December 24, 2012

2012 Top 10 Stories: #5 – Victor Martinez Lost for Season

About four weeks before the Tigers convened in Lakeland for spring training, the club’s outlook instantly went from brimming with confidence and optimism to soaked in despair and gloom. That’s when Dave Dombrowski received word from Florida that Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and would eventually be lost for the […]

November 25, 2012

Tigers Leftovers, Thoughts and Reflections

Making up for lost time with a stream-of-consciousness post … It’s been almost a month since Miguel Cabrera took a Sergio Romo 0-2 fastball down the middle for the final out of the World Series. In some ways it feels that long ago and in others, still too recent. So much seems to have happened […]

November 25, 2011

Catching Up on Awards, Moves and Rumors

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. I hope you and your family had a terrific day yesterday. After a month of self-imposed baseball exile, I’ve returned to the keyboard while watching the Red Wings game and chowing on green-bean casserole leftovers. Verlander’s Hardware Store. The Cy Young Award was no surprise, of course, but the Tigers’ ace winning […]

July 21, 2011

Baseball Prospectus: Alex Avila is Tigers’ Secret Weapon

Ben Lindbergh at today makes an interesting case for Alex Avila as the Tigers’ most valuable player. Miguel Cabrera gets most of the accolades in the Detroit Tigers’ historically top-heavy lineup, and not without reason — the first baseman’s .349 True Average (TAv) trails only Jose Bautista’s among American League batters. However, Cabrera hasn’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

October 3, 2010

News Galore on the Way Out the Door

It’s not often Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski gets loose and talks at length about the club’s plans, but on Sunday in Baltimore he did just that, breaking some news and confirming a few long-anticipated decisions: Brandon Inge gets offered an extension. As Ian wrote this summer, Inge is either loved or loathed in Detroit — […]

July 17, 2010

Friday Freehans … Saturday Edition?

Yeah, yeah. I got started on these, then got pulled in another direction, etc., etc. Nevertheless, here are a few nuggets for your consideration to start off the weekend: I continue to watch with fascination how Kirk Gibson fares as the Diamondbacks’ interim manager. In this piece from the Arizona Republic, we learn about one […]

July 4, 2010

Looking Back on June in the D

On June 1, the Tigers weren’t exactly reeling but they could not have felt good about the way the month ended. They lost two games to the Mariners in Seattle, then came home to lose three of four to the A’s. After a 14-10 record in April, they stumbled to 12-14 in May. How would […]

June 29, 2010

Tigers Today: June 29, 2010

Tigers’ Record: 41-34, 1st place; 1/2-game lead Today’s Game Tigers @ Twins| 8:10 p.m. ET – Target Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM Pitching Matchup Armando Galarraga (3-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (6-5, 6.10 ERA) Yesterday’s Results Tigers 7 – Twins 5 W: Jeremy Bonderman (4-5) L: Francisco Liriano […]