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ESPN’s Keith Law ranks 2 Tigers on 2017 top 100 prospects list

ESPN’s Keith Law ranks 2 Tigers on 2017 top 100 prospects list

Matt Manning and Christin Stewart both got the nod from Law. ESPN Insider Keith Law released the first 20 of his top 100 prospects in baseball for the 2017 season on Monday. The Detroit Tigers were a little better represented than we expected. Right-handed pitcher Matt Manning, the Tigers’ first round pick in the 2016 draft, checks in at No. 82. Manning was no surprise, but left fielder Christin Stewart also made the cut, with Law ranking him 92nd overall. The Tigers selected the power-hitting outfielder in the supplemental round of the 2015 MLB draft. While placing two players in the...
Bless You Boys Jan 23, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links: Jordan Zimmermann is healthy, and Daniel Norris is ready for 2017

Detroit Tigers Links: Jordan Zimmermann is healthy, and Daniel Norris is ready for 2017

Coming off Tigersfest weekend, we got some good news about Tigers pitching and some bad news from around the league I hear Tigerfest happened this weekend, and that it was filled with as many crazy antics as pieces of relevant information for Tigers fans. It is but a tiny morsel to satiate our hunger for baseball for a short while longer, but is a welcome one. It’s good to see the boys back in Detroit again, if only for the weekend. Welcome to Monday. Here’s what we know today. Pitching As you know, Tigerfest rolled into town this weekend, and with it came some interesting tidbits....
Bless You Boys Jan 22, 2017
Tigers’ Drew VerHagen has put 'awful' 2016, thoracic outlet surgery behind him

Tigers’ Drew VerHagen has put 'awful' 2016, thoracic outlet surgery behind him

Less than a month before spring training, VerHagen is progressing well in his recovery. DETROIT — The 2016 season was a lost endeavor for Drew VerHagen. What began as a hushed stint on the seven-day disabled list with Triple-A Toledo eventually developed into season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Now healthy, he’s scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time since late May. At the time, VerHagen had been sent to Toledo after his performance suddenly tailed off, attributed to early season struggles. Four days later, though, he was on the DL for an “undisclosed...
Bless You Boys Jan 21, 2017
Change in delivery helped Daniel Norris finish strong in 2016, prepare for 2017 season

Change in delivery helped Daniel Norris finish strong in 2016, prepare for 2017 season

A higher leg kick and a quicker windup helped Norris refine his command. DETROIT — Daniel Norris’ delivery never felt right, even with the Blue Jays. It wasn’t until working with pitching coach Rich Dubee in 2016, that an adjustment to his windup yielded positive results at the tail end of that year. In addition to a wonky delivery, Norris had already dealt with a dead arm, cancer, and a fractured back in the space of a year. If it wasn’t one thing it was another. His arm is so quick, that the rest of his body had a hard time catching up. The result was what felt like a jerky...
Bless You Boys Jan 21, 2017
Shocking video emerges of Nick Castellanos performing at TigerFest

Shocking video emerges of Nick Castellanos performing at TigerFest

It’s ... ummm, well you better just take a look for yourself. The BYB war room was rocked this afternoon by the release of a video so shocking, so haunting, and so glorious, that it shook Tigers’ nation to its knees. After much deliberation, it was decided that we had no right to withhold this footage — courtesy of one Julio Daniel Martinez — from the faithful public. But be warned. You may be impressed. You may be horrified. Or you may fall in love with America’s newest boy band heartthrob, Nick Castellanos. Lip Sync battle at tiger fest! Thank god JD videoed this bad boy,...
Bless You Boys Jan 21, 2017
Thought of selling was ‘stressful’ for Tigers players, relieved big changes never came to fruition

Thought of selling was ‘stressful’ for Tigers players, relieved big changes never came to fruition

The players believe they can contend in 2017 with their current staff, and that sweeping changes would’ve been wasteful. DETROIT — Most anyone on the Tigers will tell you that they’re glad Detroit didn’t sell. From returning catcher Alex Avila to manager Brad Ausmus. The biggest relief on the team heading into 2017, apart from health, is that the team from last year remains largely intact. Daniel Norris, who finished strong in 2016 after a setup adjustment, didn’t see a positive in selling, even in part. He’s beyond relieved that the organization didn’t follow through with...
Tigers will have No. 18 overall pick in 2017 MLB draft

