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Tigers sign catcher Wilson Ramos to a one-year deal

Tigers sign catcher Wilson Ramos to a one-year deal

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Tigers found their veteran catcher, presumably bringing in the 33-year-old for a starting role. The Detroit Tigers have found their veteran catcher for the 2021 season. Tuesday evening, news broke that Wilson Ramos inked a one-year, $2 million contract to play in Detroit, first reported by José F. Rivera of WOW DEPORTES and confirmed later by his agent. The 33-year old Ramos became a free agent in late December when the New York Mets declined his $10 million team option. The 2020 season was not a triumphant one for Ramos, who had one of the...
21 hours ago
Roundtable: Can the Hall of Fame be fixed?

Roundtable: Can the Hall of Fame be fixed?

Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via There are a lot of problems with how Hall of Fame voting is handled. On Tuesday, we will finally know who — if anyone — has received enough votes for 2021 Hall of Fame induction, and with no player looking like a sure thing, it seems like an ideal time to look at the voting itself. This year we saw everything from blank ballots (you seriously waited 10 years to earn the right to vote only to vote for no one? Come on, man.) To seriously questionable votes that seemed geared not towards selecting the best possible player for...
Jan 25, 2021
Spencer Turnbull and seam-shifted wake

Spencer Turnbull and seam-shifted wake

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/MLB Photos via Statcast’s new spin direction leaderboard sheds some light on Turnbull’s distinctive pair of fastballs. It can feel a bit overwhelming keeping up with all of the changes in pitching data, metrics, and terminology over the past five years. Seam-shifted wake and spin mirroring are now well on their way to being regularly used terms, like spin rate or tunneling. Get used to hearing about wobbly splitters, one-seam sinkers and gyroballs in the years to come. Also prepare for a lot of these concepts and terms to be misapplied for...
Jan 25, 2021
Monday Tigers News: Spring is around the corner

Monday Tigers News: Spring is around the corner

visualizing a wicked slider | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports As spring approaches we look at some minor signings and how the lineup could shake out in the coming weeks As we close out January we are inching ever closer to the date we can look forward to pitchers and catchers reporting to spring camp. We continue to await major moves, and are witnessing small spurts of minor activity, unless we’re looking at the Nationals who just signed Brad Hand, or the Lions who appear to be divesting themselves of generational talent in the name of a retool (for the first time in...
Jan 23, 2021
Tigers sign Derek Holland to a minor league deal, per report

Tigers sign Derek Holland to a minor league deal, per report

Photo by Justin Berl/ The Tigers added the longtime veteran to their depth chart, presumably to serve as a swingman. The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Derek Holland on a minor league deal, according to a report by Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. The news was widely anticipated to be broken after Holland changed his social media profiles to reflect the signing. Holland, who has 12 years of MLB experience in the league, spent 2020 pitching for the league-worst Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished the season with a 6.14 FIP and...
Jan 22, 2021
Baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron passes away at 86

Baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron passes away at 86

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The loss of another baseball icon hits hard. Another baseball legend has passed. News broke on Friday morning of the death of iconic slugger “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, at the age of 86, and immediately the baseball world felt darker, as a bright light had been extinguished. We lost seven Hall of Famers in 2020, and it seems that 2021 will not allow a reprieve from those losses. As Aaron’s family and the baseball world mourn his passing, let’s remember the incredible career this legend had. Aaron was a Hall of Famer in absolutely every sense...
Jan 19, 2021
BYB Podcast 94: The hot stove won’t keep you warm

BYB Podcast 94: The hot stove won’t keep you warm

The Bless You Boys staff talks baseball from a Tigers perspective We are back with another overdue episode of the Bless You Boys podcast. Brandon Day and Ashley MacLennan return with an overview of the quiet offseason to date, and what may lie ahead. First we’ll catch up on some of the signings and news from around the league. Then, we’ll discuss A.J. Hinch, Chris Fetter, and the new coaching staff, the signings so far, and what the Tigers may do in the month remaining until pitchers and catchers are supposed to report to Lakeland. And, since we’re regularly asked to do a...
Jan 19, 2021
Matt Shoemaker could add a little depth to the Tigers pitching staff

