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Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 10 hours ago
What do you think of the Ron Gardenhire hire?

What do you think of the Ron Gardenhire hire?

More like GardenHIRED. The Detroit Tigers have reportedly chosen their new manager, hiring former Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire. Currently bench coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gardenhire will return to the AL Central, where he piloted the Twins to a 1068-1039 record in 13 seasons. The 59-year-old Gardenhire won six division titles with the Twins, including four within his first five seasons. However, his teams fell off towards the end of his tenure; they finished in last place in four of his last five seasons with the club, and lost 383 games from 2011 to 2014. Many Tigers fans...
Bless You Boys 11 hours ago
Ron Gardenhire is the new Tigers manager, per report

Ron Gardenhire is the new Tigers manager, per report

The former Twins manager will replace Brad Ausmus. After weeks of searching, dozens of interviews, and a lot of rampant speculation, the Detroit Tigers have announced their new manager for the 2018 season. Alex Cora? Gabe Kapler? Fredi Gozalez? No, the new manager will be Ron Gardenhire, according to Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, who spent 2017 as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is best known for his work with fellow AL Central team the Minnesota Twins. He managed the Twins for 13 seasons, collecting a 1068-1039 win record. During his tenure with the Twins he won...
Bless You Boys 14 hours ago
Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos went on a field trip to the Warstic bat factory

Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos went on a field trip to the Warstic bat factory

Jack White was also along for the tour In spite of it being the offseason, some Tigers players can’t keep their minds off baseball. Earlier this week Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos visited the Warstic bat factory, checking out the product and picking up some new duds along the way. Kinsler, who co-owns Warstic with Ben Jenkins and Detroit rock star Jack White, is no stranger to promoting the bat company, and its popularity with MLB players has skyrocketed over the last season. Josh Donaldson, George Springer, Mitch Moreland, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Davis, and J.J. Hardy have all been...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 15 hours ago
Tigers manager rumors: Detroit down to 10 candidates, including Dave Martinez

Tigers manager rumors: Detroit down to 10 candidates, including Dave Martinez

The Tigers have interviewed all 10 of the finalists for their managerial opening. The Detroit Tigers’ search for a new manager is slowly coming to a close. After starting with over 50 candidates to replace former skipper Brad Ausmus, the Tigers are down to 10 finalists, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman reports Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is one of those 10, along with Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire, former Brave manager Fredi Gonzalez, Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond, and White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing. Of those names, Martinez is the only new...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 16 hours ago
Mailbag: Assessing Nick Castellanos’ trade value

Mailbag: Assessing Nick Castellanos’ trade value

Castellanos could be one of the Tigers’ most valuable trade chips this winter. One of the most unfortunate things about seeing your favorite team miss the MLB postseason is the dearth of news and rumors throughout the month of October. We have been fortunate that the Detroit Tigers are currently searching for a new manager, but previous years without playoff baseball have not afforded such headlines. There’s only so much speculation one can do until the rumor mill starts churning. Fortunately, we’re almost there. The AL and NL Championship Series are both heading to elimination games...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 20 hours ago
Here’s an MLB realignment idea that could actually hurt the Tigers

Here’s an MLB realignment idea that could actually hurt the Tigers

Baseball America’s radical realignment proposal would be bad news for Detroit. For years, baseball fans have wondered where the next new MLB franchise would pop up. Many, especially those in the region, have pined for a return to Montreal. Another franchise in the Pacific Northwest also makes sense; it provides a natural rival for the secluded Seattle Mariners, and helps satisfy a relatively untapped sports market. Other locations, such as Nashville, New Orleans, or Charlotte, have also been mentioned. While we aren’t actually closer to realignment or expansion than the last time...
Bless You Boys Oct 18, 2017
The Tigers could benefit from a player-manager

The Tigers could benefit from a player-manager

Kinsler? Avila? Could a familiar face take the helm next year? Hear me out: a player-manager. While it may be an unconventional idea, it could also be just the thing the Tigers need to usher in this new era of baseball in Detroit. Rather than being a new concept, it would actually be a pretty clever old-school move for the team, something that has fallen out of popularity after being incredibly common in baseball’s early days. Some great names in baseball have served as player-manager: Cap Anson, Connie Mack, John McGraw, Ty Cobb, Joe Torre, Pete Rose, and more. For a brief time in 2011...
Bless You Boys Oct 18, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: Managers new and old

