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Adam is a history teacher in Dallas, TX that grew up in Michigan and loves all things Detroit Sports. He has four books that will be published in 2016 (amazon.com/authors/ajreilly). He is also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and when he has free time he enjoys a nice cigar and a great book. Contact him at ajreilly@detroitsportsnation.com

JUST IN: Michael Fulmer to start Tigers home opener

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
News broke this morning that when the Detroit Tigers take on the Boston Red Sox, the weekend of April 7th, Michael Fulmer will be the starting pitcher. https://twitter.com/tigers/status/845666645465026561 This plan was tentatively in place as of Friday afternoon but became official this morning. Fulmer had a breakout year in 2016, earning him...

FLASHBACK: Randy Johnson destroys a bird with fastball

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
It was sixteen years ago, today, that Randy Johnson lined up a fastball and delivered it to home plate. Except, it never got there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ55Y1MoEUQ Definitely not something you see every day.

Why the true winner of the World Baseball Classic was the game itself

Baseball: World Baseball Classic-Final-USA at Puerto Rico
Late inning heroics, iconic moments, and walk-off memories. No, I'm not talking about the Major League Baseball postseason, I'm talking about this year's World Baseball Classic. The WBC this year has been nothing short of incredible; with game after game full of excitement and in...

Why JaCoby Jones should start in center field for the Detroit Tigers

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
As of today, there are two weeks left until Opening Day, that unofficial/official holiday all baseball fans look forward to each spring. And, given that today is the first day of Spring, the season of re-birth, it's time the center field competition for the Detroit...

Tigers send 6 to minors, 46 remain in camp

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
This morning the Tigers optioned RHP Sandy Baez to Single-A Lakeland, as well as RHP Warwick Saupold toTriple-A Toledo. Along with these moves, they additionally moved A.J. Achter, William Cuevas, Dustin Molleken, and INF Brett Pill were assigned to minor league camps. https://twitter.com/tigers/status/843810037843804160 In addition to the...

Ausmus mum on the center field position

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
As Spring Training nears the midway point, the Detroit Tigers are no closer to deciding on who will replace Cameron Maybin in center field. Stop me if you've heard this before. You know the candidates, as we've put together our own thoughts on each of them...

BREAKING: Jose Iglesias leaves game with apparent injury

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
Today in Grapefruit League action, the Detroit Tigers took on the Philadelphia Phillies. During the game starting shortstop Jose Iglesias slid head first into home plate and caught a knee to the face. https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/839181466680590340 He is being evaluated for a concussion and is considered day-to-day. We will keep you updated as the...

Justin Verlander: ‘Test me everyday’

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander returned to form with a vengeance last season, falling just shy of the AL Cy Young Award. Verlander, also, isn't one to usually hold back his thoughts either. Don't believe me, check out his twitter. One of his most prominent passions is...

Handicapping the Detroit Tigers center field postion

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
It has been well versed the chasm left in the dark reaches of center field for the Detroit Tigers. Since they decided to trade away Cameron Maybin, everyone and their brother has tried to figure out who will be the man running down fly balls...

Happy Birthday, Anibal Sanchez [VIDEO]

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Nation, help us wish Anibal Sanchez a happy birthday! In honor of his birthday watch this epic performance of 17 strikeouts against the Braves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWMNRoWkQic

Anibal Sanchez becomes United States Citizen

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Today, even though his team lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the Grapefruit League opener, Anibal Sanchez still came out a winner. Sanchez was among 123 immigrants that became United States Citizens today. Sanchez took the oath of citizenship in Miami County today, a place he is familiar with...

Dan Dickerson sees bright future for Tigers

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
This morning upon arriving at Joker Merchant Stadium, radio play-by-play announcer (and one of the best in the game, in my opinion) Dan Dickerson, couldn't contain his excitement about Detroit Tigers baseball. Dickerson began by posting pictures of the updated stadium, then proceeded to...

Tyler Collins out with lat injury, lineup for today

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Spring Training has claimed its first casualty, Tyler Collins. Reports came out today that Collins suffered a lat strain, "up near the armpit, while attempting to throw long toss," according to Jason Beck. https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/835129854970462208 Although Collins doesn't think that he will miss much time, Jeff Seidel...

LISTEN: Ernie Harwell recites the “Voice of the Turtle”

Today Grapefruit League action begins, which means "the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." Each year, as the Spring Training games kicked off, legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell would utter these famous words: "Lo, the Winter's passed, the rain is over and gone,...

5 Best Detroit Tigers uniforms in club history

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago Cubs
They always say, "if you look good, you'll play good." I believe it. That's why when we're young we always have to buy the best looking cleats, a couple arm bands, eye black, and it determines whether we wear our pant legs up or...

MLB approves new intentional walk rule

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
It's been a rather precarious day in the discussion between the Major League Baseball Commissioner's office and the Player's Union. First, Union chief Tony Clark--a former Detroit Tiger, said that rule changes were not likely to be approved for the 2017 season, including the...

