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Brandon Day

BYB Podcast 94: The hot stove won’t keep you warm

The Bless You Boys staff talks baseball from a Tigers perspective

We are back with another overdue episode of the Bless You Boys podcast. Brandon Day and Ashley MacLennan return with an overview of the quiet offseason to date, and what may lie ahead. First we’ll catch up on some of the signings and news from around the league. Then, we’ll discuss A.J. Hinch, Chris Fetter, and the new coaching staff, the signings so far, and what the Tigers may do in the month remaining until pitchers and...

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Brandon Day

Matt Shoemaker could add a little depth to the Tigers pitching staff

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The veteran has fought through injury after injury in recent years, but remains effective when he’s healthy.

Since the offseason began, the Detroit Tigers decision makers have consistently cited starting pitching as a key need for the ball club in 2021. The addition of José Ureña brought them some depth and an interesting project pitcher to work with. A second piece should probably be more of a known quantity in terms of effectiveness,...

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Brandon Day

Tigers land five players on Baseball America’s new top 100

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Yes it’s that prospect list time of the year again.

After the last 365 days, it feels like time just expands or contracts based on just how miserable the news is on a given day. But one way or another, baseball is thankfully going to return to our lives quite soon. We’re now just a month from pitchers and catchers reporting to Lakeland, and so we have reached the season of prospect lists.

First up this year among the major prospect...

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Patrick OKennedy

Tigers settle with all nine players, avoiding arbitration hearings

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The nine players will earn from $970K to $6.5M for the 2021 season

Friday, January 15, 2021 was the deadline for players eligible for arbitration and their clubs to submit their salary proposals to each other. The Detroit Tigers had nine players eligible for arbitration this off season, including pitcher Michael Fulmer, who settled with the club on a one year contract worth $3.1 million earlier in the week. On Friday, the team came to terms with eight more...

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Jacob Markle

Tigers sign SS Christian Santana, six other international free agents

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Detroit got busy on the first day of this season’s international free agency period

Friday marked the opening of the 2020-2021 signing period for teams to come to terms with amateur international free agents. Accordingly, the Detroit Tigers announced contracts with seven players today.

The Tigers had the highest bonus pool in the league this year, and leveraged it to acquire two of MLB Pipeline’s top 30 international prospects in the...

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Jacob Markle

Tigers attended Corey Kluber showcase, per report

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The former Cleveland ace is now a free agent.

Wednesday morning, free agent starting pitcher Corey Kluber hosted a showcase for teams interested in scouting him after two injury-shortened seasons. When he’s healthy, Kluber has a bevy of quality pitches and unbelievable feel for the art of pitching. Naturally, most teams were in attendance. The Tigers are expected to have been on that list, according to a report by Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free...

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Ashley MacLennan

Miguel Cabrera is slugger season ready

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Miggy took to Instagram to show off some batting practice

It can be easy, especially now, to be cynical about the idea of professional sports. It can also feel silly to get excited about watching grown men essentially engaging in solitary practice sessions. But all that aside, it’s hard to deny that seeing players from your favorite team start to prepare themselves for the season ahead gets the enthusiasm building.

The offseason is long, especially so when...

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Michael Fulmer, Tigers avoid arbitration

Fulmer frequently came up in trade talks with teams seeking a controllable and high-end starter during his first couple years, but the Tigers never found an offer to their liking.

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Tigers, Michael Fulmer Avoid Arbitration

The Tigers have avoided arbitration with right-hander Michael Fulmer, per a team announcement. He’ll earn $3.1MM in 2021, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

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Pirates Claim Troy Stokes Jr., Designate Nik Turley

The Pirates announced that outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. has been claimed off waivers from the Tigers.  Stokes was designated for assignment by Detroit earlier this week.  To create roster space, Pittsburgh has designated righty Nik Turley for assignment.

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Brandon Day

Tigers announce affiliate coaching assignments, hire new hitting coach

The legend of Nerts is coming to West Michigan.

While teams are still slow-playing free agency under the auspices of a need to see how vaccination roll-outs will allow for attendance in 2021, the rest of the game is getting on with things. Teams have been instructed by the Commissioner’s office to prepare for a normal major league spring camp, and a 162 game season.

What remains unclear, is how spring training and the regular season will be set up for the minor leagues. The current...

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Ashley MacLennan

Rob Manfred is hopeful for a full 162-game season

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The MLB commissioner says spring training is set to start on time.

It’s likely safe to say you haven’t been thinking too much about the start of MLB spring training over the past week, as a political storm brews and a pandemic continues to sweep the country. But other major sports have carried on, and it seems that Major League Baseball is poised to do the same.

Following the 60-game season of 2020 it was clear that teams would do just...

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Brandon Day

Seam-shifted wake and the evolution of pitch design

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Cutting edge research on pitch movement has come a long way in recent years. Let’s dive in with a new primer.

Baseball has gone through many changes over the past decade, but no element of the game has been so radically transformed as the fine art of pitching. The game is still the game, but the methods by which pitchers develop, the way they’re coached, and the statistics and data by which they’re evaluated by teams, media, and fans alike...

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Brandon Day

Major league baseball’s unwritten rules are brewing up trouble again

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This particular brew consists of pine tar and rosin. A sticky situation, as it were.

Only a year after the Houston Astros sign-stealing scheme damaged Major League Baseball and cast further aspersion on the league’s ability to police itself, the next self-inflicted wound may already in progress. And once again it’s going to be caused by the game’s unwritten codes.

Pitchers have always used a bit of the tacky stuff on their fingers. This has...

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Ashley MacLennan

Los Angeles Dodgers great Tommy Lasorda has passed at 93

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2021 has claimed its first Hall of Fame icon

Famed Dodgers manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda passed away on Thursday evening at the age of 93. Lasorda had been, until that time, the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame.

According to a release from the Dodgers, Lasorda suffered an unexpected cardiac arrest at his home and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Tommy Lasorda spent over 70 years with the Dodgers organization, an unbelievable feat...

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Tigers Sign Miguel Del Pozo To Minors Deal

The Tigers announced that left-hander Miguel Del Pozo has been signed to a minor league contract.  Del Pozo chose to become a free agent following the season, after he was outrighted off the Pirates’ roster during the summer.

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Jacob Markle

Jake Cronenworth is a trade candidate who would fill a real need in Detroit

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The Padres made their young infielder expendable by signing Kim Ha-seong. The Tigers should capitalize on their excess.

The San Diego Padres, after years of building one of the most formidable farm systems in the sport, have begun leveraging leveraging assets to forge a monster in San Diego. Settling three deals that would each have been headline news over the span of just 36 hours, Padres general manager AJ Preller transformed his team into one of the most...

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Tigers sign outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Athletics

The Detroit Tigers have acquired another positional player who previously was with the Minnesota Twins. On Tuesday according to the Associated Press, the Tigers signed outfielder Robbie Grossman of San Diego, CA to a two-year deal worth $10 million from the Oakland Athletics.

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Brandon Day

New Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman showed signs of a breakout in 2020

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Underlying metrics suggest he can keep it going in Detroit.

The response to the Detroit Tigers signing of veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman has been quietly positive, and with good reason. Yes, the 31-year-old switch hitter has spent his career as a decent strong side platoon player. He’s not going carry an offense, and until 2020 had never posted the type of power marks to carry him to another level. We were certainly hoping for more of a...

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Tigers Designate Troy Stokes Jr.

The Tigers have designated outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. for assignment, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. The move creates 40-man roster space for outfielder Robbie Grossman, whom the Tigers signed Tuesday.

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