Wednesday, November 28, 2012



77th Season at TigerTown in Lakeland Highlighted by Visits from Yankees and Nationals

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club’s exhibition game schedule for 2013 Spring Training in Lakeland, FL.

Next spring will mark the Tigers 77th season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2013 spring season marks the club’s 48th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Tigers will begin the exhibition schedule on the road against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, February 22. The club opens the home portion of the Grapefruit League schedule against the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday, February 23rd at 1:05 p.m.

The schedule is highlighted by a visit from the American League East Division Champion New York Yankees on March 23 and two visits from the National League East Division Champion Washington Nationals on March 10 and March 17. The schedule also features multiple visits from the Atlanta Braves (February 27 and March 26) and Tampa Bay Rays (March 19 and 29) and two additional visits from the Toronto Blue Jays (March 6 and March 15).

Joker Marchant Stadium will host an additional game on Tuesday, March 5 as Detroit Tigers minor league players face the baseball team from Western Michigan University at 1:05 p.m. All tickets will be general admission and priced at $5 per ticket. All proceeds will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida.


Monday, November 26, 2012


DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on minor league contracts for the 2013 season with the following 19 players:

Righthanded pitchers: Trevor Bell, Cesar Carrillo, Shane Dyer, Shawn Hill, Micah Kellogg, David Kopp, Victor Larez, Carlos Monasterios, Jesse Todd

Lefthanded pitchers: Jose Alvarez, Ramon Garcia, Efrain Nieves

Catcher: Brad Davis

Infielders: Argenis Diaz, Lance Durham, John Lindsey

Infielders/Outfielders: Marcus Lemon, Kevin Russo, Matt Tuiasosopo

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


By Denny McLain

I don't know where to start with our Lions but the latest example and their performance this past Sunday calls for some questions to be asked. Is Matt Stafford hurt? Does Johnson still have a concussion? Why is Stafford missing so many receivers? Is there a disappointing situation that needs to be tended to by the coach? Has our head coach come to close to his stars?

Does anyone ever sit out a play, be punished in some form for a quarter or anything when they make a bonehead play? If Stafford is not hurt and his inconsistency this year has been so dramatic then the obvious answer is the game plan of the head coach.

Guys are not running the right patterns. We still do not have a running game of any kind. Are we ever going to fix that issue? It’s time for ownership to re-examine what is going on with the team. Just because we won 10 games last year does not qualify us to be in the Superbowl. I also have this feeling that if the Lions do not make the playoffs, we may have a new coach next year, because to fall off this far, would be something worse than losing 16 games.

How can a quarterback throw for 5000 yards one year and look like a newbie this year!

He has a chance with his arm to be a superstar for a very long time but if there is some kind of contract renewal clause in his deal that he can't get hurt to get the money then everyone needs to know about it.

There has been way too much hype this year. I have been there, you don’t want out of the game, there may be bonuses if he plays so many minutes or other rewards if he meets certain accomplishments, but if he is hurt he is killing the team and the team is just one more game from elimination from the playoffs.

The rhetoric and promotion of the team before the season started was that of a Super Bowl bound team. The only way that the Lions are getting into the Superbowl is if they buy tickets. Too many penalties, missed passes, fumbles and yes it's easy to criticize the stars but keep in mind there is no “I” in team.

Now they suspend Young for conduct that’s inconsistent with the word “Team.” He’s been lots of trouble since the start of training camp, having fights, hitting one of the starters and lots of other things. I suggest to him if he has this much anger, go sign up for the Marines, get a rifle and go fight the terrorists, he has way too much rage to play in a “Game,” yes a tough game, but none the less, a game.

On the other hand, no one has been disciplined that anyone is aware of, with the exception of Young; why not? Lots of guys have been arrested and not a word about discipline, could that be the real reason that our Lions can’t play to what we expected, our Coach is too close to the players, a good manager or coach must have at least an arms-length of separation to make sure that the players know that there is one man in charge, the coach. So when asked about facing Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt this week, Raiola gave his honest opinion today.

Raiola responded by saying that JJ Watt is explosive and by the way he is explosive Raiola for the record said. "You know whatever. Bring it."

When asked a follow-up question about Watt's ability to knock down passes, Raiola was more direct, "We play top D-tackles every week, so J.J. Watt, bring it." - Dominic Raiola

I, Denny McLain have always been told to leave the sleeping giants lie and don’t kick them, God forbid that JJ Watt becomes a super star against Raiola and our Lions this week.

Just for the record: Watt has batted down 11 throws, four of which have turned into interceptions for the Texans. The Detroit Lions entire defensive line, eight players in total have combined to knock down four. Ray let ‘em sleep.

I don't get it. What the NHL has to understand or maybe not is they have the least attended sport with the least amount of people interested in there sport. To go out on strike or be sent out on strike 2 * within 5 years is driving away support, fans, and more importantly income for the players, the guys who need it the most.

