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Links: Spring training is now fully underway

Links: Spring training is now fully underway

As the Tigers’ full squad workouts get underway, we take a look at the players folks are talking about this week. Good Monday morning, friendly reader. It is mid-February and we have emerged from the deserts of a winter without baseball to an oasis of spring training information. Every player is in the best shape of his life, swings have been tweaked, training regimens altered, and narratives are being sculpted like the offseason body of a player entering a contract year. Slake your thirst as you drink deeply from the refreshing water of information, and prepare yourself for real...
Feb 16, 2019
2019 BYB Tigers Prospect #7: RHP Beau Burrows

2019 BYB Tigers Prospect #7: RHP Beau Burrows

After striking out nearly a batter per inning in Double-A Erie, 22-year-old Burrows may make it to The Show this year. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “Beau Burrows is a great under-the-radar prospect.” Overshadowed by fellow top-end pitching prospects Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and even Franklin Perez in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system, Burrows has built an impressive résumé while climbing the ranks in the minor leagues without drawing much attention. Entering 2019, Burrows has fallen from being MLB Pipeline’s No. 86 prospect to being unranked. Similarly, he has fallen...
Feb 15, 2019
2019 BYB Tigers prospect #8: C Jake Rogers

2019 BYB Tigers prospect #8: C Jake Rogers

Rogers will be one of the best defensive backstops in the game the instant he hits the majors. One of the more memorable introductions written for an article on this site was crafted by John Marlatt for a piece on free agent backstops back in November 2016. “Catchers are like toothbrushes,” he wrote. “They are necessary and do an important job, but aside from the really expensive ones that do special stuff, there’s really nothing exciting about acquiring one. Even the ones you spend a lot of money on often make you question if it was really worth it.” Tigers prospect Jake Rogers...
Feb 15, 2019
Michael Fulmer loses his arbitration case

Michael Fulmer loses his arbitration case

The Tigers came away the winners of their first arbitration hearing in almost two decades. Since 2001, the Detroit Tigers had avoided going to an arbitration hearing with any of their players. That streak finally ended with Michael Fulmer. In his first year of arbitration eligibility, the 25-year-old right-hander and 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, and the Tigers, couldn’t come to an agreement. Both sides pleaded their case on Wednesday, and things didn’t turn out as Fulmer had hoped. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Fulmer will receive $2.8 million for the 2019 season. That number is...
Feb 14, 2019
The Tigers want to win the World Series this year

The Tigers want to win the World Series this year

The team is taking a winner-take-all approach to the season. No one is taking credit for hanging it, but there is a new sign outside the Detroit Tigers spring training clubhouse in Lakeland, Fla. It shows a picture of the Commissioner’s Trophy, and says “Believe this is going to be US!! Don’t walk through this door until you do!” Manager Ron Gardenhire insists it wasn’t him. In fact, when he was initially asked about it by reporters, he said he hadn’t even seen it yet. Yeah, okay. Later, Gardenhire seemed to have bought into the aspirational message whole hog. He told...
Feb 14, 2019
Baseball officially returns to Lakeland as the Tigers kick off spring training

Baseball officially returns to Lakeland as the Tigers kick off spring training

It’s that time of year again for Detroit Tigers fans! It’s that time of year again, when even the most casual baseball fan begins imagining the scent of fresh-cut grass and the warmth of the summer sunshine on their faces under the brim of their favorite team’s ball cap. While the northern air still nips at much of the country, down in Florida and Arizona, professional ballplayers coalesce at their team’s springtime homes to literally and figuratively warm up for the long season ahead. For the Detroit Tigers, that home is Lakeland, Fla., also known as “Tiger Town.” It is here in...
Feb 13, 2019
Former Tigers starter Doug Fister is retiring

Former Tigers starter Doug Fister is retiring

Fister was with the club for some of their best seasons. There was a time when Doug Fister was a part of the best pitching rotation in baseball, and this week, just as pitchers and catchers report to their camps, he has announced that he is retiring from the game. During the 2012 and 2013 Detroit Tigers seasons, Fister did some of the best work of his career. In his three-season total with the team he had a 3.29 ERA, 3.20 FIP, and 1.191 WHIP. He went to the World Series in 2012. Also in 2012 with the Tigers he set an American League record, striking out nine batters in a row (September 27...
Feb 13, 2019
Casey Mize rebuilt his slider this offseason

