December 4, 2009

Friday Freehans: Trades, Memories and Salt for Your Game 163 Wound

This, that and the other after a long blogging layoff: So where were you two years ago today? You were probably glued to ESPN or the Web reading all you could about the eight-player deal that brought Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit. Time flies. (And just a year ago today Edgar Renteria spared […]

March 15, 2009

An Ides of March Sunday Buffet

Sometimes there’s so much to talk about that it’s better to throw it all out there in no particular order… Yeah, yeah. Pudge Rodriguez dipped himself in the Fountain of Youth in the offseason and is showing some zest in the World Baseball Classic. Any team that thinks he’ll perform at this level for a […]

February 12, 2009

Three for Thursday

Forgot to mention that last week I appeared on the Baseball Digest Live program on Blog Talk Radio. You can catch the show here. My segment is at the top of hour two. If MLB or the players’ union or whoever released the 103 other names on the list, would it surprise anyone to see […]

December 24, 2008

The Top 10 Tigers Stories of 2008: #8 – The Tigers Trade Pudge

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly five years since Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez signed with the Tigers as a free agent — only a few months after winning the World Series with the Marlins. I tuned in to ESPNEWS on Feb. 6, 2004, to see if they were going to broadcast Pudge’s introductory […]

December 21, 2008

The Top 10 Tigers Stories of 2008

It’s the end of the year, so that means it’s time for Top 10 Lists galore. So I thought I’d add to the list of lists with my take on the 2008 Detroit Tigers. Actually, this top-10 list — which I will reveal over the final 10 days of 2008 — is for the calendar […]

November 1, 2008

Free Agent Menu: Catchers

If you haven’t heard, the Tigers need a catcher. With all due respect to Dusty Ryan, I don’t think the Tigers’ Win Now-ish pitching staff can achieve its full potential — not that we’d necessarily know it if we saw it — with a rookie catcher. Scott Boras got things buzzing this week with his […]

August 28, 2008

Three for Thursday: Former Tigers Edition

This afternoon I caught the last three innings of the Red Sox-Yankees game from New York. In the bottom of the ninth, with runners on second and third with one out, Pudge Rodriguez pinch hit for shortstop Cody Ransom. Sure out, right? Oh, ye of little faith! Pudge drew a walk. Sure his walk numbers […]

August 1, 2008

Pudge Asked for the Trade

Now this makes sense (from Bill Madden’s column in The New York Daily News): How could [Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman] know the Detroit Tigers’ perennial All-Star and Gold Glove catcher had become disconcerted over the decision of his manager, Jim Leyland, to give an increased percentage of the catching role to Brandon Inge? It seems […]

July 30, 2008

Buster Olney on the Pudge Trade

July 30, 2008

Pudge Follow-up

Watching ESPN’s report about the Pudge trade to the Yankees. Peter Gammons says: The Tigers-Pudge relationship “had run its course.” Jim Leyland told him that the Tigers can’t run Zumaya and Rodney out there every night and the team needed bullpen depth. The Tigers believe Brandon Inge is ready to take over behind the plate. […]