5:15 AM EDT, Sat September 23, 2017
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Brad Ausmus comments on his dismissal

Brad Ausmus comments on his dismissal

The Tigers manager spoke after the announcement that he would not return in 2018. The Detroit Tigers made an expected move at an unexpected time on Friday. After calling in local media, and comments from owner Chris Ilitch to the effect that he was committed to owning the Tigers long-term, General Manager Al Avila announced that the organization would not offer manager Brad Ausmus a new contract. The announcement was unusual in that there is still over a week left in the season. More unusual was the fact that Ausmus will manage out the season. But in his comments afterwards, Ausmus made it...
7 hours ago
Twins 7, Tigers 2: Dead Man Walkin’

Twins 7, Tigers 2: Dead Man Walkin’

Brad Ausmus won’t be back as manager, and yet the Tigers still played. The big story of the day, of course, is the news that the Tigers aren’t going to renew Brad Ausmus’ managerial contract for next season. Could the lame-duck manager guide his team to victory on a sultry Friday September night, where the game-time temperature was 86 F (30 C)? Nope. Daniel Norris, bless his heart, he tried. The Twins got to him for three runs in the fourth, and he couldn’t make it out of the fifth. Some at Bless You Boys think that he’s far too amped-up on the mound, which would explain his...
12 hours ago
Tigers will not renew manager Brad Ausmus’ contract after 2017

Tigers will not renew manager Brad Ausmus’ contract after 2017

Not a firing, but a see ya The Tigers will announce today that manager Brad Ausmus’ contract will not be renewed after this season. The news comes amid a disastrous September that saw the Tigers win only four of the 21 games they have played, securing the team’s worst record since 2003. “As we transition the ballclub in a new direction, I feel it’s best we have a new approach and a fresh start with the manager position,” GM Al Avila said in a press release. “Brad has done an admirable job under, at times, difficult circumstances, especially this season, and we appreciate his...
19 hours ago
Detroit Tigers News: A fitting end for Anibal Sanchez

Detroit Tigers News: A fitting end for Anibal Sanchez

Remember the good times. On Tuesday, with what will be his last start in Comerica Park, Anibal Sanchez put together a vintage performance, allowing one run and striking out eight. In the end he was assigned a loss, but it will stand as one last reminder of his pitching acumen. It’s easy to forget how good Sanchez was for the Tigers. This is a player that won 46 games for the team, ended fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2013, won big playoff games and was an important cog during the Tigers recent run. Things got bad quickly. Balls began exiting the park at an alarming rate, and Sanchez has...
20 hours ago
Tigers vs. Twins Preview: Where have you gone, Daniel Norris?

Tigers vs. Twins Preview: Where have you gone, Daniel Norris?

Norris will make his first start of the second half (yeah, seriously) on Friday. If you are looking for a player to blame* for the Tigers’ struggles in 2017, one might argue that a finger or two should be pointed at Daniel Norris. The 24-year-old lefthander entered this season with the hype train at full speed. A lot of people (myself included) predicted a breakout year for Mr. Norris after a strong finish to the 2016 season. Suffice to say, that didn’t happen. Norris scuffled along for most of April and May, pitching just well enough to keep the Tigers in most games. He didn’t wow...
Sep 21, 2017
Twins 12, Tigers 1: The Tigers lost by a lot again

Twins 12, Tigers 1: The Tigers lost by a lot again

It was bad. The Detroit Tigers have six seasons with 100 or more losses in their 117 year history. If they aren’t careful, they might make it seven. The Tigers were trounced again on Thursday, providing little resistance to a Minnesota Twins team fighting for playoff position in a 12-1 blowout at Comerica Park. Worse yet, the Tigers actually led in this game. Starter Jordan Zimmermann began the game with three scoreless innings, allowing just a Joe Mauer single and a walk to catcher Jason Castro. Detroit then took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double from Jeimer Candelario, scoring Jose...
Sep 21, 2017
Tigers vs. Twins Preview: It’s time to play spoiler

Tigers vs. Twins Preview: It’s time to play spoiler

Screw the Twins. Let’s knock them out of the playoffs. For the last few weeks, many people on this site — myself included, to a certain extent — have been championing the Tigers’ drive towards a higher pick in next year’s MLB draft. There are plenty of benefits to this pseudo-tanking. A higher pick generally results in a better prospect, though one or two spots might not make a big difference. The Tigers would also receive more bonus pool money for a higher pick, which can pay dividends later in the draft. The more games the Tigers lose right now, the better off they will be...
Sep 21, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: Time is running out on Brad Ausmus

