October 4, 2010

Familiar Faces in Playoffs for Tigers Fans

Not sure if this makes the postseason more or less interesting to you, but if you watch each league’s division series you’ll likely to see lots of former Tigers: Yankees Curtis Granderson Marcus Thames Rays Carlos Pena Matt Joyce Gabe Kapler Rangers Matt Treanor Colby Lewis Giants Aubrey Huff Edgar Renteria Cody Ross Andres Torres […]

September 7, 2010

Tigers Today: September 7, 2010

Tigers’ Record: 68-70, 3rd Place; 13 GB Today’s Game Tigers vs. White Sox | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM Pitching Matchup Justin Verlander (14-8, 3.61 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (11-5, 4.82 ERA) Yesterday’s Results White Sox 5 – Tigers 4 (10 innings) W: Chris Sale […]

August 27, 2010

How are Former Tigers Faring in 2010?

Looking around the majors there are plenty of former Tigers doing well — and some not so well. Here’s a look at some of the more notable players and their current numbers: Placido Polanco, Phillies: .314 avg., 6 HR, 42 RBI, .348 OBP. Currently fifth in the N.L. in hitting, which is just another reason […]

June 23, 2010

Good Decisions by the Tigers? Huzzah!

On Monday, Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Heyman wrote a column in which he highlights the top-20 decisions made by MLB teams in the past year. In Heyman’s view, the Tigers made two of the top decisions: 3. The Tigers’ acquisition of Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer and Phil Coke in the three-team trade with the Yankees and […]

May 27, 2010

Fungo Flashback: May 27, 1980: The Day the Tigers Traded Jason Thompson

Thirty years ago today the Tigers traded my favorite player, Jason Thompson, to the Angels for Al Cowens. Here’s a piece I wrote two years ago about the deal. Get a load of my thoughts on Miguel Cabrera who had recently been moved to first base. Another gleaming example of why I’m not fit to […]

May 18, 2010

Tuesday Tananas: A-Jax Reality Check, CoPa Reviews and Inge’s Pop Outs

Some thoughts and recommended reading culled during what sounds like another dreary day at Comerica Park. Despite his 4 for 28 slump during the current home stand (at least through the fifth inning today), Austin Jackson continues to be an early favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Given Curtis Granderson‘s poor […]

March 25, 2010

Will He or Won’t He? Tracking the Dontrelle Willis Mystery

It’s almost as if the Tigers are afraid to talk about Dontrelle Willis, today’s starter against the Blue Jays in Lakeland. Maybe not to talk about him but rather carefully measure what they say about him. Despite amassing some solid if unspectacular numbers this spring — 1-0, 0.82 ERA, 11.0 IP, 7 H, 5 BB, […]

February 12, 2010

Video: Scherzer Among A.L. Central’s Big Arrivals

January 25, 2010

Monday Mankowskis: Are the Tigers the 2007 Padres?

We survived Stormageddon in Arizona and are delighting in the prospect of Cactus League games in five weeks. In the meantime … I was looking at my notebook of random Tigers thoughts and here’s one leftover from the fall. The 2007 Padres lost a Game 163 and began a downward spiral that’s still in motion, […]

December 9, 2009

How It’s Playing in Arizona

Here’s how the Tigers-Yankees-Diamondbacks trade is covered in today’s edition of the Arizona Republic. The story appears above the fold but, not surprisingly, below the Suns-Mavericks game story. Here are some other Phoenix-focused opinions on the deal: The Republic‘s Nick Piecoro (who, by the by, has one of the best team blogs out there): A […]