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NOTES: Mantiply ascending quickly with Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's already been a quick ascent for Joe Mantiply. Mantiply, a left-handed pitcher who turned 24 Sunday, has gone from being a 27th-round pick out of Virginia Tech in the 2013 draft to joining the big leaguers in camp in 2015. "I was drafted in 2013, so that wasn't that long ago," Mantiply said. "But I definitely didn't expect to be in this position so quick. It...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Newcomer Anthony Gose ready to get going in Tigers' outfield

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Anthony Gose isn't known for his bat. He plans to change that this year, his first with the Detroit Tigers. Gose was acquired in an offseason trade with Toronto. The Tigers want him to take over the center field spot in cavernous Comerica Park from Austin Jackson, who was dealt away last summer. The 24-year-old Gose batted only .226 in 94 games for the Blue Jays...
Via AP on Fox
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Faster Tigers hope to take advantage of speed this season

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Speed can kill and the Tigers want to use it to their advantage this year. With players like Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, the Tigers will never be considered a super-fast team. But they're not slow either. Last season they were seventh in the league in stolen bases with 106. Top-ranked Kansas City had 153. That's a far cry from 2013 when they were dead last...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Competition in Tigers' bullpen down to one spot

LAKELAND, Fla. -- When the Tigers signed Joba Chamberlain earlier this week, it served to eliminate some of the questions surrounding the bullpen. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made it clear that the competition is down to one spot, barring injury or something else odd happening. "There's not a lot of spots. Some of this depends on (Bruce) Rondon's health. We've got Joe (Nathan), Rondon...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander may not be faster, but he's stronger -- and feels good as ever

  Velocity, everyone talks about Justin Verlander’s declining velocity. It’s true that the speed of Verlander’s average fastball has steadily declined, from 95.5 mph in 2010 to 93.1 in ’14, according to Fangraphs.com. But when the Tigers signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract before the 2013 season, they were buying the pitcher, not the pitcher’s velocity...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Cabrera progressing in rehab, running

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera is progressing in his rehabilitation from ankle surgery. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera ran at 65 percent of his body weight at a slight incline on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill for 20 minutes Wednesday. "Ran for 20 minutes, he felt good," Ausmus said. "He hit, he threw. From what (head athletic trainer) Kevin Rand has told me, once he...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers vs. The American League Central: Part 4 – The Big Picture

How do the Detroit Tigers stack up against the American League Central Division? We’ve ranked all the starters from each of the five members of the division and will show you how they ranked. Using a modified version of the WAR statistic (Wins Above Replacement), the players and ultimately the teams will be ranked. Here is the big picture about how this all fits together. Method...
Via The Majors Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Phil Coke to the New York Mets Make Sense?

Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images) As all 30 major league teams enter the hot weather and grind of spring training, teams are still looking to add improvements wherever possible. Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus joins Twitter to stir up things, feud with Taylor Swift

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports A good buddy texted me Tuesday night, “@BradAusmus07, legit?”  At the time, I thought no way. My response was, “I highly doubt it.”  There’s no reason for a Major League manager to have a Twitter account.  Brad Ausmus is too smart for Twitter, with the Dartmouth education that’s blasted all over Tiger broadcasts. No way. Well, way....
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera rehabbing ankle on funky anti-gravity treadmill (PHOTO)

Miguel Cabrera is in Lakeland, Florida continuing to rehab his ankle during spring training, hoping to be ready for Opening Day.  Part of the rehab from his ankle surgery where he had bone chips removed has him jogging (or yogging) on an anti-gravity treadmill.  The lack of gravity is said to be able to control and manipulate the weight-bearing force. To me, it just looks like...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Tigers bring back Joba Chamberlain

The Detroit Tigers brought in a familiar face, which can be hard to recognize if you look back to his days with the New York Yankees, hence the big beard he has. According to reports, the Detroit Tigers signed Joba Chamberlain to a one-year contract worth $1 million, a year after signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. At first, a little hesitation crossed my mind when...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez hopes to follow up on big 2014 season

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) The Detroit Tigers had mild expectations for J.D. Martinez when they called him up from the minors early last season. ''We knew he had power,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''We were initially hoping he could just be a power threat off the bench.'' Martinez quickly became a lot more. After being signed by Detroit to a minor league deal in March, he eventually earned...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Detroit Tigers that need to rise above

