December 11, 2012

2012 Top 10 Stories: #8 – The Black Hole at Second Base

Remember when Scott Sizemore was the answer to the Tigers’ second base question? After nearly five seasons of Placido Polanco’s wizardry at second, and in the number-two slot of the lineup, the Tigers tried to convince fans – and maybe themselves – that Sizemore could take over with gusto. After 65 games spread across two […]

July 20, 2011

Trade Review: Tigers acquire Wilson Betemit

Wednesday afternoon the Detroit Tigers announced a trade, the first in Major League Baseball since Francisco Rodriguez was sent to the Brewers on the night of the All-Star game. The Tigers kicked off what is sure to be a slew of near deadline deals in the next ten days by acquiring third basemen Wilson Betemit from […]

July 17, 2011

The Daily Breakfast: July 17, 2011

Good Sunday Morning. How are you enjoying the growing number of Tigers trade rumors? First Ubaldo Jimenez, now Derek Lowe. In this update on the ESPN.com Rumors blog, they float Magglio Ordonez or Casper Wells as pieces going to Atlanta in a potential deal. Leading Off: What’s the worst part of the Tigers two-game skid? A) It […]

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 […]

July 2, 2011

Saturday Snacks: Guillen’s Rehab, Verlander’s Toughness and Kiss My Grits

A busy week at the office often translates into a slow week of posting on the Fungo. Thanks to Nick for picking up the slack. Here are some random tidbits I’ve collected the past few days: So Carlos Guillen is now a Mud Hen and will see more time at second base. If you’re Will […]

May 13, 2011

Friday Fungoes: The 40-game Mark, Verlander’s No-hit Follow Ups, Magglio’s Demise

Every year someone (usually Tom Gage) rolls out the time-worn Sparky Anderson truism about not judging a team until after it’s played 40 games. I suppose it’s my turn. On Saturday against the Royals the Tigers will play game number 40 and, at worst, will finish that game at an even 20 and 20. So […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

October 11, 2010

Monday Mankowskis: Inge and Peralta More Alike Than You Think

No Tigers baseball for a week, how are you managing? Here in Phoenix we’re prepping for another season of Arizona Fall League action. (More on that later.) In the meantime, here are some odds and ends from the last week: If you’re still coming to grips with the notion of Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta […]