Why Steve Phillips' criticism of Ian Kinsler is off base

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler recently suggested that Angel Hernandez may be in the wrong line of work. Former MLB GM Steve Phillips didn’t care for Kinsler’s comments and said so during a long monologue on MLB Network Radio. While he acknowledged that Hernandez is not a good umpire, he was clear that Kinsler and players enjoy a double standard.“An umpire can...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Inbox: Will Verlander be dealt before Aug. 31?

Will the Tigers trade Justin Verlander to the Astros before Aug. 31? Beat reporter Jason Beck answers this and more in the latest Inbox.
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5 hours ago

Tigers Prospect Anthony Castro on Venezuela

Anthony Castro is emerging as one of the top pitching prospects in the Detroit Tigers organization. Two years removed from Tommy John surgery and armed with plus stuff, the 22-year-old right-hander is 9-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts for the Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps. Following his last outing, a coach for the opposing team was highly complimentary of Castro’s cutter, which...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

'Bootsie' Kinsler ready for Players Weekend

Ian Kinsler has gone by the nickname "Kins" ever since he joined the Tigers three seasons ago. Very few people know him by the nickname "Bootsie," but the few that call him that have a story behind it.
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11 hours ago

Zimmermann set to face mighty Dodgers

The Tigers send longtime National Leaguer Jordan Zimmermann to the mound opposite Rich Hill, who was a University of Michigan standout. Ironically, he'll be pitching on "University of Michigan night" at Comerica Park.
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22 hours ago

Ian Kinsler blasts Angel Hernandez after ejection: ‘He needs to re-evaluate his career’

Angel Hernandez isn’t exactly the most popular umpire in Major League Baseball, and now we can add Ian Kinsler to his long list of critics.A day after Hernandez ejected him from a 6-2 loss to the Rangers for arguing balls and strikes, the Tigers second baseman put Hernandez on blast and called on him to re-evaluate his career, per The Detroit News’ Chris McCosky. Kinsler is far...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Prospect Notebook: Sam McMillan is making a good first impression

The young backstop is one of the most intriguing prospects of the Tigers’ 2017 draft class. When the Detroit Tigers nabbed prep catcher Sam McMillan with the 155th pick in June’s MLB amateur draft, I was immediately a fan. While it’s not uncommon for Detroit to opt for a backstop in the earlier rounds — recent examples include Alex Avila, James McCann, Bryan Holaday, and...
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2 days ago

Detroit Tigers news: Bruce Rondon got the demotion he deserved

On Sunday I wrote that I was sick and tired of Bruce Rondon. It’s not just the lack of results, it’s the attitude that came with it — a man who didn’t learn from being sent home from the team early and who pulled off such an idiotic move in hitting Mike Moustakas with a pitch in July that the rest of his teammates distanced themselves from it. There’s no place for that...
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2 days ago

Tigers manager has no explanation for Castellanos’ blunder

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos committed one of the worst blunders on the bases we’ve seen in a while, and not even his manager could defend him for it.Castellanos was on second base with one out and his Tigers trailing the Minnesota Twins 7-4 in the bottom of the 8th on Friday night. John Hicks drove a ball to deep right field that was hit far enough where Castellanos...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Multiple Paths to a Tigers Rebuild

Michael Fulmer is likely part of the solution in Detroit. (Photo: Keith Allison)  This is Ashley MacLennan’s second piece as part of her August residency at FanGraphs. Ashley is a staff writer for Bless You Boys, the SB Nation blog dedicated to the Detroit Tigers, and runs her own site at 90 Feet From Home. She can also be found on Twitter. She’ll be contributing regularly...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers reportedly have interest in Ian Kinsler

The Milwaukee Brewers are a team to keep an eye on regarding Ian Kinsler.The Detroit Tigers became sellers at the trade deadline, dealing J.D. Martinez to Arizona and then Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs. They would have liked to trade off even more pieces, like Kinsler or Justin Verlander, but nothing materialized. However, don’t close the door on a potential Kinsler...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Players Who Market Themselves

This is Ashley MacLennan’s first piece as part of her August residency at FanGraphs. Ashley is a staff writer for Bless You Boys, the SB Nation blog dedicated to the Detroit Tigers, and runs her own site at 90feetfromhome.com. She also can be found on Twitter. She’ll be contributing regularly here over the next month. Read the work of all our residents here. On any given day...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The 'Somehow Mike Trout is just 26' quiz

Happy birthday to the best baseball player in the world, who turns 26 today. The fine folks over at The Sports Daily have compiled 10 facts about Mike Trout on his birthday, but what's really left to say about the Angels all-world center fielder that the internet already hasn't? Half a season of Mike Trout is MVP-worthy. As this video points out, 'Mike Trout's only company exists...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Relief from trades

The Detroit Tigers have had a tough season–no sugar coating here–it’s been very hard to watch the team play. There will be nights where I can’t make it past the fifth inning, but recently I’ve noticed some improvement in the Tigers’ game. Could it be because of the trade deadline that has passed? Or is it just a coincidence? Where I stand on this is somewhere in the middle...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander clears waivers, free to be traded

The Detroit Tigers did not move starting pitcher Justin Verlander prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline, but this doesn’t mean the team can’t trade him in August. Detroit placed Verlander on waivers earlier this week, and it now looks like he’s cleared said waivers. This means that Detroit is free to trade Verlander to any of the other 29 teams around Major League Baseball...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander inadvertently shared Yankees' media Wifi password

Minutes before the trade deadline, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander let it be known that he wasn’t going anywhere, posting a selfie from the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, where the Tigers are playing.Though, in a funny twist, he actually did a little more than just that.It appears as though Verlander did not check his surroundings out that well (or maybe he did), because...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Getaway Day: Trade deadline edition – In, out or in-between?

A new week is upon us, and has brought the final torturous moments of the trade deadline along with it. As the Monday, 4:00 P.M. Eastern cut off time for open market trades draws nearer and nearer, the reality check that is the self-evaluation of where the year can really end up for many teams around the game is at a fever pitch.In honor of the constant phone checking, rumor milling...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Will Justin Verlander be traded?

We are just a day away from the trade deadline and the Detroit Tigers have only made one move, acquiring three infield prospects for J.D. Martinez. If anyone else is to be traded, Justin Wilson and Alex Wilson appear to be the most logical options. However, rumors have been swirling around Justin Verlander. As of now, nothing appears to be happening, but his name is still being shopped...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Justin Wilson edition

After J.D. Martinez was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, many Detroit Tigers fans thought the fire sale was starting. Rumors started flying that Justin Wilson, Alex Avila, Ian Kinsler and even Jose Iglesias had suitors, but nothing has happened. When will it start? Well, it may already be over. Al Avila hasn’t shown much of an aggressive attitude when it comes to trading and...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

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