Thursday, January 9, 2014

TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS ON A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH JOSE IGLESIAS

DETROIT- The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with shortstop Jose Iglesias.  

Iglesias batted .259 (35x135) with six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in 46 games with the Tigers after being acquired from the Red Sox on July 30.  He finished the season batting .303 (106x350) with 16 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 29 RBI in 109 games between the Red Sox and Tigers.

Iglesias led the American League with 35 infield hits, while he was tied for second with 10 bunt hits. He finished the season ranked second among all American League rookies with 106 hits and 31 multi-hit games, while he was sixth with 39 runs scored. He finished second in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year. 

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Monday, January 6, 2014

TIGERS & LIONS OH MY! By Denny McLain

TIGERS

Buster Olney is he kidding? I believe that he must have been in Colorado and got hold of that new legal funny stuff? Cuz man he is picking the Tigers in December! He must have a job offer from the Tigers on the secret PR staff!

The club has not improved in any significant way or in a real serious manner.

For one, they got rid of one of their better pitchers in Doug Fister, he really pitched in bad situations; terrific outings, but no run support. Next, they got rid of Felder, that’s a major loss; he made lots of guys better hitters. Finally the infield is suspect again with the exception of shortstop. As a pitcher looking at this defense I would be very happy that I was a high fast ball pitcher getting lots of pop ups and fly balls! I’ve played the game with the best and I can see from afar they desperately need a real catcher. Stats don't lie over a period of time its simple and we need a catcher.

I will agree with one thing, they probably should win the division again. Cuz we play in the worst division in baseball!  But that’s why we play the season of course.

And God forbid that big guy gets hurt again in any manner cuz the rest of the club is real pitchable as we found out again in the playoffs.

The new manager will have learning issues in a number of areas. He might be a good guy, but to send in a guy who has never managed before with a seriously veteran ball club is putting him into a very precarious position.

If anyone really thinks this was about money, you have to go check history of the past several years and see how much has been spent pursuing that trophy! Also other issues forced some of these deals, so let’s not believe everything the PR Machine puts out!

But at least we are about a little more than a month from spring training! Thank God!


LIONS

Schwartz has lost his job? How could anyone be surprised at this firing? But folks, he’s still being paid 12 million to be fired! Not a bad gig huh?

Do you know there were sports radio hosts saying in week 16 that if they won their final game Schwartz was going to keep his job! There is no way Schwartz with his series of bad coaching decisions brought his demise on himself just a few weeks ago! Where was the coaching? He appeared to be desperate the last 3-4 weeks.

The last couple of games this season were a debacle of sorts with most everyone sharing in the blame, whether it was Stafford or the (too) many guys dropping passes, it makes no difference. You can’t fire the entire team! Only the coaches and Head Coach.

He really seemed out of his element this year, not understanding the rules at one point, messed up “Red Flag” calls and a host of other issues, it had to be the Coach.

Stafford needs a QB Coach to work on his fundamentals. Stafford has good fundamentals, you can’t win without them, but he has gotten away from the fundamentals of throwing the ball.

Whether you are a pitcher, golfer or QB you must have good fundamentals and right now at least the last half of the season he was lost and looked lost. I can understand throwing the ball in a foreign manner when guys are all over you, but this tricky dickey side arm thing is not good fundamentals.

He has to get back to what he does best, throw the ball as well as any QB in the game. He has great talent but someone has to manage his talent and that means starting over and getting back to basics.

As a former player it appeared to me that Schwarz had lost the team somewhere after they lost that game in part because he did not know one of the NFL rules. After that game it just didn’t look like the same team of energy and aggressiveness. When the leader doesn’t know the rules what are the followers supposed to do and react?  I hope that we don’t ever find out that somebody quit, but at times it appeared.

Five years as Head Coach is enough time to prove that you can coach or win in some manner and Jim Schwartz did not win enough games in his five years as coach of the Detroit Lions to win favor of keeping him another season.

They say players under achieved, hey, that is the job of the coach to make sure that the players achieve near or at their real levels of ability.

But the message sent by the Fords was also mixed.

Jim Schwartz did not create this outcome by himself. How does the Lions president Tom Lewand and General Manager Martin Mayhew keep their jobs? Is this all Schwartz? Are you kidding? Hey, the decay always starts at the head and the head(s) are zero producers. Who is the genius that’s going to make this team a winner?

I believe that they held onto their jobs because of money in the grand scheme of things. They would have had to be paid off as well, so Ford kept them, at least try and hire a serious commodity coach.

How do you change the culture of this team?

You have to make changes in a number of areas, secure more consistent talent and if you are really going to hire a real serious high profile coach, I hope has a huge resume.

But will the front office interfere with the new Head Coach?

