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Grand Rapids Press 5 hours ago
Justin Verlander named ALCS MVP as Astros advance to World Series

Justin Verlander named ALCS MVP as Astros advance to World Series

In the decisive Game 7, it was Astros pitchers Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. who came up big, combining to strike out 11 in a three-hit shutout. Justin Verlander was named Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series for helping his new team advance to the World Series. The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday night to win their first AL championship and make their second World Series (the Astros were in the National League in 2005, their only other appearance). Verlander went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in his two ALCS...
Larry Brown Sports 10 hours ago

Kate Upton gives fiance Justin Verlander massive celebratory kiss

Justin Verlander got a really nice bonus on top of making it to the World Series winning ALCS MVP on Saturday: a huge smooch from fiancee Kate Upton. Upton was in attendance at Minute Maid Park in Houston to watch her fiance’s team beat the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS Saturday. FS1 cameras...Read More
Washington Times 11 hours ago

Perfect last-second decision for ALCS MVP Verlander, Astros

HOUSTON (AP) - That last-second decision by Justin Verlander has turned out perfectly for the Houston Astros. An MVP indeed. Verlander and the Astros are headed to the World Series after the big right-hander beat the New York Yankees twice in the American League Championship Series. Houston won the pennant ...
Lookout Landing 14 hours ago

10/21/17: ALCS Open Game Thread

Win or go home. A night after riding second half/postseason hero Justin Verlander to a victory to bring the series even, the Astros look to take game seven and move on to the World Series in hopes of fulfilling their Sports Illustrated-declared destiny. Houston Astros at New York Yankees Series...

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Grand Rapids Press Oct 21, 2017
Tigers expect 'fully healthy' Miguel Cabrera to produce in 2018

Tigers expect 'fully healthy' Miguel Cabrera to produce in 2018

Im not going to address any of his personal issues, because theyre all personal, Tigers general manager Al Avila said. DETROIT -- At the end of a miserable 2017 season, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila met with star slugger Miguel Cabrera and was encouraged by what he heard. "He came to me and said, 'We want a strong leader and I'm going to make sure that this clubhouse gets on the right foot,'" Avila said. "I think he understands the process. He has told me that he's going to embrace this. He's going to make sure that we do everything possible to get...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 21, 2017
Justin Verlander does it again, sending Astros to Game 7 showdown vs. Yankees

Justin Verlander does it again, sending Astros to Game 7 showdown vs. Yankees

Verlander is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in his two ALCS starts. Hes struck out 21 and walked just two in 16 innings. The Houston Astros will play for a spot in the World Series tonight after Justin Verlander kept them alive by throwing another gem. Verlander struck out eight through seven scoreless innings as the Astros beat the New York Yankees 7-1 at Minute Maid Park to even the series at 3-3. The Astros have won all three games played in Houston; New York has won all three in the Bronx. The decisive Game 7 is at 8:08 p.m. tonight in Houston. The Astros' Charlie...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 20, 2017
Tigers won't pick up Anibal Sanchez's 2018 contract option

Tigers won't pick up Anibal Sanchez's 2018 contract option

They owe him a $5 million buyout. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez's tenure with the Detroit Tigers is over after more than five seasons in the team's starting rotation. The Tigers have informed the 33-year-old right-hander that they will not pick up his option for 2018, general manager Al Avila said Friday. They owe him a $5 million buyout in lieu of the $16.8 million salary for next year. Sanchez went 46-49 with a 4.43 ERA in parts of six seasons with the Tigers. The Tigers acquired him in a trade with the Miami Marlins on July 23, 2012, and then re-signed him to a...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 20, 2017
Tigers' Ron Gardenhire embraces 'old-school' label, but says he never stops learning

Tigers' Ron Gardenhire embraces 'old-school' label, but says he never stops learning

Gardenhire was the last of 10 candidates to interview. Almost immediately, GM Al Avila said, We felt like we had our man. DETROIT -- The analytics department at Comerica Park is right down the hallway from general manager Al Avila's office. So when Ron Gardenhire arrived for his interview, that was the first place he went. And when he returned Friday to be announced as the Detroit Tigers' 38th manager, Gardenhire went back again.  "I just went through the analytics department and I told every one of those guys, I love 'em, because they're going to help me,"...
Washington Times Oct 20, 2017

Tigers pick former rival, hire Gardenhire as new manager

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the longtime Minnesota Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in the middle of a significant rebuilding process. The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a three-year ...