Miguel Cabrera talks Ilitch, milestones, Tigers’ title chances and boxing in the off-season

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Spring Training is underway in Lakeland, Florida, and no one seems to be more excited than Miguel Cabrera. This year marks Cabrera's tenth Spring Training with the Detroit Tigers and he sat down with the Detroit News' Chris McCosky to talk about a few things: Mr. Ilitch's...

Dan Orlovsky says Lions are moving in a “different direction.”

Dan Orlovsky (DSN) NFL: Preseason-Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens
The time has come for Dan Orlovsky to find another uniform than the Honolulu Blue of the Detroit Lions. In an interview today with Sirius XM Radio's Ross Tucker, Orlovsky told the host that the team has decided to go "in a different direction" as it pertains to their...

WATCH: A tribute to Tiger Stadium

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The old corner. The cathedral to baseball fans from Detroit. Tiger Stadium. Growing up a Tigers fan you know of the old white box of a stadium that was situated on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. Even with obstructed views from the beams that...

Top 15 “Miggy Moments” in Detroit

Miguel Cabrera, "Miggy" as he's called, is one of the greatest right-handed hitters in the game of baseball--possibly of all-time. His swing is quite simply a beautiful thing to behold. And best of all, he seems like a large kid when he's on the...

Mike Ilitch “Biggest Tigers fan around” says JP Morosi

"Mike Ilitch was the biggest Tigers fan around," J.P. Morosi said this evening on MLB Network. It's tough to put into words just what someone like Mike Ilitch means to the city of Detroit. But I think the thing that sets him apart, like...

Remember When: 1985 Detroit News Commercial [VIDEO]

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Old commercials. It is always enjoyable to re-watch old commercials, especially when they feature legends like Bo Schembechler and Sparky Anderson. Re-live the 1985 ad from the Detroit News  and reminisce about days gone by. Enjoy! That view from the old corner of Michigan and Trumbull is beautiful! Enjoy!

Possible rule changes coming to MLB

This week Major League Baseball proposed a series of rule changes that will affect the pace and action of the game. The two rules the MLB are planning on presenting to MLB Players Association are raising the strike zone and doing away with intentional...

15 Detroit Tigers named to World Baseball Classic Rosters

Tonight the rosters for the World Baseball Classic were announced on the MLB Network. The tournament has been held three times since its modern inception in 2006. Games on March 6,  2017,  starting in Seoul, South Korea. Team U.S.A. will kick off action that Friday, March...

TBT: Sparky inspires Gibby with “He don’t wanna walk you”

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It was Game 5 of the 1984 World Series. San Diego Padres future-HOFer Goose Gossage is on the mound, and up to bat steps Kirk Gibson. This was the deciding game of the series, in which the Tigers capped a magnificent season, but Gibby's home run was the...

Detroit Tigers ink David Lough to Minor League contract

Today the Detroit Tigers signed outfielder David Lough to a Minor League contract. Lough has made stops in Kansas City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia in his short five-year career. Bringing in Lough adds more outfield depth to an already crowded centerfield competition, should Tyler Collins, JaCoby Jones, or Mikie...

J.D. Martinez is a top five Right Fielder according to MLB Network

As the baseball season draws closer and closer, the MLB Network has been pushing out their position rankings for the top players at each position right now. When they revealed their top right fielders in the game Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez landed 5th on the list. Martinez signed...

ROY Michael Fulmer embodies the city of Detroit with blue collar offseason

Michael Fulmer burst on to the scene last year after Shane Greene went down with a blister injury. For a team that struggled up to the final game of the year, Fulmer was one of a few bright spots the Detroit Tigers could hang their hats on. He...

Detroit Tigers players react to Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI was a game for the ages. Tom Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, cementing his claim as the Greatest of All-Time. It was a game full of excitement, except maybe for the first half, that ended with an improbable comeback. Here...

FLASHBACK: Detroit Tigers make improbable comeback against Rays

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On June 30 of last season, the Detroit Tigers entered the bottom of the ninth down 7-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Watch as they make one of the more improbable comebacks possibly ever. Check out the box score from the game here.

MLB Network features Jim Leyland in “A Life in Baseball”

Back in February, the MLB Network premiered "Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball". It tracked the career of the former Tigers skipper through his 22 years managing the game of baseball. It's a career that managed players like Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield,  Justin Verlander, and Miguel Cabrera. Gathering...

Matt Manning only Tiger on MLB’s top 100 prospect list

This past weekend the MLB network revealed the top 100 prospects in the game. As would be expected the Detroit Tigers did not have any prospects break in the top-50, but last year's first-round draft pick, Matt Manning came in at 74. While it is well...

Editorial: Why THIS Detroit Tigers team needs to make one last run

Editorial: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Detroit Sports Nation The Detroit Tigers offseason is one that would have made Robert Louis Stevenson, he of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,...

Mark Lowe looking to bounce back in 2017

It was a rough start to the season for Mark Lowe in his new digs of Comerica Park, where he failed to deliver time after time and eventually lost the trust of Brad Ausmus with his 1-3 record and a 10.05 ERA at the All-Star...

