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Adam Dubbin

Links: A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

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With one of the World Series teams mired in controversy, it has been an explosive week in news so far.

The World Series kicked off Tuesday night with the Washington Nationals taking the first game on the road from the Houston Astros 5-4, but the bigger news may have broken earlier that day off the field. Despite the excitement and fanfare that comes with an October appearance, the Astros may have just hit a low point.

Houston, we have a...

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Rob Rogacki

Tigers place Blaine Hardy on outright waivers, per report

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Assuming he clears waivers, Hardy will become a free agent.

The Detroit Tigers have placed lefthander Blaine Hardy on outright waivers, according to a report from MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Hardy, a 32-year-old lefthander, was expected to be non-tendered by the club this offseason. Since Hardy has already been outrighted in his career, he will have the option to become a free agent if he clears waivers.

While we anticipated a move of this nature, it’s still...

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World Series Open Thread: Nationals vs. Astros

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Washington Nationals (93-69) at Houston Astros (107-55)

Time/Place: 8:08 p.m., Tuesday October 22nd,Minute Maid Park
SB Nation sites: Federal Baseball and The Crawfish Boxes
Media: MLB Network, MLB.TV
Pitching Matchup: RHP Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA)

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Brady McAtamney

2019 Tigers review: Niko Goodrum

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He was no star, but Goodrum turned in another solid season in his second year with Detroit.

Nobody expected much of Niko Goodrum after the Detroit Tigers signed him as a minor league free agent heading into the 2018 season. The infielder was 1-for-17 in 18 plate appearances in his MLB career with the Minnesota Twins and was never considered a top prospect in the system. The Tigers seemed to like his minor league numbers, however — he posted a 102 wRC+ in...

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Kyle Yost

2019 Player Review: Gregory Soto

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It was a tough rookie year for the lefty.

The Detroit Tigers’ farm system has seldom been this stocked with exciting pitching talent, and the future of the organization lies in these arms. After years of trading away top talent for win-now players at the deadline, the Tigers have been slowly accumulating a hoard of strong pitchers, and soon the major league team should see this plan come to fruition.

Among these names has rarely been Gregory Soto, a...

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John Marlatt

Links: The World Series is here

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As we prepare to watch a bunch former Tigers square off in the World Series, we look at some possibilities for the 2020 club.

Welcome to World Series week. If you stayed up until the wee hours of Sunday morning, you may have had the opportunity to witness the Houston Astros clinch the American League berth in the World Series as it happened. If you were already in bed like the rest of us, perhaps you felt it, like...

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2019 Player Review: Victor Reyes

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Reyes did enough for a return ticket in 2020, but he’s still a long way from being a major league starter. The history of the Rule 5 draft reads like a catalog of last chances. For most players, going unprotected in the Rule 5 is a sign that their days as a prospect are over, and that their career as an organizational minor league player has begun. Most years, it’s a longshot that a single player emerges from the draft of players organizations have left...

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Beat writer names Nicholas Castellanos the Tigers' player of the year despite trade

As BBWAA writers in Detroit prepare to vote on the “Tiger Of The Year” award, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reveals that his vote will go to a player who didn’t suit up for the Tigers after the trade deadline — Nicholas Castellanos. A case could certainly be made that Castellanos was still the best performer on the woeful Tigers, though Fenech took something of a more symbolic stance, arguing that Castellanos “provided a fitting look at the front office’s failure to...

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2019 Tigers Review: Grayson Greiner

David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Gifted the starting job in 2019, Greiner did little to convince anyone he has a long-term role to play in the major leagues. The year was 2015. According to MLB Pipeline Michael Fulmer and Steven Moya were the best prospects in the Detroit Tigers system. Scroll down to number 13 on that list, and sitting right behind Dixon Machado, you’ll find Grayson Greiner. Without copying the scouting report verbatim, it says the same things you think it does. He’s got...

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Adam Dubbin

Links: The Angels hired Joe Maddon

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The veteran skipper jumps to his next gig after parting ways with the Cubs.

There has not been much happening for the Detroit Tigers of late, having missed the playoffs and already securing their managerial staff for the 2020 season. But for many other teams, the hot stove is heating up as they ramp up their search for the pieces of their missing puzzles. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels struck first.

The Angels hired Joe Maddon

The most coveted...

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Patrick OKennedy

Tigers TV ratings dropped another 15 percent in 2019

Ratings have declined over 75 percent in just six years.

