Archive for the 'Fungoes' Category

May 4, 2013

A Wretched Jersey of Scum and Villainy

You’ve likely heard about the special jerseys that the Toledo Mud Hens are wearing for Star Wars weekend at Fifth Third Field. (“May the 4th be with you,” by the way.) The Tigers’ Triple-A team will be outfitted in jerseys inspired by Chewbacca. These really look like a bad choice, as you can see from […]

April 29, 2013

5 Things We Learned From the Tigers’ Sweep Over the Braves

Perhaps it would’ve been hasty to call this weekend’s Detroit Tigers-Atlanta Braves series a World Series preview. But having interleague play every day on the schedule presented us with this matchup in late April, pitting two pennant contenders against each other. Regardless of how the series turned out, to react too strongly one way or […]

April 24, 2013

The Return of Jose Valverde: This is Really Happening, People

So this is really happening? The Detroit Tigers are actually going to do this? Welcome back to Tiger Town, Jose Valverde. Hey, where have you been? Oh, that’s right — the Tigers wanted nothing to do with him after last season, especially when he couldn’t get anyone out in the postseason. You’ve probably repressed this […]

April 23, 2013

An Early Season AL Central Showdown vs. the Royals?

At this point of the season, virtually everything you could write about a baseball team has to be prefaced by the qualifier, “it’s early.” So to call a late April series between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals an important one is probably overreacting a bit. After all, it’s early. But 18 games into […]

April 11, 2013

Brayan Villarreal: Early candidate for Tigers’ punching bag

I don’t know about you, but I thought something was missing from the Detroit Tigers newswire Thursday morning. I expected to see that reliever Brayan Villarreal was being demoted to Triple-A Toledo. Wednesday’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park is an early candidate for worst loss of the season. Detroit  had […]

April 10, 2013

I wonder if Todd Jones is busy…

When the Tigers made the score 6-1 and the end of the fifth inning rolled around, I started to hope the rain would start up again. And I NEVER want a game to end early, especially when I’m listening at work. I’m sure the hearty fans who were there today agreed with me. But I’m […]

April 8, 2013

Morning Prowl: Coke vs. Righties, Who’s the Closer and Santiago’s Struggles

Back in my Bless You Boys days, I came up with “Morning Prowl” for the title to our links posts. I figured that was something I’d have to leave at BYB, and I think Kurt, Al and the gang would’ve been fine keeping it. I hope they don’t mind us using it here. However, in these days […]

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 […]

April 1, 2013

Catching Up: Thoughts on Bruce Rondon’s Demotion

Note to self, pro tip, etc.: Trying to get started on a blog the same week that area schools are on spring break, thus leaving little nieces at home to be supervised (and entertained), is not the best idea. Of course, that inability to be productive was exacerbated when the Tigers sent reliever Bruce Rondon […]

March 31, 2013

I Believe I Can Blog

Another re-introduction is in order. Following Ian Casselberry’s triumphant return to this blog, there’s another less-anticipated, and much less-accomplished blogger coming back to the Fungo fold: me, Jim Craddock. Mike was kind enough to let me share my occasional musings on baseball and the Tigers a while back, and I’m honored and thankful that he’s […]