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Tigers name Gary Jones first base coach

The promotion from the minors to the big league staff comes in the wake of the tragic death of Detroit first base coach Kimera Bartee, passed away at just 49 years of age earlier this offseason due to a brain tumor.

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Flashback: Toronto vs. Detroit, October 4, 1987

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A regular-season-ender with a much happier ending than 2009’s.

As you may have read a little while ago, I did a recap on the (in)famous Game 163 from the 2009 season, with the Twins besting the Tigers in 12 innings to capture the American League Central title.

The reaction to it, on various media platforms, was, shall we say, mixed. I’d say it was a pretty even split between “That game was amazing, even though the Tigers lost” and “Why on Earth did you put me...

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Detroit Tigers history: The 1906 Tigers

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Things took a bit of a downward turn for the Tigers in 1906, and while they weren’t the worst team in the American League, they struggled with injury as well as plenty of internal strife thanks to manager Bill Armour. While the club ended the season with a sub-.500 record. Never fear, though, things were going to take a turn the next season.

1906 History

This was a big year for some serious disasters. In January an 8.8 magnitude...

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Robot umps threaten to end the catcher framing era

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The automated strike zone is coming to Triple-A in 2022, according to league hiring notices. What does this mean for the catcher position?

As calls for an automated strike zone have grown louder among Major League Baseball fans in recent years, the league has responded by testing just such a system in preparation for its eventual implementation at the major league level. The experiment began with a partnership with the Atlantic League, an...

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Links: David Ortiz is a in a class all by himself

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Literally. He’s the only player getting into the Hall of Fame this year.

If I told you there was a situation in baseball where no one could agree on how things should be handled, everyone was constantly mad about it, no one felt justly rewarded, and every participant had opinions on how to improve things, you’d probably think I was talking about the MLB/MLBPA labor dispute.

You’re not WRONG, but in this case, I’m actually talking about the annual...

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CBA Update: Owners scrap proposal to replace arbitration as talks inch forward

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Stiffer penalties for tax “offenders”, bonus pool for pre arb players proposed

After two consecutive days of negotiations- a two hour meeting on Monday when players made proposals and another hour on Tuesday when the owners countered- the good news is that at least the two sides are talking. That’s something that didn’t happen for 43 days following the owners’ lockout imposed on December 2, 2021.

In terms of substance, each side has removed the...

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BYB Podcast 106: Tigers farm system discussion with Trevor Hooth

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The BYB staff talks baseball from a Tigers’ perspective.

It is time for a lengthy farm system chat as we wait for word of a new collective bargaining agreement to be reached. Trevor Hooth writes for Prospects Live, one of the best public scouting sites available, as well as for Bless You Boys. He returns to the podcast this week in the wake of the release of our new top 30 ranking of the Tigers’ farm system.

This is a fairly...

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Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Bless You Boys

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it...

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Detroit Tigers history: The 1905 Tigers

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Something truly franchise-altering happened to the Tigers this season.

1905 saw things begin to turn around for the Tigers. They had a new future superstar in their midst (though they couldn’t have possibly known it at the time, since he only came to the club in late August), and the club managed to post a winning record at long last under new manager Bill Armour (who would later go on to...

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The expectations have settled for Daz Cameron

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Detroit is still hoping to get any sort of production from the infamous Houston trio.

It is not entirely fair to place the burden of trades gone wrong on acquired prospects, but it is impossible for Detroit Tigers fans to hear the names Daz Cameron, Jake Rogers, and Franklin Pérez and not shake their heads in disappointment. Trading Justin Verlander became an inevitability back in 2017, but to have none of the returning pieces looking anything...

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MLBPA drops request to alter free agency, offer new revenue sharing ideas

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Negotiations continue Tuesday, with owners’ counter proposals expected shortly.

Major league players and owners sat down for over two hours on Monday, and the players arrived with some altered proposals, including dropping the age-based exceptions that they previously made to the service time requirement for free agency. The union also modified their proposals on revenue sharing, according to Evan Drellich of the Athletic.

The two sides agreed to resume...

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Jackson Jobe’s development hinges on his electric arsenal

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The Tigers threw caution (and historical precedent) to the wind by drafting Jobe third overall in 2021.

The specter of the player drafted one spot behind him will hang over Jackson Jobe until he proves that he was worthy of being taken third overall by the Tigers in the 2021 MLB draft. Detroit’s front office certainly seems to think that he’s something special; they must, in order to have committed such an immense amount of...

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Dillon Dingler may be the Tigers’ catcher of the future

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Our third ranked Tigers’ prospect is an athletic catcher with good offensive upside.

Of the Detroit Tigers' recent successes in turning their fortunes around, certainly the most crucial was hitting on their high first-round draft picks. Sure, none of the group is exactly tearing it up at the major league level just yet, but by any standards, the organization didn’t blow any of its four top ten picks from 2016-2020. Historically,...

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Detroit Tigers history: The 1904 Tigers

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Our year-by-year dive into Tigers history (and the history of the world at the time) continues with a dive into 1904. The Tigers were... not good. They bid farewell to a manager, saw a pitcher be their best two-way player, and the team took on new ownership.

And in our player spotlight, the story of a very troubled man whose short life intersected with baseball.

1904 History

Throughout the year two major conflicts carried on, one was the...

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Spencer Torkelson is poised to power the Tigers’ offense

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The former first overall pick is on the verge of the majors, and could even break camp on the Tigers’ roster.

Losing isn’t fun. However, for many teams in recent years, losing has served their purpose. The Detroit Tigers are among those teams, using a series of miserable seasons to propel them toward a brighter future by way of top draft picks. The plan is already bearing fruit, but things will kick into another gear this year. The...

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Harold Castro is a contact man in a power era

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In 2021, Castro’s throwback stylings really tied together the Tigers infield, but holding his spot this season will be tougher.

As we’re at a standstill in terms of the hot stove, and don’t yet want to dive into full-on previews of the Tigers majors players, we’ll continue breaking down the Tigers projected bench options. There’s a decent mix of potential and depth both, and fine tuning the bottom of the depth chart always seems to prove more...

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Detroit Tigers history: The 1903 Tigers

The return if a history series.

Back in the early days of 2020 we started a series that spotlighted the Tigers through the years, aiming to do an entry for every team starting from 1901 onwards. We got through two years (I take full responsibility). The series is back now, and we’re kicking things off with 1903, but if you want to see where it all started, here’s 1901, and here’s 1902. We’ll be continuing with that same format, so buckle in and get ready for over 100 years of...

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Riley Greene could bring a special skillset to the Detroit Tigers

Greene leads the way on our 2022 top 30 prospect list.

Over the course of his brief career, Riley Greene has made a strong case as the stand alone top prospect for the Detroit Tigers. It’s not unanimous, as many might consider Spencer Torkelson to be the top prospect. However, that’s a good problem to have. Both are arguably top 10, if not top 5 prospects in the game right now. Greene, however, is just built a little different.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Tigers were a team void of...

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Looking for Tigers’ prospects who could mimic Cedric Mullins breakout

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Are there Tigers prosects who could ditch switch-hitting?

Hitting a baseball is a very difficult task. Switch hitting is an even harder task to accomplish. Two different swings to tune up, change, and try to grow. When done well it eliminates some of the difficulties that come when facing same handed pitchers. Orioles’ outfielder Cedric Mullins was a switch hitter, but ditched that prior to the 2021 season to become a lefty only...

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How could Spencer Torkelson fit into Tigers roster in 2022?

Torkelson should get an opportunity at the major league level in 2022, but how does he best fit?

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