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Tougher AL Central Division may give Tigers hidden advantage

A tougher division in 2015 may prove to be a positive for the Detroit Tigers. DETROIT — For the last four years the Tigers had been on their own level within the American League Central Division. That may no longer be the case with offseason moves made within the division. While at TigerFest, Tigers President and GM Dave Dombrowski said the 2015 season will likely be a free-for-all, but that uncertainty might not be a bad thing. The prevailing thought regarding the Tigers going into the 2014 season was that Detroit would dominate its division and run away with the title well before the...
Bless You Boys 10 hours ago

Yoenis Cespedes needs to up his shuffleboard game

Everyday I'm shuffling https://t.co/gXSkqilc00 — PCB (@PhilCokesBrain) January 24, 2015 Welp, can't beat that joke.
Bless You Boys 11 hours ago

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Armando Galarraga's perfect game reflects on Bud Selig's tenure as MLB commissioner

Looking back at Bud Selig's career, one small decision could have made a big difference for Tigers fans. I don't have much to say about Bud Selig. Major League Baseball's commissioner since 1992, Selig will officially retire tomorrow. Since taking the biggest job in the sport, Selig has seen a lot of change. The 1994 strike. The wild card. The steroid era. The media mudslinging and congressional hearings following the steroid era. The second wild card. Instant replay. All of these things came under Bud Selig's watch. Good or bad, they happened, and it's hard to argue that baseball isn't...

Detroit Tigers 40-man roster transit map

Hop aboard the Dombrowski train! Dave Dombrowski has made a name for himself as one of the shrewdest traders in baseball. From Carlos Guillen to Placido Polanco to Miguel Cabrera to Doug Fister (the first time), Dombrowski has pulled off several one-sided trades to bolster the Tigers' roster. But is that all he does? How has the 40-man roster come together? For the visual learners of the group, we have a map! The subway map below details how all 40 of the players on the Tigers' roster got here. Credit for the idea goes to Minor Leaguer of Bluebird Banter and Jeremy Koo of Athletics...

Mailbag: Should the Tigers sign James Shields?

Do the Tigers need another starting pitcher? Who is important for their 2015 success? Which player will have a breakout season? These questions and more in this week's mailbag. The Max Scherzer era officially came to an end this week when the 30-year-old right-hander signed with the Washington Nationals. Many felt that the Tigers "needed" to sign Scherzer in order to remain competitive this season, and a lot of those people are now moving down the ladder. Naturally, this led to a lot of questions about starting pitching. Remember, you can send us questions via email at bybtigers@gmail.com,...
Bless You Boys Jan 23, 2015

Tigers' Rajai Davis, Jose Iglesias, Bruce Rondon feel healthy for spring training

With less than a month to go, Rajai Davis, Jose Iglesias, and Bruce Rondon feel 100 percent ready for spring training. DETROIT — As short-lived as the 2014 postseason was for the Detroit Tigers, Rajai Davis' participation was limited at best after an injury he sustained just prior to the series against the Orioles. Davis' recovery wasn't supposed to take the better part of the offseason getting back to normal. Then again, Jose Iglesias wasn't expecting to lose an entire season to bilateral shin fractures either, and Bruce Rondon's year-long stint on the disabled list for Tommy John...
Bless You Boys Jan 22, 2015

Nick Castellanos makes a snow angel in his shirt sleeves

Not bad for a kid from Florida. Consider me impressed.

2015 BYB community Tigers prospect: Austin Kubitza

The 2014 Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year appears at number seven on our 2015 prospect rankings. If someone told you about a minor league pitcher who struck out over a batter per inning last season, what would you expect? One season of data doesn't tell us much. Now, what if you add in the fact that this pitcher struck out 309 batters in 289 2/3 innings while pitching in college? Pretty impressive, right? Odds are you would be thinking of a big pitcher with a mid-90s fastball and wipeout slider. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, and many others fit this profile. In this...
Bless You Boys Jan 22, 2015

A text with Dombrowski: Tigers acquire Prince

The owner is a little concerned about the team's most recent acquisition.

Will the Tigers sign a free agent starting pitcher after the 2015 season?

We're a year away, but the Tigers could be positioning themselves to sign a big-time free agent in 2016. Is it too early to start thinking about 2016? Well, yes. The 2015 season isn't even here yet, and the Tigers are still among the favorites to win the World Series. This has been a wild offseason and should make for an exciting year. But it's hard to look at the moves that have been made this offseason -- particularly with the starting rotation -- and wonder if Dave Dombrowski isn't positioning the Tigers to sign a big-time free agent starting pitcher in 2016. It's hard to say that...

