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Tigers claim RP Josh Zeid off waivers from Astros, DFA Ezequiel Carrera

Tigers claim RP Josh Zeid off waivers from Astros, DFA Ezequiel Carrera

The Tigers claimed reliever Josh Zeid off waivers from the Houston Astros, potentially reuniting him with his former World Baseball Classic manager from Team Israel, current Detroit skipper Brad Ausmus. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Zeid is a relatively hard throwing right-hander, who hits the mid-90s with his fastball (94.77 mph, according to PITCHf/x), complementing that pitch with a plus slider. The 27-year-old pitcher was sidelined partway through his second season in the big leagues with...
Bless You Boys Nov 12, 2014

Tigers should not say 'no' to a potential Ian Kinsler trade

They don't need to go looking for a deal, but if the right one comes along the Tigers should pull the trigger. Yesterday I went on a Twitter rant responding to an article that our own Jon Erkkila wrote in regards to trading Ian Kinsler. I think that anyone that initially read my tweets could see the point that I was trying to make, but I wasn't able to give a whole lot of detail as to why I held my opinion. A short 140 characters is fine when all I'm trying to do is say "FIRE AUSMUS," but it is not nearly enough to do an entire analysis of a topic. In order to discuss my thoughts on the...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 11, 2014
Buck Showalter named AL Manager of the Year; Lloyd McClendon finishes fourth in voting

Buck Showalter named AL Manager of the Year; Lloyd McClendon finishes fourth in voting

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did not appear on any AL Manager of the Year ballots. The new manager of the Detroit Tigers did not receive any votes for American League Manager of the Year. But the team's former hitting coach did. Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter received 25 of the 30 first-place votes and was named AL Manager of the Year. Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, the hitting coach for the Tigers before being hired by Seattle prior to the 2014 season, finished fourth in the voting. Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels finished second in...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 10, 2014
5 questions and answers about four major MLB awards that will be announced this week

5 questions and answers about four major MLB awards that will be announced this week

The award winners will be announced on hour-long awards shows that start at 6 p.m. each day for the next four days on the MLB Network. Winners for the four major awards given out annually to American League and National League players and managers will be named this week. Here are five questions and answers regarding those awards, with a focus on how Tigers players -- as well as manager Brad Ausmus -- might fare: When will the awards be announced and where can I watch them?Ah. Sneaking two questions into one right off the bat. Fair enough. The award...
Bless You Boys Nov 5, 2014
What was the Tigers' most regrettable moment from 2014?

What was the Tigers' most regrettable moment from 2014?

There are several potential answers to this question. As part of the SB Nation MLB awards, we are nominating and voting on the most regrettable Tigers moment from 2014. There were a lot of ups for the AL Central champions, but there were also plenty of downs. The nominees are below, but feel free to add to the list in the comments! Pulling Anibal Sanchez in Game 2 of the ALDS An already infamous moment got even worse for Tigers fans after they watched Madison Bumgarner vanquish the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Brad Ausmus pulled Sanchez after two shutout innings in relief during...
Bless You Boys Oct 29, 2014

Tigers report card: Robbie Ray wasn't ready for stardom in 2014

This doesn't mean that he won't be an effective pitcher in the future, though. Aside from manager Brad Ausmus, Robbie Ray might have the most thankless job in Detroit. The centerpiece of the trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, Ray is going to be held to a very high standard throughout his Tigers career. Fans will have trouble recognizing his value, even if he puts up more WAR than Fister did in Detroit. So it comes as no surprise that people were unhappy when he failed to exceed expectations in...
Bless You Boys Oct 24, 2014

Brad Ausmus gives a rookie-level answer when asked about bullpen management

There is a lot of unwarranted criticism any manager receives. However it's not all coming from the Joe Rockhead faction that Brad Ausmus intimated in a recent interview. Brad Ausmus had an interesting rookie season as an MLB manager. He had plenty of things go wrong but he had enough talent at his disposal to win the AL Central. He experienced plenty of unexpected things and hopefully learned the ropes. A recent question he answered showed a glimpse into how Ausmus views fan criticism. Does he take it seriously? Let's see: Anthony Fenech (Detroit Free Press): What, if anything, would you...

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