2:22 PM EST, Sun December 21, 2014
Own or write a blog that covers the Detroit Tigers? Add your blog posts
Bless You Boys Dec 20, 2014

Bless You Boys Podcast 134: Christmas Break with Rob Rogacki

HookSlide talks with Rob Rogacki about Miguel Cabrera's surgery, Bruce Rondon's recovery, the Tigers' acquisitions of Alfredo Simon and Yoenis Cespedes, and the loss of Rick Porcello in the starting rotation. In this week's podcast, HookSlide chats with Rob Rogacki about Miguel Cabrera's surgery and rehab, Bruce Rondon's Tommy John surgery last year and whether he can be a contributing member of the bullpen in 2015, the acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes, Alfredo Simon, and Shane Greene, and what Vegas's most recent World Series odds say about the Tigers as contenders in the upcoming season. ...
Bless You Boys Dec 20, 2014

Hot stove throwback: Rob Deer's special kind of 'fandom'

In 1991, Rob Deer blew into town, literally, as his flailing approach at the plate could have functioned as its own wind turbine energy source. Fourth in a series, looking back at high-profile free agent signings by the Tigers. After a dormant 1989 season that saw them lose 103 games, the Tigers were lifted both in terms of wins and losses and in respect of their offense when Cecil Fielder returned from Japan in 1990 in time to smack 51 home runs wearing the Old English D. But despite that audacious season from Fielder, Tigers GM Bill Lajoie wasn't satisfied. Namely, Fielder had managed to...

Could Sergio Santos be a potential buy-low candidate for the Tigers' bullpen?

A power arm with a lengthy injury history, Santos could fill the void left by Joba Chamberlain in 2015. Remember Sergio Santos? While he was most recently employed by the Toronto Blue Jays, Santos made a name for himself as a flamethrowing reliever for the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and 2011. He racked up 30 saves as the team's closer in 2011, but Tigers fans may best remember him as the poor sap left standing on the mound when Ryan Raburn and Miguel Cabrera capped off a seven run comeback with two home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of a wild, 9-8 September matchup. Your browser...

2014: Extra Innings (0-3)

We would never have marched so far to be food… food… for an Oriole? So the Detroit Tigers will finish their season 72% of who they were to begin with: SP Scherzer SP Verlander SP Price SP Porcello RP Sanchez RP Nathan RP Chamberlain RP Soria RP Alburquerque RP Coke RP Lobstein C Avila C […]
Bless You Boys Dec 19, 2014

Alfredo Simon looks like he is sniffing something disgusting

What is making Alfredo make that face?

Burke Badenhop could boost Tigers bullpen in 2015

The former Tiger hasn't been linked to any teams, but a homecoming makes sense if the Tigers are willing to spend. Earlier this offseason, we celebrated the seven year anniversary of the trade that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. The Tigers sent six players to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, highlighted by top prospects Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. One of the other four players was right-handed pitcher Burke Badenhop, who has carved out a nice career as a reliever. Now a free agent, Badenhop still has yet to latch on with a team for the 2015 season....
Bless You Boys Dec 19, 2014

VIDEO: Detroit Tigers prospect Wynton Bernard appeared on Family Feud

Host Steve Harvey describes him as "a nasty little fella."

Did Alfredo Simon get lucky in 2014, or was there a reason for his success?

Simon's first half was excellent, but his second half wasn't. Which one should we expect in 2015? I think it's safe to say that no one saw Alfredo Simon's 2014 season coming. The Cincinnati Reds gave Simon a spot start, but expected him to slide back into the bullpen once Mat Latos recovered from offseason knee surgery. Instead, Simon allowed one run in seven innings in his first start, earning a second. He fared even better in the next start, allowing a run in eight innings. Before anyone knew it, Simon blazed through the first half of the season, allowing a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts and...

Could Joba Chamberlain re-sign with the Tigers for 2015?

It's not likely, but it could happen. Yesterday, that dastardly villain known as "HookSlide" posted a link to an article titled "Phil Coke 'most likely' done in Detroit; Joe Mantiply could be worth watching this spring" by MLive's Chris Iott. And everyone lost their damn minds. Ok, that's a bit of an overstatement. Our links post got one lonely comment, and Twitter seemed more interested in claiming that I actually compared Edinson Volquez to James Shields in this article. At least our Facebook comment section was lively with debate on the matter. When discussing Coke's future, Iott...

2014: The 9th Inning (11-7)

All’s well that ends well. So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Lobstein SP Porcello SP Price RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP Johnson RP Reed RP Ray RP McCoy RP Farmer RP Ryan C Avila C Holaday C McCann 1B-DH Cabrera 2B Kinsler SS-2B Romine […]
Bless You Boys Dec 18, 2014

Detroit Tigers Links: no more Phil Coke?

Nick Castellanos is trying to improve his defense; Phil Coke probably isn't coming back; setting expectations for Joakim Soria Quick, everybody! To the links-mobile! Yeah, I know, it's been kind of a slow news week for Tigers fans. But here are a handful of stories that were worth passing along ... Tigers' Nick Castellanos focusing on being quicker at 3B Dombrowski: "He normally catches what he gets to, but we're looking to increase his quickness over there ... I know I've been around third basemen who haven't (been) at the top of their game defensively and have become solid, and that's...

