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December 28, 2013

15 Years Ago Today: Luis Gonzalez for Karim Garcia

On this date in 1998, the Tigers signed free agent Gregg Jefferies to a two-year contract and traded outfielder Luis Gonzalez to the Diamondbacks for Karim Garcia. A lifetime .289 hitter, Jeffries hit just .231 with a .639 OPS in 111 games for the 1999 and 2000 clubs. In Gonzalez’s lone season with the Tigers he […]

December 12, 2013

The Case for Jack Morris – and Everyone Else

Scott Raab of Esquire lobs this grenade into the Jack Morris/Hall of Fame discussion: The Baseball Writers’ Association of America was founded in 1908 and boasts more than 800 members, many of whom were hypnotized at some point during the 1980s and programmed to vote Jack Morris into the Hall of Fame because — they really […]

September 19, 2013

Video: Today in Tigers History: McLain Wins #31, Surrenders Mantle’s #535

On this date in 1968, Denny McLain earned his 31st win and along the way, grooved nothing but heat* to Mickey Mantle, helping The Mick hit his 535th career homer. Five years ago, in a nod to the 40th anniversary of that 31-win season, The New York Daily News caught up with McLain: Who has […]

September 18, 2013

Video: PASS TV Intro to 1984 Tigers Division-Clinching Game

September 18, 2013

Sept. 18, 1984: Tigers Clinch American League East Title

On this date in 1984, the Tigers clinched the American League East title, beating the Brewers 3-0. Randy O’Neal pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out six. As he often did, Willie Hernandez earned a two-inning save, his 30th of the year. Tom Brookens hit a solo homer off Brewers’ starter […]

September 17, 2013

Bob Uhl’s Bitter Cup of Coffee with Tigers

Here’s a nod to the late Bob Uhl, who was born on this date 100 years ago (he died in 1990). Uhl appeared in two major-league games – one for the 1938 White Sox, one for ’40 Tigers. In his only Tigers appearance, three days before his 26th birthday, Uhl entered the game in the […]

September 10, 2013

The Non-Sequiturs: The Peralta, Sardinha and Pirates Edition

We’re now so far into the Post-Jhonny Peralta Era that we’re starting to talk about his possible, potential and highly unlikely and not improbable return to the Tigers for the last weekend of the season – and presumably the postseason. This whole saga calls to mind a couple of things. First, it’s how fleeting these controversies can be. In […]

September 9, 2013

225 Words about Cup-of-Coffee Tigers RHP Jim Proctor

There’s always an interesting story about the Tigers birthdays. Take, for example, Jim Proctor, who was born on this date in 1935. He debuted at age 23 for the Tigers on Sept. 14, 1959 against the Senators in Washington, pitching in relief of starter Ray Narleski. In the bottom of the sixth, he allowed one […]

June 29, 2013

Saturday Non Sequiturs: Memories of 2003, Infante’s Future and Wang Chung Tonight

Catching up on this and that while the temperature hits 111 on my back porch — in the shade. Earlier today I tweeted the recap of the June 29, 2003, Tigers/Diamondbacks game at Comerica Park. The most notable nugget from the boxscore was Jose Valverde‘s six-pitch, four-strike, three-batter save. What a difference 10 years can […]

April 4, 2013

Mud Hens Sign New Closer

So perhaps we haven’t seen the last of Jose Valverde in a Tigers uniform after all. Chris Iott reports Valverde signed a minor-league deal … with no major-league commitment from the Detroit Tigers — general manager Dave Dombrowski announced late this morning. Valverde will report to extended spring training in Lakeland and face some hitters […]