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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 11, 2021
Seam-shifted wake and the evolution of pitch design

Seam-shifted wake and the evolution of pitch design

Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Cutting edge research on pitch movement has come a long way in recent years. Let’s dive in with a new primer. Baseball has gone through many changes over the past decade, but no element of the game has been so radically transformed as the fine art of pitching. The game is still the game, but the methods by which pitchers develop, the way they’re coached, and the statistics and data by which they’re evaluated by teams, media, and fans alike have undergone a rapid evolution over the last 10 years. Of course, some of this evolution...
Jan 11, 2021
Major league baseball’s unwritten rules are brewing up trouble again

Major league baseball’s unwritten rules are brewing up trouble again

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ This particular brew consists of pine tar and rosin. A sticky situation, as it were. Only a year after the Houston Astros sign-stealing scheme damaged Major League Baseball and cast further aspersion on the league’s ability to police itself, the next self-inflicted wound may already in progress. And once again it’s going to be caused by the game’s unwritten codes. Pitchers have always used a bit of the tacky stuff on their fingers. This has been common practice going back to the game’s origins. Trace amounts of pine tar under the...
Jan 6, 2021
New Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman showed signs of a breakout in 2020

New Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman showed signs of a breakout in 2020

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Underlying metrics suggest he can keep it going in Detroit. The response to the Detroit Tigers signing of veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman has been quietly positive, and with good reason. Yes, the 31-year-old switch hitter has spent his career as a decent strong side platoon player. He’s not going carry an offense, and until 2020 had never posted the type of power marks to carry him to another level. We were certainly hoping for more of a proven power threat. However, Grossman is a professional hitter who consistently does two...
Dec 29, 2020
Tigers free agent targets: Michael Brantley could make this a respectable offense in 2021

Tigers free agent targets: Michael Brantley could make this a respectable offense in 2021

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via If the Tigers are going to pay for just one bat, Brantley is probably the best we could hope for. Yes, it’s difficult to imagine Michael Brantley in a Detroit Tigers uniform. The long-time Cleveland left fielder spent much of the past decade leaving his mark on the psyches of Tigers pitchers before embarking on a two year stint with the Houston Astros as a free agent. Now 33 years old and on the market once again, Brantley remains one of better pure hitters in the game. With the Tigers sorely lacking offensive production from...
Dec 16, 2020
Michael Wacha might provide some insurance to the Tigers 2021 rotation

Michael Wacha might provide some insurance to the Tigers 2021 rotation

Photo by G Fiume/ The longtime Cardinals starter has struggled in recent years but showed modest signs of resurgence in 2020. Michael Wacha’s peak as a mainstay of the St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation was ultimately pretty brief. While never a star, Wacha was a mid-rotation staple for them in the middle part of the decade now past, and for a time seemed to have potential for a modest breakout. However, after two rough seasons in 2018-2019, Wacha’s career was on thin ice until a brief campaign for the New York Mets in 2020 finally showed faint signs of life....
Dec 15, 2020
Rick Porcello could fit the Tigers eye in free agency

Rick Porcello could fit the Tigers eye in free agency

Photo by Steven Ryan/ Kid Rick is gone, but Man Rick might be a target the Tigers pursue this offseason. Hey Tigers fans, here’s a familiar face. No he’s not quite our handsome young prince anymore, but we had some good times with Rick Porcello in a Detroit Tigers uniform. Now 31 years old, and four years from his shocking Cy Young Award winning season with the Boston Red Sox, Porcello has proven himself one of the most durable pitchers of the era and still a fairly effective one to boot. Porcello needs little introduction to all but the youngest, or newest, Tigers...
Dec 15, 2020
Garrett Richards is the epitome of a risk-reward free agent

Garrett Richards is the epitome of a risk-reward free agent

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports The Statcast darling has spent years in the wilderness with elbow trouble. Could the Tigers be the one to reap the rewards? Free agent righthander Garrett Richards is one of the most successful “what could have been” stories of the past decade. Eye-popping stuff sabotaged by a lengthy injury history have made him a staple on lists of buy low candidates in fantasy baseball over the past few seasons. Yet despite it all, he’s still put together a nice career thus far in the majors. The Detroit Tigers are in a situation where they can...

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