Television ratings for Detroit Tigers games on Fox Sports Detroit fell by 14.6 percent in 2019 from the previous season, according to the Nielsen ratings published by Forbes this week. Ratings for Tigers games have declined by 76.5 percent over a six year period. The team posted a rating of 2.28, which is the percentage of households with television that tuned in to see their games during prime time viewing hours.

The Tigers led Major...

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Jacob Markle

2019 Tigers Review: Gordon Beckham

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The veteran infielder kept his career alive by playing for the worst team in baseball.

It has been a long and hard road for Gordon Beckham in the major leagues. He was once a promising young prospect, drafted by the Chicago White Sox eighth overall in 2008 and rushed to the majors the next year. His first year in the big leagues was unquestionably a success; he managed a 109 wRC+ and was worth over 2 WAR. Given his pedigree and a productive rookie...

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Adam Dubbin

Links: Hindsight is 20/20

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Looking back at the past season, things could have happened a lot differently, but would it have helped?

As the postseason rolls along, Detroit Tigers fans are left to pick up the pieces from the broken 2019 season and wonder if it could have been any better. If anything, there are plenty of lessons to learn from the historic levels of futility witnessed this past year. But what if things had gone differently?

What if the Tigers spent big?

Evan Woodberry takes a...

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Patrick OKennedy

Tigers payroll projected under $90 million entering the offseason

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The Tigers’ payroll is currently at its lowest level since 2006.

The Detroit Tigers’ payroll will be just under $90 million for the 25-man roster entering the 2019-2020 offseason. That figure takes into account two guaranteed contracts for Miguel Cabrera and Jordan Zimmermann, plus estimates for nine arbitration-eligible players due for salary increases, plus 17 players who will earn near the major league minimum salary and one...

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Kyle Yost

2019 Player Review: Jeimer Candelario

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Candelario did not have a promising second season with Detroit.

The highlights from the 2018 Detroit Tigers were relatively few, especially with the team looking to likely struggle again the next season (spoiler alert: they did!). One bright spot, though, was young Jeimer Candelario, the former Chicago Cubs prospect who came over to Detroit during the 2017 trade deadline in exchange for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila.

The third baseman had a strong showing...

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Patrick OKennedy

The rise, fall, and rise of Anibal Sanchez

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The former Tigers starter has returned to glory in the 2019 MLB playoffs.

The Detroit Tigers’ 2014 starting pitching rotation featured four — count ‘em, four — Cy Young winning pitchers. Justin Verlander won the Cy Young and the Most Valuable Player Awards in 2011. David Price edged out Verlander in the 2012 Cy Young race. Max Scherzer won it in 2013, and Rick Porcello would go on to win it in 2016 with the Boston Red Sox (with Verlander...

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MLB Playoffs Open Thread: Championship Series

Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images NLCS Game 1: Washington Nationals (93-69) at St. Louis Cardinals (91-71)

Time/Place: Friday, October 11th, 8:08 p.m., Busch Stadium
SB Nation sites: Federal Baseball and Viva El Birdos
Media: TBS, MLB.TV
Pitching Matchup: RHP Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.85 ERA) vs. RHP Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.16 ERA)

NLCS Game 2: Washington Nationals (93-69) at St. Louis Cardinals (91-71)

Time/Place: Saturday, October 12th, 4:08 p.m., Busch Stadium
SB Nation sites: Federal...

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Adam Dubbin

Detroit Tigers News: Has the ball been de-juiced?

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

It seems that MLB might have pulled the ol’ switcheroo on the baseball used in the playoffs.

There has been no shortage of excitement in this year’s MLB playoffs, but something seems a bit off. It appears that the ball just is not jumping off the bat the way it did during the regular season, and our eyes just might not be playing tricks on us. On Thursday, the media published several pieces investigating into this phenomenon.

Has the playoff...

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Ashley MacLennan

Detroit Tigers history: 51 years ago today, the Tigers won it all

It was, without a doubt, one of the best teams ever.

As the St. Louis Cardinals prepare themselves for a return to the NLCS, we thought we we take a look back at a time when they went all the way to the World Series... and lost.

Today marks the 51 year anniversary of the Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series win, which reminds us both that the team has the ability to accomplish tremendous success, and also that the postseason used to be much shorter.

The 1968 World Series really seemed to be...

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Patrick OKennedy

Castro, Azocar lead Tigers class of minor league free agents

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Players will become free agents if not on the roster by the end of the World Series.

Anthony Castro was signed by the Detroit Tigers as a 16-year-old international free agent from Caracas, Venezuela in 2011. By the time he finishes the Arizona Fall League (AFL) season for the Mesa Solar Sox on October 26, the Tigers will be nearing a decision on whether to put him on their 40-man roster or let him become a minor league free agent....

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