Detroit Tigers News: Time is running out on Brad Ausmus

The season, and Brad Ausmus time in Detroit, are winding down. Bye Bye Brad We wrote about the likelihood that Brad Ausmus would not be extended as the Tigers’ manager yesterday. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News also weighed in with some of the verbal cues the Tigers’ manager has been sending that his time in Detroit is coming to an end. It’s not a lock yet perhaps, but it sure feels like a parting is in the air. Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, as well as Yahoo Sports all weighed in on Ausmus presumed firing yesterday. We’ve seen a tide of media come in on firing Ausmus before, and...
Sep 20, 2017
Athletics 3, Tigers 2: Bats fall silent in Anibal Sanchez’s likely final home start

Athletics 3, Tigers 2: Bats fall silent in Anibal Sanchez’s likely final home start

Sanchez pitched well enough for the win, but his teammates couldn’t pick up the slack. For the second game in a row, Anibal Sanchez harkened back to his glory days, pitching well enough to deliver the Detroit Tigers a win. After striking out 11 White Sox hitters last Friday, Sanchez fanned eight Oakland Athletics in six strong innings on Wednesday. Despite only allowing one run, Sanchez was handed the loss in his likely final home start at Comerica Park. Detroit tacked on a couple of late runs, but dropped their series finale against Oakland, 3-2. Sanchez looked like his old self for most...
Sep 20, 2017
Tigers homestand is likely Brad Ausmus’ last as manager

Tigers homestand is likely Brad Ausmus’ last as manager

We’re four years into his tenure and there is little case for Ausmus to keep his job. Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila may yet surprise us and choose to keep manager Brad Ausmus at the helm as the franchise embarks on a rebuilding project. But it feels like the end is here. After four years of frustration and disappointment, it’s time to make a change. Avila continued to be naturally circumspect in his recent comments to the Detroit News. He was asked whether the Tigers would bring Ausmus back in 2018. “There’s a lot of different possibilities. I can’t say that’s out of...
Sep 20, 2017
Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Offense still isn’t Detroit’s problem

Tigers vs. Athletics Preview: Offense still isn’t Detroit’s problem

Even after injuries and trades, the Tigers are still scoring runs. Given everything their offense has gone through this year, the Detroit Tigers have no business scoring runs. They traded J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton, players who combined for 44 home runs and 5.6 fWAR in 182 games for Detroit this season. They lost Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez to injuries for long stretches of the season. Cabrera and Victor Martinez have also had their offensive production sapped by those injuries; both are below replacement level players for the season, and neither has even been a league...
Sep 20, 2017
The Detroit Tigers need to keep Nicholas Castellanos for the long haul

The Detroit Tigers need to keep Nicholas Castellanos for the long haul

Time is wasting on an opportunity the Tigers can’t afford to miss. While his team struggles to the end of a bitter 2017 campaign, Nicholas Castellanos has been making a lot of noise lately. The Detroit Tigers’ new right fielder last went hitless in a game on September 2. That game is his only 0-fer since August 28. He has a new position, a lengthy hitting streak, and a second chance to turn himself into a productive everyday major league player. The Tigers may yet have a second chance of their own: to sign Castellanos to a long-term contract. An extension to a player who hasn’t...
Sep 20, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: The 2018 Tigers will be hard to recognize

Detroit Tigers News: The 2018 Tigers will be hard to recognize

The roster overhaul is only beginning. With the 2017 season mercifully winding down, most have begun looking forward to what a 2018 Detroit Tigers squad would look like. And with all the recent departures, the answer is “very different.” Miguel Cabrera will be here, although no one knows what kind of shape his back will be in (#RestMiggy). Mikie Mahtook will be looking forward to round two after a breakout campaign this year. Nicholas Castellanos will be playing somewhere on the diamond. And pitchers Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd, Jordan Zimmermann, and Daniel Norris will make for a...
Sep 20, 2017
Athletics 9, Tigers 8 - Ding, Dong, the lead is gone

Athletics 9, Tigers 8 - Ding, Dong, the lead is gone

Bullpen can’t hold lead after Tigers claw back against Athletics The Tigers gave fans a wild contest on Tuesday night, but in the end it just wasn't enough. After several lead changes, they threatened with a late rally, but couldn't pull the trigger and ultimately lost 9-8 to the Athletics. The back and forth, bipolar nature of the game was apparenbt from the get go. In the top of the first inning, Tigers starter Chad Bell would strike out the side in a smooth 1-2-3 inning. However in the second inning he would give up back to back home runs to Matt Olson and Matt Chapman. An RBI double...
Sep 19, 2017
On this day in Tigers history: Detroit takes two from the Red Sox

On this day in Tigers history: Detroit takes two from the Red Sox

Sept. 19, 1917 saw the Tigers win a doubleheader at Fenway Park I was scrolling Twitter during the Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics game Monday night when this tweet caught my eye. Baseball Reference said “Looking for a fun way to explore baseball history? Type ‘Random’ in the search bar on our site and see what you find.” I couldn’t possibly ignore that invitation, could I? Of course not. So I went to baseball-reference.com and searched “random” once. Twice. Three times — and more. I wasn’t looking for anything specific other than something interesting. Eventually I...