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Baseball fans love a good debate. So do baseball managers.
NESN’s Jenny Dell caught up with a few MLB skippers at the winter meetings down in Nashville this week, and one of the questions she posed was about which division is baseball’s toughest.
As you’d expect, the opinions varied, with the American League West and the American League East each garnering significant attention. Cleveland’s Terry Francona, Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Texas’ Ron Washington were among those to weigh in.
Check out what the skippers had to say in the video above.
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As the winter meetings concluded, many Detroit Tigers fans were left to wonder why team officials even showed up. The reality is that Detroit’s roster is pretty well set in stone at this point. Yes, a change at shortstop could happen, and another right-handed bat might be added to the outfield mix, but by and large, the Tigers have all hands on deck.
The Tigers did make a few moves...
Jim Leyland is a pretty popular guy. And it’s not just because he led the Tigers to the American League pennant last season.
Turns out, the Tigers manager was voted as most popular as a senior superlative back in high school. On the heels of his high school’s 50-year reunion, Leyland told reporters at the winter meetings about the distinction.
“I was kind of wondering, when...
The Cleveland Indians hired Terry Francona to take over a young team with playoff aspirations in 2013. Could the Indians sign Kevin Youkilis as a veteran infielder and reunite him with his former manager with the Boston Red Sox? It may make sense on multiple fronts.
Youkilis is the not the same player he was when he and Francona were winning World Series championships in Boston....
This week at Winter Meetings, Ron Washington got a pop quiz.
“Four other members of your 1988 club are now current Major League managers, just like you. Can you name them?”
The Rangers skipper, approached with this informal test by MLB.com, thought for a moment. “Terry Francona,” he said. Francona, the new leader of the Indians, hit .311 in 62 games that season, primarily...
Is Bruce Rondon the Detroit Tigers' closer heading into 2013? Jim Leyland is ready to see what his young fireballer can do. Continue reading →
The Detroit Tigers pulled off trades with the Red Sox for infielder Jeff Kobernus and with the Mets for lefty reliever Kyle Lobstein. Continue reading →
Could Kyle Lohse be a backup option for the Detroit Tigers if Anibal Sanchez signs elsewhere? ESPN floated that idea in its Rumor Central on Friday. Continue reading →
We are off and running! Congratulations to ThatAlex who was randomly selected in yesterday’s giveaway. He’ll be going to see the Cavs and Lakers next week (hopefully in his new WFNY shirt!) Thanks to all for using the proper format as well, just makes it a little easier on me. As always, feel free to comment on each others’ answers. Love seeing the discussion.
Just a reminder...
Johnny Damon isn’t quite ready to retire.
After 18 years in the majors that included stints with the Royals, Athletics, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Rays and Indians, the 39-year-old told The Boston Globe that he would be open to playing in the 2013 season.
“I liked being home last season with my kids,” Damon said while attending David Ortiz‘ golf tournament. “But I’m in...
DETROIT -- So just what did the Tigers do at baseballs winter meetings, which concluded Thursday in Nashville?
General manager Dave Dombrowski, for the third straight year, did nothing of major significance.
Perhaps the groundwork was laid for a trade or free-agent signing later this winter. But the signing of free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew and the trading of shortstop Jhonny...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland apparently wants Gene Lamont beside him on the bench next season. Leyland said he's shifting the 65-year-old former manager from third-base to bench coach in a move designed to give him "a great baseball mind who will be there with me," acccording to the Detroit Free Press. Tom Brookens will rotate from first-base coach to third...
Terry Francona enjoyed a great deal of success in a big-time market in Boston.
As the Red Sox’ manager for eight seasons, Francona lead the team to two World Series titles and 744 wins. He certainly had a huge impact on the ball club, but it undoubtedly helped that Boston is a major-market team and could pay high-priced talent like David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling...
The Detroit Tigers, at least as far as Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski have let on, have not chased Rafael Soriano much yet, if at all. Continue reading →
The Cleveland Indians continue to target free agent
outfielder Nick Swisher, who’s market could be shifting, according to Jim
Bowden of ESPN, and corner infielder Kevin Youkilis, reports Terry Pluto of the
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Indians hoping to sign Nick Swisher for 4yrs $48-$50m...but market shift has him looking for 4yrs $60m
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December...