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Tigers report card: Alex Avila was more valuable than you think in 2014

Tigers report card: Alex Avila was more valuable than you think in 2014

If you don't like advanced statistics, you probably don't like Avila very much. The Tigers have had several excellent catchers wear their uniform over the years. From Mickey Cochrane to Bill Freehan, Lance Parrish to Ivan Rodriguez, the Tigers have a rich history of backstops who have been above average players on both sides of the ball. Alex Avila does not belong in this pantheon. But he has been a valuable member of the Tigers franchise over the past several years, even after his monster 2011 season. This year was no different for the Tigers' oft-maligned signal caller. He put up 2.1 WAR...
Bless You Boys Oct 27, 2014
Al Avila, Dave Dombrowski share continuing concerns about Alex Avila's health

Al Avila, Dave Dombrowski share continuing concerns about Alex Avila's health

Alex Avila has suffered several concussions in recent years and it has the Tigers worried, despite doctors' assurances that Avila is not risking his long-term health by continuing to catch. Alex Avila put together some of the best defensive numbers of his career in 2014, despite suffering several concussions this past season. Avila passed every follow-up test in the weeks after the concussion on October 5, the day the Tigers' were swept out of the ALDS. Medically, Avila has been given the all-clear but the Tigers remain concerned. The concussions aren't cause for trepidation from a roster...
Bless You Boys Oct 24, 2014

Tigers should exercise Alex Avila’s contract option for 2015

The Tigers should exercise the $5.4 million option on Alex Avila for 2015 and focus on improving other areas. Detroit Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila’s season came to an end when he was unable to play due to a concussion that kept him out of the third and final game of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles. It had been another rough season for Avila health-wise, particularly toward the end of the year. Avila has been hit by foul balls, bats, and even a glove tag to the jaw, leading to three concussions (possibly more) over his five year career. He says he is now...
Bless You Boys Oct 20, 2014
Russell Martin could provide an offensive upgrade at catcher for the Tigers

Russell Martin could provide an offensive upgrade at catcher for the Tigers

With Alex Avila struggling at the plate and with concussions in 2014, might the Tigers make a big offseason splash behind the plate? Russell Martin had a career year in 2014, and it came at just the perfect time as the free agent figures to see a major payday. Alex Avila was a solid contributor for the Tigers in 2014, compiling 2.1 WAR in 124 games, but, his injury history may lead the Tigers to look at other options behind the plate in 2015 and beyond. Who is he? Russell Martin is a 31-year-old right-handed catcher who is reaching free agency after playing some outstanding baseball for the...
Bless You Boys Oct 14, 2014
Alex Avila will continue catching, has no lingering concussion symptoms

Alex Avila will continue catching, has no lingering concussion symptoms

Alex Avila expects to continue his career after reporting any lingering effects from his latest concussion have not re-surfaced. Alex Avila took a beating behind the plate in the latter half of the 2014 season. The Tigers' ALDS against the Orioles left Avila with another concussion, and fans wondered if it was time for the 27-year-old veteran catcher to consider calling it quits. Monday afternoon Avila told MLive's Chris Iott he is symptom free from the concussion and fully intends to continue playing baseball. Avila said he has no further concerns about his health at this point. "No," he...
Rotoworld Oct 13, 2014

Tigers' Avila (head) not considering retiring - Alex Avila (C) Detroit Tigers

Alex Avila (head) said Monday that he has given no consideration to retiring from baseball.
Grand Rapids Press Oct 13, 2014
Alex Avila says he is symptom free, remains focused on continuing career with Detroit Tigers

Alex Avila says he is symptom free, remains focused on continuing career with Detroit Tigers

Avila said he was feeling great as he prepared to head from Michigan back home to Florida for the winter. When the Tigers return from Florida to Detroit to start the 2015 season, Avila has every intention of being with them. Alex Avila said he was feeling great Monday afternoon as he prepared to head from Michigan back home to Florida for the winter. When the Detroit Tigers return from Florida to Detroit to start the 2015 season, Avila has every intention of being with them. Many have raised questions about Avila's future after he dealt with multiple head...
KFFL Oct 6, 2014

Tigers | Alex Avila has concussion

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (head) left Game 3 of the American League Division Series ...
Alex Avila leaves Game 3 of ALDS after being hit on mask with a foul tip

Alex Avila leaves Game 3 of ALDS after being hit on mask with a foul tip

DETROIT — Alex Avila left Sunday’s Game 3 of the American League Division Series after taking a foul tip off the mask in the top of the sixth inning. Avila’s had concussion issues each of the last three seasons, including three separate times this season. He appeared to try to talk his way into staying in the game, when head trainer Kevin Rand and manager Brad Ausmus came out to check on him, but he left the field with them under his own power. Bryan Holaday replaced him behind the plate.
Rotoworld Oct 5, 2014

Alex Avila leaves with potential concussion - Kelvin Herrera (R) Kansas City Royals

Alex Avila left Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday with a potential concussion after taking a foul tip off the mask.

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