TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Gose pitching plan picks up steam

The Anthony Gose pitching experiment has begun. The strong-armed center fielder threw his first bullpen session at Tigertown earlier this week and left Tigers manager Brad Ausmus "very impressed."
Via Tigers.com
2 hours ago

Fierce slider a sign of Verlander's maturity

At age 34, with his 12th Major League season and ninth Opening Day start awaiting him, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander can chuckle. He's back at the top of his game, coming off a season in which he just missed out on his second American League Cy Young Award and rivaled numbers from his AL MVP season of 2011.
Via Tigers.com
5 hours ago

Tigers part ways with Pelf, releasing veteran

The Tigers unconditionally released Mike Pelfrey on Thursday, ending the 33-year-old right-hander's Detroit tenure midway through a two-year contract.
Via Tigers.com
6 hours ago

Tigers Place Rule 5 Pick Daniel Stumpf On Waivers

The Tigers have placed lefty Daniel Stumpf on waivers, the pitcher himself told reporters including Evan Woodberry of MLive.com (via Twitter). He was taken in the Rule 5 draft last winter from the Royals. Because Stumpf was previously taken in the Rule 5 draft and returned to K.C. — last summer, he was shipped back from the Phillies — he’s in something of a unique situation...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
6 hours ago

Tigers Release Mike Pelfrey

The Tigers have released veteran righty Mike Pelfrey, per a club announcement.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
7 hours ago

Detroit Tigers: Anibal Sanchez to the bullpen

At the midpoint of Spring Training, veteran right hander Anibal Sanchez’s career seemed to be hanging in limbo. He struggled in nearly every outing of the 2015 and 2016 seasons and his performances were in decline as Grapefruit League play began. Part way through Spring Training after working with pitching coach Rich Dubee, Sanchez unveiled a tweaked arm angle and delivery. These...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Release Steven Moya

The Tigers have placed outfielder Steven Moya on release waivers, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark (via Twitter).
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Tigers’ latest round of cuts sends Blaine Hardy to Toledo, 6 players to minors camp

Angel Nesbitt and Omar Infante were two of the six players assigned to camp. With spring training winding down, the Tigers announced their latest round of cuts on Wednesday morning. Blaine Hardy was sent to Triple-A Toledo, and six players were assigned to minors camp. With 29 players left in camp, the team has four players left to cut, or three assuming J.D. Martinez starts the...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago

2017 Tigers player preview: Miguel Cabrera was actually unlucky last season

But he continues to crush baseballs with no signs of slowing down. The 2016 season was an outstanding one for Miguel Cabrera. After two years of declining power numbers and ongoing leg issues, Cabrera hit 38 home runs and reclaimed his status as one of the elite home run threats in baseball. As he approaches his age 34 season, all signs indicate that the Tigers’ superstar is beyond...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago

Does golf suffer from the same personality problem as baseball?

Anyone who has thoughts on golf popularity will say it starts with Tiger Woods’ absence. A single man apparently has the power to drive people to pick up or stick with the game. The crazy part here is not only that it’s mostly true, but how widely accepted this is.The thing is: That’s not quite the whole story.Tiger’s greatness at his peak will be impossible to replicate...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Winners and losers of spring training

Spring training is nearing its end and Opening Day is just days away. After an up and down spring training for the Tigers, let’s take a look at some winners and losers of spring ball. Winner: Alex Presley The 31-year old outfielder is making life tough for Detroit’s front office after a monster spring training. Presley is currently hitting .414 with two home runs and four doubles...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers will win AL Central title in 2017

Last season is one that the Detroit Tigers would prefer to block out from memory, as the Cleveland Indians won the AL Central for the first time since 2007. And to add insult to injury, they clinched the division against the Tigers, toward the end of September. But 2017 is a new year, the Tigers are healthy and they’re going to retake the division crown. Detroit won four consecutive...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

United States wins its first World Baseball Classic

It took 11 years and four tournaments, but Team USA is the World Baseball Classic champion at last.The United States won its first ever World Baseball Classic championship Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with a dominating 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico.Marcus Stroman pitched six innings of no-hit baseball, and Ian Kinsler whacked a two-run home run in the top of the third inning to...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler hopes kids appreciate US way of baseball over Puerto Rico, Dominican

The United States has reached the final of the World Baseball Classic, which is reason enough for American baseball fans to celebrate. But comments like what Ian Kinsler had to say is rubbing some the wrong way.The New York Times published an article on Wednesday ahead of the WBC championship game between the US and Puerto Rico and talked about the differences between how each country...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team having puppies deliver Opening Day tickets

The West Michigan Whitecaps have an amazing promotion for the community to purchase Opening Day tickets. And it involves puppies.The Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers will be offering fans an opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets that will be hand delivered by puppies, according to MiLB.com.There are some specifics, however.• Fans MUST CALL to order tickets between...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Detroit Tigers pitching staff

With teams rounding third base of the preseason, it is a good time to analyze the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff. In past seasons, the pitching has been the shakiest part of the team, failing to close the game in tight situations. Starting pitching seems to be off to a good start behind ace, Justin Verlander, but there are two key issues to keep an eye on for the regular season...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers outfielder JD Martinez sprains foot, out several days

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for several days. X-rays were negative. Martinez left the Tigers' complex in Lakeland, Florida, in a protective boot for precautionary purposes. ''We'll see about it tomorrow,'' he told reporters. ''I know as much about it as you guys do. It's good...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera is out of the WBC due to a back injury

The WBC has been a lot of fun this year, but Miguel Cabrera’s tournament is over after his back tightened up on Thursday night. That’s bad news for team Venezuela, already in a perilous position and facing elimination. (Which could come as soon as tonight, if Puerto Rico knocks off the United States.There is a bit of good news, though, as Brad Ausmus told the media that from...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins lefty Adam Conley turns in 3 solid innings against Tigers

TIGERS 7, MARLINS 1 Detroit starter Matt Boyd went five shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out five. Justin Upton hit a three-run homer, Anthony Gose had two hits and drove in two runs and J.D. Martinez added two hits. Miami starter Adam Conley gave up a run on five hits in three innings.
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Erie SeaWolves minor league baseball team will host ‘Alternative Facts Night’

In many ways, minor league baseball remains the last bastion of the old-school carnival mentality, where the objective is to get people in the door any way you can.That gives us our Zooperstars, our Jakes the Diamond Dog, our Bad Apple Dancers (Fort Wayne only.) And it also results in theme nights, often ripped from the headlines with a speed Law & Order would envy.There have...
Via The Comeback
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Other Interesting, Young Tigers Starter

We still talk about the Tigers as a team headed off a cliff, and it’s no mystery why. The reasons are the same as they’ve ever been, and the longer-term outlook remains unpleasant. Yet the team might not get enough credit for what it was able to do in the middle of a down 2015. Yoenis Cespedes was turned into Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer. And David Price was turned into...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez Debunks Conventional Wisdom, Thinks a Tipping Point Is Near

Editor’s Note: the following post contains spicy language. J.D. Martinez had just concluded a chat with a Tigers beat reporter when I approached him Monday afternoon. I sensed him preparing to escape my forthcoming interview request in the Joker Marchant Stadium clubhouse as I walked in his direction. He’d just risen from the cushioned chair in front of his locker and picked...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander responds to fans ‘freaking out’ about spring training

The Detroit Tigers are having one of the worst spring trainings of all MLB teams, yet Justin Verlander is not concerned.The Tigers lost to the Phillies 11-6 on Tuesday to drop to 3-10 this spring. That record is the fourth-worst mark in MLB, which has led some fans to worry.Verlander responded on Twitter Tuesday to the concerns. Verlander heard from a fan who said they had driven...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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