Why the Detroit Tigers should sign Mike Napoli

Editorial: The views in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Detroit Sports Nation.  As of today, former Indians first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli is still a free agent. When the Indians signed Edwin Encarnacion this off-season, Napoli became...

TBT: Justin Verlander records second no-no of his career [VIDEO]

On May 7, 2011, Justin Verlander was in prime form against the Toronto Blue Jays. JV threw his second career no-hitter in the game, had four strikeouts and issued only one walk. The Tigers beat the Jays 9-0. Check out the box score from the...

4 current Detroit Tigers who could be Hall of Fame bound

With all the talk of the Hall of Fame this week and a former Tigers being inducted in the form of Ivan Rodriguez, it got us thinking, who on the current team is poised to one day be enshrined in Cooperstown? Some of these guys...

WATCH: Mark Lowe drills 30-yard field goal.

The Detroit Tigers stopped by the Big House in Ann Arbor on their Caravan Tour. While there, Mark Lowe showed off some impressive non-baseball skills. Watch and see: https://twitter.com/tigers/status/822533609869475842 With day 2 of the Caravan complete, the Tigers now turn their attention to Spring Training. Hopefully, a made field goal is...

Dear Pudge: Thanks for choosing us — Detroit Tigers Fans

On Wednesday, Pudge Rodriguez was inducted into the Hall of Fame. With a laundry list of career accomplishments, including 14 All-Star appearances, 13 Gold Gloves, seven Silver Sluggers, an MVP, and an NLCS MVP; some believed saving the Tigers may be among his greatest accomplishments. In the...

FLASHBACK: Miguel Cabrera gets the best of Mariano Rivera in epic clash

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We flash back to this day in 2013, the Detroit Tigers were in the Bronx taking on the New York Yankees. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, and a runner on second, reigning American League MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera...

WATCH: Pudge hits walk off home run

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Earlier tonight Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. While in Detroit he was a fan favorite, to say the least. Relive one of his more memorable moments as he beats the hated Indians, with two outs, in the...

ICYMI: Pudge Rodriguez inducted to MLB Hall of Fame; Raines and Bagwell too

He wasn't always a Detroit Tiger, but when he was he was damn good one. Detroit Sports Nation would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on his induction into Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/821855799140032512 https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/821856228330573824 https://twitter.com/irizarryjl/status/821765486585188352 Pudge signed with the Tigers in February of 2004,...

REPORT: Tigers “in touch” with a couple center field free agents

It has been well documented that the Detroit Tigers have a major hole in center field. No need to belabor the point. Today it was reported that they were in contact with two possible replacements, Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco, for the center field position.  https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/821418386940891140 Bourjos spent the 2016 season in Philadelphia,...

Detroit Tigers Minor Leaguer Tommy Collier handed 50-game suspension

Today the MLB announced that it was slapping Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher, Tommy Collier, with a 50-game suspension, for his second positive drug of abuse test. Collier was an 11th round draft pick of the Tigers back in 2011. Last season with the AA-Erie...

BREAKING: Tigers reach agreements with ALL arbitration-eligible players

At nearly 4:30 EST, the club announced that all arbitration-eligible players had reached an agreement. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/820018905414594562 https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/820019742740189184 https://twitter.com/tigers/status/820020097615958016 Now, let the season begin!

Report: Tigers reach agreements with 4 players, avoiding arbitration

A day after reaching an agreement with super utility man, Andrew Romine, the Detroit Tigers today reach an agreement with four others: Bruce Rondon, Alex Wilson, Jose Iglesias, and Justin Wilson. https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/819975587813015552 https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/819942970799620096   https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/819979539405271041 https://twitter.com/evanwoodbery/status/819987746408300546 The predicted salaries were pretty spot on for these players and with these deals getting done, the Tigers...

TBT: Game 4, 1984 World Series Alan Trammell goes deep twice [Video]

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Watch as Alan Trammell delivers two bombs as the Tigers took a 3-1 series lead on the San Diego Padres. Trammel went 3-4 in the game, with 2 HR and 4 RBIs. The Tigers would wrap up the series in the next game, winning...

Report: Dodgers expected to re-consider Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler

A report from Evan Woodbery of MLive.com came out today saying that Ian Kinsler may be back on the Dodgers radar as a trade candidate, after discussion of Brian Dozier have come to a halt. It has also been reported elsewhere: https://twitter.com/zesty_mlb/status/819010217929220097 As this Jekyll and Hyde offseason for the...

ON THIS DAY: Detroit Tigers trade for Mickey Tettleton

On this date, 26 years ago, the Detroit Tigers traded for Mickey Tettleton. Growing up going to Tigers games and watching them on television, Mickey was one of my favorites from that time period, I'm sure many of you as well could say the same. https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/819190380017004544 In...

LOOK: Detroit Tigers Alex Avila lands 585-pound swordfish

Fish stories are usually pure legend, for Alex Avila at least he has proof: https://twitter.com/emilywaldon2080/status/818587955413405697 Well done, Alex.

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