I don't know who's running the NHL anymore. Gary Bettmen is being called an idiot by the players now! I think the players have to realize that they have a gift from the NHL owners, and that's how to make lots of money!

That does not mean I support the owners. I went out on strike with Major League Baseball in 1972 and we fought like hell to gain increases in numerous areas with our union and today Baseball’s Union is the strongest of them all! Player’s money negotiations is give and take, and if we believe everything that we hear right now its all take by the owners.

I suspect the owners have plenty of insurance to offset losses and of course the arenas that they play in must still be paid but again more than likely with insurance. This appears to be the NHL owners trying to bust the Union. More than 1/3 of the players are playing elsewhere now. I only hope for everyone's sake they settle this debacle very, very soon.

Just like the Pistons attempts at getting people to the Palace, fans do not like to put up with hearing millionaires argue and debate each other, this has to come to an end quickly or the only teams left will be possibly Canadian, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit and Chicago. Maybe that's not such a bad idea. Could eliminating some of these other teams save the league?

The Tigers got a super early Christmas present. Torii Hunter. How in God’s name can he hurt you? The thing is it the first five guys in our line-up: Jackson, Hunter, Cabrera, Fielder, Martinez.

I do have doubt about Martinez cause after sitting on one’s arse for 18 months it is so tough to come back and play well, but who knows, it is all about being able to capture your concentration: if he is healthy and can make some defense once in awhile, the Tigers if the pitching stands up can win the division by 20.

I personally would love to see other teams in our division play better and make it a race, this past season we, the Tigers, made it a race because of our incredible inconsistency.

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Detroit Releases Ryan Raburn; Tyler Stohr Outrighted to Triple A Toledo

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has purchased the contracts of righthanded pitchers Melvin Mercedes and Bruce Rondon and shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple A Toledo. Additionally, the club today has released outfielder Ryan Raburn and outrighted the contract of righthanded pitcher Tyler Stohr to Triple A Toledo.

Mercedes, 22, spent the majority of the 2012 season with Single A West Michigan and he compiled a 0-3 record, 2.80 ERA (64.1IP/20ER), nine saves and 43 strikeouts. He limited opponents in the Midwest League to a .230 batting average (54x235) during the season. Mercedes appeared in one game with Single A Lakeland during the 2012 season, tossing a scoreless inning.

Rondon, 21, was tabbed the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 as he finished 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA (53.0IP/9ER), 29 saves and 66 strikeouts in 52 appearances between Single A Lakeland, Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo. He limited opponents to a .172 batting average (32x186) between three levels in 2012. Rondon earned a spot on the World Team for the Futures Game held prior to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Kansas City this season.

Machado, 20, batted .195 (82x421) with 59 runs scored, 16 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 37 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 119 games with Single A Lakeland during the 2012 season. He topped all Florida State League shortstops with a .966 fielding percentage this season.

Raburn, 31, hit .171 (35x205) with 14 doubles, a home run and 12 RBI in 66 games with the Tigers during the 2012 season.

Stohr, 26, finished 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA (24.2IP/6ER) in 23 appearances with Double A Erie in 2012.

Detroit’s roster now stands at 39 and will be submitted to the Commissioner’s Office to meet today’s deadline.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Detroit Sports Broadcasters’ Association Tabs Outfielder as Tigers Top Rookie

DETROIT – Detroit Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry was named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters’ Association today.

Berry batted .258 (75x291) with 10 doubles, six triples, two home runs, 29 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 94 games with the Tigers. He finished second among American League rookies with six triples, while he was tied for second with 21 stolen bases, fourth with 44 runs scored and fifth with 75 hits.

He made his major league debut with the Tigers on May 23 and went on to hit safely in each of his first six games, becoming the first Tigers player since at least 1918 to hit safely in six consecutive games to begin a career. Berry also made history in his playoff debut, collecting two hits and a stolen base in Game One of the American League Division Series on October 6 at Comerica Park against the Oakland Athletics. He became the first Tigers player with at least two hits and a stolen base in a post-season debut since Matty McIntyre did so in Game One of the World Series on October 10, 1908 at Bennett Park against the Chicago Cubs.

Berry will be presented with his award prior to a Tigers home game during the 2013 season. The Detroit Sports Broadcasters’ Association has been selecting a Tigers Rookie of the Year since 1969.


Friday, November 16, 2012


Four-Time All-Star Selection, Nine-Time Gold Glove Winner Agrees to Two-Year Deal

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with outfielder Torii Hunter through the 2014 season.

Hunter saw action in 140 games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 2012 season, batting .313 (167x534) with 81 runs scored, 24 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs, 92 RBI and nine stolen bases. He tied for sixth in the American League with a .313 batting average during the season. Hunter finished fifth in the league with a .340 batting average (49x144) versus lefthanded pitchers in 2012, while he finished ninth with a .344 batting average (54x157) with runners in scoring position.

“Torii Hunter is a quality major league player who is a tremendous addition to the Tigers organization both on and off the field,” Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. “He continues to be a consistent contributor at the plate, in the outfield and on bases, and we feel Torii is a great fit for our lineup.”

