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Whitaker deserves a second shot at Hall

It was easy to overlook just how special Lou Whitaker really was during his playing days with the Tigers. How special was he? The more you look at the history of baseball, the more you understand how rare of a complete player he really was.

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Grace Gronowski

Fanpost Friday: Your all-Pokémon baseball team

Pick some Pokémon and build a roster!

On Tuesday I was scrolling Twitter and saw this blog post from the official website of Nintendo’s vastly popular Pokémon franchise, which, being a lifelong Pokémon fan, turned on a lightbulb in my head. There are literally hundreds of different Pokémon of all shapes and sizes, accompanied by any combination of skills you could imagine.

So this week’s FanPost Friday prompt is Which Pokémon would you choose for a team?

You can pick any Pokémon...

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Grace Gronowski

Lions QB Matt Stafford uses ‘Verlander’ for audible

Stafford called a play named after the former Tiger

What were you doing on Thursday? If your family is like most, you were watching the Lions lose to the Vikings 30-23 while you overstuffed yourself. If you payed close attention in the third quarter, you may have heard a familiar name — that of former Tigers star Justin Verlander.

Matthew Stafford called out a play around the 11:30 mark called “Verlander,” and the World Series Champion posted about it on Twitter.

Pretty awesome! ...

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Motor City Slice: Morris recalls '84 feast

Tigers ace Jack Morris recalls his adventures getting his team pizza after the team won the 1984 World Series.

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Rob Rogacki

The Detroit Red Wings are more exciting than we anticipated

The Red Wings are surprise contenders in the Eastern Conference, but how long will it last?

The Detroit Red Wings entered the 2017-18 NHL season projected as one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League. For a franchise fresh off a 25-year playoff streak and a robust history beyond that, this was unfamiliar territory.

So far, things have gone better than expected. The Red Wings are 10-8-3 and fighting for playoff position in the rough-and-tumble Eastern Conference. While they may...

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Tigers' spirit of giving runs year-round

While Tigers employees gave back for the Thanksgiving season last week by helping pack and prepare meals for needy families at Gleaners Food Bank, continuing an annual tradition, the team's spirit of giving runs year-round. From helping baseball programs across the area to helping educational programs to providing a smile for those who need it, the Tigers continued their commitment to the community.

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Detroit Tigers News: Brad Ausmus moves to Los Angeles

Ausmus will be part of the Angels’ front office Brad Ausmus will not be managing next season, but he will still be working in the major leagues. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels hired Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to the GM. It’s a smart move for all parties involved. Tigers fans often griped about specific managerial decisions made by Brad Ausmus, but he is undoubtedly one of the bright minds in baseball. It’s a smart decision by the Angels to bring Ausmus in as a consultant,...

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Patrick Whelan

Detroit Tigers News: Brad Ausmus moves to Los Angeles

Ausmus will be part of the Angels’ front office

Brad Ausmus will not be managing next season, but he will still be working in the major leagues. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels hired Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to the GM.

It’s a smart move for all parties involved. Tigers fans often griped about specific managerial decisions made by Brad Ausmus, but he is undoubtedly one of the bright minds in baseball. It’s a smart decision by the Angels to bring Ausmus in as a consultant,...

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Grace Gronowski

Brad Ausmus hired by Los Angeles Angels

The former Tigers manager will be a special assistant to the GM

Brad Ausmus has found a major league job, though not in the managerial seat. The Tigers’ skipper of the last four seasons will spend the 2018 season with the Angels as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler, as according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Ausmus previously stated his desire to take a year off from managing, but this new job is in the front office and in the state of California, where...

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Breaking down potential returns for Kinsler trade

The Tigers have been entertaining trade talks with teams for Ian Kinsler on and off since last fall. In that time, they've traded Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, all for prospects.

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Looking For A Match In An Ian Kinsler Trade

The offseason is off to a sluggish start, due perhaps to the ongoing trade talks involving Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton and the as-yet unresolved posting situation of Shohei Ohtani. Resolution on both matters may well come before long. In the meantime, we’re left to wonder which dominoes might be first to be knocked over thereafter — or, perhaps, whether some other transactions could jumpstart the action. One player who we have consistently labeled a clear trade candidate is Ian...

