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Oct 23, 2020
Links: Gold Glove nominations, a look at Bryant Packard and a managerial faceoff

Links: Gold Glove nominations, a look at Bryant Packard and a managerial faceoff

Junfu Han via Imagn Content Services, LLC Surprisingly, Detroit had two players mentioned for the Gold Glove plus other Tigers news. The 2020 World Series continues Friday night with the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers knotted up at one game apiece at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Tex., as Major League Baseball plays out its final games of the season. For the other 28 teams not in action, things have been pretty slow as they wait for the final out and the beginning of the long winter layoff. However, the imminent end of the schedule also marks the beginning offseason events,...
Oct 23, 2020
Detroit Tigers’ offseason calendar: Free agents, Rule 5 draft, non-tender candidates, arbitration, more

Detroit Tigers’ offseason calendar: Free agents, Rule 5 draft, non-tender candidates, arbitration, more

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Will Tigers’ finally start spending in 2021? The Detroit Tigers head into the 2020- 2021 off season with just one player on a guaranteed contract for the next season. That contract belongs to Miguel Cabrera, who will earn $30 million for the year. After subtracting for free agents and adjusting for arbitration eligible players, Detroit’s opening day payroll figures to drop from just over $107 million (non prorated) in 2020 to about $68 million in 2021. That’s before any new free agent contracts are signed, or players are non tendered or...
Oct 21, 2020
World Series Game Two Open Thread

World Series Game Two Open Thread

Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Let’s watch the big game together! Tonight is the second game of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers took a big victory in Game One, winning 8-3, but the Rays are a strong club and won’t go down without a fight. Cy Young winner Blake Snell will take on Tony Gonsolin who has been unexpected uneven in the postseason after posting a 2.31 ERA in the regular season. The Braves really seemed to have Gonsolin’s number, as he gave up seven runs to the Atlanta club. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on how Kevin...
Oct 21, 2020
Links: Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson may be Detroit’s future Bash Brothers

Links: Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson may be Detroit’s future Bash Brothers

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via The Tigers’ two best positional prospects have a lot to offer to the future of the franchise if they continue to develop. The 2020 World Series is underway and the Los Angeles Dodgers pummeled the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Tex., 8-3. Soon, baseball will be over and fans will be left without the sweet crack of the bat or the pop of the glove until next spring. In the meantime, there is still a lot of activity happening outside of the spotlight on the backfields of each team’s player development...
Oct 21, 2020
World Series Game One highlights

World Series Game One highlights

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ If you missed the game, here are some pictures and videos. It can be tough to justify sitting around for three hours a night for a week to watch two teams you’re not terribly invested in duel it out to see which one is considered the best for the 2020 season. While a lot of Tigers fans are undoubtedly watching the World Series, we thought it might be fun to bring you some visual highlights from the games in case you were unable to watch, so you can get a sense for some of the key moments you missed. If we were to summarize Game One in a paragraph: a pitchers...
Oct 20, 2020
Don Kelly is a youthful option for the Tigers’ managerial opening

Don Kelly is a youthful option for the Tigers’ managerial opening

Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via The former Tigers utility man has transitioned into a coaching role, but does he have the experience to manage a major league team? The Tigers are spending yet another postseason on the outside looking in despite a new 16-team playoff format, but the surprise retirement of manager Ron Gardenhire shortly before the end of the season has given Tigers fans a small story to follow while the majority of fans follow their team’s postseason run. The team is still in the early phases of their search, but have outlined their ideal hire as someone...
Oct 20, 2020
Who’s your pick? The 2020 World Series rooting guide for Detroit Tigers fans

Who’s your pick? The 2020 World Series rooting guide for Detroit Tigers fans

Photos by Sean M. Haffey and Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via The Tigers obviously aren’t in the World Series, but if you’re planning to watch baseball’s best face off, here’s how to choose a team. The 2020 season, for all of its small-sample strangeness, has come to its final seven games. Remaining are the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were baseball’s best in the regular season and will battle for the title of World Champion over the next week or so. The teams are fairly evenly matched and many experts are expecting the series to be a tight contest, which...
Oct 19, 2020
MLB Postseason: Get ready to watch the World Series

