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 […]

September 12, 2011

The Monday Report: Power Rankings, Masao Kida and Johnny Cash

The Tigers embark on their final roadtrip of the season and Detroit fans can gleefully bid adieu to Ozzie Guillen and his band of jolly outlaws. Leading Off: The Tigers beat the Twins 2-1 yesterday for the club’s ninth straight win — their first of that length since May 1984. Doug Fister shutout the Twins […]

July 28, 2011

The Daily (Continental) Breakfast: July 28, 2011

The Rundown The Tigers are in first place, two games ahead of the Indians and a mere 3.5 games ahead of the White Sox. There are three days left until the trade deadline. Today’s game: Brad Penny (5-5, 4.61 ERA) vs. Joel Pineiro (7-7, 4.51 ERA) | 1:05 p.m. FSD/1270 & 97.1 FYI: Penny surrendered […]

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 […]

February 6, 2011

Sunday Snacks: RIP Woodie Fryman, A Fantasy Camper Says Goodbye and More!

When I was just starting to collect baseball cards, the first thing I always did upon opening a new pack was to flip the card over to see if the player ever was a member of the Tigers. Because my memory latches on to such random things, I clearly remember when I turned over the […]

November 7, 2010

Sunday Snacks: Sparky Leftovers

As much as I want to bash the re-signing of Jhonny Peralta, I’m going to rely on lessons learned from 2005 when the Tigers inexplicably signed Kenny Rogers — Kenny Rogers?! — and Todd Jones — Todd Jones?!. Those signings turned out pretty well, all things considered. Besides, I don’t have the energy to get […]

June 11, 2010

Friday Freehans: Interleague Gumbo

Interleague play is back! What’s that? You haven’t missed it? As the Pirates come to town let’s do an interleague reset: Since interleague play started in 1997, the Tigers have compiled a 124-108 record, 57-33 in interleague games at Comerica Park. This year they’re 1-2. In a related note, here’s the good news coming into […]

May 23, 2010

Jose Lima Dies at 37

Who knew that when Jose Lima was called up to the Tigers in 1994 he would become a 20-game winner and a big-league character? Lima, whose best seasons in the majors came as a member of the Astros, died this morning at his home in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack. He was just […]

April 11, 2010

Tigers Today: April 11, 2010

Tigers’ Record: 4-1 Today’s Game Tigers vs. Indians | 1:05 p.m ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD PLUS/1270 Pitching Matchup Justin Verlander, 0-0, 7.20 ERA vs. Jake Westbrook, 0-1, 11.25 ERA Yesterday’s Results Tigers 4 – Indians 2 W: Jeremy Bonderman (1-0) L: Mitch Talbot (0-1) SV: Ryan Perry (1) HR: Magglio […]

January 21, 2010

Non-Sequiturs: Winter Caravan Memories

Tigers thoughts while listening to a pounding rain: I attended the Tigers Winter Caravan one time, in 1991 when I was living in Kalamazoo and had some connections with the local paper. Back then, only the media was invited. Or so I thought. I walked into a Kalamazoo hotel and saw dozens of fans asking […]