June 29, 2013

Saturday Non Sequiturs: Memories of 2003, Infante’s Future and Wang Chung Tonight

Catching up on this and that while the temperature hits 111 on my back porch — in the shade. Earlier today I tweeted the recap of the June 29, 2003, Tigers/Diamondbacks game at Comerica Park. The most notable nugget from the boxscore was Jose Valverde‘s six-pitch, four-strike, three-batter save. What a difference 10 years can […]

December 11, 2012

2012 Top 10 Stories: #8 – The Black Hole at Second Base

Remember when Scott Sizemore was the answer to the Tigers’ second base question? After nearly five seasons of Placido Polanco’s wizardry at second, and in the number-two slot of the lineup, the Tigers tried to convince fans – and maybe themselves – that Sizemore could take over with gusto. After 65 games spread across two […]

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

Monday Mankowskis: Optimism, Jackson’s Woes and Bonus Baseball Cards

This is one of those rare and delightful days of spring in which I get to flip back and forth between a Tigers West Coast game and a Wings playoff game. April in the D, indeed. It’s always interesting to see how even a small winning streak can stir optimism among Tigers faithful. To wit: […]

April 10, 2011

Sunday Snacks: April in the D Edition

A few overdue thoughts as I work the previous-channel button on my remote, switching between the Tigers and Wings games. When a few specific things occur, I know for certain the baseball season is in full bloom — eight games in or not. Two of these things have already taken place in the past 24 […]

March 22, 2011

Thoughts on Today’s Cuts

Scott Sizemore said he was disappointed about being cut today by the Tigers. It has to be even more disappointing for a player who, by most accounts, was reestablishing himself as a promising big leaguer this spring only to lose the job to a guy (Will Rhymes) who didn’t runaway with the job. As much […]

September 16, 2010

The Detroit Tigers Podcast #123: The Fake Gary Sheffield Twitter Account

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:18:56 — 36.2MB) Welcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast. This is Episode #123, a 70-minute podcast about the Detroit Tigers recorded live from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Asheville, N.C. In this episode we touch on: Will Rhymes, internet sensation? Rhymes v. Scott Sizemore Should Carlos Guillen stay or […]

September 6, 2010

Monday Mankowskis: Labor Day Edition

Today, after the Tigers lost another game in which they took an early lead, I was convinced they had a losing record when they scored first. Not so. With today’s loss they are 41-25. Why does it seem worse? A year ago today Brandon Inge hit a grand slam off the Rays’ Russ Springer to […]

July 14, 2010

Checking in on Carlos Guillen’s Move to Second Base

It’s been two months since the Tigers announced that Carlos Guillen, not rookie Scott Sizemore, would be the Tigers’ second baseman in 2010. Who at the time would’ve guessed that the brittle Guillen could stay healthy for two months and regain his status as a productive member of the Tigers’ lineup? But let’s be honest: […]

May 26, 2010

Wednesday Walewanders: Dickerson, Pulse Checks and the Scherzer Dilemma

Of course I’m enjoying this matinee game between the Tigers and Mariners, but I’m simply more excited to see Nate Robertson (4-4, 4.56 ERA) start against the Braves tonight. I kid. A nice piece on ESPN.com yesterday featuring Tigers radio voice Dan Dickerson. A morsel: Dickerson is about calling ‘em as he sees ‘em. Whether […]