Tigers will have No. 18 overall pick in 2017 MLB draft

The Tigers’ draft position improved thanks to a couple of free agent signings elsewhere around baseball. The Detroit Tigers have not been shy about forfeiting draft picks in exchange for signing top free agents in years past. They went without true first round picks for three consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2012, and lost out on their second and third round picks in the 2016 MLB draft. This year, the tables have turned. Thanks to two other free agent signings around baseball, the Tigers will have the No. 18 overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft. They were previously slated to draft at No....
Bless You Boys Jan 21, 2017
Tigers' Brad Ausmus names Justin Verlander 2017 Opening Day starter

Tigers' Brad Ausmus names Justin Verlander 2017 Opening Day starter

Jordan Zimmermann and Michael Fulmer are the No. 2 options. DETROIT — On Saturday at TigerFest, manager Brad Ausmus gave away one piece of information relevant to the start of the season. Ace Justin Verlander was named as the Tigers’ starter for Opening Day. The announcement is more of a formality considering Verlander’s 2016, and isn’t surprising in the least. Ausmus also added that Jordan Zimmermann is a possibility to start the second game of the season, but that that’s not a guarantee. “Verlander’s going to pitch Opening Day, I’ll give you that right now,” Ausmus said....
Bless You Boys Jan 18, 2017
Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen are Hall of Famers in our hearts

Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen are Hall of Famers in our hearts

Former Tiger Ivan Rodriguez is heading to Cooperstown The votes are in, and the percentages have been calculated. Three new inductees will make their way into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown this year. Among them is former Tigers’ catcher, Ivan Rodriguez, who was elected on the first ballot. Rodriguez becomes the first former Tigers’ player to be inducted since Al Kaline in 1980, ending a ridiculous 37 year drought. For Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen however, their opportunity has come to an end, as both received fewer than the necessary 5% of the vote to continue. Lou...
Bless You Boys Jan 18, 2017
Ivan Rodriguez reacts to his Hall of Fame election

Ivan Rodriguez reacts to his Hall of Fame election

The former Tigers catcher was elected in just his first year of eligibility. In a bit of a shocker, former Tigers’ catcher, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was one of just three players elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday. He joins Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines as the 2017 inductees. Rodriguez appeared on 76 percent of ballots, just one percent, or four ballots, over the requirement. As such, Rodriguez becomes the first Tiger since Al Kaline to be elected to the Hall of Fame. I have no words, best call ever! A dream that came true today! So thankful! Thank you thank you God...
Bless You Boys Jan 18, 2017
Former Tiger Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez elected to the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Tiger Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez elected to the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame

The first-ballot electee squeaked in by 1 percent. Officially the youngest traditionally elected Hall of Famer and named on his first ballot appearance, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was one of three players elected to the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Joining Rodriguez are Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell, who made it in their 10th and seventh years on the ballot, respectively. The former Tigers catcher was a key part of Detroit’s baseball resurgence after an abysmal period of record for the team. Despite objections, he joined the Tigers in 2004 and brought an American League...
Bless You Boys Jan 18, 2017
Tigers acquire Mikie Mahtook from Rays, designate Anthony Gose for assignment

Tigers acquire Mikie Mahtook from Rays, designate Anthony Gose for assignment

The Tigers will send the Rays cash or a player to be named later. The Detroit Tigers bolstered their center field options by acquiring right-handed hitting Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday for cash or a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated outfielder Anthony Gose for assignment. Detroit now has 10 days to trade Gose or put him through waivers, after which he could be outrighted to the minor leagues if he is not given his unconditional release, making him a free agent. Mahtook spent parts of the last two seasons in the Rays’...
Bless You Boys Jan 18, 2017
It’s OK to change your mind about Baseball Hall of Fame worthiness

It’s OK to change your mind about Baseball Hall of Fame worthiness

And I’m still not entirely sure if the Tigers should rebuild or go for it in 2017 You could play the game of gotcha. I was a victim of the game of gotcha within my first day of writing columns for the Detroit News. As soon as you have an opinion, for some reason you are not allowed to have changed your mind, nor are you allowed to ever change your mind again. Because as soon as you do: Gotcha! You wrote something different. It must be for pageviews. In that case I wrote a column about Ryan Raburn, who at the time was struggling at the plate despite all the “indicator” stats pointing...
ESPN’s Keith Law ranks Tigers’ farm system 24th in MLB

ESPN’s Keith Law ranks Tigers’ farm system 24th in MLB

This is the second year in a row that the Tigers’ system has moved up the rankings list. Over the years, ESPN Insider analyst Keith Law has drawn the ire of many Detroit Tigers fans for his critique of the team’s lackluster farm system. Law released the first batch of his latest MLB organizational rankings on Wednesday, and things are trending the right way. For the second year in a row, the Tigers have moved up his list; they now sit 24th out of 30 major league teams. While 24th isn’t great, it is certainly better than under the previous regime. Dave Dombrowski did a lot of great...
Tigers Den Roundtable: Which Tigers player should get a contract extension?