I also ask myself if Schwartz will ever be given a Head Coaching job again. Has any former Lions coach ever been given a head coaching position again? Check it out?

I wish Schwartz lots of luck and his coaches, all good guys. It’s always a sad day when people lose their jobs, but it is also the signal that the line has been drawn in the sand and they are turning the ball over to someone they think will be more competent and able to bring something that we have never seen in this town, A SUPER BOWL GAME PLAYED BY OUR LIONS!!!

Will that happen in any of our lifetimes? Anything short of that will never work as defined by the word successful.
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Friday, December 20, 2013

DON KELLY RECEIVES 10TH MAN AWARD


DON KELLY TO RECEIVE THIRD ANNUAL 10TH MAN AWARD FROM THE DETROIT BASEBALL SOCIETY

DETROIT- Don Kelly, whose versatility and all-around skills again made him an invaluable Tigers handyman, has been named the 2013 Tenth Man Award Winner in a vote by The Detroit Baseball Society.

Kelly will be honored at the 13th Annual Detroit Baseball Dinner, set for 6 p.m., Jan. 25, at Bloomfield Hills Country Club.

The 33-year-old Kelly played six different defensive positions for the Tigers in 2013, and appeared in 112 games. He worked primarily in the outfield, but also played third base, second base, and first base, and even filled in as designated hitter.

He hit six home runs, had 23 RBIs, batted .222, and was a frequent pinch-runner for manager Jim Leyland’s team, which advanced to the American League Championship Series.

It is the second time in the award’s three-year history that Kelly has been honored. The 2012 winner was Quintin Berry.

“Don Kelly was always able to make a smooth transition to any position in which he was needed,” said Steve Clarfelt, president of The Detroit Baseball Society. “He is a true class act and we are honored to name Don Kelly as our Tenth Man Award winner.” 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MAX SCHERZER NAMED “KING TIGER” BY MAYO SMITH SOCIETY

Max Scherzer was named the recipient of the 2013 “King Tiger” award, given annually by the Mayo Smith Society. It is the first “King Tiger” award of Max Scherzer’s career. The award takes into account each player’s on-field accomplishments and off-field endeavors. Members of the Mayo Smith Society complete their voting over a month-long period during the offseason. 

Scherzer, 29, led the American League with 21 wins and an .875 winning percentage, while he was second with 240 strikeouts, 10.08 strikeouts per nine innings, 25 quality starts, and a .198 batting average against, fifth with a 2.90 ERA, and tied for fifth with 214.1 innings pitched.  

Scherzer established a franchise record, winning 13 straight decisions to begin the season as a starter. In addition, he became just the second pitcher in American League history to fan six-or-more batters in his first 18 outings to begin the season, joining Pedro Martinez who struck out six-or-more batters in 29 straight outings to begin the season in 2000. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)

Off the field, Scherzer and wife Erica May created a program called “Scherzer’s Superstars”, which brings eight young people and their matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit to Comerica Park to watch batting practice, receive complimentary Scherzer's Superstars t-shirts and have the opportunity to meet Max before enjoying a Tigers game. Through the program, Scherzer hopes to instill excitement in the game of baseball with the children, and thank the mentors for volunteering their time to serve as a positive role model for the Detroit community.

He is also actively involved with Dreams Come True, Play Baseball Detroit, Autographed Memorabilia Donation Programs, Gloves for Kids and the Tigers Winter Caravan. Additionally, Scherzer is an advocate and spokesman for Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign to support the Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Conservation Fund of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Mayo Smith Society, founded in 1983 and named for the manager of the Tigers 1968 World Series championship club, is a nationwide organization of Tigers fans. Since 2004, the society has voted on King Tiger winners based on players’ on-field and off-field endeavors, picking up a tradition from 1964-80 when the presidents of individual Tigers fan clubs had voted for their own King Tiger awardees. Mayo Smith Society representatives plan to make the King Tiger presentation to Scherzer during the organization’s annual trip to Lakeland, Florida, for Spring Training.

Past King Tiger winners as voted on by the Mayo Smith Society:

2012: Miguel Cabrera
2011: Justin Verlander
2010: Miguel Cabrera
2009: Justin Verlander
2008: Miguel Cabrera
2007: Magglio Ordonez
2006: Kenny Rogers
2005: Placido Polanco
2004: Carlos Guillen, Ivan Rodriguez (tie) 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH OUTFIELDER RAJAI DAVIS

DETROIT- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Rajai Davis on a two-year contract. 

“Rajai’s style of play adds another dimension to the makeup of our ballclub,” said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. “His speed, defense and bat provide us with more depth and versatility.”
 
Davis, 33, batted .260 (86x331) with 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 24 RBI and 45 stolen bases in 108 games with the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2013 season. He finished second in the American League with 45 stolen bases in the 2013 season.

Originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 2001, Davis has played eight seasons at the Major League level with the Pirates (2006-2007), Giants (2007-2008), Athletics (2008-2010) and Blue Jays (2011-2013). During his eight seasons in the majors, Davis has hit .268 (652x2431) with 133 doubles, 25 triples, 27 home runs, 224 RBI and 268 stolen bases in 821 games.

Davis has stolen 40-or-more bases four of the last five seasons and has finished top five in the American League with stolen bases in those four seasons. The righthanded hitter batted .319 (37x116) against lefthanded pitching in 2013 and has batted .294 (236x802) against lefthanded pitching during his career.

To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have designated righthanded pitcher Luis Marte for assignment. 
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Friday, December 6, 2013

TIGERFEST IS BACK AT COMERICA PARK

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, 
 DECEMBER 13 AT 10 A.M.
19TH ANNUAL WINTER FAN FEST SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JAN. 25


Detroit Tigers players and coaches return to Comerica Park on Saturday, January 25 to take part in the 19th annual TigerFest. Fans can purchase tickets for Detroit’s annual winter baseball event on Friday, December 13 beginning at 10 a.m. on tigers.com/tigerfest or by calling 866-66-TIGER.

TigerFest will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost of admission, which includes all TigerFest attractions, is $25 for adults and $14 for kids 12-and-under.  All fans will receive a TigerFest branded t-shirt upon entry.

Event Activities for all Fans:
·        Autograph booths featuring current Tigers players and coaches, including one kids-only line.
·        Main stage, featuring updates on the 2014 season by Tigers players, coaches, and members of the front office, including a special “Fan Conference” Q & A Session.
·        Tigers player photo area, located in the visitors clubhouse, where fans can take pictures with Tigers players.
·        Self-guided tour through the Tigers Home Clubhouse, including an archival display featuring historical baseball artifacts.
·        Take batting practice in an underground batting tunnel.
·        Visitors dugout will be open for fans to visit and take photos.
·        Self-guided tour, which includes stops in the Ernie Harwell Media Center, luxury suite, the Champions
        Club, and select Detroit Tigers executive offices.
·        Detroit Tigers ice sculptures, including LIVE sculpting demonstrations by Ice Sculpture Ltd..
·        David Chandler and the staff from Chandler Bats will operate an authentic bat lathe and provide LIVE baseball bat carving demonstrations all day.
·        Learn more about Detroit Tigers season and group ticket plans, Fantasy Camps and experiences, and official Detroit Tigers Spring Training Vacations.
·        Detroit Tigers Authentics featuring one-of-a-kind authentic signed items and game-used memorabilia.
·        Unique Tigers items at the Tigers Foundation Fire Sale.

Event Activities for Children:
The Detroit Tigers Kids Zone featuring:
·        Kids-Only autograph booth
·        Miniature Comerica Park stage hosted by Radio Disney personalities and featuring Tigers player book readings, games and interactive activities.  Special bleacher seating is available for parents and kids.
·        Free face painting and caricatures
·        Baseball-themed games and activities for kids
·        Video game bullpen
·        Official 2014 Kids Club enrollment

Additional information, including players scheduled to appear, will be announced in early January.

Most access areas within the event will be heated and covered; however, the Tigers encourage all fans to dress according to the weather as some passageways are not be protected from seasonal elements. 
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH JOE NATHAN

DETROIT- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with righthanded pitcher Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2016 season. 

“We are pleased to be adding a premier closer to our ballclub,” said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. “Joe solidifies the back end of our bullpen and fills what we identified as a big need on our pitching staff.”
 
Nathan, 39, compiled a 6-2 record, 1.39 ERA (64.2IP/10ER) and 43 saves in 67 outings for the Texas Rangers during the 2013 season. He fanned 73 batters during the year, while he limited opponents to a .162 (36x222) batting average.

In 13 seasons at the Major League level with the San Francisco Giants (1999-2000, 2002-03), Minnesota Twins (2004-2011) and Texas Rangers (2012-13), Nathan has posted a 57-30 record, 2.76 ERA (858.2IP/263ER) and 341 saves in 714 career outings. He has struck out 912 batters over his career, while limiting opponents to a .201 batting average (625x3104).

Nathan has converted 90 percent of his save chances over his career, which marks the highest conversion rate of any active Major League pitcher with at least 200 career saves. The six-time All-Star (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) is tied for 10th on the all-time Major League saves list with his 341 saves. He has converted 19x19 save opportunities at Comerica Park and converted 36x36 save opportunities during his career against the Tigers.

Nathan will wear jersey number 36 with the Tigers.

To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have designated infielder Dixon Machado for assignment. 
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