What should the Tigers do with their starting rotation?

Rob, Cameron, and Fielder's Choice discussed the Tigers' starting five and what the rotation will look like in the future. With Max Scherzer's departure to the Washington Nationals now official -- we're talking pen-to-paper official -- the Tigers are running out of chances to bolster their rotation heading into the 2015 season. Dave Dombrowski has indicated that the club is happy with their current group of starters, but James Shields and various trade targets loom large over the baseball landscape. BYB's best and brightest sat down to discuss what the Tigers should do... ...but we...
Bless You Boys Jan 22, 2015

Performance bonuses could boost salaries for several Tigers players

A number of the Detroit Tigers’ players have performance bonuses that could boost their salaries if they achieve them. Tigers catcher Alex Avila has a clause in his contract that would have automatically triggered the $5.4 million option on his contract for the 2015 season. If Avila had won the Silver Slugger award for catchers, made the 2014 All-Star team, or finished among the top 15 players in the American League’s MVP voting, the option would have vested. None of those things happened. Regardless, the Tigers decided to exercise the option on his contract and pay him the $5.4...

Top 10 Tigers prospects released by Baseball Prospectus

Baseball Prospectus has released their annual list of the Tigers' top 10 prospects, along with a list of the 10 best players under 25 in the organization. While their name suggests otherwise, Baseball Prospectus has not always been the authority on prospects in the baseball world. However, they are quickly making up ground. Their annual release of the top 10 prospects in each organization has arguably become as anticipated as those from Baseball America. Today, BP released their top 10 Tigers prospects list, and the results are as expected. Outfielder Derek Hill tops the rankings, as he...
Bless You Boys Jan 21, 2015

Minor league baseball players intrigued by pitch clock rule

Detroit Tigers Double-A and Triple-A players weigh the pros and cons regarding the addition of a pitch clock. The game of baseball has always found a sense of pride in its individuality. Outside of its inning structure, baseball has remained, for the most part, timeless. And while the length of games had been discussed, no major changes to its structure were set in place, until now. Beginning this year, Double-A and Triple-A organizations will be introduced to a 20-second pitch clock. While other forms of athletics faced the challenges of clock violations, baseball fans had a game that...
Bless You Boys Jan 21, 2015

Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, ex-Tigers

Max Scherzer signed with the Washington Nationals; Don Kelly signed with the Florida Marlins There are times in life when you can have a virtual certainty about an event that's about to take place, and still be shell-shocked when that event becomes reality. The recent of news of Max Scherzer signing with the Washington Nationals certainly seems to fit in this category. We knew he wasn't coming back to Detroit, right? I mean, there was very little question. But now that the deal is done ... well, the reality is still sinking in for the Tigers fanbase. Was it the biggest signing of the...
Bless You Boys Jan 21, 2015

Tigers likely to pay luxury tax in 2015, 2016

Recent signings and settlements have pushed the Tigers’ payroll into the luxury tax bracket. The club is likely to pay a tax for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. After settling their three largest arbitration cases, including a record $ 19.75 million contract for David Price, the Detroit Tigers have a projected payroll topping $ 172 million for the 2015 season, and are likely to pay a luxury tax on their payroll in 2015 and in 2016.The total of the three settlements with Price, J.D. Martinez, and Alfredo Simon add up to $ 1.4 million above projections. Add another $ 1 million for pitcher Tom...
Bless You Boys Jan 20, 2015

A text with Dombrowski: Donnie's leaving

As expected, Dave Dombrowski has been in touch with Don Kelly since the latter signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins.
MLB Hot Stove 2015: Losing Max Scherzer forces the Detroit Tigers to confront an unusual problem

MLB Hot Stove 2015: Losing Max Scherzer forces the Detroit Tigers to confront an unusual problem

Max Scherzer's departure leaves the Detroit Tigers in the unusual position of worrying about their starting rotation for 2015.
Bless You Boys Jan 20, 2015

Tigers announce 2015 spring training non-roster invitees

The Tigers' non-roster invitee list for spring training was released today and 17 players were invited. DETROIT — With exactly one month remaining until pitchers and catchers hold their first workout, Tuesday afternoon the Detroit Tigers announced they had invited 17 non-roster players to spring training. Among them are Joe Mantiply and Joel Hanrahan, and Jordan Lennerton, a potential backup for Miguel Cabrera should he not be recovered from ankle surgery in time for Opening Day. Xavier Avery, Jefrey Marte, and Josh Wilson were three non-roster invitees that the Tigers recently acquired...

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