Detroit Tigers News: Managers new and old

While the Tigers search for a new manager, Brad Ausmus interviews elsewhere While most fans are locked into the championship series going on in Chicago and New York, manager-less teams are in the middle of crucial interviews that will shape their franchises for years to come. The Detroit Tigers are still one of those teams. Tuesday saw the return of Ron Gardenhire to Detroit, a place that he traveled to numerous times during his days with the Minnesota Twins. There are few moderate opinions on Gardenhire as a possible hire, which is a bit surprising considering he is a manager who has had...
Bless You Boys Oct 16, 2017
Gabe Kapler is the bold choice for Detroit Tigers manager

Gabe Kapler is the bold choice for Detroit Tigers manager

If the Tigers are serious about modernizing, Kapler is the guy to hire. Right now, names like Fredi Gonzalez and Alex Cora appear to be the likeliest choices for the Detroit Tigers’ managerial openings. But, as was reported on Sunday, a faction of the Tigers’ front office — presumably the analytics department — continues to push for Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Development Gabe Kapler. In a period of transition for the Tigers organization, Kapler represents the perfect opportunity to hire a manager capable of playing a major role in modernizing the franchise. The...
Tigers Den Roundtable: What was the highlight of the Tigers’ 2017 season?

Tigers Den Roundtable: What was the highlight of the Tigers’ 2017 season?

It wasn’t the best year, but there were still a few great moments. It has been hard to recap this last Detroit Tigers season. Usually by now, we have bombarded you, the reader, with umpteen posts about the team MVP or season grades or the play of the year (shoutout to 2012 winner Andy Dirks). But when your favorite team goes 64-98, it’s a little harder to go back and re-live that. Still, we’re going to try. To start, we’ll take a look at the positive moments of the Tigers’ season, even if they were few and far between. We probably have plenty more ugly baseball ahead in the next...
Bless You Boys Oct 16, 2017
Detroit Tigers offseason calendar: Options, qualifying offers, MLB Winter Meetings, and more

Detroit Tigers offseason calendar: Options, qualifying offers, MLB Winter Meetings, and more

Here are some important dates and events to remember before the 2018 season begins. Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila has his work cut out for him as he continues the Tigers’ full scale rebuilding project over the offseason. Here are the important dates and events to keep in mind before the 2018 MLB season begins. October 24, 2017: The World Series begins. The series will conclude between October 28 and November 1. The day after the conclusion of the World Series, all players with at least six years of service time who are not under contract for the 2018 season will become free...
Bless You Boys Oct 16, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: Did Brad Ausmus get a fair shake in Detroit?

Detroit Tigers News: Did Brad Ausmus get a fair shake in Detroit?

After Peter Gammons suggested that some feel Ausmus wasn’t treated well, the Detroit media took a closer look. The MLB playoffs continue to be wildly entertaining. In the opening game of the NLCS, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon got himself ejected arguing the slide rule that negated what would have been an out and put a run on the board for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then, he left Wade Davis in the bullpen in Game 2 as John Lackey served up a walk-off home run to L.A.’s Justin Turner. On the American League side of things, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (still feels weird) went...
Bless You Boys Oct 15, 2017
Tigers manager news: Fredi Gonzalez emerging as a ‘favorite’

Tigers manager news: Fredi Gonzalez emerging as a ‘favorite’

Gabe Kapler also drawing interest within the organization From among the multitude of candidates being considered by Detroit Tigers’ general manager Al Avila in his exhaustive search for a new manager, there could be a favorite emerging from the pack. Fredi Gonzalez, the former manager of the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves is now “considered the favorite” to become the Tigers’ next manager, per John Perotto of Fanrag sports. Perotto points out that Gonzalez, who is currently the Marlins’ third base coach, has ten years of managerial experience, and has has ties to Tigers general...
Bless You Boys Oct 15, 2017
Justin Verlander did terrible things to the New York Yankees

