2015 Positional Ball-In-Play Retrospective – 1B/DH

Football is behind us, and large trucks are on their way to Florida and Arizona, bearing loads of baseball-related cargo. To tide us over until spring-training games kick in next month, let’s take a position-by-position look back at the ball-in-play (BIP) profiles of 2015 semi-regulars and regulars to see if we can find any clues as to their projected performance moving forward...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can the 2016 Detroit Tigers lineup live up to the hype?

The Detroit Tigers lineup is shaping up to be one of the best in baseball heading into the 2016 season. Compared to the start of last year the Tigers lineup isn’t changed all that much. For most of last season the lineup was Anthony Gose, Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes, Nick Castellanos, James McCann, and Jose Iglesias. This season...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera prevented from competing in Caribbean home run derby

The Caribbean Series’ first annual home run derby sounded like a great idea, especially given that MLB stars Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, and David Ortiz were set to participate. Then the MLB Players Association came and ruined the fun, banning that starry trio from participating in the contest. Here’s party-pooping MLBPA executive director Tony Clark’s explanation, via...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MLBPA pulls plug on slugging trio participating in Caribbean HR Derby

David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera and Robinson Cano in a Home Run Derby during the Caribbean World Series?The event -- planned for Wednesday -- looked great on paper, to everyone except the Major League Baseball players association.MLBPA executive director Tony Clark released this statement on Monday (via MLB.com): "Unfortunately, the people in charge of the event didn't follow the proper...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Miguel Cabrera says he cannot get a shoe deal

exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org Miguel Cabrera at down and discussed his footwear Thursday during the Tigers winter caravan.  Last year, he wore pairs of Air Jordans that were gifts from David Price.  David Price is no longer a Tiger and likely will not be supplying an opposing masher with spikes.  Pre-Jordans, Cabrera donned New Balance spikes. This year? He’s still looking...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
22 days ago  |  Discuss

To compete in 2016, old and new Tigers need to contribute

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- With Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann and Francisco Rodriguez now in the fold, the Detroit Tigers look very much like a factor again in the AL Central.That doesn't mean all their questions have been answered. Not by a long shot."You can bring in Babe Ruth to this team or any team, and it doesn't matter," general manager Al Avila said. "What's the key here is...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Even with big additions, Tigers still counting on holdovers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) With Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann and Francisco Rodriguez now in the fold, the Detroit Tigers look very much like a factor again in the AL Central. That doesn't mean all their questions have been answered. Not by a long shot. ''You can bring in Babe Ruth to this team or any team, and it doesn't matter,'' general manager Al Avila said. ''What's the key here...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers sign Justin Upton to six-year deal, $132.75M

The Detroit Tigers and free agent outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a six-year deal worth $132.75 million according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Source: Upton opt-out is after second year. Six years, $132.75M. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2016   This is a huge signing for Detroit as Upton was considered one of the best power bats on the free agent...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (300 PA min) Miguel Cabrera had the best batting average at 1B - .338 Chris Colabello, Paul Goldschmidt, Buster Posey and Joey Votto all hit better than .300 Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo led all first baseman with 38 doubles 10 others hit at least 31, but no more than 34 2Bs Chris Davis (47) and Albert Pujols (40) were...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

These baseball feats are more likely to happen than winning the Powerball

It’s hard enough to win the lottery as it is, but when it swells to $1.5 billion, more folks start giving it a shot. There are so many other things that are likely to happen to you, like getting struck by lightning, or hit by a car. So Cut4 from MLB.com decided to compare the odds of unlikely baseball feats to winning the lottery and the results they came up with were interesting...
Via The Comeback
January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2016: #19 OF Carlos Tocci

Since he was signed by the Phillies for a reported signing bonus of $759,000 in the summer of 2011 on his 16th birthday, Carlos Tocci has been followed by a tremendous reputation that he seemed to finally be living up to during his 2015 season. Right from the start of his career, the Venezuelan was tasked with very challenging assignments.  Tocci says that one of the things that...
Via Phillies Nation
January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Betting on Mookie Betts’ Future

We’ll start with two lists. The first: a list of some of the players Mookie Betts out-WARPed in 2015: 1. Miguel Cabrera 2. Matt Carpenter 3. Anthony Rizzo 4. Nelson Cruz 5. Andrew McCutchen 6. Todd Frazier 7. Edwin Encarnacion 8. Justin Upton 9. Chris Davis 10. Jose Bautista Now, the second list. This one is a list of the players from the first list who are younger than Mookie...
Via BP Boston
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

