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 […]

January 23, 2013

Does It Matter if Morris and Trammell Aren’t in the Hall of Fame?

It’s been two weeks since the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that not a single player would be enshrined this summer. Not Jack Morris. Not Alan Trammell. Not Kenny Lofton. Not anyone. Leading up to that not-surprising-yet-disappointing announcement by Hall President Jeff Idelson, I listened to the pro-Morris and anti-Morris crowds shout their claims as […]

December 20, 2012

Three for Thursday: Tram and the Hall, The Return of Willie Blair and Lame Journalism

A few morsels for you on a slow news day: 1. Now that most of the glitzy offseason moves have been completed, attention is turning to the Hall of Fame ballot. For Tigers fans that means lots of anti-Jack Morris articles and a few pro-Alan Trammell pieces. At SI.com, Jay Jaffe makes the case for […]

September 27, 2011

Tuesday Tananas: Tiger Stadium’s Finale, Fister’s Dominance, and Meat Loaf’s Birthday

Things keep looking up for the Tigers. The ALDS is fast approaching, Wilson Betemit is playing tonight and Ozzie Guillen is leaving the American League. Good times. The Tuesday Rundown The Tigers are in first place, 13 games ahead of the Indians. Today’s Game: Tigers vs. Indians - Max Scherzer (14-9, 4.37 ERA) vs. RHP Jeanmar Gomez (5-2, 3.52 […]

September 8, 2011

Rolling

When Victor Martinez crushed an offering from Tony Sipp on Wednesday for a grand slam, things seemed to change for a Tigers team that is on a remarkable roll. Up to that point, I was thinking (and maybe you were too), that you could see a loss coming in the finale against the Indians. As […]

July 23, 2011

Feeling Better About Hall of Fame Weekend

Tomorrow afternoon Roberto Alomar and Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tigers fans (or at least this Tigers fan) will be thinking about Detroit players that should be enshrined in Cooperstown. Sour grapes? Of course. I do, however, feel better today after reading Christina Kahr’s list of “Stars of the Forgotten ’80s” […]

July 12, 2011

All-Star Game Notes and Non Sequiturs

Sometimes I want to rail on Major League Baseball about the lameness of so many things it does — the vapid celebrity softball game, the interminable Home Run Derby, the “this-time-it-counts” angle on the All-Star Game — but then I realize it’s probably me just getting old. The Tigers’ collection of All Stars is the largest […]

February 16, 2011

Meet the Kinder, Gentler Kirk Gibson

The next best thing to Kirk Gibson being the Tigers’ manager is watching him lead my local team, the Diamondbacks. He’s getting lots of attention as the Dbacks arrive in camp as 2011 marks his first full season as the club’s skipper. The focus seems to be on how he and his staff, which includes bench coach […]

January 17, 2011

Today’s Tiger: Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson Born: July 6, 1954 in Hollywood, Calif. Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6′ 4″ Weight: 200 lb. Acquired: Drafted by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 1975 amateur draft. Seasons in Detroit: 5 (1976-80) Uniform Number: 30 Stats: .256 avg., 98 HR, 354 RBI, .779 OPS Awards: Three-time All Star (1977, […]

January 13, 2011

Today’s Tiger: Morris Madden

Morris Madden Born: Aug. 31, 1960 in Laurens, S.C. Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 155 lb. Acquired: Signed as a free agent on Nov. 23, 1985. Seasons in Detroit: 1 (1987) Uniform Number: 42 Stats: 0-0, 16.20 ERA, 1.2 IP Don’t feel bad if you don’t remember Morris Madden‘s mini-career with the […]