Wednesday, September 30, 2009

'84 Tigers gather for reunion

By: Michael Niziolek

The game may have been rained out, but the '84 Tigers Championship Reunion went on as scheduled Monday at Comerica Park. Here is a taste of a few of the sights In-Play! Magazine captured at the event....but make sure to check out the next issue of the magazine for in-depth coverage of the event and thoughts from Lance Parrish, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell and more!

Lance Parrish signing seats from old Tigers Stadium.....

Sparky Anderson joking with Alan Trammell while the group gets ready for the team photo...

Former Tigers and coaches from the '84 Championship team posing for the team photo...


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tigers (Lyon) Blow Golden Opportunity

The wheels continue to wobble out of control for Tigers pitching, particularly the closers.

With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the 10th Tiger closer Brandon Lyon blew the game with back to back wild pitches moving the man on first to third and then loading the bases.

The Twins would score two runs to make it 3-2 going into the bottom of the 10th.

Granderson tried his best to help out with a solo shot to right field to make it 3-2, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers drop the first game of the double header 3-2.

Minnesota is now one game back in the A.L. Central with first place up for grabs in game two of today's double header later on tonight.

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Fun, Facts and Figures for Game 1 of Today's Double Header Sept 29

Fun, Facts and Figures for Game 1 of Today's Double Header vs the Minnesota Twins.

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Monday, September 28, 2009


Makeup Game Scheduled as Part of Split Doubleheader Tomorrow at 12:05 p.m.

DETROIT – Tonight’s scheduled game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park has been postponed due to rain and impending rain.

The game will be made up tomorrow as the first game of a split doubleheader, which will begin at 12:05 p.m. The afternoon game will be followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m.Tickets for tonight’s game will be honored for the first game on Tuesday at 12:05 p.m.

Gates for tomorrow’s first game will open at 10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Choke Time! By Denny McLain

Choke Time!
By Denny McLain
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Now it is real easy to point out the choking going on right now with our Tigers and chocking it is! But, don’t worry, the division is so bad that they will limp into the playoffs despite the play of everyone, people missing tags and cut-off men is a sign of real chokers. But, Leyland has to play the veterans now or he will lose this division.

You don’t play kids when the games are so critical, so Jim, play the real guys, real veterans and win you shall, but to play the kids out there will choke it up pretty bad.

Now, onto the ‘84 Tigers. There is a celebration of the 84 Tigers this Monday (Sept 28) at the ballpark and rightfully there should be. After all, they did celebrate the ‘68 guys.

I heard radio hosts popping off that Sparky Anderson should have a statue out there in the park, or retire his number for his contributions as a manager here in Detroit.

Come on folks! If we are handing out honors and statues in the ball park now for what Sparky did, let’s go back to ‘68 and give Mayo Smith and some other guys from that team a statue as well.

After all, that team did more for the city of Detroit and Michigan in 1968 than any other pro franchise in the history of this city. So let’s stop the silliness of another statue! Before you fly off the handle you should be at least 55 years old so you can remember what shape this city was in 1968.

Ernie Harwell’s name has also been coming up.

Hell, there are some people that don’t think Ernie should have his statue in the entrance to the park. “After all, what did he do but sit on his butt and broadcast games”, they say.

I am talking about the game of baseball and nothing else. I thought that the theme of the ball park was about the game itself, not for things people may or may not do off the field.
After all, if you are going to honor people for contributions to the city and for the Tigers, none were better and more generous then the guys from the ‘68 team. There was no function they didn’t attend when asked…not.

So let’s get real, if Sparky is going to get a statue, than Mayo Smith should get one too.

Stop and get real, cause this disingenuous ass-kissing of Sparky is a bit more than silly.

Friday, September 25, 2009


The Tigers today announced lefthanded pitcher Clay Rapada has been added to the club’s active roster. He compiled a 4-2 record, 2.76 ERA (45.2IP/14ER), five saves and 47 strikeouts in 42 outings with Triple A Toledo this season. Rapada will join the club in Chicago for tonight's game and wear uniform number 50.

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Denny McLain's Tigers Report for Sept 25

Denny talks about the potential first round Yankees match up and his fears concerning the pitching lately. Listen in...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Denny McLain's Tigers Report for Sept 18.

Denny McLain's Tigers Report for Sept 18.

This week Denny pays tribute to Ernie Harwell a man he has known for over 50 years.
McLain also discusses the hitting on the current team.
Should Inge replace Laird at catcher and bring in a bat for third base?
Take a listen.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


The Tigers today reinstated righthanded pitcher Alfredo Figaro from the 15-day disabled list. He has been sidelined since June 28 with a right wrist sprain. Figaro saw action in five relief outings with Double A Erie during an injury rehabilitation assignment, compiling a 1-1 record, 0.75 ERA (12.0IP/1ER) and 10 strikeouts.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009


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Red Sox and Yankees Highlight Comerica Park Schedule

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today released their 2010 home schedule, which features 81 games at Comerica Park, including contests against American League Central Division rivals, Interleague games against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, as well as a four-game series versus the New York Yankees and a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.

A charter member of the American League since 1901, the Tigers will begin their 109th season on the road as they visit the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series, April 5-8 at Kauffman Stadium.

The Tigers will play their 11th home opener at Comerica Park on Friday, April 9 when they host the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m. The series against the Indians continues April 10-11, before the Kansas City Royals visit Detroit for a three-game series April 12-14.

The Tigers welcome the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox for back-to-back series at Comerica Park in May. The Yankees lead off the homestand with a four-game series May 10-13. The Boston Red Sox following with a three-game set May 14-16. To cap a powerhouse homestand, the club finishes up the nine-game stretch at Comerica Park with two games against the Chicago White Sox May 17-18.