Dayton Moore on what might happen for Royals in 2018

A couple years ago, people assumed the Royals would not be able to re-sign Alex Gordon. But as Royals GM Dayton Moore pointed out in his Wednesday news conference, the …
Grand Rapids Press Oct 20, 2017
Watch live: Ron Gardenhire introduced as new Tigers manager

Watch live: Ron Gardenhire introduced as new Tigers manager

Gardenhire, who turns 60 next week, spent 13 seasons as manager of the Twins and was bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017. The Detroit Tigers are expected to introduce their new manager, Ron Gardenhire, at a press conference at Comerica Park today at 1 p.m. The live stream of the press conference, when available, will be below. Related coverage:
Grand Rapids Press Oct 20, 2017
Is Ron Gardenhire the right guy to manage the Detroit Tigers?

Is Ron Gardenhire the right guy to manage the Detroit Tigers?

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 years and won six division championships. The Detroit Tigers have reportedly selected their replacement for Brad Ausmus. Ron Gardenhire, who spent 13 years managing the Minnesota Twins, is reportedly going to be hired after Detroit didn't extend Ausmus' contract following four seasons with the Tigers. Gardenhire, 59, led the Twins to six division championships and became the first manager in MLB history to win a division title in each of his first three seasons after replacing Tom Kelly in 2002. His 1,068 wins are the most in...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 20, 2017
Why Ron Gardenhire? Tigers opted for experienced leader in rebuilding

Why Ron Gardenhire? Tigers opted for experienced leader in rebuilding

Ron Gardenhire is the anti-Ausmus, and not just because of his avuncular and folksy nature will be a change from sarcasm-drenched humor of his predecessor. DETROIT -- Four years ago, the Tigers chose the least experienced but perhaps the most intriguing candidate on the market in Brad Ausmus. Ron Gardenhire is the anti-Ausmus, and not just because of his avuncular and folksy nature will be a change from sarcasm-drenched humor of his predecessor. There is no candidate even who comes close to matching Gardenhire's experience in baseball over the last...

Tigers expected to name Ron Gardenhire as manager

The Detroit Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The Tigers, who are replacing Brad Ausmus after four seasons at the helm, tied for the worst record in the majors this year and are rebuilding after trading Justin Verlander, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez. Gardenhire, the bench coach this season for the Diamondbacks, is familiar to Tigers fans from his long run managing the AL Central rival Twins from 2002-14. The Twins won the division six times in...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 19, 2017

New Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire: 9 things to know

Gardenhire, a former Minnesota Twins manager, has agreed to replace Brad Ausmus in Detroit.
Grand Rapids Press Oct 19, 2017
Tigers plan to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, report says

Tigers plan to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, report says

Gardenhire, who turns 60 next week, spent 13 seasons as manager of the Minnesota Twins and was bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017.   DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers plan to hire Ron Gardenhire as their new manager, The Athletic reported Thursday night. Gardenhire, who turns 60 next week, spent 13 seasons as manager of the Minnesota Twins and was bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017.  Reporter Ken Rosenthal said Gardenhire's hiring was pending completion of a contract. The Tigers declined to renew Brad Ausmus' contract at the end of...
Larry Brown Sports Oct 19, 2017

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

The Detroit Tigers are planning to hire Ron Gardenhire as their next manager, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers will hire Gardenhire after finalizing a contract with him. The team began with around 50 names on their list and conducted multiple interviews. One reason they chose Gardenhire is because GM...Read More

What Dayton Moore had to say about what went wrong in 2017

On Wednesday, Royals general manager Dayton Moore held a press conference and the big news that came out of it is that Rusty Kuntz will no longer be the first-base …

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