Justin Verlander did terrible things to the New York Yankees

The former Tigers’ ace turned in an all-time classic performance in Game 2 of the ALCS. The Houston Astros are widely regarded as one of the most forward thinking organizations in the game today. So it’s perfectly baseball of them to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the ALCS in the most old school fashion possible. Dallas Keuchel was excellent for seven scoreless innings on Friday. And in Game 2, Justin Verlander absolutely undressed the New York Yankees with a masterful complete game performance. Dominant starting pitching is still the best weapon in the game, folks. Verlander was incredible,...
Bless You Boys Oct 13, 2017
Remembering Max Scherzer’s magical escape act

Remembering Max Scherzer’s magical escape act

Mad Max may have used up all his luck as a reliever back in 2013. Today is not a good day for Max Scherzer. When things are coming unraveled during a baseball game, you’re consumed by the moment. But the day after is when you have to start living with it. The former Tigers’ ace came undone in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night through a combination of poor location and horrendous misfortune. Let’s think back to a happier moment instead. The Washington Nationals postseason futility may have reached its low point. Let’s hope that’s the low point. Scherzer entered the contest to...
Bless You Boys Oct 13, 2017
Tigers manager search: Rank the candidates!

Tigers manager search: Rank the candidates!

Tell us who you prefer to see take over for Brad Ausmus. As we all know, the Detroit Tigers are currently looking for the next manager of the club. Former manager Brad Ausmus will not be returning in 2018, and general manager Al Avila has been conducting a thorough search for potential candidates to fill the position. Here at Bless You Boys, we have been covering every Tigers managerial rumor out there, and the list of candidates is quite exhaustive, ranging from recent MLB managers like Fredi Gonzalez to former MLB executives such as Ruben Amaro. We all have our own thoughts on who should...
Bless You Boys Oct 13, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: Justin Verlander is pitching in the ALCS again

Detroit Tigers News: Justin Verlander is pitching in the ALCS again

Verlander is ready for his fourth career playoff start against the Yankees. Justin Verlander is pitching against the New York Yankees in the playoffs. Where have I seen this before? Oh yes, that’s right, in 2006, 2011, and 2012. How did those starts turn out? Verlander collected two wins, pitched 22 2⁄3 innings, and the Detroit Tigers won all three games. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch is feeling pretty confident right now. Truth be told, the first two starts weren’t vintage Verlander (though one of them was in his rookie year). But no Tigers fan will soon forget his 2012 display:...
Tigers manager rumors: Detroit might be interested in Ruben Amaro and I want no part of it

Tigers manager rumors: Detroit might be interested in Ruben Amaro and I want no part of it

The former Phillies GM has been Boston’s first base coach for the past two years. The Detroit Tigers are currently going through an extensive search for their next manager, with a list of 50-plus names to vet. This might be one too many, though. The Tigers have included former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro on their list, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Amaro sure seems like a name out of left field, but it makes a little sense. The son of a baseball lifer, he grew up in major league clubhouses. He played in the major leagues for eight years, and spent four...
Bless You Boys Oct 12, 2017
The Detroit Tigers like Alex Cora but they aren’t alone

The Detroit Tigers like Alex Cora but they aren’t alone

The Astros’ bench coach is a popular managerial candidate these days. A quick glance at the names the Detroit Tigers are interested in interviewing for their vacant managerial spot reveals some popular candidates. Guys like Fredi Gonzalez, Ron Gardenhire, Dave Martinez and Gabe Kapler are drawing interest from multiple teams this offseason. You can add Alex Cora to that list. The Tigers, the New York Mets, and the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly all interested in talking with Cora. The Astros bench coach won’t be available until his team’s playoff run ends, but he’ll be a busy...
Bless You Boys Oct 12, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links: Dusty Baker needs Max Scherzer in Game 5

Detroit Tigers Links: Dusty Baker needs Max Scherzer in Game 5

Meanwhile the Tigers’ rumors center around Alex Cora for manager. Drama loves Dusty Baker So, the Washington Nationals fought off elimination in game four, despite a whole pile of weird that prefaced Wednesday’s matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Ace starter Stephen Strasburg—Schrodinger’s Cat in this experiment—existed for 24 hours in a state of uncertainty. He was sick with the flu or wasn’t. He’d thrown a bullpen before Tuesday’s rainout of Game 3. Or he’d thrown it on Monday. He wanted to start, but maybe no he really didn’t. Tanner Roark was going to start, but so...

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