Detroit Tigers: Phil Coke’s gotta go

For the Detroit Tigers, in a year of roster transition, it is paramount to have players on the roster that are of a ‘winning’ caliber. This sounds so obvious, yet somehow Phil Coke has masterfully eluded being cut from the Tigers for years. It’s actually somewhat hard to believe that this is Coke’s 5th season with the team. And in those five years he has had exactly one significant...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 5: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

Before this season started, a lot of Tiger followers predicted that this year’s Tigers would win more one-run games than last year (20-26). I don’t think yesterday was what they had in mind. There was a lot to like about yesterday’s game (how about that Donkey!), but almost blowing a 6-run lead conjures up the spectre of the dreaded blowpen. Evan Reed had a 2nd good outing...
Via Tigers Weblog
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Early signs positive for Tigers' Phil Coke after season of getting 'clobbered'

Phil Coke has been too important to the Tigers not to be important anymore. So all signs the lefty reliever can be a major contributor this season are welcome -- even if they're just early signs, as they've been so far. Coke threw his first live batting practice on Wednesday. For some established pitchers, the first such session is taken in stride. Throw your pitches,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers re-sign Phil Coke to one-year deal

One day after making a huge trade, Dave Dombrowski was back to work with a smaller move Thursday morning. The Tigers announced that they have re-signed left-handed reliever Phil Coke to a one-year contract. Coke had been eligible for arbitration. Coke finished 2012 as Detroit's postseason closer, replacing Jose Valverde, and his glove-hurling celebration as the Tigers won the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers sending Phil Coke to minors was long overdue

Phil Coke was kind of a rock star in Detroit after getting the final out of last year's ALCS versus the Yankees. Spiking his glove after getting Jayson Nix to fly out was one of the signature moments of the 2012 postseason and made Coke even more beloved among Tigers fans than he already was for his sense of humor and candor. (His Miguel Cabrera impersonation will live on forever...
Via The Outside Corner
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Coke sent to Triple-A after another rough outing

DETROIT The next pitch Phil Coke throws will be for the Toledo Mud Hens, and that will have a calming effect on Detroit Tigers fans who had taken to booing him as he sprinted in from the bullpen at Comerica Park. Coke was sent to Triple-A to work onwell, everything. The 2013 post-season star gave up a line-drive double to Minnesota Twins left-handed slugger Justin Morneau that...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: targeting righty relievers

The Detroit Tigers have been actively scouting relievers across the major leagues as the July 31st trade deadline looms. Detroit isn’t necessarily in need of a true closer but could certainly use the services of a lock down late-inning arm. The ongoing problems from Phil Coke might even push the Tigers into looking at both a righty and lefty arm to add to the mix. Can you honestly...
July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Coke shares great Miguel Cabrera story

Detroit Tigers pitcher Phil Coke told a hysterical story about how he faced slugger Miguel Cabrera a few years ago. Coke and Cabrera are teammates now. But that wasn’t the case in 2008. Back then, Coke was pitching for the Yankees.  Cabrera had just joined the Tigers.
Via Speleb
October 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Phil Coke, the Real MVP of the ALCS

When I walked into the Comerica Park press box this morning, the first person I encountered was longtime Detroit Free Press baseball scribe John Lowe. I asked him who the series MVP has been thus far. His response was, “How about Phil Coke?”Lowe went on to note that Delmon Young had driven in the go-ahead run in all three contests [which he proceeded to do again in Game 4], but...
Via Fangraphs
October 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Tigers reach deals with Porcello, Coke

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a 3.1 million contract with right-hander Rick Porcello and a 1.1 million deal with left-hander Phil Coke, avoiding arbitration with both pitchers. The team announced the one-year agreements Monday. Porcello started 31 games last season for the AL Central champions, going 14-9 with a 4.75 ERA in a career-high 182 innings. The 23-year...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

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