December 5, 2012

2012 Top 10 Stories: #9 – Brennan Boesch Vanishes

What difference can a year make? Look no further than The Case of Brennan Boesch. In the 2011 ALCS, the Tigers desperately missed Boesch in the lineup’s number-two slot. How he could’ve elevated the order’s production when Magglio Ordonez went down with a broken ankle. A year later the Tigers were back in the ALCS […]

October 6, 2012

ALDS Game 1 Non Sequiturs

There are some 2-1 or 3-1 games that you know are too close for comfort. Others, not so much. The GistALDS Game 1 Tigers 3- A’s 2 W:Justin Verlander (1-0) L:Jarrod Parker (0-1) Save:Jose Valverde (1) HR:Alex Avila (1) Boxscore Highlights I don’t know about you, but after the Tigers took a 2-1 lead over […]

June 2, 2012

Six Months Off, Two Months In: The Daily Fungo Returns

Six months ago I turned out the lights on The Fungo. The other day, I changed my mind. I know you’ve got lots of great Tigers blog choices so I hope you’ll work this site into your rotation. Allow me, if you will, to catch up on the past half-year: Victor Martinez out. I think […]

October 4, 2011

It’s Not Just You: The Tigers Don’t Deliver with Bases Loaded

In the first inning of Tuesday night’s ALDS Game 4, Yankees starter A.J. Burnett was on the ropes. He’d walked the bases loaded and with two out Don Kelly ripped what appeared to be a liner over Curtis Granderson’s head in centerfield. (Lord knows we still love Grandy in Detroit, but his reaction to that […]

August 3, 2011

The Daily Breakfast: Aug. 3, 2011

Good Wednesday morning, afternoon or evening. Thanks to everyone who passed along birthday wishes to yours truly yesterday. It was a great day, capped by a soggy Tigers win. The photo here is the cake a friend of mine made for me. It tasted as good as it looks. Leading Off: The Tigers failed to […]

July 16, 2011

Tigers Prospects Dry Up After Arizona Fall League

Note: This article first appeared on’s SweetSpot blog today. When the Tigers traded Scott Sizemore to the A’s over Memorial Day Weekend, it brought an abrupt and mildly startling end to his tenure as Detroit’s second baseman of the future. The Tigers, after all, anointed him as the heir apparent to Placido Polanco almost […]

June 3, 2011

Friday Freehans, Link Style

The Tigers make their first visit of the year to Chicago which typically means nothing but anguish. Not this weekend. Detroit’s recent good fortune against the Sox continues. (Right?) Here’s a terrific piece about Sparky Anderson from someone who knew him in his southern California community for 40 years. Out here in Phoenix, there’s some […]

April 21, 2011

Identity Crisis

The best teams in any sport have an identity. Even the teams who do everything well, that’s their identity. The Tigers don’t have one. They’ve won and lost games with pitching. They’ve won and lost games with hitting. They’ve won and lost games with defense. For now, they don’t know who they are, and, if […]

April 4, 2011

Tigers Today: April 4, 2011

Tigers’ Record 1-2; 4th place, 1.5 GB Royals Today’s Game Tigers @ Orioles | 3:05 p.m. ET – Baltimore | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM Pitching Matchup Rick Porcello (0-0) vs. Jake Arrieta (0-0) Yesterday’s Results Tigers 10 – Yankees 7 W: Max Scherzer (1-0) L: Phil Hughes (0-1) HR: Miguel Cabrera […]

April 4, 2011

TweetCap: Game 3 | Tigers 10 – Yankees 7

Brennan Boesch was perfect at the plate: 4 for 4, 4 runs, 4 RBI, and Max Scherzer was just this side of awful: 9 hits and 6 ER in 5 innings.