Matt Shoemaker could add a little depth to the Tigers pitching staff

Photo by Josh Barber/Angels Baseball LP/ The veteran has fought through injury after injury in recent years, but remains effective when he’s healthy. Since the offseason began, the Detroit Tigers decision makers have consistently cited starting pitching as a key need for the ball club in 2021. The addition of José Ureña brought them some depth and an interesting project pitcher to work with. A second piece should probably be more of a known quantity in terms of effectiveness, even if it’s someone with a substantial injury history. Veteran starter, and Michigan...
Jan 18, 2021
Tigers land five players on Baseball America’s new top 100

Tigers land five players on Baseball America’s new top 100

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Yes it’s that prospect list time of the year again. After the last 365 days, it feels like time just expands or contracts based on just how miserable the news is on a given day. But one way or another, baseball is thankfully going to return to our lives quite soon. We’re now just a month from pitchers and catchers reporting to Lakeland, and so we have reached the season of prospect lists. First up this year among the major prospect sites is the venerable Baseball America, who dropped their new top 100 list today. As you’d...
Jan 16, 2021
Tigers settle with all nine players, avoiding arbitration hearings

Tigers settle with all nine players, avoiding arbitration hearings

Photo by Ed Zurga/ The nine players will earn from $970K to $6.5M for the 2021 season Friday, January 15, 2021 was the deadline for players eligible for arbitration and their clubs to submit their salary proposals to each other. The Detroit Tigers had nine players eligible for arbitration this off season, including pitcher Michael Fulmer, who settled with the club on a one year contract worth $3.1 million earlier in the week. On Friday, the team came to terms with eight more players, avoiding the possibility of an arbitration hearing. Matt Swartz publishes the most...
Jan 16, 2021
Tigers sign SS Christian Santana, six other international free agents

Tigers sign SS Christian Santana, six other international free agents

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Detroit got busy on the first day of this season’s international free agency period Friday marked the opening of the 2020-2021 signing period for teams to come to terms with amateur international free agents. Accordingly, the Detroit Tigers announced contracts with seven players today. The Tigers had the highest bonus pool in the league this year, and leveraged it to acquire two of MLB Pipeline’s top 30 international prospects in the class. The pool amount totaled $6.43 million, the result of the club’s brutal 2019 season...
Jan 13, 2021
Tigers attended Corey Kluber showcase, per report

Tigers attended Corey Kluber showcase, per report

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The former Cleveland ace is now a free agent. Wednesday morning, free agent starting pitcher Corey Kluber hosted a showcase for teams interested in scouting him after two injury-shortened seasons. When he’s healthy, Kluber has a bevy of quality pitches and unbelievable feel for the art of pitching. Naturally, most teams were in attendance. The Tigers are expected to have been on that list, according to a report by Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. Tigers fans are well acquainted with the skillset Kluber can offer when he’s in...
Jan 13, 2021
Miguel Cabrera is slugger season ready

Miguel Cabrera is slugger season ready

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Miggy took to Instagram to show off some batting practice It can be easy, especially now, to be cynical about the idea of professional sports. It can also feel silly to get excited about watching grown men essentially engaging in solitary practice sessions. But all that aside, it’s hard to deny that seeing players from your favorite team start to prepare themselves for the season ahead gets the enthusiasm building. The offseason is long, especially so when your beloved team isn’t making a lot of splashy moves, so as it gets closer to spring...
Jan 12, 2021
Tigers announce affiliate coaching assignments, hire new hitting coach

Tigers announce affiliate coaching assignments, hire new hitting coach

The legend of Nerts is coming to West Michigan. While teams are still slow-playing free agency under the auspices of a need to see how vaccination roll-outs will allow for attendance in 2021, the rest of the game is getting on with things. Teams have been instructed by the Commissioner’s office to prepare for a normal major league spring camp, and a 162 game season. What remains unclear, is how spring training and the regular season will be set up for the minor leagues. The current scuttlebutt says that minor league spring training may take place in April, with a somewhat...
Jan 12, 2021
Rob Manfred is hopeful for a full 162-game season

Rob Manfred is hopeful for a full 162-game season

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via The MLB commissioner says spring training is set to start on time. It’s likely safe to say you haven’t been thinking too much about the start of MLB spring training over the past week, as a political storm brews and a pandemic continues to sweep the country. But other major sports have carried on, and it seems that Major League Baseball is poised to do the same. Following the 60-game season of 2020 it was clear that teams would do just about anything to not only play a full 162-game season in 2021, but also find a way to...