April 8, 2002: Randy Smith Era ends

Sometimes things seem like they happened just yesterday. This seems like a lifetime ago. Little did we know then how much lower the Tigers franchise would have to go before returning to competitiveness: After opening their season with six straight losses, the Detroit Tigers fire manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith. Coach Luis […]

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The old Jose Lima Casa Olé TV spots

My two years of living in Houston collided with Jose Lima‘s years with the Astros. Imagine my surprise when I saw Lima Time on TV promoting a local Mexican restaurant. Thanks yet again to the wonder of YouTube, we can watch them again. Still hard to believe he passed away so young.

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Video: 1989 NBC interview with Sparky

This is right after Sparky came back from his leave of absence. Interesting, he makes no bones about the Tigers not developing young players — not since Kirk Gibson. Of course that’s why Sparky was saddled with such mediocre teams for his last seven years in Detroit.

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March 10, 1983: George Kell elected to Hall of Fame

From Baseball Reference: The Special Veterans Committee announces the election of Walter Alston and George Kell to the Hall of Fame. Alston managed the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles to four World Series championships, while always working under one-year contracts. Kell, a standout third baseman primarily for the Detroit Tigers, batted over .300 nine […]

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