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Call to the Pen Feb 18, 2017

Detroit Tigers Offseason in Three Words: Sad, Safe, Selfish

As Opening Day approaches, there are three words to describe the Detroit Tigers offseason decisions and transactions: sad, safe, and selfish. The Detroit Tigers offseason was not a very productive one. Their roster remains almost entirely intact from last year. Also lacking is a direction. Where do the Tigers stand? Are they contenders or is […] Detroit Tigers Offseason in Three Words: Sad, Safe, Selfish - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen Feb 13, 2017

Detroit Tigers All-Time 25-Man Roster

We continue our offseason project with a look at the Detroit Tigers all-time 25-man roster. The Detroit Tigers came into existence when the American League was created to rival the older National League in 1901. They are one of four charter members of the American League who still play in their original city, along with […] Detroit Tigers All-Time 25-Man Roster - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
TalkingChop Feb 12, 2017
MLB Weekly Wrap: Mike Ilitch passes

MLB Weekly Wrap: Mike Ilitch passes

The iconic Tigers owner died at the age of 87. Baseball ownership was at the forefront of fans’ minds this past week, as longtime Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch passed away at the age of 87. Also in the news were rumors that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria may be contemplating a sell of the Miami franchise. Ilitch became owner of the Tigers in 1992, and even before his death, was regarded as an owner with a burning passion to bring a World Series to Detroit. After the 2003 Tigers suffered through a dubious 119-loss season, Ilitch was able to turn the franchise around, as they advanced to...
Call to the Pen Feb 11, 2017

Detroit Tigers: Team Owner Mike Ilitch Dies At Age 87

Longtime Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has passed away at the age of 87. In a press release from Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Chris Ilitch (Mike’s son) announced his father’s passing on Friday. Mike Ilitch was the co-founder of Little Caesar’s pizza chain and Chairman of Ilitch Holdings in addition to owner both […] Detroit Tigers: Team Owner Mike Ilitch Dies At Age 87 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
MLB Daily Dish Feb 10, 2017
Tigers owner Mike Ilitch dies

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch dies

Ilitch was 87 years old. Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has died at the age of 87, the team confirmed late Friday. pic.twitter.com/0VkRgm7eaW— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) February 11, 2017 Ilitch, the owner of Little Ceasars Pizza owned the Detroit Red Wings since 1982 and the Tigers since 1992, won three Stanley Cups with the Wings but never won a World Series title with the Tigers. The team reached the World Series on two occasions during his ownership (2006, 2012), but have been unable to win it all since 1984. Ilitch’s determination to bring the World Series title back to...
Call to the Pen Feb 7, 2017

Detroit Tigers Sign David Lough to a Minor League Deal

The Detroit Tigers have reportedly added extra outfield depth by signing David Lough to a minor league deal. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Detroit Tigers have signed outfielder David Lough to a minor league deal. With Spring Training now in sight, the left-handed swinging Lough could give Detroit a bit more outfield depth. […] Detroit Tigers Sign David Lough to a Minor League Deal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bless You Boys Feb 1, 2017
The Tigers (bats) are heading to Florida!

The Tigers (bats) are heading to Florida!

Truck Day is here! There are a few truly magical days that come only once a year. Christmas morning. Birthdays. The first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season [Ed.: Note how Ashley puts her Canadian citizenship in jeopardy by choosing Starbucks over Tim Horton’s]. But possibly one of the greatest for baseball fans toiling through a long winter, is Truck Day. Truck Day is the first glorious sign of Spring Training’s arrival. The Detroit Tigers equipment manager — with a little help from Paws — loads up all the team’s gear in order to send it ahead to Lakeland, Florida, in preparation...
Bless You Boys Feb 1, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links: Dixon Machado is in the Best Shape of His Life

Detroit Tigers Links: Dixon Machado is in the Best Shape of His Life

May he make the team and do awesome stuff this year. Dixon Machado’s final stand With the current team composition, there is likely one roster spot available between Dixon Machado, Steven Moya, or an extra bullpen arm. That wouldn’t normally be an issue, but both Machado and Moya are out of minor league options. This means they would have to clear waivers before being sent to the minors if they don’t make the team. There’s no way Moya will clear, and it’s not likely that Machado would either, especially with the current situation in San Diego (they suck). Machado knows the...
Bless You Boys Feb 1, 2017
2017 BYB Tigers Prospect #1: RHP Matt Manning stands above the rest

2017 BYB Tigers Prospect #1: RHP Matt Manning stands above the rest

The Tigers’ first round pick in 2016 is dripping with talent, but only time will tell if he can deliver. Stop me if you’ve heard this tale before: the Detroit Tigers select a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher out of high school with their first pick in the MLB draft. Same old story, right? While the move may be predictable on the surface, the Tigers used the No. 9 overall pick in 2016 to select one of the top right-handed arms in the entire draft. There is a whole lot to like about Matt Manning, an 18-year-old pitcher out of Sheldon High School (CA). Manning is quite the athletic...
Bless You Boys Jan 31, 2017
‘Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball’ is a touching tribute to the skipper

‘Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball’ is a touching tribute to the skipper

The special airs January 31 at 9 p.m. ET on MLB Network MLB Network has been putting out a lot of original content lately through its MLB Network Presents series, and on January 31 they’ll take on the baseball history of former Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland. The one-hour special focuses largely on Jim’s time as a major league manager, while also touching on his early experience as a Tigers minor league player and manager. The special presents a series of interviews from former players and colleagues, interspersed with a lot of game footage and some excellent behind-the-scenes content...
Bless You Boys Jan 31, 2017
2017 BYB Tigers prospect rankings: A quick review of important scouting terms

2017 BYB Tigers prospect rankings: A quick review of important scouting terms

We’re rolling out our 2017 prospect rankings starting February 1! Following the Detroit Tigers’ farm system hasn’t always been the most rewarding endeavor. Under former president and general manager Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers’ farm system was consistently barren. For years, their system ranked among the worst in baseball, with nearly every meaningful prospect shipped out for major league talent at the earliest opportunity. Things haven’t changed a ton yet. The Tigers still rank in the bottom third of MLB farm systems — they are currently 24th, according to ESPN’s Keith Law....
State of the blog: What do you want to see from Bless You Boys in 2017?

