December 6, 2011

Closing Time at The Daily Fungo

The other day I received a nasty-gram from a reader taking me to task for not covering the Winter Meetings with more gusto. I suppose that’s fair. Though, there’s not much going on as far as the Tigers are concerned and there are enough outlets reporting it. Nevertheless, it got me thinking.

As you’ve no doubt noticed, particularly since the Tigers’ season ended in Arlington, the offerings at The Daily Fungo have been sparse – and that’s been by design. Since I launched this blog in March 2006, I’ve never wanted to post something for the sake of keeping up a schedule. In fact, I think the “daily” component of this blog’s name was fraudulent on day two. But over the course of six seasons you still visited the site, left insightful comments and motivated me to keep cranking out the material. Thank you for that.

My goal was to never waste your time – though I’m sure I missed the mark on dozens of occasions; thanks for bearing with me – and to offer a perspective on the Tigers that you might not find elsewhere. I hope I did once in a while.

Thanks, too, to The Daily Fungo contributors: Ian Casselberry, Jim Craddock, Wade Fink, Len Gutman, Doug Hill, John Milton and Nick Shlain. I’m glad you were part of the team.

Finally, I send thanks to Craig Monroe for providing the inspiration for so much of the content in the early days.

Be good, everyone. It’s been a blast.

P.S. I’ll still be writing about the Tigers on Twitter. Follow me @DailyFungo.

24 Comment(s)

  1. KalineCountry | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, Thankyou for all you and the other contributors did at the Daily Fungo Tigers blog. Wishing you all the very best in future endeavors with or without covering our beloved Detroit Tigers.

  2. Jamie Daws | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Mike. I really appreciate all the work you and the others have done over the years. I’ll certainty miss your reports. Maybe a name change to the “Occasional Fungo” and some less frequent posts? If not, thanks again, and best of luck to you.

  3. JTE | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you, Mike and everyone else. It has been fun.

  4. Kurt | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Seems like we’ve been doing this forever! Sad to see you go. Enjoy life after the blog!

  5. tom mcclary sr. | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply


    Thank you my son for all your hard work over these past years. I have enjoyed every minute of it. My favorite was your interview with George Kell, its a classic.

    Even though you have pulled the chain on The Daily Fungo, your loyalty to the Tigers has not changed. Thanks for all the innings.

    Love ya,

  6. Dick | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you for all you effort and time put into bringing us Tiger news and views. I always looked forward to your post. You and your team will be missed.

  7. John Parent | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations on a heck of a run here, Mike. Thanks for all the insight, all the hours of work you’ve put in. You will be missed.

  8. cal collins | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Harwell gone now the Daily Fungo. Whats left for us Tigers fans? Thanks for all the good info over the years.

  9. Jim Craddock | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for letting me participate. Glad I was a part of it.

  10. Len Gutman | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply


  11. Don | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll miss the Daily Fungo. Thank for all of the years. It was a great run.

  12. Hutch | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Mike.

  13. Big Al | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    You had one Hell of a run, Mike. Sorry to see you move on from blogging, you’ll be missed in the Tigers’ blogosphere!

  14. Dr. Nick | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Bye bye

  15. Joel B. | Dec 7, 2011 | Reply


    Thanks for all the wonderful Tigers’ writing. I stumbled upon this blog and your podcast with Ian while teaching in South Korea (I’ve since come back home to MI), and it was a blast keeping up on my favorite team through the Fungo.

  16. Josh | Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    The world revolves around good people with passion who decide to create. Thanks for creating the site and for sharing with us your passion for all things Tigers. Thanks again!

  17. steve | Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Long time reader first time poster, probably the reason you are leaving. Always enjoyed your blog and the comments. Sad to see this end. Hope your reason for leaving is not simply one lashing via email. Either way hope you remain happy and Go Tigs!!

  18. John | Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    I have to say this is a shame. I have appreciated your insightful analyses of the Tigers for a while now. I agree with the other posters, I encourage you to change the “daily” to “occasional”. But, if you chose not to good luck in all your endeavors!

  19. Mike McClary | Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks, Steve. I appreciate your note. One negative email wasn’t the reason I’ve called it quits. If that was all it took, I would’ve quit six years ago. :)

  20. Brother Tom | Dec 9, 2011 | Reply


    The Fungo was a great blog and you went out on top! Great insights and interviews during the whole ride.

    So many highlights over the years, but if I had to pick a favorite it was when you asked Lynn Henning a few years ago if Ramon Santiago could be the Tigers every day shortstop. Henning replied, “Mike, you would be looking at Ray Oyler-type numbers offensively.”

    I still roar like a Tiger with laughter every time I think about it.

    The Fungo’s legacy will be the creativity, intelligence and fun you brought to your product.

    Your Brother Tom

  21. Jeff | Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    Mr Fungo!! Where do you recommend I go now to get my Tiger beat news? I guess the better question, is where will you be going to get the information?

  22. Matt | Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the memories Mark… I’ve really enjoyed both the blog and the podcast and it kept me in touch with my Tigers. Great meeting you on your visit to San Diego a few years ago. You’re a true professional. All the best in your future. Merry Christmas!

  23. Java Man the Tiger Fan | Dec 13, 2011 | Reply


    Many thanks for all the hard work. Good luck.

    Tom ( from Jakarta)

  24. Jerry | Dec 17, 2011 | Reply

    Say it ain’t so! Are there any volunteers out there that want to take over?

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