Tigers Den Roundtable: Which Tigers player should get a contract extension?

With all the new contracts being signed around baseball this week, the BYB staff debates who the Tigers should retain long-term. Let’s just say it: this has been one boring baseball offseason. The subpar free agent class did not help, but other than Jerry Dipoto’s wheeling and dealing in the Pacific Northwest, there have not been many big moves to speak of. Things only get so exciting when Rich Hill is the top free agent on the market. Luckily, things have perked up. This week alone, a couple of marquee free agents signed with teams; Jose Bautista is heading back to Toronto, while...
Bless You Boys Jan 18, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links: Ivan Rodriguez might make the Baseball Hall of Fame

Detroit Tigers Links: Ivan Rodriguez might make the Baseball Hall of Fame

Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen will not. The Hall of Fame should get a little Pudgier This is premature, but it looks like Ivan Rodriguez could make it into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Sports Illustrated has a good break down of his career and his Hall of Fame chances at large. Even if he doesn’t make it this year, his inclusion seems like it is inevitable. To celebrate, here’s a picture of Pudge with a pony, flanked by a crooked trampoline and a misplaced sink top. Remembering Maggs and Carlos We will lament Carlos Guillen’s and Magglio Ordonez’s exclusion...
MLB trade rumors: Tigers ‘in touch’ with Gregor Blanco, Peter Bourjos, not close to deal

MLB trade rumors: Tigers ‘in touch’ with Gregor Blanco, Peter Bourjos, not close to deal

The Tigers are still searching for an upgrade in center field, it seems. Now that the team doesn’t appear to be selling off its stars, the Detroit Tigers’ search for a center fielder has become a never-ending saga as we inch closer to spring training. Fans have clamored for some new blood ever since the Tigers traded Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels on the opening day of the offseason, but little progress has been made. General manager Al Avila has done his best to prop up minor league signees Alex Presley and Juan Perez, but the team has done little to address the problem with...
Bless You Boys Jan 17, 2017
Tigers’ Justin Verlander serves up an awesome dad joke

Tigers’ Justin Verlander serves up an awesome dad joke

It was so bad, it’s good. I am the foremost purveyor of the responses “Time for you to get a watch” and “Hi hungry, I’m Patrick.” Yes, I still have friends. No, I don’t think they actually like me. Anyway, in honor of the dad joke craft, I would like to present you with a very good tweet: I'm sure some would be... "Stumpf'd" if he didn't make it. #dadjoke #lame #StillLaughingThough https://t.co/HUK8D1bVF7— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 17, 2017 Dad jokes are judged upon how hard of an eye roll they merit. That is 9.5/10. The fact that he is extremely...
Detroit Tigers Links: The Tigers should go all in, and Cameron Maybin might regress

Detroit Tigers Links: The Tigers should go all in, and Cameron Maybin might regress

Some pundits think the Tigers should push their chips in for a shot at a title in 2017. One of the main reasons the Detroit Tigers have struggled over the last couple seasons is a severe lack of depth. Injuries to players like Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and others have hampered the Tigers’ playoff chances. With little depth in the farm system behind those stars, the drop-off in production has been staggering. Unfortunately, the subpar farm system and bloated payroll have left the Tigers in an unenviable position. They have spent most of the offseason...
Bless You Boys Jan 17, 2017
Tigers announce 2017 spring training radio and TV broadcast dates

Tigers announce 2017 spring training radio and TV broadcast dates

Seven games will be available on TV this spring. The schedule for this year’s spring training radio and TV broadcast has been released. On Tuesday, the Tigers announced that 21 games would be on radio, either via 97.1 FM, or at 1270 AM. Seven of its games will be available on Fox Sports Detroit, either directly or in coordination with the YES Network and Fox Sports South. Per the usual, Dan Dickerson and Jim Price will call the scheduled spring games on the radio. The five TV broadcast Lakeland games will contain an alternating schedule of Rod Allen, Mario Impemba, and Kirk Gibson. Among...

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