State of the blog: What do you want to see from Bless You Boys in 2017?

BYB is gearing up for its 12th full season and we want to hear from you! The Detroit Tigers just missed out on the postseason in 2016, coming within 1 1⁄2 games of the final AL Wild Card spot. Some say they were a bit lucky to be in that position, with a pythagorean expected win-loss record a few victories shy of their actual 86-75 mark. Others, like Baseball Prospectus’ third order win percentage, think the Tigers were one of the better teams in the AL. Here at Bless You Boys, we have similar feelings. The 2016 season was a great one for us. We posted some great content, hired some...
Detroit Tigers Links: Cardinals punished for hacking scandal, will send Astros 2 draft picks

Detroit Tigers Links: Cardinals punished for hacking scandal, will send Astros 2 draft picks

The internet has mixed opinions on whether St. Louis got off easy. Nearly 20 months after news first broke that the St. Louis Cardinals had hacked the Houston Astros’ information database (aptly named “Ground Control,” as it were), we finally have a verdict. On Monday, Major League Baseball ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their first two picks in the 2017 MLB draft to Houston and pay the Astros $2 million. Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa has been permanently banned from baseball as well. Naturally, the internet wildly disagrees on the severity of this punishment. At...
Bless You Boys Jan 30, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links: James McCann is in the Best Shape of His Life

Detroit Tigers Links: James McCann is in the Best Shape of His Life

McCann is feeling good, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez are putting up some numbers, and some other stuff around baseball. James McCann joins club BSOHL It’s the time of year where the internet is full of stories about players who have trained hard in the offseason, recovered from injuries, and are now reportedly in the best shape of their lives. You can add catcher James McCann to that club. After admitting to spending a good chunk of last year hobbled by a lower body injury McCann is apparently tuned up and ready to go for 2017. Cabrera has a shot at the triple crown for the...
Bless You Boys Jan 28, 2017
The Tigers won’t pay a luxury tax in 2018, according to GM Al Avila

The Tigers won’t pay a luxury tax in 2018, according to GM Al Avila

Fortunately, the Tigers can still field a competitive roster with a drop in payroll. On Thursday, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila told Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press that the club fully intends to bring their payroll under the luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season. While this should come as no surprise to those who have been taking in Avila’s comments this offseason, the team should still be able to field a contender with over $47 million in salaries coming off the books due to expiring contracts after the 2017 season. For tax purposes, the Tigers have a payroll of...
Detroit Tigers Links: ESPN wants the Tigers to rebuild

Detroit Tigers Links: ESPN wants the Tigers to rebuild

The Worldwide Leader thinks it’s time for the Tigers to pack it in. We don’t often do this on weekends, but a few things worth sharing came across the wire on Friday. They want us to what? ESPN’s David Schoenfield didn’t pull any punches in his latest article, declaring that the Detroit Tigers are one of three American League teams who should throw in the towel and rebuild. He notes a few issues we’ve known about for years now, like age and a lack of depth, and lists all the big-money contracts on the Tigers’ books in the coming years. He is a bit harsh in some areas — Nick...
Call to the Pen Jan 27, 2017

Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez Underwent Offseason Hernia Surgery

The Detroit Tigers’ aging designated hitter is coming off of another offseason surgery, but is reportedly at full health. This week, the Detroit Free Press reported that Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez played through a minor hernia last season. The injury required offseason surgery. According to the Detroit Free Press, Martinez was able to […] Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez Underwent Offseason Hernia Surgery - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bless You Boys Jan 27, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links had offseason surgery

Detroit Tigers Links had offseason surgery

Victor is finally healthy, again. Good to know In important news that was casually mentioned, Victor Martinez was dealing with an injury for a fair amount of 2016. And it wasn’t the knee that garnered so much attention: Speaking at the @OfficialDSBA's Tiger Day, Tigers general manager Al Avila said Victor Martinez played through a hernia injury last season.— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) January 26, 2017 I don’t know what a “small hernia” entails, but I do know that multiple people have described hernias as the most painful thing they have experienced. So, yeah. As for his...
Tigers’ Victor Martinez had hernia surgery in October

Tigers’ Victor Martinez had hernia surgery in October

The team says Martinez is healthy now, but we’ve seen this story before. This is why we can’t have nice things. Victor Martinez had surgery in October to repair a hernia that bothered him throughout last season, general manager Al Avila told reporters on Thursday. According to Avila, Martinez is healthy following the procedure, and should be ready to go when the Tigers report to Lakeland, Fla. for spring training next month. Despite the injury, the 38-year-old designated hitter had a bounce-back season in 2016, hitting .289/.351/.476 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI. His WAR total was...
Bless You Boys Jan 26, 2017
‘Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball’ will air on MLB Network January 31

‘Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball’ will air on MLB Network January 31

The special will feature clips and a new interview with the beloved former manager. On Tuesday, January 31 at 9pm EST the MLB Network will air the original program Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball, which will feature clips from Leyland’s historic baseball career a manager. The special will also feature a new interview with Leyland, by Bob Costas. Jim Leyland was a beloved manager in Detroit, taking the helm of the Tigers from 2006-2013, arguably some of the best seasons in recent memory. His baseball experience goes much deeper however. He led the then Florida Marlins to their 1997 World...

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