TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Castellanos a top candidate to bat second

While the Tigers try to fill the void in center field created by Cameron Maybin's trade to the Angels, there's another opening Maybin left. Somebody has to hit second between leadoff man Ian Kinsler and All-Star slugger Miguel Cabrera.
Via Tigers.com
2 hours ago

Kate Upton reveals Justin Verlander’s gameday lovemaking rules

Kate Upton is making the media rounds after recently becoming a covergirl yet again for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. To no surprise, her long-term relationship with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been brought up on a few occasions.But what may be surprising is just how revealing Upton was during a recent interview about her longtime beau.During an appearance...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ausmus remembers retiring umpires

In the wake of Jim Joyce joining fellow longtime Major League umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck and Tim Welke in retiring since last season ended, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus reflected on a run-in with Joyce early in his managerial career.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Tigers set to face Florida Southern

All of the familiar faces will start Thursday against Florida Southern in the Tigers' 2017 Spring Training debut.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Center field up for grabs in Detroit

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Open competition for a starting position has become a rarity in spring training. Yet that is what the Detroit Tigers have in center field as they prepare for this weekend's start of the exhibition season. "The guys involved know it's open, and it's a performance-based game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't love judging people in spring training, but in this...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' center field position is up for grabs

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Open competition for a starting position has become a rarity in spring training. Yet that is what the Detroit Tigers have in center field as they prepare for this weekend's start of the exhibition season. ''The guys involved know it's open, and it's a performance-based game,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''I don't love judging people in spring training, but in...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Motor City Uncut 130: In a new era for the Tigers, will they be sold?

Catch Dorf, Adam Hernandez and Shawn Bell LIVE every Monday night at 7PM ET for Motor City Uncut right here on the TMSNX Radio DETROIT.THEMAJORS.NET! With Mike Ilitch gone the Tigers may be at a crossroads when it comes to their ownership situation. Will Chris Ilitch, the heir to the Ilitch Empire decide to sell the team? Or if he decides to keep it what type of owner will he ultimately...
Via The Majors Detroit
2 days ago

Sergio Romo finds himself at home in Dodgers blue

GLENDALE, Az. -- Sergio Romo remembers a game early in his career when 30 of his friends and relatives showed up in the Giants’ family section wearing Dodgers gear.Giants manager Bruce Bochy called Romo into his office the next day and admonished him, half-jokingly.“Just a little word of advice,” Bochy said. “That’s not going to fly.”“I’ve got it,” Romo replied...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Kinsler where he wants to be, still with Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- When the Detroit Tigers indicated they were willing to listen to offers for their top players, Ian Kinsler became a prime candidate to be traded. The second baseman tried his best to keep an even keel amid the offseason speculation. "This is the club I want to be on. They're all rumors," Kinsler said Saturday. "Nothing happened, offseason went smooth, got myself...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper uses barbed wire bat as nod to TV show

Bryce Harper had a new weapon with him at spring training on Sunday, and its name is Lucille.Harper was seen at Washington Nationals camp carrying a bat that is wrapped in barbed wire: Those who watch “The Walking Dead” will immediately notice that the bat is the same one used by the villain Negan in the show. Harper received it a few days ago from the show and apparently likes...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera seems to suggest the Tigers have one more year of contention left in them

With impending free agents and an aging roster of veterans the time for the Detroit Tigers to seriously contend for a World Series is fading and fading fast. That notion has seemed to become very apparent to first baseman Miguel Cabrera who although was happy not to see the roster completely torn apart in the offseason realizes the 2017 season may be the last chance for this Tigers...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago

Victor Martinez is taking ground balls at first

Looking to capitalize on the 27 home runs he hit last season, Tigers DH Victor Martinez is in spring training and apparently feeling pretty good. According to Mlive.com’s Evan Woodbery (via theScore.com) the veteran is taking ground balls at first base. Not that he’s expected to fill any significant sign at the position but it’s a good sign that he’s recovering nicely from...
Via The Majors Detroit
5 days ago

Is It Time to Worry About Ian Kinsler?

The 2016 season was a great one, statistically, for Ian Kinsler. By WAR, wRC+ and wOBA, it was (at least) one of the best three seasons of his career — a career that should garner a modicum of Hall of Fame debate when he retires. But in looking at his Steamer projection for this season, I started to wonder — is this the season we should start to worry about Ian Kinsler? What...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Injured Max Scherzer may not be ready for start of Nationals season

There is growing concern at Washington Nationals camp that their ace Max Scherzer may not be ready for the start of the regular season.The right-hander was diagnosed with what the club called a "stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger" in December. Back in January, Scherzer took to social media to address the injury and express his disappointment for missing the World...
Via FOX Sports
6 days ago

Ex-Tigers manager Jim Leyland ‘crushed’ by Ilitich’s death

The words of former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland show just how many Detroit sports fans feel about the death of Mike Ilitch.Ilitch, the Little Caesars Pizza co-founder and owner of the Red Wings and Tigers, died on Friday at the age of 87. The Wings were a power under his watch, winning four Stanley Cups, while his spending helped turn the Tigers into a contender from a laughingstock...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87

Mike Ilitch, the owner of both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, passed away Friday at the age of 87.Ilitch’s passing was confirmed in a statement by his family. owned the Red Wings since 1982 and the Tigers since 1992, and was well-respected by players and fans alike. He was also the founder of Little Caesars Pizza.He was well-known among fanbases for his willingness to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the Detroit Tigers starting rotation for 2017

2016 was a good season for the Detroit Tigers rotation, if your name was Justin Verlander or Michael Fulmer that is. Verlander had his best season in years posting a 16-9 record with a 3.04 ERA and a WHIP of 1.001. He also led the American League in strikeouts with 254. He came in second in the AL Cy Young voting. Fulmer had a great freshman season in the big leagues posting an 11...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers reportedly sign Mike Zagurski to minor league deal

The Detroit Tigers have made a lot of offseason moves this season, but only a few that have impacted their major major league roster. Detroit made another move on Sunday afternoon, signing left handed relief pitcher Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal. Zagurski has spent the last two season in the Japan Central League. In 2016, Zagurski had a 3-1 record, 4.96 earned run average...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Who should te Detroit Tigers use as their primary centerfielder?

Since the offseason began Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila preached so much about how the team was going to get “younger and leaner.” A nervous feeling was instilled in many Tigers fans thinking the worst could happen and their favorite players would be adorning new uniforms for the 2017 season. After a few boring months for Tigers’ fans, the only hole they created for...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Where the Tigers Have Been Just an Absolute Mess

Earlier today, ESPN published the latest Sam Miller article. The article was in part about the nature of modern-day statistical records, but it was also in large part about Victor Martinez. Specifically, it was in large part about how Victor Martinez has been a dreadful baserunner. Excellent hitter! Dreadful baserunner. Pick your metric, and it’ll agree. Martinez has supplied his...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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