MLB Postseason: Get ready to watch the World Series

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The best of the best are on their way to the Fall Classic. The best of the best in baseball have been whittled down and the last two teams to compete for the Commissioner’s Trophy have been decided. On Tuesday night in Arlington, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take on the Tampa Bay Rays, and it promises to be some seriously riveting television of the LCS marathons are any indication. Some will try to call it a battle of the always-spends vs. the no-spends as the Dodgers routinely empty their wallets for mega-stars (Mookie Betts has proven to be worth the...
Oct 17, 2020
ALCS Game 7 Open Thread: Astros vs. Rays

ALCS Game 7 Open Thread: Astros vs. Rays

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ If scores hold, this will be our thread for the NLCS Game 7 on Sunday as well. Three years ago, Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. powered the Astros to a 4-0 Game 7 victory over the New York Yankees. On Saturday, the two will square off as the Astros try to finish off their comeback from a 3-0 series deficit and reach their third World Series in four seasons. If the Rays can right the ship and take the series, they will play in the Fall Classic for the first time since 2008. Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Time/Place: 8:37 p.m., Petco ParkSeries: 3-3Media:...
Oct 16, 2020
Links: Riley Greene is feeling good plus more news on the manager search

Links: Riley Greene is feeling good plus more news on the manager search

Junfu Han via Imagn Content Services, LLC Riley Greene appears to be progressing nicely as well as some news from the managerial front. The Detroit Tigers’ instructional league is now the hottest ticket in town for fans of the Olde English D with many of the franchise’s minor leaguers honing their skills during the fall round of competition. While top-ranked prospects like Casey Mize and Matt Manning — or even next-tier names like Alex Faedo — will not be partaking in the autumn activities, there are still a few notable players to keep an eye on. One of those players is...
Oct 16, 2020
Four storylines to follow during instructional league play

Four storylines to follow during instructional league play

Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Free Press via Imagn Content Services, LLC Tigers prospects have taken the field again, so here’s what we’re watching during the instructional league Almost as soon as the 2020 minor league season was scuttled due to the novel coronavirus, folks began scheming other ways to find playing time. A myriad ideas were thrown into the ring, and the current plan is still a little hazy, but Detroit has an instructional league roster set for this fall. The Tigers’ minor leaguers will be participating in games from Oct. 14 until Nov. 8, competing against...
Oct 16, 2020
Despite everything, there is good to be taken from the 2020 Tigers

Despite everything, there is good to be taken from the 2020 Tigers

Kirthmon F. Dozier via Imagn Content Services, LLC Were they a good team? No. Did they show hope for the franchise? Actually, yes. The Detroit Tigers were not a good baseball team in 2020. They were among the worst teams in baseball not only in record at 23-35, but also in on-base percentage (.303), on-base plus slugging (.700), strikeouts (567) and were the worst in walks drawn (147). Their pitching metrics were especially abysmal. They had the single-worst team earned run average (5.63) and ERA+ (84) and were in the lower tier of home runs allowed (91) and strikeouts (444). Outside of...
Oct 15, 2020
Marcus Thames is a country strong option for next Tigers manager

Marcus Thames is a country strong option for next Tigers manager

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ The Yankees hitting coach checks all the boxes but one. Like many organizations, Major League Baseball clubs love to wax poetic about their culture. Most of this is empty chatter, catchphrases and buzzwords, adding up to erudite prose that conveys little actual information. When teams restructure their front office, or hire a new manager, such talk typically reaches a fever pitch but it can all be summed up succinctly; teams like to hire people they’re familiar with. This isn’t an esoteric concept. A new manager immediately becomes the de facto team spokesman...
Oct 15, 2020
Tigers expected to sign SS Christian Santana, other IFAs in January

Tigers expected to sign SS Christian Santana, other IFAs in January

Photo by Dave Reginek/ The list of international players expected to sign with Detroit has a few other interesting guys as well. Among the many ramifications of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on baseball was the delay of the 2020-2021 international free agency period. Normally, the window to sign players from the upcoming group of international free agents opens on July 2nd. Instead, players will ink their first professional contracts on January 15th. Unlike in the MLB draft, players often agree to handshake deals with teams well in advance of being eligible to sign. Because of...
Oct 14, 2020
Links: It’s never too early to look ahead

Links: It’s never too early to look ahead

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via The Tigers’ season is over but there’s still plenty to talk about, from the instructional league to the 2021 MLB Draft. Both the American and National Leagues are currently playing out their League Championship Series, with the Tampa Bay Rays leading the Houston Astros, 3-0, while the Atlanta Braves lead the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0. Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers sit at home watching the festivities from afar pondering how to make it to the post season next year. Unfortunately, the Tigers are very likely more than a season away from...