berry will compete with Andy Dirks and Brennan Boesch. But injuries occur, creating openings.
Still, it will be hard for somebody to come out of the blue to meet those opportunities. If an outfielder goes down, top prospects Nick Castell...
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DETROIT -- Prince Fielder grew up in a privileged household, but his attitude is more reflective of the working-class people of Detroit who pay to watch him play.
He's rarely taken a day off since coming into the league with Milwaukee in 2006.
He played in 157 games in his first full season in the majors. In the five seasons after that, he sat out a total of eight games.
Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of Torii Hunter, but it’s hard to argue with results. Over the last three years Hunter has finished the season ranked 70th, 110th, and 33rd. Ignore him if you want, but whoever drafts Hunter is probably going to get a solid value.
Because of his statistical balance, Hunter will likely be immune to the precipitous decline that befalls many of...
It is getting to be that time of year: TigerFest has reminded that fans that the season is on its way, they pitchers and catchers are starting to pack their bags (they report in only 11 days) the turtle is clearing its throat, and Opening Day is exactly 2 months away.
Here is a scrapbook of highlights from the Tigers’ Winter Caravan and TigerFest.
Well this time last season, the...
Every year, around this time, players advertise themselves as being in the best shape of their lives, either because their offseason conditioning regimens improved, or because previously they were lazy. I think the players are almost always being sincere — they probably, genuinely, feel great — but as fans, we identify this as a cliche, and we generally dismiss it. For one thing...
Depending on what day of the week it is, opinions differ on Torii Hunter. The Detroit Tigers outfielder has a way of shoving his foot in his mouth, but he also has a way of endearing himself to those he has played with, or had some kind of association with. It appears that one of his biggest fans associated with the Los Angeles Angels is going to miss him more than anyone else. That’s...
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