MIKE ILITCH NEWS

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Detroit Tigers

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Indians, Orioles, Reds, Red Sox, Rockies, White Sox. To say the Tigers have had a “type” is an understatement. They have consistently brought in hard-throwing pitchers with either command or secondary-pitch questions, and most of them have ended up as relievers by the time they make it to the big leagues. As Kiley pointed out in last...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Ilitch sticks to his roots

TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 14: Detroit Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch walk the red carpet prior to the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Hockey Hall Of Fame on November 14, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Though the Red Wings’ under construction arena doesn’t yet have a new name, it DOES have a new trademarked nickname...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Indians spend more money on payroll?

Hey, what is more fun than discussing Cleveland Indians’ attendance figures? Maybe Chief Wahoo? Or, how about the nitty, gritty details of the MLB CBA and whether or not the Indians spend enough on payroll? Well, despite the gruesome chore of digging in, baseball finances are a pertinent topic given the current CBA is set to expire in December of 20161 and the Indians need for...
Via Waiting For Next Year
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: 2016 Outfield Outlook

General Manager Al Avila of the Detroit Tigers has been very busy this offseason, as he’s trying to shape the ball club back into winning form. One of the holes Avila aimed to fill included beefing up the Tigers in the outfield. With a collection of executed trades and free agent signings, Avila has done just that. Here is who to expect starting for the Tigers in the outfield come...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ilitch demanded 'more than a tweak' for Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- Al Avila says it was around Christmas that the Detroit Tigers' offseason changed.Owner Mike Ilitch was concerned about the team's ability to score runs."We had the company party here. He starts mentioning to me about, he's worried about our offense -- and that never stopped," said Avila, Detroit's general manager. "He just kept on referring to that all the way through...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers spend owner's 'pizza money' in effort to win it all

On Monday, Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Tigers made their second free agent signing worth over $100 million this offseason, signing Justin Upton to a six year, $132.75 million deal which equates to 4,425,000 Hot-N-Ready Little Caesars pizzas per season. In addition to Jordan Zimmermann, who was brought in for five years and $110 million, the Tigers already had Miguel Cabrera...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers spend pizza money in effort to win World Series

On Monday, Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Tigers made their second free agent signing worth over $100 million this offseason, signing Justin Upton to a six year, $132.75 million deal which equates to 4,425,000 Hot-N-Ready Little Caesars pizzas per season. In addition to Jordan Zimmermann, who was brought in for five years and $110 million, the Tigers already had Miguel Cabrera...
Via Bloguin Best
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Thanks Mike Ilitch for being the best

Between leaded water in Flint, Michigan, David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey passing away and the Detroit Lions and their propensity to “Lions at the Lionsiest of times”, one would think the old Michigan to California transplant has nothing good to say about anything this year. That was so far the case until about 10 PM ET. Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Tigers...
Via The Majors Detroit
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Ilitch Gives His Money to Justin Upton

The first of them cracked. Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes remained on the free-agent market, and all around the league, teams indicated they didn’t want to make the necessary commitments. The players wanted five or six or seven years. The teams wanted to give one or two or three. It was enough to make you think there could maybe be a potential bargain, but the market just doesn’t...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers prove they'll spend big, but can they win big in AL Central?

As late as Monday afternoon, many in the baseball industry expected the Detroit Tigers to sign Yoenis Cespedes. Right concept. Wrong outfielder. Instead, on Monday night the Tigers agreed to a six-year, $132.75 million contract with Justin Upton, following discussions first reported by FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal. The Key Takeaways ● By signing Upton after adding Jordan...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings' Devellano donates seven Stanley Cup rings to Hockey Hall of Fame

Jimmy Devellano certainly was in a giving mood recently as the Detroit Red Wings senior vice president elected to donate his seven Stanley Cup rings to the Hockey Hall of Fame.Devellano, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, received four of his rings with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008) and three with the New York Islanders (1980-82). As for his reasoning...
Via Fox Sports
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO Podcast: Tigers willing to break bank to win

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch wants to win and doesn't care what it takes to do so. It appears that's exactly what the team plans to do with the recent signing of free-agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, but how much further will they go? Also, Johnny Cueto rejects big deal from D-backs and Barry Bonds might be hired as a hitting coach for the Marlins.
Via Fox Sports
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Did Mike Ilitch Accidentally Suggest Possibility of Collusion?

