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Bless You Boys Mar 28, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Joe Nathan bounce back in 2015?

Joe Nathan was not the "shutdown closer" that the Tigers had hoped he would be in 2014. Can he rebound in 2015? When the Tigers signed Joe Nathan, proven closer, to a two-year, $20 million contract, he was expected to be a "bullpen savior" of sorts. It seemed necessary given what the Tigers had been through in the two years prior. Jose Valverde self-destructed late in the 2012 season, leaving the Detroit Tigers without a closer heading to the playoffs. Bruce Rondon never materialized into a savior in 2013, and Joaquin Benoit left after the season as a free agent. Nathan was supposed to be...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
No competition: Detroit Tigers sticking with oft-criticized reliever Joe Nathan as their closer

No competition: Detroit Tigers sticking with oft-criticized reliever Joe Nathan as their closer

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shook his head no when asked Wednesday evening if there was a competition brewing for the teams closer role this spring. LAKELAND, Fla. -- There's no competition. It's still Joe Nathan. And only Joe Nathan. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shook his head no when asked Wednesday evening if there was a competition brewing for the team's closer role this spring. The question was posed to the second-year manager after Nathan and Tigers eighth-inning setup man Joakim Soria both made appearances, both with drastically different...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 24, 2015
Twitter Talk: On Joe Nathan, Angel Nesbitt, Central Division chances and David Bowie covers

Twitter Talk: On Joe Nathan, Angel Nesbitt, Central Division chances and David Bowie covers

Earlier this month, Bovada.lv sent out their latest baseball odds and listed the odds of the Tigers winning the World Series at 16-to-1. Those odds give the Tigers a 5.9 percent chance to win the World Series. LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's less than two weeks until opening day, so let's just cut to the chase. @Chris_Iott what is the biggest looming disappointment for tigers fans? -- Kenny (@kenny_D_B_P_23) March 23, 2015 Another season that will end without a World Series? Hope that helps. Of course, I'm kidding. Kind of. The Detroit Tigers have a chance to win...

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Bless You Boys Mar 17, 2015

What would the Detroit Tigers bullpen look like without Joe Nathan?

Joe Nathan is struggling again, leaving the team’s bullpen order in doubt. What would life without Nathan be like? The Detroit Tigers’ veteran closer, Joe Nathan, struggled in 2014 to the tune of a 4.81 ERA with seven blown saves. He put 1.53 runners on base per inning. His ERA was easily the highest in the American League among the dozen full-time closers who recorded at least 15 saves, and his WAR was easily the lowest of the group. Tigers management has stated that Nathan will have to pitch better this season if he’s going to hold onto his ninth inning job, but he has done nothing...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 15, 2015

Column: Joe Nathan won't hide from Tigers fans, but there's reason to believe struggles won't disappear

Based on Joe Nathans performance this spring, theres reason to believe those boos wont disappear anytime soon. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Nathan wasn't going to hide Saturday. And he didn't. Given the option by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to throw a side session, Nathan instead opted to pitch in Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies -- the same team that left him bruised and battered just two days earlier. But it wasn't only the Phillies that Nathan had to worry about. The fans at Joker Marchant Stadium were just as eager to...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 14, 2015

Tigers closer Joe Nathan clarifies comments about fans: 'They have a right to react how they want'

Joe Nathan's clarification comes two days after he was showered with boos from fans at Joker Marchant Stadium following a rough relief appearance against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Grand Rapids Press Mar 14, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan clarifies remarks about fans; apologizes for controversial comments

Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan clarifies remarks about fans; apologizes for controversial comments

Tigers closer Joe Nathan wanted to clarify comments he made earlier this week about being booed during a spring training appearance and his overall perception of fans. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Before Tigers closer Joe Nathan took questions from reporters following his latest relief outing Saturday, he had to get something off his chest. Nathan wanted to clarify comments he made earlier this week about being booed during a spring training appearance and his overall perception of fans. "I don't know if it came out wrong or whatever, but it was never that I don't care...
Bless You Boys Mar 14, 2015

Joe Nathan clarifies comments on fans: 'They have a right to react how they want to'

The Tigers' closer found himself in the headlines for the wrong reason when he seemed to imply Thursday he didn't care about the fans. He tweaked his wording a bit Saturday. Joe Nathan stepped in it again with the fans when after a six-run relief appearance Thursday he was quoted saying "fans aren't really on my mind." After pitching a cleaner inning Saturday, he told reporters he wanted to clarify those comments a bit. It's not that he doesn't care about the fans, he said. It's that he doesn't care about how they react to him and that they have a right to boo him if they wish. Via Dana...
Red Sox Monster Mar 13, 2015
Spring training 2015: The Detroit Tigers are counting on a 40-year-old Joe Nathan at closer

Spring training 2015: The Detroit Tigers are counting on a 40-year-old Joe Nathan at closer

The Detroit Tigers closer job is once-again cloaked in uncertainty.
Bless You Boys Mar 13, 2015

Detroit Tigers' closer Joe Nathan is as good as done

The Tigers have to give their 40-year-old closer every chance to succeed this spring, but it's hard to be optimistic in Nathan's longterm chances. Joe Nathan will tell you he was working on something. This is true. Any veteran of spring training will tell you not to look at the stats or try to form much of a narrative. This is true as well. But in the case of the Tigers' 40-year-old closer, the narratives have already been built, and they're playing out exactly as expected. And that is a concern. A big one. Thursday Nathan was booed off the mound. In spring training. This is probably not...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 12, 2015
Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan showered with boos by home crowd after latest implosion

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan showered with boos by home crowd after latest implosion

Despite it being a spring training game where the final score means very little, Nathan still couldnt avoid being peppered with boos following a disastrous relief appearance Thursday. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers closer Joe Nathan heard a familiar sound Thursday. Despite it being a spring training game where the final score means very little, Nathan still couldn't avoid being peppered with boos following a disastrous relief appearance in Detroit's 6-5 loss to the Phillies at Joker Marchant Stadium. From the moment Nathan took the mound in the fifth inning to the...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 3, 2015
Detroit Tigers notes: Joe Nathan throws 21 pitches in scoreless inning; Nick Castellanos day to day

Detroit Tigers notes: Joe Nathan throws 21 pitches in scoreless inning; Nick Castellanos day to day

Castellanos suffered a left hand contusion after being hit by a pitch, but Brad Ausmus said Castellanos might be available to play Wednesday. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Nathan didn't think he was going to get his work in. Then he got plenty. Nathan escaped with a scoreless inning Tuesday in his first appearance of the spring. He pitched the fifth inning in a 15-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Nathan felt pretty good about his fastball, but said his breaking stuff moved too laterally rather than downhill. "That's pretty simple to feel and get back in," he said. "I...

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