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that ‘water always finds its level’. Well, for the Detroit Tigers in 2015, they’re going to need a few players to rise above what is expected of them and play excellent baseball. I will be posting a series of articles identifying certain categories of players within each position group (offense, starting pitching, and bullpen) and breaking...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Prospect Profile: Steven Moya

The Detroit Tigers have been one of baseball’s most successful franchises over the past several years.  Winner of four straight American League Central titles, the Tigers have won more games over that span than any other MLB team. The secret of the Tigers’ success has been to treat their top prospects as currency to obtain top level experienced talent.  Last year alone, they...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Looks Like Miguel Cabrera Wears a Space Suit to Aid Workout Recovery

If Miguel Cabrera cracks Hardball Talk’s “Best Shape of His Life” series, he’ll have to tip his hat to modern science for the extra push. On Sunday, the Detroit Free Press reported Miggy had already started taking swings in the cage after undergoing surgery in October to remove bone spurs and repair a stress fracture. Fortunately, there was no pain for him to report: Honestly...
Via Busted Coverage
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Getting to Know Shane Greene

Newest Tigers’ Rotation Member Shane Greene   Detroit Tigers President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski is hoping to save face with Shane Greene who is indirectly the last remaining piece of the Doug Fister trade. Greene, 26, came to the Tigers in a three team deal with the Yankees and Diamondbacks that sent Robbie Ray, the prime haul for Fister off to Arizona. Greene is...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Sign Joba Chamberlain to One-Year Deal

On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers, brought back a familiar face to their bullpen by signing Joba Chamberlain to a one-year Major League contract.  According to MLB.com, the contract  for the 29-year-old Chamberlain is reportedly worth $ 1 million, with an additional $ 500,000 in incentives. By bringing back the right-handed reliever, it will definitely add some depth to what has for...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joba Chamberlain Returns to Detroit

The Detroit Tigers have another familiar face returning to their bullpen this season. Joba Chamberlain has re-signed with the Tigers after spending the entire offseason on the free agent market. It was assumed that that 29-year-old just had no takers but according to Chamberlain, “I had a lot of other teams interested, but at the end of the day, we did what was best for my family...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers vs. The American League Central: Part 1 – The Infield

How do the Detroit Tigers stack up against the American League Central Division? We’ve ranked all the starters from each of the five members of the division and will show you how they ranked. Using a modified version of the WAR statistic (Wins Above Replacement), the players and ultimately the teams will be ranked. Method: I’ve modified the WAR statistic to give a rating of...
Via The Majors Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Charting the Rest of Justin Verlander’s Career

Let’s be honest. Justin Verlander was awful last year. His ace title has been removed across baseball, and I don’t think there is anyone in Detroit who thinks he’s the best pitcher on the staff right now. He definitely wasn’t worth $20M last year, and we certainly don’t want Verlander’s contract to anchor a ship full of bad contracts sailing for Philly status (spoiler...
Via Tigers Weblog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Soria inked in as setup man to start

The Detroit Tigers have begun spring training as pitchers and catchers have all arrived in Lakeland, Florida to being another season towards winning the World Series in 2015. The past few seasons, the biggest downfall for the Tigers has been the play of their bullpen, which has been one of the worst in all of baseball. Last year, the team tried to address this issue by bringing in...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking for Justin Verlander’s Curveball

Maybe it was all a setup for the headline, but in Anthony Fenech’s piece about Justin Verlander and his effort to return to glory — titled “Tigers’ Verlander ‘way ahead of the curve’ early this spring” — the pitcher points to the current state of his curveball as a sign of early success. “I’ve seen […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander says he has put on 20 pounds of muscle

Justin Verlander had a down year in 2014, and that may have had a lot to do with a core injury that prevented him from working out intensely during the offseason. This winter, the Detroit Tigers pitcher has been making up for lost time. According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Verlander has already...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers are in a payroll hell they can't escape

It seemed like that the longer Max Scherzer’s free agency dragged on, the more likely it would be that he returned to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, it didn’t happen that way – Scherzer agreed to a staggering seven year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. While it might seem a little bit shocking that the Tigers didn’t get involved in the...
Via The Outside Corner
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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