On Monday, the Detroit Tigers held a press conference to introduce their newest acquisition, Jordan Zimmermann. As has become customary on these occasions, Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch attended the media session and fielded questions from reporters. Most of the attention following the press conference centered on Ilitch’s comments that he doesn’t “care about the money,” and...
Via Fangraphs
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Tigers Next Move Should Be Alex Gordon

“I don’t care about the money,” (Mike Ilitch) said. “I want the best players.” The Tigers owner made that comment at yesterday’s press conference introducing Jordan Zimmermann as the newest member of Detroit’s rotation. For sure, Ilitch has indeed backed up that comment with significant spending over the years, giving out big money deals to acquire guys like Prince...
Via Fangraphs
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Zimmermann's arrival signals Tigers' willingness to spend

DETROIT (AP) Jordan Zimmermann's arrival in Detroit is encouraging news for Tigers fans because of what he can bring to the starting rotation - and what his contract signals about the team's willingness to spend. Zimmermann was introduced Monday after finalizing a $110 million, five-year contract with the Tigers. He was flanked at the news conference by general manager Al Avila...
Via AP on Fox
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Tigers To Fire Manager Brad Ausmus After Season

According to a report out of Detroit, sources told Local 4’s Bernie Smilovitz that the Tigers are planning to part ways with manager Brad Ausmus after the conclusion of the 2015 regular season. With Dave Dombrowski out as general manager, the Tigers front office, with new GM Al Avila, want their own guy to bring a fresh start. Also in the report, owner Mike Ilitch wants a championship...
Via Baseball Essential
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: A New Era in Detroit

This week marked the end of an era in Detroit while Zack Greinke proved that even when he’s less than stellar on the mound, he can provide plenty of support. And of course, as we roll towards the middle of August we notice the predictable things like the Mets being in first place while Brewers fans have something to be excited about. Wait, what? Dave Dombrowski Done In professional...
Via The Sports Post
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers promote David Chadd to assistant general manager

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have promoted David Chadd to assistant general manager. In other moves announced Friday, general manager Al Avila promoted Scott Bream to vice president of player personnel, Sam Menzin to director of baseball operations and John Westhoff to general counsel. All four men have worked in the team's front office for at least four years. Avila became...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers promote David Chadd to assistant general manager

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have promoted David Chadd to assistant general manager. In other moves announced Friday, general manager Al Avila promoted Scott Bream to vice president of player personnel, Sam Menzin to director of baseball operations and John Westhoff to general counsel. All four men have worked in the team's front office for at least four years. Avila became general...
Via AP on Fox
August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Dombrowski A Top Candidate To Take Over As Jays’ President

Want to bet that Edward Rogers straightened up in his chair and looked up two or three times to confirm the news yesterday on television, the radio or on a website. Rogers was probably gloating a bit. “Here’s another candidate I can consider for Paul Beeston’s job,’’ Rogers was probably saying under his breath. After a run of close to 14 years with the Detroit Tigers, Dave...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Dombrowski: Exit from Tigers wasn’t mutual

Former Tigers executive Dave Dombrowski finally spoke out Wednesday, a day after it was announced he would be dismissed from his position with the team. In comments made to Joel Sherman with the New York Post, Dombrowski mentioned that the decision made by Tigers owner Mike Ilitch to ‘move in a new direction’ wasn’t a mutual one. Dombrowski said not mutual decision Ilitch...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Would YOU Rather: Usher in the new era with Al Avila or stick with Dombrowski?

With Dave Dombrowski’s ouster as Tigers team president and general manager, was it time for the team to move in a new direction with Al Avila? Perhaps though Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and the rest of the upper brass with the team made an emotional decision to dismiss Dombrowski? Let us know what you think below… Would YOU have rather had the Tigers usher in a new era with Al...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers’ win-now approach seemed to push out Dombrowski

By Ian Casselberry Can something be shocking, yet not a surprise at the same time? That’s generally how I felt when news broke that Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski had been “released from his contract” on Tuesday. Dombrowski was in the final year of his deal, and while the Tigers not appearing to offer an extension seemed curious, it was entirely...
Via The Outside Corner
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Strangely, Tigers’ win-now approach seemed to push out Dave Dombrowski

Can something be shocking, yet not a surprise at the same time? That’s generally how I felt when news broke that Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski had been “released from his contract” on Tuesday. Dombrowski was in the final year of his deal, and while the Tigers not appearing to offer an extension seemed curious, it was entirely possible that after...
Via Bloguin Best
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski: Good bye and good riddance

We as fans of the Detroit Tigers have become complacent. Just being competitive is now okay with the vast majority of fans here in Detroit. Instead of aiming and demanding to win the World Series every year, we as fans are okay with just making the playoffs. That is pathetic. Yes, the Detroit Tigers were un-watchable from the last 1980’s until the mid 2000’s. We as Tigers fans...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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