Friday, February 25, 2011

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera Press Conference Feb 24, 2011

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Audio from Lakeland Florida Tigers press conference held February 24, 2011. 

Cabreara talks about his recent arrest in Florida and how he plans to move forward.

In a lighthearted moment a reporter asks Cabrera why he was driving a 2005 vehicle.

In the this third segment Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski talks about Cabrera from managment's point of view.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tigers Now Have 31 of 40 Man Roster Under Contract for 2011

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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with the following six players on contracts for the 2011 season: righthanded pitcher Robbie Weinhardt, lefthanded pitchers Andy Oliver, Daniel Schlereth and Brad Thomas and infielders Cale Iorg and Will Rhymes.

With six players agreeing to terms today, the Tigers now have 31 players on the club’s 40-man roster under contract for the 2011 season.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Miguel Cabrera charged with DUI

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Miguel Cabrera was arrested in St. Lucie County, Florida and charged with DUI and resisting arrest without violence. The St. Lucie County deputy who made contact with Cabrera saw him sitting in a 2005 Land Rover on the side of the road with smoke coming out of the engine compartment.

The deputy said he "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath when he spoke, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was accented and heavily slurred." He also saw Cabrera take a drink out of a bottle of James Buchanan Scotch.

Miguel, when asked for his identification, provided a passport and proceeded to get out of his vehicle. The deputy asked him multiple times to get out of the road and to put his hands behind his back. When he wouldn't, another deputy responded and tried to get Cabrera in the vehicle.

Cabrera said, according to the report, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems."

Do to his lack of compliance, the slugger was handcuffed. Cabrera continued to be a nuisance and refused to get in the back of the police car; he pushed off of the car into one of the deputies, shouting expletives. By this point, according to the report, the deputy "delivered 3-4 knee spikes into his left thigh muscle and the defendant fell onto the vehicle."

Miguel was released Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. ET. on $1,350 bond. This incident hasn't been Cabby's first brush with the law. During the 2009 season, he was jailed after his wife called the police. The two were arguing and Cabrera had been intoxicated. After the incident, he sought counseling for what he called "an alcohol problem."

Manager Jim Leyland had no comment about the incident today at camp. Cabrera's toothy mugshot can be found here.

Cabrera's DUI in Florida isn't his first brush with the law
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Ernie Harwell play to open April 28

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Mitch Albom's play, "Ernie", is scheduled to open Thursday, April 28 at the City Theatre in Detroit. The City Theatre is just a block away from the Detroit Tiger's home of Comerica Park.

According to Albom's website, the play begins on Harwell's last night at the ballpark, just before he was getting ready to head out on to the field to give his heartfelt goodbye. Just before he walks onto the field, he meets a boy who is eager to know all about him. Harwell then gives his final broadcast the "broadcast of his life."

Starring in the play will be Will Young, who plays Ernie Harwell and TJ Corbett, who'll be playing the boy. Director Tony Caselli will be headlining this project.

The show is sure to be a hit with all audiences, especially baseball fans. Tickets for the show ($20 and $25) go on sale Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10:00 a.m. You can purchase tickets online at, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, all Ticketmaster locations,, and also at the City Theatre box office, located inside Hockeytown Cafe.

Albom talks about "Ernie" at Tigerfest
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Monday, February 14, 2011


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"Cecil was a great friend to the Detroit Tigers, and was truly a pioneer to the game of baseball. The Tigers are grateful of Cecil's participation in our annual Negro Leagues tribute games. Most notably Cecil participated in the annual Honorary Passing of the Bat Ceremony, and was the Tigers top draft selection in Major League Baseball's Negro Leagues Player Draft tribute in 2008. Cecil's warm smile and presence will be missed. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Kaiser family."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Phil Coke ready for starting role

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Phil Coke has been reveling the opportunity to be a starting pitcher again. His chance has finally arrived, but, can he perform? It's a big change and an even bigger responsibility for Coke.

Coke is not a complete stranger to the starting rotation. He started a total of 77 games in six minor league seasons. The New York Yankees, Coke's first team, placed him in the bullpen; there, he excelled. He's been quite the inning eater over the last two seasons, with the Yankees and Tigers, respectively. He made 72 appearances in 2009 and 74 in 2010.

How does Coke himself think he'll do?

"Usually," Coke said, "when the pressure is highest, I tend to perform the best. When it's a relaxed situation, that's when it's usually tougher."

Fans, and the team, will just have to wait until Spring Training to see just what he can do.

From relief to rotation, how will Coke perform in 2011?
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