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An overhauled pitch mix made Alex Lange a much improved relief option in 2021

An overhauled pitch mix made Alex Lange a much improved relief option in 2021

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Acquired as a starting pitcher in the Nick Castellanos trade, the Tigers ‘penned Lange and reaped the rewards. When the Tigers brought Alex Lange into the organization, conversation about the deal focused on Nick Castellanos’ departure to Chicago rather than Lange and fellow pitcher Paul Richan’s arrival. To that point in his career, professional baseball hadn’t been kind to Lange. Detroit, hoping to unlock the potential that scouts had once seen in him before stalling out in the Cubs’ pipeline, took a flyer on the once well-regarded...
Oct 19, 2021
A.J. Hinch transformed the Detroit Tigers in 2021

A.J. Hinch transformed the Detroit Tigers in 2021

Rodney Coleman-Robinson via Imagn Content Services, LLC In the years to come, we’ll remember the day Hinch was hired as the moment everything changed for the franchise. One final telling detail illustrating A.J. Hinch’s mentality and mentorship of his players this season emerged in his post-game interview after the Tigers’ season-ending victory over the Chicago White Sox. Hinch had actually given his end-of-the-season speech the day after the Detroit Tigers were officially eliminated from the postseason back in mid-September. The point? To emphasize the moment the...
Oct 18, 2021
Tigers hire Euclides Rojas as Director of Latin America Player Development

Tigers hire Euclides Rojas as Director of Latin America Player Development

Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via The Tigers’ overhaul of the front office continues as they have a new man to spearhead their efforts in Latin America. The Detroit Tigers have hired Euclides Rojas as the new Director of Latin America Player Development, according to a report from Francys Romero. This move comes in the midst of a number of major changes being made to the Tigers’ front office, as the team tries to model itself in the image of other successful baseball organizations. Rojas will be replacing Rafael Martinez, who served in that role during...
Oct 18, 2021
Akil Baddoo’s success may only be a starting point

Akil Baddoo’s success may only be a starting point

Photo by Justin Casterline/ The Tigers’ rookie sensation has a lot of work ahead to reach his ceiling, but his breakout campaign argues we haven’t seen his peak yet. Throughout his six-year tenure as general manager of the Detroit Tigers’ organization, Al Avila hasn’t exactly turned up bountiful riches in terms of player acquisition at the major league level. His finds, including Niko Goodrum, Victor Reyes, and Eric Haase, have more often amounted to useful but unspectacular and often temporary fixes. While Jose Cisnero emerged as a very good veteran relief...
Oct 15, 2021
MLB Trade Rumors projects Tigers arbitration salaries for 2022

MLB Trade Rumors projects Tigers arbitration salaries for 2022

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Some of these just aren’t going to work out. The Detroit Tigers are going to have a few tricky salary issues to deal with this offseason. With numerous players in arbitration, and the club expected to push to add talent, GM Al Avila and his staff will have some tough decisions ahead. Others will likely be pretty simple, as several arbitration eligible players just aren’t going to be worth keeping around at their current rates. Matt Schwartz is the creator of MLB Trade Rumors’ model for projecting arbitration salaries. They recently...
Oct 14, 2021
Tigers hire Ryan Sienko as Director of Coaching

Tigers hire Ryan Sienko as Director of Coaching

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Yep, the raid of the Dodgers player development staff continues... The Detroit Tigers now seem bound and determined to raid the Los Angeles Dodgers’ for every coach they can get. On Thursday afternoon, Ryan Sienko, the Dodgers’ Catching Coordinator, announced on Twitter that he’d been hired by the Tigers as the Director of Coaching and Field Coordinator. The role also involves working with the organization’s catchers in particular. This move continues a decided trend established since the hiring of A.J. Hinch a year ago. Hinch hired...
Oct 13, 2021
Tigers and Bally Sports in agreement on broadcast agreement extensions

Tigers and Bally Sports in agreement on broadcast agreement extensions

Photo by Dave Reginek/ Bally will continue to be the home of both Ilitch sports franchises for years to come. Looks like the Detroit Tigers are finally free of their old agreement with Bally Sports Detroit, formerly Fox Sports Detroit. Evan Petzold of the Free Press reports that both the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings have reached multi-year extension agreements with the regional sports network. While this has yet to be formerly announced, sources told the Free Press that an announcement would soon be forthcoming. Whether we’ll get the terms and value of the...
Oct 13, 2021
Al Avila’s big year has Tigers poised to make some noise in 2022

