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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 […]

August 2, 2013

This Just In: Dave Dombrowski is Still the Best GM in Baseball

This post will not please the mouth-breathing, knuckle-scraping, Sports Radio-calling, Dombrowski haters. But it is the truth. Dave Dombrowski is the best GM in baseball, and he just proved it again. For the third year in a row (and in a lousy market for contenders needing to shore up a position or two), DD went […]

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 […]

June 13, 2013

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Valverde?

It’s been more than 24 hours since Valverde did his latest hack job on a brilliant outing by a starting pitcher. And most of Michigan is still pretty furious. I immediately declared myself part of the “Anyone But Valverde” camp, and I stick by that. But now, someone has to figure out the “Anyone” part. […]

May 29, 2013

Jason Grilli’s Triumphant Return to Detroit

Did Detroit Tigers fans recognize the pitcher who took the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th inning Tuesday night at Comerica Park? The Pirates closer mowed down the best part of the Tigers batting order, striking out Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in succession to finish off a 1-0 win. (Cabrera […]

May 23, 2013

Can’t Wait to See This Bryce Hunter Kid Play

The screen grab spreading across the baseball Twittersphere Thursday night is this graphic from the FOX Sports Kansas City broadcast of the Royals-Angels game. The poll question to FS Kansas City viewers was “Which young player would you like to start a franchise with?” That’s a fun one to debate, right? Mike Trout and Manny […]

May 23, 2013

Was Getting Justin Verlander Back on Track Worth Risking Him After a Rain Delay?

So should we still be worried about Justin Verlander? After two consecutive subpar — some might call them poor — starts, you could feel the panic level rise among Tigers fans. What was wrong with the best pitcher in baseball? Justin Verlander doesn’t walk five batters in a game. Yet that’s what he did May […]

May 21, 2013

What We Learned From the Tigers Losing Three of Four in Texas

While the Detroit Tigers’ four-game visit to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington wasn’t disastrous, it seems fair to say that it could have gone better. A match-up between two of the top teams in the American League provided an opportunity for early bragging rights for league supremacy. While the Tigers came in with the most productive […]

May 16, 2013

Verlander and Darvish Lead Off Four-Game Heavyweight Tilt Between Tigers and Rangers

Seven weeks into the 2013 season, there can only be so many important “showdown” or “statement” series for a Major League Baseball team. Yet the Detroit Tigers seem to have found themselves in several series thus far that could be viewed as playoff or World Series previews. Having interleague play earlier in the schedule due […]

May 6, 2013

The Special Events at Comerica Park Keep Getting More Special

Between this post and the last one I wrote here at the Fungo, I hope I’m not giving the impression that I’m against ballpark promotions. Far from it. I want a t-shirt, bobblehead, mini-bat or commemorative cup as much as any baseball fan. I think the Detroit Tigers have been pretty darn creative with their […]