The Red Sox Take a Risk in Price

The Boston Red Sox signed left-handed pitcher David Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract, tying him with his former teammate Miguel Cabrera for the richest deal by average annual value (AAV) in MLB history. This deal is the biggest given to any pitcher in history. Its payout will give Price $30 million dollars in each […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

David Price’s Reported Red Sox Contract One Of 10 Richest In Baseball History (Photos)

David Price reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. The deal not only would be the richest ever awarded to a pitcher in baseball history, but also the $31 million average annual value (AAV) would tie Miguel Cabrera for the most expensive contract for any player. If the numbers are accurate, Price immediately leapfrogs several players...
Via NESN.com
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers free agent rumors: David Price edition

The World Series is over and free agent frenzy has begun. Many big names are on the market and it is no secret the Detroit Tigers are looking for help when it comes to pitching. One name that has popped up is former Tigers lefty, David Price. At 30 years old, and coming off a season that saw him win 18 games and post a 2.45, Price is in search of a hefty payday. The only question...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Silver Slugger winner Miguel Cabrera's top home runs of 2015 (VIDEO)

Major League Baseball announced the 2015 Silver Slugger Award winners on Thursday and Miguel Cabrera made the list.The honor is Cabrera's sixth Silver Slugger Award, his second as a first baseman with the Tigers. He previously won the award three times as a third baseman and once as an outfielder.Despite an injury-shortened season, Cabrera finished 2015 with 38 homers and 102 RBI...
Via Fox Sports
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers won’t be very good in 2016

The Detroit Tigers won’t be very good in 2016… as currently constructed. Yes, this is a deceiving headline, but it got you to click on the story, didn’t it. As currently constructed and using the Steamer Projections for the players currently on the 40-man roster the Detroit Tigers should finish in 2016 with an identical record to 2015 (minus the rained out game not made...
Via The Majors Detroit
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

10 rookies who could become MLB postseason heroes

From a skinny Miguel Cabrera to a fresh out of college Michael Wacha, rookies have been delivering in the postseason for years. Though the superstars on teams generally are looked to as the leaders of the clubs, sometimes it's the youngsters who come through in the biggest moments. This is a time when rookies can make names for themselves and carve out identities that will never...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Three reasons to be excited for next season

The Detroit Tigers finished their disappointing season on Sunday, finishing with a 74-87 record. Their last place finish in the AL Central snapped a four year streak of being crowned division champs along with their four straight postseason appearances. For most fans, the season had been over for weeks now, but now that it’s official we can finally place our sole focus on next...
Via isportsweb.com
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera wins another AL batting title (VIDEO)

Make that four titles in five years for Miggy.
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera wins batting title… yawn

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera secured his fourth batting title in the last five seasons last night during a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Cabrera finished the game going 3 for 4 with a home run raising his batting average to .338 with Xander Bogaerts the closest behind him at .320. A.L. batting title non-race: Xander Bogaerts could go 16-for-16 today and finish at .337 and...
Via The Majors Detroit
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cabrera solidifies batting title; Tigers clinch last place

CHICAGO (AP) -- Leury Garcia singled home the winning run in the ninth as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday and avoided finishing last in the AL Central. Pinch hitter J.B. Shuck doubled to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. After Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, Garcia singled. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run for the Tigers and virtually...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera in Line for Fourth AL Batting Title

From 1985 to 1988, Wade Boggs dominated the American League leaderboards for batting average, winning four consecutive batting titles (he had five for his career). In chronological order, Boggs hit .368, .357, .363, and .366. Pretty impressive. Boggs, also known as “Chicken Man,” is the last player in AL history to amass four or more batting titles. That is, until now. (How did...
Via Baseball Essential
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera closing in on 4th batting title in 5 years

While the Detroit Tigers are closing in on the end of a disappointing season, one guy is still playing for something historic. Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of winning his fourth batting title in five years, something very few players have been able to achieve. Major League Baseball hasn't seen a dominant hitter like Miggy since the 1990s, when Tony Gwynn won eight NL batting titles...
Via Fox Sports
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

How much more can we expect of Miguel Cabrera?

“I think if we were healthy, I think we’d be in the race right now.“ A little over one week ago, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera said that while addressing his club’s underwhelming season and criticisms facing current manager Brad Ausmus. And while there’s no use in worrying about the “if we were healthy" thought, it does turn my focus to one individual in particular:...
Via The Sports Post
September 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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