Selected by Minnesota in the first round of the June 1993 draft, Hunter has played 15 seasons at the major league level with the Twins (1998-2007) and Angels (2008-12). He is batting .277 (1986x7181) with 406 doubles, 32 triples, 297 home runs, 1,143 RBI and 186 stolen bases in 1,946 games during his major league career.

Hunter has been selected to the American League all-star squad four times during his career (2002, 2007, 2009-10), including being elected as a starter in the outfield through the fan balloting with the Twins in 2002. He has won nine Rawlings Gold Glove Awards during his career (2001-09), and he earned an American League Silver Slugger Award in 2009.

He has compiled a .992 fielding percentage during his major league career, seventh-highest among all active major league outfielders. Hunter is third among all active major league outfielders with 4,591 putouts during his career, while he is fourth with 4,471 total chances and sixth with 111 outfield assists.

Hunter is hitting .305 (40x131) with 10 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 18 RBI in 34 games during his career in post-season action.

He was the recipient of the Marvin Miller “Man of the Year” Award in 2007, an honor given to the player in either league whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.


Thursday, November 15, 2012


DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera was named the American League Most Valuable Player this evening in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The award marks his first career Most Valuable Player honor and Cabrera is the first Tigers position player to win the award since Hank Greenberg did so in 1940. Cabrera is the fourth position player in franchise history to win the award, joining Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer and Mickey Cochrane.

Cabrera led the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI to become the first player to win the Triple Crown since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. It marked the 14th time since 1900 a player has captured the Triple Crown and Cabrera is the 12th player to accomplish the feat during that time. He is just the second player in Tigers history to win the Triple Crown, joining Ty Cobb who did so in 1909.

The batting title marked the second consecutive season Cabrera has topped the American League in hitting, becoming the first Tigers player to win back-to-back batting titles since Ty Cobb did so in three consecutive seasons from 1917-19. In addition to leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI, he also led the league with 377 total bases, 84 extra-base hits and a .606 slugging percentage, while he finished second with 109 runs scored and 205 hits, fourth with a .393 on-base percentage and seventh with 40 doubles.

The Tigers have now featured the American League Most Valuable Player in each of the last two seasons with Justin Verlander winning the award in 2011 and Cabrera winning this season. It marks the third time in Tigers history that the club has posted back-to-back American League Most Valuable Player awards. Hal Newhouser won the award in both 1944 and 1945, while Mickey Cochrane won the award in 1934 and Hank Greenberg did so in 1935.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What Torii Hunter Brings to the Tiger Table.

Here's a quick look at Torri Hunters career stats.
Pending a physical he will be Detroit Tiger in 2013.
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Provided by View Original Table
Generated 11/14/2012.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Cabrera and Fielder Receive 2012 Louisville Silver Slugger Award


First-time honors for 10 of 18, including NL Batting Champ Posey; Jeter and Braun each get their fifth

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Slugger®, the number-one bat in Major League Baseball®, proudly announced the 2012 Silver Slugger™ Award winners tonight in a special hour-long telecast exclusively on MLB Network, hosted by Greg Amsinger and Bill Ripken.

Ten of the 18 team members were recognized as Silver Slugger winners for the first time, including Buster Posey, catcher for the World Series® Champion San Francisco Giants and winner of the NL batting title. Two players made the team for the fifth time – the American League’s shortstop, Derek Jeter of the Yankees, and the National League’s Ryan Braun, leftfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Silver Slugger award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National leagues in 2012. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams. Tabulation of the balloting was verified by the accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP.

Among the teams represented by this year’s winners, the Nationals, Yankees and Tigers each had multiple Silver Slugger Award winners. Not only do the Nationals have three members on the National League team, but all are also first-time award winners – Adam LaRoche at first base, Ian Desmond at shortstop and Stephen Strasburg at the pitcher position.

For the American League, the Yankees’ Jeter received his fifth award at shortstop and Robinson Cano his fourth award at second base. The Tigers had two members on the American League Team including Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera at third base with his fourth Silver Slugger award and Prince Fielder with his third award at first base, but first in the American League.

Other first-time Silver Slugger Award winners included: Mike Trout of the Angels and Josh Willingham of the Twins, both in the outfield, A.J. Pierzynski of the White Sox at catcher and Billy Butler for the Royals at designated hitter for the AL. The remaining first-timers for the NL include Chase Headley at third base for the Padres and both Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Jay Bruce of the Reds in the outfield.

The remaining team selection for the AL was Josh Hamilton of the Rangers in the outfield, his third award. The NL recognized Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks at second base, his second award.

2012 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Winners

American League
1B – Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
2B – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
3B – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
SS – Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
OF – Mike Trout, L.A. Angels
OF – Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
OF – Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins
C – A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
DH – Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals

National League
1B – Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
2B – Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
3B – Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
SS – Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
OF – Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
OF – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
OF – Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
C – Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
P – Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals