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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: Detroit Tigers add 8 players to 40-man roster

Today the Detroit Tigers announced eight additions to their 40-man roster, before the Rule 5 Draft. After the announcement today the Tigers 40-man roster sits at 39, giving them the opportunity, without having to make subsequent moves, of signing one free agent this offseason....

Section 313, Seat No. 17- Detroit Tigers Offseason Blueprint: Part 2

Section 313 Seat No. 17, Part 2 Here we are again projecting the offseason for the Detroit Tigers. What we have been looking at is our view of the route we see the Tigers going, and the one that makes the most sense moving forward. It should be...

Lou Whitaker snub proves Hall of Fame a mere formality

Today the ballot was released for MLB's Modern Era Ballot Hall of Fame candidate list. There were 10 names on the list; nine former players and one executive. Former Detroit Tigers Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were among the names included. The Modern Era...

BREAKING: Matthew Stafford hits career milestone with td pass

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
In 117 career games, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has now thrown 200 career touchdown passes. With a beautiful pass to Marvin Jones for 25 yards, Stafford is the sixth fastest to 200 Touchdown Passes in league history. The score gave the Lions the lead, XXX...

Tigers continue to trim 40-man roster with 2 more moves

After a flurry of moves yesterday, the Detroit Tigers announced today that they have parted ways with three more players. Today they placed on outright waivers, Bryan Holaday and Efren Navarro. The moves of placing Kyle Ryan and Myles Jaye on outright waivers was...

Section 313, Seat No. 17: Detroit Tigers 2018 off season blueprint part 1

Section 313 Seat No. 17, part 1   Now that Justin Verlander is a World Series Champion, we can shift our focus away from our romanticism with a beloved player back to the team we will actually be rooting for next season. The Tigers 2018 season is not going...

Dear Justin Verlander: Congrats from your fans in Detroit

Dear Justin Verlander, It's been 13 years in the making. Most of those years were spent wearing the greatest uniform in all of sports. Each and every day from your rookie season in 2006 until August 30th, when we watched you win your last game with...

BREAKING: Justin Verlander, World Series Champion

After what will go down as one of the best World Series in a long time, the Houston Astros are the Kings of Baseball. And, right along with all of the dancing Astros was a familiar face: Justin Verlander. http://gty.im/868798894 By now, everyone in Detroit knows...

Steve Liddle named to Detroit Tigers coaching staff

As the Dodgers and Astros were kicking off Game 7 of this year’s World Series, the Detroit Tigers had an announcement of their own. Today new manager, Ron Gardenhire, named Steve Liddle as his bench coach. http://gty.im/153926542 Liddle spent time with Gardenhire in Minnesota, serving as both third...

JUST IN: Detroit Lions Sunday Night Football inactive list revealed

Tonight the Detroit Lions take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Coming off of the bye week, the Lions should we well rested and ready for this monumental challenge. The Lions went into their bye week having dropped three of their previous four...

JUSTIN IN: Justin Verlander ALCS MVP, headed to the World Series

Well, it's bittersweet, but our guy Justin Verlander was named ALCS MVP for the Houston Astros tonight, on the heels of their game seven win against the New York Yankees. https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/921943471300251648 Verlander was dominant in the American League Championship Series pitching a complete game in game two,...

3 Takeaways from Penn State’s dismantling of Michigan

It. Was. Ugly. Right from the get-go anyone with a pair of eyes knew that Michigan (5-2, 2-2 BigTen) was overmatched and didn't belong on the same field as the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-0, 4-0 BigTen). From drive one, the superior team reared...

Justin Verlander looks to save Astros season, like he’s done so many times before

It's a moment Tigers fans are very used to. Season on the line, win or go home, back against the wall baseball. And who better to have on the mound that the bulldog Justin Verlander. Houston fans tonight will get to share in the joy that Tigers...

REPORT: Tigers to cut ties with starting pitcher

Anibal Sanchez's time in a Detroit Tigers uniform is adeptly summed up in the opening line of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens--"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Is there a truer statement for the rise and...

Section 313, Seat No. 16: Ron Gardenhire’s tenure begins with the Detroit Tigers

Section 313 Seat No. 16 Well, the Tigers have their guy. Yesterday afternoon rumors started circulating that Ron Gardenhire was going to be the next manager of the Detroit Tigers. A rumor that was confirmed this afternoon when he was formally introduced to the fan base...

WATCH: Michigan Football hype video for Penn State

This Saturday the Michigan Wolverines travel to Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Michigan has had its share of misfortune over the last couple of weeks, losing starting quarterback Wilton Speight, playing in a monsoon in their loss to Michigan State,...

WATCH: Karan Higdon shifty run beats the Hoosiers

Karan Higdon had a career day against the Indiana Hoosiers this afternoon. He literally carried the load for the Wolverines and nearly single-handedly won the game. Higdon had 25 carries, gaining 200 yards, and scored 3 touchdowns. None, prettier than his OT run on first...

LOOK: Michigan’s stud Defensive End leaves game in 4th quarter

In the fourth quarter of today's game versus the Indiana Hoosiers, stud Defensive End, Rashan Gary, left the game in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing the play the Hoosiers scored to bring them within three with less than four minutes to play. Gary is arguably...

3 Keys to a Michigan Wolverine victory in Bloomington

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Coming off of a terrible performance against Michigan State last week, the Michigan Wolverines have to get back on track. Normally, heading to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers is just what the doctor ordered. However, given what we saw in the rain-soaked...

TIGERS RUMOR: Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler, only one stays?

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
For a few years now, we as Tigers fans have been treated to one of, if not the, best double-play duo in the Major Leagues. Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias have given fans a reminder of yesteryear when a different #3 and #1 ruled the...

SHOCKER: USA FAILS IN BID FOR WORLD CUP

Fans of USA soccer were stunned tonight as the USA soccer team fell to Trinidad-Tobago 2-1. Twitter lost its collective mind as the last chance for Bruce Arena to win a championship passed him by. Twitter Reactions: https://twitter.com/NumbersMuncher/status/917936333699547136 https://twitter.com/Denlesks/status/917936647357980672 https://twitter.com/timothysykes/status/917934912895827968 https://twitter.com/TomBradysEgo/status/917936266649522176 https://twitter.com/Jswag64/status/917937924724883456

Eric Ebron’s message to fans a no brainer

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
It wasn't pretty Sunday for the Detroit Lions, let's just be honest. Yes, they were within striking distance against a decent team. Yes, they almost made another fourth-quarter comeback. But overall, it wasn't a pretty game. None more so than the performance by tight...

Section 313, Seat No 15: Grading the 2017 Detroit Tigers

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Ok, yes I know and can hear you now, "give them all F's." But, I cannot do that. Are there some "failures"? Sure, there absolutely are. But is the entire team considered a failure? No. Grades, in an educational sense, are meant to show...

LOOK: Miguel Cabrera lends helping hand to Venezuelan youth team

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
It has been well documented the turmoil Miguel Cabrera's home of Venezuela has been under lately. Combine with a very un-Miggy like season in 2017, and one can start to see a correlation. Bad seasons and political tension aside, Miggy is making sure the kids...

Tigers Andrew Romine joins select group by playing all 9 positions in single game

Mercifully, the Detroit Tigers season will come to an end tomorrow afternoon in Minnesota. Brad Ausmus will be out as manager, offseason's hot stove will begin, and everyone will be looking forward to the 2018 season. At least this season did bring us Tigers fans...

Has Victor Martinez seen his last days in a Detroit Tigers uniform?

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
Luckily, the 2017 Detroit Tigers season is mercifully ending in a week. There are only six games remaining and then this season can (hopefully) be forgotten. This season saw just about everything possible for the Tigers. Long losing streaks, injuries, and the trading of...

Brad Ausmus out as Detroit Tigers manager after 2017

The news we all have been waiting for has been announced: Brad Ausmus will not return as the manager of the Detroit Tigers beyond the 2017 season. The team held a press conference today to make the announcement, coming on the heels of a 12-1...

DSN Debate: Brad Ausmus’ decision to not replace Nicholas Castellanos during no-hit bid

Sunday was an exciting day for Tigers fans--something we haven't been able to say much this season. Matthew Boyd took a no-hitter through 8 2/3 innings and fell just short of glory when a Tim Anderson double flew over the head of right fielder Nicholas Castellanos.  However, after...

HOLY COW! Jamal Agnew shreds the defense for 88-yard punt return for a touchdown

After three solid quarters on Monday Night Football, things got even better. Return man, Jamal Agnew, took a Brad Wing punt 88-yards to the house. The touchdown extends the Lions lead over the New York Giants 24-10. Watch: https://twitter.com/LLamorandier/status/909971726016110597 That is the kind of thing we like...

WATCH: Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones hook up to open scoring Monday Night

The Detroit Lions opened the scoring on Monday night against the New York Giants with a beautiful deep ball from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones. Watch the beauty here: https://twitter.com/ChatSports/status/909943982745989122 Seeing Marvin Jones stepping up and making plays is a welcomed sight for the Lions, who will...

Brad Ausmus ‘irate’ following loss to Indians

Things haven't been going well for the Detroit Tigers. Things especially haven't been going well for manager Brad Ausmus either. Ever since his arrival in Detroit, Ausmus has had a tough road to hoe; however, much of the criticism he's brought on himself. After the Tigers...

Top 10 greatest Michigan Football players of all-time

The University of Michigan is currently the winningest college football program ever. Since being established in 1927, the Wolverines have compiled a staggering 939 wins and a .731 winning percentage, both tops in the nation entering the 2017 season. In addition, they currently rank in...

WATCH: Tigers turn nasty triple play

Hello, Jeimer Candelario! The Tigers prospect started a fantastic defensive gem tonight. Starting a 5-4-3 triple play, the first since 2001 for the Tigers. Watch and behold the beauty: https://twitter.com/Jttomiyama/status/906320588859473921 Cadelario made a tough backhanded stab, threw a perfect seed to Ian Kinsler, who flipped it to...

Section 313, Seat No. 14 – Projecting the 2018 Detroit Tigers roster

A few weeks ago I gave two possible scenarios for the Tigers roster in 2018. However, they were contingent on Justin Upton's pending decision to opt out or not. Well, by now you know he was traded, along with all the money owed to him, to...

Justin Verlander is headed to Houston; full details of the trade inside

Well, we knew it could happen and it did. Late in the evening the Detroit Tigers trade long-time ace, Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/903484619927855104 It was a borderline soap opera for the final hour of the waiver deadline. An initial report that a deal...

REPORT: Justin Verlander vetoes trade to Houston

Houston you have a problem. With 45 minutes to go before the waiver trade deadline approached, Chris McCoskey of the Detroit News claimed the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers had a deal in place for Justin Verlander. https://twitter.com/cmccosky/status/903456312461336576 However, ten minutes later the deal was...

Hurricane Harvey affects this week of baseball

There is no doubt that there are bigger things in life than baseball. Especially when news of one of the largest hurricanes to ever hit the continental United States made landfall earlier this week on the coast of Texas. With millions of people displaced, one...

REPORT: Justin Upton drawing interest from Giants

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Even though the trade deadline passed on July 31st, numerous Tigers have been thrown around in waiver trades over the past month. The latest name being tossed around is Justin Upton, who is drawing interest from the San Francisco Giants. Upton is among the numerous Tigers...

Section 313, Seat no. 13 – Answering the Jordan Zimmermann conundrum

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
NOTE: The views expressed in this piece are the views of the author and the author alone. They do not in anyway represent the opinions of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its authors, nor should they be misconstrued as such. Back in 1966,...

Reaction: Tigers finally show some fight against Yankees

The big fight was supposed to be Saturday--ya know, Mayweather v. McGregor? But apparently after getting their asses handed to them in the first two games of the series, the Tigers decided to take a different approach this afternoon: just start swinging. Ok, ok, ok..that's...

Dust up in the Tigers dugout – JV and VMart have words

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves
What was reminiscent of the Malice at the Palace, the Tigers and the Yankees cleared the benches three times during this afternoon's fracas game. It all started with a Michael Fulmer fastball to the ribs of Gary Sanchez, then Miguel Cabrera and Austin Romine...

MLB umpires protesting Kinsler’s non-suspension

Baseball players and Umpires, a battle the dates back probably to the first game ever played and one that will never end--until, of course, the robot umpires take over. Some of the best entertainment in the game is the sight of a manager kicking...

UPDATE: Kerry Hyder injury “significant”

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions
It didn't take long for the Detroit Lions to lose one of their key pieces in their first preseason game. Defensive end Kerry Hyder went down with a leg injury and never returned to action. After the game, head coach Jim Caldwell addressed the media to update...

GAME DAY PREVIEW: Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts

Detroit Lions (0-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-0) Football is back! The Detroit Lions head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in their first preseason matchup of the 2017 season. Usually, preseason football is an extended tryout for the younger guys, but at least we...

WATCH: Justin Upton destroys baseball with walk-off home run

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Justin Upton has been nothing short of remarkable for the Detroit Tigers this season. He leads the team in home runs and stolen bases and for a team that has had nothing to hold their heads high about, Justin Upton has been a bright...

2 Detroit Tigers roster scenarios for 2018

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
It is no secret that the 2018 Detroit Tigers may look a lot different than this year's current club. With 2017 as disappointing as it has been the talk around town is that the team will be going through a much-needed rebuild. The stated goal of...

Matthew Stafford and Detroit Lions have “substantial gap” between them

The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have been working toward a contract extension for the 28-year-old gun slinger, but nothing has happened yet. In fact, while it was reported they were close to a deal a week ago, now according to Tom Pelissero there is a "substantial...

Getting to know your newest Tigers: Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes

Late Sunday night news broke that the Tigers had made a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Tigers sent LHP Justin Wilson and back up catcher Alex Avila to the north side of the Windy City for two prospects and either a player to be named later or...

Justin Wilson to Chicago Cubs trade “close”

The big trade news in the twitter-phere is that the Chicago Cubs have been in talks with the Detroit Tigers for closer Justin Wilson. Those talks apparently are getting very close, according to baseball insiders. https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/891853186654449664 https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/891854319531601920 https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/891856924878229505 UPDATE: The Tigers and the Cubs did make a deal involving...

What is going on!? Adduci called up, is Miguel Cabrera injured?

Immediately after Friday night's loss to the Astros, outfielder Jim Adduci was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. The club has not yet confirmed. Aducci was sent down on Sunday, as the Tigers elected a three man bench in lieu of having more arms in the bullpen. Given the...

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