2:47 PM EDT, Fri October 24, 2014
Bless You Boys 5 hours ago
Tigers report card: Joba Chamberlain fought the good fight

Tigers report card: Joba Chamberlain fought the good fight

When an oft-injured veteran reliever signs a cheap short-term contract, expectations can only be so high. For a few months it looked like the Tigers had hit a jackpot. Then the dog days of summer hit and a dose of reality set in. A manager uses a relief pitcher like a six shooter, he fires until it's empty then takes the gun and throws it at the villain.-Dan Quisenberry Joba Chamberlain came aboard with very little fanfare last winter just prior to the MLB Winter Meetings. The Detroit Tigers had been making plenty of noise throughout the early weeks off the offseason. Dave Dombrowski had...

Twinsights: Could Joe Maddon be the next Twins manager?

Back on Sept. 29, Day 1 of a Minnesota Twins manager search that has now reached 26 days, I asked Twins CEO Jim Pohlad about the value of managers in the modern game. If you want to know if there's ANY chance whatsoever that the Twins will get into the bidding for Joe Maddon, who opted out of the last year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, it seems this is the best way to read the tea leaves. Increasingly, there is a belief around the analytics-soaked sport that even the finest manager can only add […] The post Twinsights: Could Joe Maddon be the next Twins manager?...
Bless You Boys 5 hours ago
Brad Ausmus gives a rookie-level answer when asked about bullpen management

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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Newark Star-Ledger 3 hours ago

N.J. Sports Now: Royals' World Series run could be blueprint for Yankees offseason (VIDEO)

when the Yankees look to improve a roster that has missed the postseason in back-to-back years, the Royals bullpen should be used as inspiration.
Dan Labbe / Plain Dealer 3 hours ago
Talk Cleveland sports with Dennis Manoloff at 12:30 p.m.

Talk Cleveland sports with Dennis Manoloff at 12:30 p.m.

Get your Cleveland sports questions ready and join Dennis Manoloff for a live chat at 12:30.
Grand Rapids Press 4 hours ago
Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery to repair bone spurs in ankle, stress fracture in foot

Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery to repair bone spurs in ankle, stress fracture in foot

Cabrera will be reevaluated in three months, the Tigers said. That timeframe means the evaluation would come in late January, about three weeks before the start of spring training. Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has had offseason surgery for the second consecutive offseason. The Tigers announced Friday that Cabrera had right ankle surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture to his navicular bone.  Cabrera will be reevaluated in three months, the Tigers said. That timeframe means the evaluation would come in late January,...
Plain Dealer 7 hours ago

It's still hard to believe the Cleveland Indians lost the 1954 World Series -- Terry Pluto

The 1954 Indians were so focused on beating out the Yankees, the players seemed worn down by the time they played the World Series -- according to Al Rosen.
Grand Rapids Press 8 hours ago
Detroit Tigers had more pitchers make MLB debuts in 2014 than in any season in at least 100 years

Detroit Tigers had more pitchers make MLB debuts in 2014 than in any season in at least 100 years

The Tigers used 30 pitchers during the 2014 season. Thirteen of them had never pitched in the majors prior to this season. The Detroit Tigers used 30 pitchers during the 2014 season. Thirteen of them made their major-league debut on the mound in 2014. If that seems like a lot, well, it is. According to baseball-reference.com, that is the most Tigers players to make their major-league pitching debuts in the same season since at least 1914. (Baseball-reference.com records don't go back further than that.) The previous high for Tigers players making their MLB...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

TwinsCentric: Twins won't tip their pitches when it comes to research

A look into the Twins' analytics department.
Baltimore Sun 16 hours ago

Royals outfield defenders cram for quirky AT&T test

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The irresistible talents of the Kansas City Royals' outfielders may be tested by the inscrutable elements of San Francisco's quirky right field when the World Series resumes on Friday.
Topeka Capital-Journal 16 hours ago

Strickland 'embarrassed' by Game 2 actions

SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Strickland apologized Thursday for the way he handled himself in Game 2 of the World Series after allowing yet another postseason home run. Strickland caused the benches to clear Wednesday night when he shouted at Kansas City’s Salvador Perez after allowing a two-run homer in the sixth inning to Omar Infante in San Francisco’s 7-2 loss. Strickland first shouted at himself, which caught the attention of Perez, who was going home from second base and shouted back. That led Strickland to yell back at Perez and the benches to clear. read more

Will losing Billy Butler's bat hurt Royals' World Series chances?

With no designated hitter used for the three games on National League turf, the Kansas City Royals will be missing Billy Butler, one of their most productive hitters.
Topeka Capital-Journal 16 hours ago

The Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art — the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he has worked to develop for more than a decade, Wakamatsu takes manager Ned Yost’s lineup and writes out the starters for both teams, the reserves and available relievers. read more
San Jose Mercury News 17 hours ago

World Series wait over for Giants' Hudson, Royals' Guthrie

Two men with over a decade in the big leagues will pitch in the World Series for the first time Friday when the San Francisco Giants' Tim Hudson meets the Kansas City Royals' Jeremy Guthrie.

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