spaghetti.jpgThis abbreviated edition of the Walewanders comes to you from Oceanside, California, where the marine layer is burning off and another weather-perfect day is under way:

  • When I saw that Casey Coleman was pitching for the Cubs, my first instinct was to see if he was related to former Tigers righty Joe Coleman. Of course, I forgot to check but Big League Stew was all over it. Indeed, Casey is the son of Joe and the grandson of Joe Sr. — both elder Colemans pitched for the Tigers at one point in their careers.

  • ESPN.com began its Dog Days of Summer series today and it begins with the Tigers. Take a look at what yours truly had to say about it and weigh in here … or there.

  • This one isn’t Tigers related but I thought it was interesting nonetheless. The Diamondbacks are walking away from their first-round pick in June’s draft — and possibly setting a bad precedent for future drafts and draftees.

Finally, Happy 66th Birthday to Richard Belzer, comic and actor in one of my all-time favorite shows, “Homicide.”