4:51 AM EDT, Fri October 20, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle 5 hours ago

Tigers expected to name Ron Gardenhire as manager

The Detroit Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The Tigers, who are replacing Brad Ausmus after four seasons at the helm, tied for the worst record in the majors this year and are rebuilding after trading Justin Verlander, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez. Gardenhire, the bench coach this season for the Diamondbacks, is familiar to Tigers fans from his long run managing the AL Central rival Twins from 2002-14. The Twins won the division six times in...
Washington Times 10 hours ago

Astros now trailing Yankees in ALCS, need 9th Verlander win

HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander agreed to that last-minute trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched. Eight is not enough. The Astros have to win Verlander's ninth game - or their season will end short of ...
Was Watching 8 hours ago

Game 6

There are 34 times in his career where Justin Verlander pitched 5 innings or less and allowed 4 earned runs or more. Basically, he gets rocked 1 out of every 11 starts. Hey, he ain’t God, man! Seriously, Yankees, do your thing. Keep the game close and get to their bullpen. Win it in six!!
Grand Rapids Press 11 hours ago
Tigers plan to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, report says

Tigers plan to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, report says

Gardenhire, who turns 60 next week, spent 13 seasons as manager of the Minnesota Twins and was bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017.   DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers plan to hire Ron Gardenhire as their new manager, The Athletic reported Thursday night. Gardenhire, who turns 60 next week, spent 13 seasons as manager of the Minnesota Twins and was bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017.  Reporter Ken Rosenthal said Gardenhire's hiring was pending completion of a contract. The Tigers declined to renew Brad Ausmus' contract at the end of...
Larry Brown Sports 11 hours ago

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

The Detroit Tigers are planning to hire Ron Gardenhire as their next manager, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers will hire Gardenhire after finalizing a contract with him. The team began with around 50 names on their list and conducted multiple interviews. One reason they chose Gardenhire is because GM...Read More

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Grand Rapids Press Oct 12, 2017
Justin Verlander will face Yankees, not Indians, after ALDS upset

Justin Verlander will face Yankees, not Indians, after ALDS upset

Verlander, an intense competitor, might have savored a shot to pitch Game 2 in Cleveland, where he is 0-6 with a 6.33 ERA in his last eight starts. From the moment Justin Verlander was traded to the Houston Astros on Aug. 31, it was easy to envision an American League Championship Series showdown with the his longtime rivals, the Cleveland Indians.  It would be a chance at redemption for the ex-Detroit Tigers ace, who has struggled at Progressive Field over the last four seasons amid allegations of sign-stealing. Instead, he'll pitch in his first ALCS since...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 11, 2017
Could Brad Ausmus be a candidate for now-vacant Red Sox job?

Could Brad Ausmus be a candidate for now-vacant Red Sox job?

Former Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is now with the Red Sox. DETROIT -- Two days after the Boston Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention, manager John Farrell was fired by the club on Wednesday morning. The Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, Farrell's first year at the helm, before falling to the basement in 2014 and 2015. They won the AL East in each of the last two seasons, but were eliminated in the first round both times. There are now four managerial vacancies in Major League Baseball -- the Red Sox, New York Mets, Philadelphia...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 10, 2017
Tigers suffer MLB's biggest drop in TV ratings, Forbes says

Tigers suffer MLB's biggest drop in TV ratings, Forbes says

The dip shouldnt be surprising to the fan base, which saw their beloved Tigers go from 86 wins and a near playoff spot in 2016 to 64 wins and a last-place finish in 2017. The Tigers television ratings fell more than any other team in Major League Baseball this season. According to Nielsen numbers acquired by Forbes, the Tigers prime-time audience fall a staggering 38 percent from 2016. That number is nearly 10 percentage points higher than Miami, which saw its ratings fall by 30 percent, second in MLB. Tigers broadcasting team No. 19 in fan vote of MLB's...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 10, 2017
Tigers manager search: Would Al Avila consider surprise candidate?

Tigers manager search: Would Al Avila consider surprise candidate?

Royals catching coach Pedro Grifol and others like him have resumes totally unlike that of former manager Brad Ausmus, which is one reason not to discount them. DETROIT -- There aren't many big names on the managerial free-agent market right now, but if you're a baseball fan you've probably heard of most coaches on the Tigers' candidate list. But there are also a few wild cards, candidates largely unknown outside of baseball circles. MLB Network's Jon Morosi floated one such name this week when he reported that Kansas City Royals catching instructor Pedro...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 10, 2017
2017 MLB playoffs: Justin Verlander gets win in relief as Astros advance