Al Avila’s big year has Tigers poised to make some noise in 2022

Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press / USA TODAY NETWORK There are certainly no guarantees, but a new coaching staff and several smart moves have the club in much better position than most imagined. When Al Avila took over as general manager of the Detroit Tigers in August of 2015, the organization faced a host of difficult challenges. Six years later, with a last ditch effort to win, a painful teardown, and a slow, but comprehensive overhaul of the farm system now behind them, the 2021 Tigers finally took a big step toward a brighter new era for the club. In the process,...
Oct 9, 2021
Houston Astros will ‘probably’ make qualifying offer to Justin Verlander

Houston Astros will ‘probably’ make qualifying offer to Justin Verlander

Photo by Rich Schultz/ That might be the end of JV to Detroit talk this time around. With the Tigers' need for good starting pitching this offseason, attention has already fallen on their former aces Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. Scherzer will be a free agent—having already received a qualifying offer once in his career—and with another monster season under his belt in 2020, the 37-year-old ace may be able to command as much as $40 million a season on a short two-or three-year deal. From the start, Scherzer was already too pricey for a Tigers’ club in dire...
Oct 8, 2021
Friday Tigers Links: AJ Hinch is the face of the Tigers’ future

Friday Tigers Links: AJ Hinch is the face of the Tigers’ future

Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Hinch and GM Al Avila’s post-season presser had some gems for the fans. For the first time in years, it seems like the Detroit Tigers are making real progress, and it feels incredible. Fans were appraised of the front office’s state of mind entering the offseason, and what the team’s brass had to say was considerably more meaningful than the comments of similar press conferences the past several Octobers. The pressing question on the mind of any given Tigers fan is how the team will spend their money, if at all. Executive...
Oct 6, 2021
Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene headline the Tigers’ Arizona Fall League representatives

Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene headline the Tigers’ Arizona Fall League representatives

Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via The league will also implement several experimental rule changes MLB is testing. The Arizona Fall League is set to open on October 13, and with a week to go, the Detroit Tigers announced their prospects headed to the desert southwest to play for the Salt River Rafters. The list includes the organization’s two top prospects, outfielder Riley Greene and first baseman Spencer Torkelson. The Tigers have seven players total scheduled to take part, several of whom may not be familiar to most fans. As for Torkelson and Greene, and...
Oct 6, 2021
Tigers hire Gabe Ribas as Director of Pitching

Tigers hire Gabe Ribas as Director of Pitching

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ The club continues to dip into the Los Angeles Dodgers’ coaching tree to improve their player development system. The Detroit Tigers had good reason to start overhauling the player development structure before the regular season ended. With the Arizona Fall League starting up next week, and instructional league work set to begin, they needed to get the top seat filled in time to start hiring coaches. Ryan Garko, the Tigers new Vice-President of Player Development, has only been on the job about two weeks, and there is a lot to get in...
Oct 5, 2021
Postseason Open Thread

Postseason Open Thread

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ AL Wild Card: Yankees (92-70) at. Red Sox (92-70) Time/Place: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 8:10 p.m., Fenway ParkSB Nation sites: Pinstripe Alley, Over the MonsterMedia: ESPN, WatchESPNPitching Matchup: RHP Gerrit Cole (16-8, 3.23 ERA) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75 ERA) Ready for Battle. #SquadUp pic.twitter.com/AsOTLyR2OE— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 5, 2021 Let’s get wild. pic.twitter.com/OKMuGZSo6b— Red Sox (@RedSox) October 5, 2021 NL Wild Card: Cardinals (90-72) at Dodgers (106-56) Time/Place: Wednesday, Oct....
Oct 5, 2021
Bless You Boys 2021 postseason predictions

Bless You Boys 2021 postseason predictions

Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Get your picks in as the postseason gets underway Tuesday night. While we didn’t get the crazy four-team-tie scenario many of us were hoping for, postseason baseball is upon us. The two Wild Card games will take place Tuesday for the American League, and Wednesday in the National League. The divisional series will begin immediately afterwards, kicking off on Thursday night with both American League series getting underway. And so, it is predictions time once again. Fortunately, the possibilities are a lot more narrow than...
Oct 3, 2021
Tigers 5, White Sox 2: Late rally ends the 2021 season on a high note

Tigers 5, White Sox 2: Late rally ends the 2021 season on a high note

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Tyler Alexander was good, and the Tigers bench put together a late rally to lock up their 77th win of the season. On a rainy Sunday afternoon in Chicago, the Detroit Tigers mustered a late rally to pull away from their AL Central foe and end the 2021 season with a 5-2 victory. The Tigers wrapped up their year by playing all the young’uns. Miguel Cabrera, Robbie Grossman, Jonathan Schoop, and Jeimer Candelario all got the day off and spent the game cheering on their younger, or less established, teammates from the dugout. The tarp was on prior...