Royals sign Alex Rios, Edinson Volquez to bolster their roster

They also signed Kendrys Morales, but the merits of that one are debatable. Among AL Central teams, the Chicago White Sox were the ones grabbing headlines during last week's Winter Meetings. The Sox made a big push for division relevancy by trading for Jeff Samardzija and signed David Robertson. After the meetings, they also added free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera. The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins also added talent, picking up Brandon Moss and Ervin Santana, respectively. Even the Tigers got into the act with their pair of trades last Thursday morning. The Kansas City Royals were...

BYB Comerica Park blueprint art giveaway contest voting is now underway!

Voting will be open for five days, and the winner will receive a Comerica Park blueprint courtesy of Ballpark Blueprints. Two weeks ago, we partnered up with Ballpark Blueprints and announced a FanPost contest, with an awesome Comerica Park blueprint (pictured above) serving as the grand prize. The two week window to write FanPosts is now up, and voting will now begin. The poll at the bottom of this post will be open for five days, and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 22nd. However, there is a new wrinkle to this contest. Voting still proceeds as originally planned and the...
Bless You Boys Dec 17, 2014

Tigers holiday cards

I checked my mailbox and was pleased to see this bunch of holiday cards from our favorite Tigers. No one sends real Christmas cards anymore. This is a development that is bad in almost every way. Without personal, physically-stamped, hand-addressed, delivered by the United States Postal Service Christmas cards what are we left with? A Facebook post that says "Merry Christmas"? That's not giving me my holly jollies. A glossy Snapfish postcard of your excessively-posed crotch fruit? No thanks. I don't need to see you holding some impractical prop and sporting an impossible smile. A...

How does Alfredo Simon use his secondary pitches?

Simon's secondary pitches are decent, but he doesn't have a plus offering to put hitters away in key moments. Make no mistake: Alfredo Simon needs his fastball to survive. I examined the pitch in detail yesterday, pointing out that he uses it almost exclusively to open an at-bat or when behind in the count. Fastball location is important for Simon for a number of reasons. He throws it quite often on the first pitch of an at-bat, as noted above, and gets into trouble when he doesn't get strike one. Opposing batters hit .257/.355/.375 off Simon if he started a plate appearance with ball...

Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment; should the Tigers claim him?

The former Giants closer struggled in 2014, and may be at the tail end of his career. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the busiest clubs in baseball this offseason, overhauling a large portion of their roster. Yesterday saw even more turnover, as the Dodgers announced their signing of right-hander Brandon McCarthy to a four year contract. To make room for McCarthy, the Dodgers designated right-handed reliever Brian Wilson for assignment. Wilson is in the second year of a two year, $19.5 million contract. He is almost assured to clear waivers given his $9.5 million price tag, and...

What will the Tigers' lineup look like in 2015?

Really, you just want to know who's hitting second. Heading into 2014, there were a lot of questions about the Tigers' offense. Would they be able to sustain the losses of Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta, and Omar Infante's career year? Where would the power come from? Would they score as many runs? Long story short: it worked, but it wasn't the same. The Tigers finished second in the American League in runs scored in 2014, just like they did in 2013. They finished sixth in the AL in home runs in both years, and improved from second to first in slugging average. However, their numbers dipped...

2014: The 8th Inning (11-7)

I have to admit it’s getting better. A little better all the time. So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Lobstein SP Farmer SP Porcello SP Price RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP McCoy RP Johnson C Avila C Holaday 1B-DH Cabrera 2B Kinsler SS-2B Romine […]

Alfredo Simon's fastball is the key to his success

Simon features a four pitch arsenal, but his heavy sinking fastball is the most important one. Yesterday, we took a fly-by look at Alfredo Simon and what he has done throughout his career prior to being traded to Detroit last week. Today (and for the next few days), we're going to look a bit closer at how Simon operates. He utilizes a four-pitch mix, but his fastball is his bread and butter. Everything else works off of the heater, making it the most important pitch in his arsenal. Simon likes to attack hitters with his fastball, which sits at 94-95 miles per hour. He primarily throws a...
Bless You Boys Dec 16, 2014

Detroit Tigers Links: Farewell, Danny Worth

Danny Worth is going to the Diamondbacks; the old Tiger Stadium field is safe; Jim Leyland just celebrated a birthday Is it Tuesday already? My, my, my, this week is just flying by. Or, then again, not. The Winter Meetings are over, the big trades and signings are yesterday's news, and now there's little left to do except wait for the return of baseball (even if that only means radio broadcasts from Florida in late February). How bad is it? Sources: the offseason sucks. RT @VivaTigres: Remember when there was baseball? sob— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) December 16, 2014 While the...

Tigers Player News

  • Alfredo Simon

    Alfredo Simon

    Alfredo Simon looks like he is sniffing something disgusting

  • Yoenis Cespedes

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Red Sox discussed Yoenis Cespedes trade with Reds

  • Shane Greene

    Shane Greene

    Are the Tigers still trying to re-sign Max Scherzer?

  • Alex Avila

    Alex Avila

    Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart identifies Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila as possible trade target

  • Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez

    Meet the new Detroit Tigers: 6 key newcomers from team's offseason moves

Tigers Photos