2017 MLB playoffs: Justin Verlander gets win in relief as Astros advance

Former Tiger Cameron Maybin entered as a pinch-runner and scored the go-ahead run for the Astros in the eighth inning. Former Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander got a win in his first career relief appearance, leading the Houston Astros to a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday and a spot in the American League Championship Series.  Verlander went 2-0 in the AL Division Series, twice besting longtime rival Chris Sale, who also pitched in relief in Game 4 at Fenway Park on Monday. Verlander gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Andrew...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 9, 2017
Former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus could be in mix for 2 jobs

Former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus could be in mix for 2 jobs

If my phone rings, Im going to answer it, he said after his final game with the Tigers ended. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus might not be unemployed for long. The Detroit Tigers declined to extend his contract after this season, ending his tenure after four years at the helm. But Ausmus has already been linked to vacant openings and might also be in the mix for a third if the Boston Red Sox make a change after the postseason. Ausmus has already spoken to the New York Mets about their vacancy, according to a report from FanRag Sports. Reporter Jon Heyman also listed Bob...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 9, 2017
Tigers' arbitration-eligible players estimated to cost $24 million in 2018

Tigers' arbitration-eligible players estimated to cost $24 million in 2018

The biggest decision will involve Jose Iglesias, who is entering the final year of arbitration and will be a free agent after the 2018 season. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will have to spend $24.3 million if they want to keep all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, according an analysis by MLB Trade Rumors.  The website uses a model to project arbitration salaries and it's usually quite accurate.  Players with more than three but less than six years of Major League service time are eligible for arbitration. (A small number of Super 2 players with...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 9, 2017

Grading the 2017 Tigers: Once-mighty offense is in rebuilding mode

The struggles of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez created a gaping hole in the middle of the order.
Grand Rapids Press Oct 7, 2017
James McCann ready for expanded leadership role with young Tigers in 2018

James McCann ready for expanded leadership role with young Tigers in 2018

McCann is coming off the best offensive season of his career after overcoming a slow start. DETROIT -- As James McCann struggled through a miserable start to the 2017, the Detroit Tigers were forced to entertain an unpleasant possibility for their young catcher: Maybe, after three years in the big leagues, it's time to admit that McCann is no more than a backup or platoon player, not an everyday guy. In mid-June, the question was settled, at least in the short term: Alex Avila, who was destroying the ball, was playing nearly every day. McCann was getting starts...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 7, 2017
2017 MLB playoffs: Austin Jackson scores winning run for Indians in 13th

2017 MLB playoffs: Austin Jackson scores winning run for Indians in 13th

The Indians will have a chance to eliminate the Yankees when they meet for Game 3 in New York on Sunday. Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson scored the winning run in the Cleveland Indians' dramatic 13-inning victory over the New York Yankees Friday night. Jackson reached on a single in the bottom of the 13th against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, stole second and then scored on Yan Gomes' RBI single. The Indians signed Jackson on a minor-league deal during the winter and have been repaid with a phenomenal season. Jackson, only 30, will be in...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 6, 2017
2017 MLB playoffs: Justin Verlander gets 1st postseason win since 2013

2017 MLB playoffs: Justin Verlander gets 1st postseason win since 2013

Verlander out-dueled longtime rival Chris Sale on Thursday to give his new club, the Houston Astros, a 1-0 lead in the American League Division Series. Former Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander out-dueled longtime rival Chris Sale on Thursday to give his new club a 1-0 lead in the American League Division Series. The Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 8-2 at Minute Maid Park. Verlander allowed two runs in six innings in his first playoff start since 2014 and his first win since the 2013 ALDS against Oakland. "The fans here were, I mean from the moment I...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 5, 2017
On brink of pivotal 2018, Tigers' Buck Farmer gets parting advice from Anibal Sanchez

On brink of pivotal 2018, Tigers' Buck Farmer gets parting advice from Anibal Sanchez

Sanchez, 33, likely pitched his final game in a Tigers uniform on Sunday. The future is less certain for Farmer, 26, who will come to Lakeland next spring with no options remaining. DETROIT -- As Buck Farmer threw his final bullpen session of 2017 last weekend, a teammate stood nearby, watching intently. Afterwards, they sat down for a long chat in which Anibal Sanchez, a 12-year Major League veteran who has spent the last six years with the Tigers, offered some parting advice. "He sat and watched a bullpen of mine and just came up to me afterwards and gave me...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 5, 2017
Tigers manager search: Playoff losses will start to free up candidates

Tigers manager search: Playoff losses will start to free up candidates

The Colorado Rockies loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks means bench coach Mike Redmond is now free to interview. DETROIT -- The Colorado Rockies loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks means bench coach Mike Redmond is now free to interview. Redmond, 46, has ties to Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila from their time in the Miami Marlins organization. The Detroit News reported this week that Avila plans to interview him.  Redmond originally signed with the Marlins as an undrafted free agent from Gonzaga University in 1992. He played in the big leagues for the...

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