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Rob Rogacki

Braves likely to lose top prospect Kevin Maitan amid MLB investigation

Maitan and others are expected to have their contracts voided by Major League Baseball, making them free agents.

Due to a widespread MLB investigation, the Atlanta Braves are likely to lose a number of top prospects to free agency in the near future, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Among those players is Kevin Maitan, a 17-year-old Venezuelan infielder who signed with the Braves for $4.25 million in 2016. The Braves may also lose other international prospects signed around the same...

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Brandon Day

The KATOH projection system likes the Tigers’ free agent signings

The Tigers three minor league free agent additions grade out among the best.

The Detroit Tigers are set for a very quiet offseason. Once most of the major league free agents are signed, the team will probably add a few inexpensive players from the remainder bin. And we’ll likely see a player or two—Ian Kinsler, for example—traded away. However, there are also some fairly interesting minor league free agents out there, and the Tigers have already signed three of them.

Al Avila struck...

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The KATOH projection system likes the Tigers’ free agent signings

The Tigers three minor league free agent additions grade out among the best. The Detroit Tigers are set for a very quiet offseason. Once most of the major league free agents are signed, the team will probably add a few inexpensive players from the remainder bin. And we’ll likely see a player or two—Ian Kinsler, for example—traded away. However, there are also some fairly interesting minor league free agents out there, and the Tigers have already signed three of them. Al Avila struck...

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Rob Rogacki

MLB trade rumors: Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade with Mets

Kinsler and the Mets seem like an unlikely pair.

The Detroit Tigers announced a flurry of roster moves on Monday evening, but the real intrigue comes from one they didn’t announce. Ian Kinsler has been on the trade block ever since the Tigers recorded their final out of 2017, and interest from specific teams is picking up.

Today’s suitor? The New York Mets. Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi reported that the Tigers and Mets “have had preliminary discussions” about a potential Kinsler deal....

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Sources: Tigers talk Kinsler with Halos, Mets

After trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton on Aug. 31, Tigers general manager Al Avila reiterated to MLB Network last week that his team remains in "full rebuild" mode. The Tigers' next step could be dealing Ian Kinsler.

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Tigers add prospect Gerber, sign Carpenter

The Tigers spent much of the offseason so far clearing out space on their 40-man roster. Monday was the day for them to stock it up again, adding prospects to protect from the Rule 5 Draft ahead of an 8 p.m. ET deadline.

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Rule 5 draft 2017: Tigers add 7 to 40-man, sign pitcher to MLB deal

Lefty Ryan Carpenter joins the growing list of Tigers’ offseason acquisitions The Tigers announced the addition of seven players to their 40-man roster Monday evening, just ahead of the 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect from the Rule 5 draft. The team also announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Ryan Carpenter to a major league deal. Who they added The seven prospects added to the roster are outfielder Michael Gerber, right-handed pitchers Eduardo Jimenez, Spencer Turnbull, and Gerson...

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MLB trade rumors: Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade with Mets

Kinsler and the Mets seem like an unlikely pair. The Detroit Tigers announced a flurry of roster moves on Monday evening, but the real intrigue comes from one they didn’t announce. Ian Kinsler has been on the trade block ever since the Tigers recorded their final out of 2017, and interest from specific teams is picking up. Today’s suitor? The New York Mets. Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi reported that the Tigers and Mets “have had preliminary discussions” about a potential Kinsler deal....

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Patrick OKennedy

Rule 5 draft 2017: Tigers add 7 to 40-man, sign pitcher to MLB deal

Lefty Ryan Carpenter joins the growing list of Tigers’ offseason acquisitions

The Tigers announced the addition of seven players to their 40-man roster Monday evening, just ahead of the 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect from the Rule 5 draft. The team also announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Ryan Carpenter to a major league deal.

Who they added

The seven prospects added to the roster are outfielder Michael Gerber, right-handed pitchers Eduardo Jimenez, Spencer Turnbull, and Gerson...

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