Found February 26, 2012 on
Kansas City Royals
RSBS Special Correspondent and Wikipiebenga Creator, Mark “Pie” Piebenga reports:
As soon as Victor Martinez went down, I thought, “well, season’s over.”  But then the Tigers won the Fielder sweepstakes (at a cost that boggles the mind: apparently Little Caesar’s is a pretty lucrative organization. Everybody reading this please buy a five dollar Hot N Ready so they can pay the Prince. And here is my obligatory admission that the back end of that contract is going to be a total nightmare). A season that looked suddenly suspect just as suddenly became the most exciting spring I can remember.
If they can keep healthy, and get production anywhere close to last year from Delmon Young, Alex Avila, and Brennan Boesch’s first half, and get consistent quality from Messrs. Verlander, Fister, Scherzer, and Porcello (not to mention the newly Dotel-ified bullpen), it augers Another Very Interesting Year To Be A Tigers Fan.
There are still some big question marks. It’s looking like a platoo...
BEST OF MAXIM
LAKELAND, Fla. -- This early in camp, the Tigers have been very healthy, knock on wood.
But manager Jim Leyland said after Sunday's workout that Joaquin Benoit did not throw as planned.
"He had a stiff neck," Leyland said. "He's fine, but we're not taking any chances with him."
Benoit said he was fine when he arrived Sunday morning.
This is a very hard article to write on the Detroit Tigers simply because there are so few DONTs on their Major League roster. This off-season they spent some big money signing Prince Fielder and have been in the discussion regarding some high profile international players. Let’s look at who you should draft and who you should let drift by.
Don’t expect anything less than an...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- One day you're growing up in Arkansas and the next you're at spring training, working out with the American League MVP and Cy Young winner.
It didn't happen quite that fast for lefty Drew Smyly. It just seems like it.
Smyly, 22, was the Tigers' second-round pick in the June 2010 draft. His ascension in the system has been rapid, considering he...
David Pauley is the first to admit he didn't get the job done in Detroit last season.
The right-handed reliever was part of a six-player trade with Seattle on July 30. He pitched in 39 games for the Mariners with a 2.15 ERA, and the Tigers wanted him to help shore up their bullpen as a setup man for All-Star closer Jose Valverde.
Instead, Pauley was rocked during his two months...
Jacob Turner and Patrick Leyland got to know each other as high schoolers facing each other in summer ball. They had an ongoing dialogue Saturday morning on one of the back fields at Tigertown.
Rick Porcello had a great July, winning all five starts for the Tigers. It was the month that turned a mediocre season into a good one, and it was only natural for the 23-year-old right-hander to wonder what might happen if he could start a season that way. That idea is what shaped his approach to spring training.
"The sniper has special abilities, training and equipment. His job is to deliver discriminatory highly accurate rifle fire against enemy target." --Field Manual, Sniper Training, Department of the Army
Brennan Boesch has never been afraid to talk about hitting and learn from teammates. But he has never had a left-handed-hitting slugger to chat up like Prince Fielder.
The low point for David Pauley came in those 10 days last August sitting in the Tigers' bullpen. The combination of deep outings from Tigers starters, a formidable late-inning corps and a rough outing in mid-August put Pauley on the shelf.
PECOTA is the player performance projection system developed by Nate Silver and subsequently purchased by Baseball Prospectus. I don’t have any documented support for this, but I think that it is safe to say that it is widely regarded as the best player forecaster around. Before we get into the Tigers projections, realize that PECOTA is useful tool, and the best around,...
Many baseball players are superstitious about their gloves, but the Tigers' Ryan Raburn will take any old hand-me-down, as long as it feels good. He uses an infield glove that was given to him by former Tiger Adam Everett a couple of years ago, at the end of the season. "I used it all last year," Raburn said.
Right-hander Zach Miner has a substantial big league background -- 157 games with the Detroit Tigers -- and he's trying to make it back with the Royals.
Manager Jim Leyland said on Monday that the Tigers' defensive drills will be accelerated starting Tuesday. "You have to speed it up to make it more game-like," Leyland said.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila repeatedly used the word "heartbreaking" Monday as he discussed the news that right-hander Joel Zumaya is lost for the season to the Minnesota Twins because of a torn elbow ligament.