July 7, 2012

Valverde Another in Long Line of Infuriating Tigers Closers

I’m sick of hearing about Jose Valverde‘s 49-for-49 save streak last season. We all know how that was constructed: with far too many saves that looked like Saturday afternoon’s harrowing win against the Royals. A lot has been written about Valverde’s intensity being dialed down a notch – or, apparently, disconnected altogether – when he’s […]

July 16, 2011

Tigers Prospects Dry Up After Arizona Fall League

Note: This article first appeared on ESPN.com’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 […]

April 18, 2011

Little Good News for Zumaya

For a long time — even up until this spring training — I thought the Tigers had bought themselves enough time to get Joel Zumaya healthy by drafting Ryan Perry, signing Jose Valverde and then signing Joaquin Benoit. With today’s news that Zumaya is headed to the 60-day disabled list, with no clear answer on […]

January 19, 2011

Robert Fick: Ultimate Friend and Teammate

Former Tigers catcher Robert Fick earned his reputation as a bad seed thanks to some poor on-field decisions and in-flight activities. If you followed the Tigers during his five years (and five uniform numbers) in Detroit, you won’t be surprised by this Fick-related anecdote from former-Tigers flamethrower Matt Anderson: First Anderson drove from Louisville to […]

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 30, 2010


I’m mad at myself more than anyone else. After the Tigers beat the Twins on Monday night — in a game that the Twins traditionally have won in the past — I thought: maybe this is the turning point. Maybe this is when the Tigers overcome whatever mental block that stands in the way of […]

June 30, 2010

Video: Buster Olney on Zumaya’s Injury, Tigers’ Plans

June 29, 2010

The Detroit Tigers Podcast #115: A Big Win, A Bigger Loss

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:36 — 16.8MB) Welcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast. This is Episode #115 a 36-minute podcast about the Detroit Tigers recorded live from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Asheville, N.C. In this episode we touch on: Joel Zumaya‘s season-ending injury Ian’s trip to Atlanta More bad calls against the […]

June 29, 2010

Déjà Zoom

You may not want to admit it, but you always feared that Joel Zumaya was one pitch away from another – possibly catastrophic – arm injury. I certainly did. But as this season wore on, I thought about it less and less. We were finally seeing the Zumaya we enjoyed so much in 2006 — […]

June 23, 2010

Game 70 Recap: Tigers Knuckle Under

The Detroit Tigers turned in another dud of a performance tonight, falling to the New York Mets 5-0 at Citi Field tonight. The Mets veteran right-hander R.A. Dickey won his sixth start (6-0) in seven tries, throwing eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits.  Dickey retired the final 13 batters he faced. Jeremy Bonderman pitched […]