Fans currently have the opportunity to place a deposit on 2010 full season ticket plans and receive priority to purchase tickets for all 2009 postseason games. For more details, contact a Tigers account executive by calling 313-471-BALL (2255) or visit

The 2010 home schedule is listed on All game dates and times are tentative and subject to change.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Lions Win Four, The Tigers Win It All, And Ernie…

The Lions Win Four, The Tigers Win It All, And Ernie…
By Denny McLain/In Play! magazine

Let me start this column off with a chuckle at Jim Brandstatter’s expense. I like him a lot, and even he will laugh a little at this.

As he stated, during Michigan’s first game (Sept 5) in the gifted articulated manner of Jim Price, after only two plays against that powerhouse Western Michigan, Brandstatter stated that when the QB ran the ball up the field about 20 yards that the big difference this year versus last year is the QB can really run. Please guys, after two plays?

If he is that good why isn’t he coach? Jim you almost got canned a couple years ago and that was really wrong but start looking over your shoulder cause there are a million wannaabes out there now willing to work for nothing and I think you know that sir. Be careful!

Over to the Tigers. The division race in Detroit was over in early September, Tigers win! Tiger win! Tigers win! The Playoffs will be interesting if the pitching continues to be as good as it has. My God, if we could play all games at home we would win the entire thing. I do not understand why they don’t win on the road? I loved the road, more peaceful and restful than being at home, but for some reason they can’t hack it, but who knows, maybe the worm will turn.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Voice Of The Tigers Mr. Ernie Harwell Diagnosed With Cancer

By Jack Rosenberg/In Play! Magazine

The Detroit Free Press has reported that the voice of the Tigers for many decades, Mr. Ernie Harwell has a tumor in his bile duct, an incurable malady.

Mr. Harwell has reportedly declined surgery at the age of 91.

I had the great pleasure of meeting and talking to Mr. Harwell in the Tigers media booth aptly named the "Ernie Harwell Media Center".

In what began as an interview quickly turned into me just sitting there and listening, on edge, to some great old time baseball stories! The pen never hit the paper and only a small fraction of what we talked about made it to print.

But I have the memory of talking to one of the greatest men in baseball. Take care of yourself Mr. Harwell...

For Tiger fans who would like to send along their best wishes. Per Mr. Harwell's request, please send your cards or letters to his close friend and advisor: S. Gary Spicer 16845 Kercheval Suite 5 Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 Cards and letters received will be hand delivered to Mr. Harwell.

Denny McLain's Tigers Report for September 4

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Fans Have Opportunity to Vote Online for the National Winner of Prestigious Award.

Curtis Granderson today was named the Detroit Tigers nominee for the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy. He is one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national 2009 Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines exceptional performance on the baseball field with devoted work in the community.

Tomorrow will mark the eighth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor the legacy of Roberto Clemente. Fans are encouraged to participate in the selection of the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy. From September 2 through October 4, 2009, fans can log on to and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy, is part of Chevy’s official sponsorship of Major League Baseball, and recognizes those players who best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. The award is named for Clemente, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. This award perpetuates Clemente’s legacy and character by recognizing current-day players who truly understand the value of helping others.

As the son of two educators and a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Granderson is committed to making education the focal point of his message to the world’s youth. It is his passion, principles and vision that lead to the creation of the Grand Kids Foundation. In addition to founding and serving on the board of this charitable organization, Granderson attends fundraisers throughout the year to raise funds supporting the cause of the organization.

Granderson’s compassion for working with youth extends beyond the classroom as he continues to share his enthusiasm of the game with baseball fans around the world. Since the inception of Play Baseball Detroit in 2008, he has visited more than 1,400 youth in the city of Detroit encouraging all to get involved or stay involved with organized youth baseball. Play Baseball Detroit is a comprehensive urban youth baseball outreach program dedicated to encouraging and supporting youth baseball and softball.

Granderson will be recognized for his nomination during an on-field, pregame ceremony prior to the Tigers 7:05 p.m. game on Wednesday, September 2 at Comerica Park.

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Fun, Facts and Figures For Tonights Tigers Game Sept 1

Fun, Facts and Figures For Tonights Tigers Game vs the Cleveland Indians
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- The Tigers recalled righthanded pitcher Jeremy Bonderman from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Toledo and reinstated him from the disabled list. He posted an 0-3 record and 5.79 ERA (14.0IP/9ER) in 11 relief appearances during his injury rehab assignment with the Mud Hens.

- The Tigers recalled the contract of righthanded pitcher Eddie Bonine from Triple A Toledo. Bonine posted a 4-5 record and 4.41 ERA (102.0IP/50ER) in 17 starts with the Mud Hens.

- The club recalled the contract of righthanded pitcher Casey Fien from Triple A Toledo. He posted a 2-1 record, 3.41 ERA (58.0IP/22ER) and 14 saves in 42 appearances with the Mud Hens.

• Detroit recalled the contract of catcher Dusty Ryan from Triple A Toledo. He hit .257 52x202) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 63 games with the Mud Hens.

- The Tigers recalled the contract of outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from Triple A Toledo. He hit .258 (112x434) with 18 doubles, six triples, 17 home runs, 51 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 113 games with the Mud Hens.

- Additionally, the club purchased the contract of shortstop Brent Dlugach from Triple A Toledo. Dlugach batted .294 (137x466) with 36 doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 59 RBI in 125 games with the Mud Hens. He will wear number 27.

- To make room for Dlugach on the club’s 40-man roster, the Tigers recalled the contract of infielder Michael Hollimon from Double A Erie and placed him on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from right shoulder surgery.
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