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 […]

May 17, 2011

Armando Galarraga Blows His Top

If nothing else, baseball writers will always have Armando Galarraga‘s near-perfect game to compare and contrast against every starting assignment as long as he’s in the majors. Case in point: last night’s game story in the Arizona Republic: Last June 2, in a regrettable, unforgettable moment, he was robbed of a perfect game when first-base umpire […]

March 7, 2011

Monday Mankowskis: Boredom City, Florida

I know it’s early, but it seems to me this is one boring Tigers Spring Training. For all intents and purposes, there’s no drama to speak of with most of the coverage focusing on the prospects that are shining in Lakeland. But here are some of the things that stand out for yours truly: If […]

February 9, 2011

Wednesday Walewanders: This, That, The Other

I would have posted these items sooner today but I’ve been consumed by the game Word with Friends on my iPad and iPhone. Who knew a Scrabblesque game could be so darn addictive? I was going to write about how Michael Young‘s contract with the Rangers spurred the Tigers to sign Carlos Guillen — and […]

January 28, 2011

Galarraga Arrives a Hero in Arizona

Armando Galarraga, according to this headline, appears to be a popular Diamondbacks player already, which is relative, of course. In this city, fans are more likely to know the Suns’ 12th man than the Dbacks’ fifth starter. But columnist Dan Bickley says Galarraga’s reaction to the blown call and the aftermath could make him “the […]

January 18, 2011

Tuesday Tananas: Greenberg, Anderson and Timo Time

With about a month to go before pitchers and catchers arrive in Lakeland, here are some various and sundry Tigers items to keep you warm as you wait: On this date in 1947, the Tigers sold All-Star first baseman Hank Greenberg to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1946, Greenberg led the American League with 44 home […]

January 13, 2011

Fungo Flash Poll: With Brad Penny signed, where does Armando Galarraga end up?

January 1, 2011

Saturday Snacks: Leftovers Edition

The holidays put a serious cramp in my news-following style. Not sure how too much time results in not enough time, but that’s what happened over the past two weeks. I was bummed out by the passing of Bill Lajoie and began writing a little something … and then realized I’d already written it back […]

December 31, 2010

2010: The Year in Lists

A year ago, we were still stinging from Game 163 and not certain how the Tigers would respond to a crushing end to the 2009 season. Would they regress to 2008’s disappointment or regroup to erase the memory of the ’09 collapse? The answer was: they’d be relevant. And that, ladies in gentlemen, is the […]

November 16, 2010

Tuesday Tananas: A-Jax, Bondo and Joe Isuzu

I just couldn’t see the Tigers making a move for Dan Uggla and hoped, quite frankly, that they wouldn’t. The added power behind Miguel Cabrera certainly would’ve been nice but not in the form of another righthanded bat. I’m willing to wait and see what Dave Dombrowski has up his sleeve. Until then, here are […]