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 […]

June 17, 2011

Friday Freehans: Mile High Edition

Long-time readers of The Daily Fungo have likely grown weary of my professed love of the Rockies and Coors Field. So I’ll spare them the details and provide new readers with the gist: I attended the Rockies’ first-ever home game at Mile High Stadium against the Expos in April 1993 (thanks to a grueling roadtrip […]

March 23, 2011

L. A. Times Scorches Former Tigers Slugger Marcus Thames — But Why?

By any chance did you see this hatchet job on Marcus Thames by the Los Angeles Times‘ T.J. Simers? I’m not sure what Country Strong did to deserve this: Marcus who? According to Dodgers’ propaganda, this no-name thumper hits a home run every 15.58 at-bats — ranking him 27th in baseball history. Yowza! Now you […]

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 […]

June 17, 2010

Tigers Today: June 17, 2010

Today’s Results Tigers 8 – Nationals 3 W: Jeremy Bonderman (3-4) L: Luis Atilano (5-4) Fungo Recap Tigers’ Record: 36-29, 2nd place; 1.5 GB Minnesota Tomorrow’s Game Tigers vs. Diamondbacks | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM Pitching Matchup Armando Galarraga (2-1, 2.67 ERA) vs. Dontrelle Willis (1-0, […]

September 3, 2009

Three for Thursday: Birthdays, Playoff Odds and Rob Deer

Happy Birthday, Nate. Today’s starter is 32. Other notable Tigers birthdays today: Luis Gonzalez (42) and Steve Boros (73). (It’s also the birthday of my little boy!) Catching up on Tigers Playoff Odds from Baseball Prospectus: We’re now looking at 68.86481 percent for a playoff spot. Inching up. Here’s a piece I enjoyed. Titled “What […]

August 26, 2009

Wednesday Walewanders: Non-Sequiturs Galore

Celebrate Nate! I might be the only person in the Tigers Fan Universe looking forward to Robertson’s return to the rotation. Ian? Today’s Walewanders are fueled by Almighty Blend coffee from Ann Arbor’s Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Co., sent along by the aforementioned Mr. Casselberry.

March 31, 2009

Tigers Tighten “Letting Another Player Wear Alan Trammell’s #3″ Policy

Last July 9 I attend a Tigers/Indians game at Comerica Park — the one when the Tigers came back from six runs down to win it in the ninth on a Miguel Cabrera line-drive homer — and found myself utterly transfixed on the father and son duo sitting in front of me. The dad, possibly […]

March 30, 2009

One Sentence on Josh Anderson, Your New Tigers Outfielder

Thanks to a timely ping from Ian Casselberry, we heard about the Tigers curious trade with the Braves this afternoon. Here’s how Baseball Prospectus 2009 summed up Josh Anderson: Now 26, he’s still nothing more than a fifth outfielder. Nice. Atlanta gets pitching prospect Rudy Darrow. More to come, but three things come to mind: […]

March 4, 2009

Wednesday Walewanders

I’m down to my last box of Girl Scout Cookies — Thin Mints, don’t you know — but despite this unfortunate circumstance, I present the Wednesday Walewanders. Rob Neyer yesterday linked to this list of The Worst Contracts in Baseball and, no, the entire Tigers roster does not appear. But there is some significant Detroit […]