Casey Mize rebuilt his slider this offseason

With all eyes on Mize, the Tigers top prospect is keeping things cool in his first major league camp. Spring training is blessedly here and, as expected, one of the Detroit Tigers’ main attractions so far has been top prospect Casey Mize. Detroit’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft saw a bit of Florida State League action last summer, so he is familiar with the environment and coaching staff, but this is his first time in major league camp. Still, any nerves were not apparent as the first sights and sounds of the 2019 baseball season filtered out from the Detroit media as camp...
Feb 12, 2019
2019 BYB Tigers Prospect #9: RHP Alex Faedo

2019 BYB Tigers Prospect #9: RHP Alex Faedo

The Tigers first round pick in 2017 hit a wall at the Double-A level last year. Prospect currency is more volatile than the markets, particularly when that prospect is a pitcher. When the Tigers selected Alex Faedo in the first round of the 2017 draft, that decision was pretty well received. Faedo was rapidly installed on many top 100 prospect lists, bolstering the Tigers’ core of good young pitchers. By the time the big right-hander had shown out in leading the University of Florida to a College World Series title that summer, confidence that the Tigers had landed another exciting young...
Feb 12, 2019
Pitchers and catchers have reported

Pitchers and catchers have reported

Daniel Norris has a truly majestic beard. Baseball. Is. Back. No, games aren’t being played. Yes, there’s still snow in Detroit. But down south in Lakeland, FL the boys are back, and so is the deeply satisfying sound of baseballs hitting well-oiled leather gloves. Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Joker Marchant Stadium on Tuesday, though many had arrived early, even before the weekend, and were eager to take to the field to start shaking off the winter cobwebs. Even though there’s not a lot of news to report on beyond the usual “he’s in the best shape of his life”...
Feb 12, 2019
The 1968 Tigers were a roster of legends

The 1968 Tigers were a roster of legends

1984 had your hearts, but the 1968 squad were a close second. There was no doubt that when we polled our readers about the best teams in Detroit Tigers history, the 1984 Tigers would take the crown. But in close second was the other World Series winning franchise in modern history, the 1968 squad. The 1968 team, who celebrated the 50th anniversary of their win last season, were the first Tigers club to win a World Series since 1945, and were the winningest team (by games) in Detroit’s history... until 1984. The ‘68 team had an incredible 103 wins and 59 losses. (For the record, by...
Feb 12, 2019
Links: Matt Boyd is in the best shape of his life

Links: Matt Boyd is in the best shape of his life

Spring training is almost here, and so is our first #BSOHL story of the year. Ah, spring training. Every year, baseball fans flock to Florida and Arizona to see their favorite teams getting ready for the upcoming season. It’s the only time of year that every club is in first place, and even when your team is not expected to compete, there’s still something magical about the mystery of the months to come. Our Detroit Tigers probably aren’t going to be very good this year — PECOTA thinks they are one of three 95-loss teams in MLB — but that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited about...
Feb 11, 2019
Justin Verlander has opinions on free agency

Justin Verlander has opinions on free agency

And don’t come for him about Manny Machado. With pitchers and catchers beginning to report to spring training camps this week, and many All-Star free agents still awaiting a team to sign them, some players are taking to social media to voice their dissatisfaction with a clearly broken system. Among them was former Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who called out rebuilding teams for not doing enough to bolster their ranks. 100 or so free agents left unsigned. System is broken. They blame “rebuilding” but that’s BS. You’re telling me you couldn’t sign Bryce or Manny for 10 years...
Feb 11, 2019
Roundtable: What do you want to see from the Tigers in spring training?

Roundtable: What do you want to see from the Tigers in spring training?

The Bless You Boys staff debates what we should be watching for as the baseball season gets underway. We made it. While we still have a few days until the Detroit Tigers officially open camp for spring training, the long slog of the MLB offseason is behind us. The 2019 season is almost here; even though we may start complaining about spring training games in just a few days, boring, meaningless baseball is still better than no baseball at all. Unfortunately, our beloved Tigers are not expected to be competitive this year. They may not be all that good in 2020 either, or even in 2021. We are...
Feb 11, 2019
Minor League Tracker Podcast: Dave Eddy of Prospects 1500

Minor League Tracker Podcast: Dave Eddy of Prospects 1500

A periodic look at the Detroit Tigers organization from rookie ball to the majors. Dave Eddy is the new prospect writer for Prospects 1500. He stopped by the show to chat about his recently published Top 50 Tigers prospect list. Here are some of the topics we covered: Alex Faedo — Dave is still high on Faedo at #5 overall José Azocar, Troy Montgomery, & Cam Gibson — Are they still prospects? Pedro Martinez, Jr. coming to the States! More Spencer Turnbull, and how he compares to Funkhouser & Burrows Dane Myers and how his athleticism could translate into him reaching true prospect...