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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

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.

Arbitration deadline nears, here’s what it means for the Tigers

Arbitration for the Tigers opens on Friday. Currently, they have six players that are arbitration eligible, and according to Evan Woodbery of MLive, here is the breakdown: Player Jose Iglesias Nick Castellanos Justin Wilson Andrew Romine Alex Wilson Bruce Rondon 2016 Salary $2.1 Million $536,500 $1.525 Million $900,000 $522,500 $507,500 Service Time 4 years, 36 days 3 years, 29 days 4 years,...

WATCH: Tigers 2016 Highlights

Baseball is right around the corner, and what better way to get a Monday started than with some Detroit Tigers highlights. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FooiQ_H6Xck

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Wild Card Round at Seattle Seahawks

Detroit Lions (9-7) @ Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1) The Detroit Lions head west this weekend for their first round playoff matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.  WHERE: CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA KICKOFF: 8:15 p.m. EST WEATHER: 39* - Rain and possible snow TV/RADIO: NBC / News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Seahawks -8, Over/Under 43 (Westgate) INJURY REPORT:  Detroit Lions PLAYER POS INJURY GAME...

What a playoff victory would mean for the Detroit Lions

This morning we talked about "why we need more" than just backing into the playoffs from the Detroit Lions. And while that is true, we need to add another. A win Saturday Night at Seattle would go a long way in steadying this "same...

Why the Detroit Tigers will regret trading Cameron Maybin

Back on November 3, the Detroit Tigers traded away center fielder Cameron Maybin, for prospect Victor Alcantara. Back then it was part of the "let's dump payroll" message coming from the Tigers front office. Since then, much less has been done to get leaner. Now,...

Dear Detroit Lions: We want more than just backing in to the playoffs

Dear Detroit Lions, Sunday night could not have gone worse for either you or us. Once again, as has become the theme over recent decades, you disappointed us (the fan base) by losing to the Green Bay Packers, on national television, and backed your way...

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll praises Detroit Lions prior to playoff matchup

On Monday, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked about the upcoming matchup with our Detroit Lions, and he simply stated that the Lions are a team that is "well equipped." Obviously, he is treading lightly, trying to not create any type of bulletin board...

Updated playoff scenarios for the Detroit Lions

With the Washington Redskins loss this afternoon, the Lions clinched a playoff berth for the only the first time since 2014. The Current NFC Standings look like this: Dallas Cowboys Atlanta Falcons Seattle Seahawks Det/GB winner New York Giants Det/GB loser Here's a look at what the future holds...

The NFC North Championship will be determined by Zach Zenner

Sunday Night Football, on the first day of the New Year, is the biggest game that Ford Field has seen in quite some time. When all of the other games are decided, the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions will take the field in a defacto...

Caldwell should return next season, even if the Lions miss the Playoffs.

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. There...

WATCH: Detroit Lions HYPE Video

We're merely three days away from the NFC North showdown with the Green Bay Packers. Here's a little video to get the juices flowing from twitter user @noahmac21, watch and enjoy: https://twitter.com/noahmac21/status/814235333797748737

Flashback: Alex Avila does his best ‘Spiderman’ impression with amazing catch [Video] 

Yesterday the Tigers re-signed a familiar face in Alex Avila. Enjoy one of this more "super-human" plays during his first stint in the Old English D: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S6QxEg94TJ8

2016 Detroit Lions holiday wish list

With the Christmas season upon us and the wish lists being made and checked over twice, here's a list of Lions wishes for the team and every fan. Maybe if we’re good enough, Santa will bring us exactly what we ask for. Let's get started 1.)...

5 Reasons why the Dallas Cowboys are no longer America’s Team

Ever since 1979, the Dallas Cowboys have carried the moniker of "America's Team". And if you watch the NFL Films video of how they got their nickname, get your puke bucket out, as you'll need it for the clearly overly romanticized account. Excuse me while I wipe...

Buckle up Lions fans, the next 3 weeks may be hazardous to your health

Lions fans, this is your captain speaking. Please fasten your seatbelts, we're expecting some turbulence ahead. Ok, that's drastic; but still, the Lions next three games are going to be the toughest they've had all year, and we need to be prepared for what lies...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 14 vs. Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears (3-9) @ Detroit Lions (8-4) The Chicago Bears come to town for a meeting with the red-hot Detroit Lions, who have won 7 of their last 8 games. The Lions will look to avenge their earlier loss in the season to the Bears, where...

Congratulations Don Carey, the Detroit Lions Walter Payton Man of the Year

Each year teams around the NFL name a man as a candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The award was established in 1970, and was later renamed in 1999 after Hall of Famer Walter Payton. Its aim each and every...

BREAKING: Detroit Lions sign Asa Jackson off Ravens practice squad

News came down yesterday that Detroit Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs was out for the season after suffering an injury this past Sunday. Today the Lions signed Asa Jackson off of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in an attempt to strengthen the depth in the secondary. Jackson...

Lions fans: Before you make Super Bowl plans, tap the brakes

After the Detroit Lions went to Louisiana on Sunday and pulled off the 28-13 win, I got excited. Sure, it's easy to get excited when you hold Drew Brees to a state line of 31-44 for 326 yards, 0 TDs, and 3 INTs. It's also exciting...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 13 at New Orleans Saints

DETROIT LIONS (7-4) @ New Orleans Saints (5-6) The Lions look to continue their dominance of the NFC north as they head down to the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints. The lions, led by Matthew Stafford are coming off their 7th...

EDITORIAL: MLB ban on smokeless tobacco setting a dangerous precedent

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. Late...

WATCH: Detroit Lions Mic’d up for Week 12 vs. the Minnesota Vikings

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The Detroit Lions picked up another thrilling victory at home on Thanksgiving over division rival Minnesota, 16-13, improving their record to 7-4 and effectively giving themselves a two-game lead in the division with a sweep of the Vikings in 2016. Watch the video above for the sights...

Why Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday in Detroit: The Detroit Lions

Food. Family. Football. This Thursday everyone will gather around the table enjoying a hard-earned break from their 9-5, and they will gather with family and friends, maybe some of which they haven't seen in a long time, and share time catching up on a...

Matthew Stafford looking for elite money and definitely has been making his case

With the Lions on their bye this week, news broke that Matthew Stafford will be looking to earn a second huge payday after the season. A payday, that if given, would put him in the company of Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, and Eli Manning. Back in...

Why Matthew Stafford is a better quarterback without Calvin Johnson

We have well documented Calvin Johnson and his retirement. It is no secret to any Lions fan that from 2007-2015 we had a front row seat to watch one of the greatest receivers to ever lace up cleats. Then we watched him slip into retirement,...

Tigers coaching staff to remain in tact, minus Wally Joyner

On Saturday morning news broke that the Tigers were planning to retain their entire coaching staff for the 2017 season, minus Wally Joyner who was relieved of his duties. It seems as though Joyner was looking to pursue other opportunities around baseball, and will not return...

Tigers bats silenced again by Braves pitching in 1-0 loss, ending a disappointing season

Sunday's game was a do or die scenario for the Tigers, who came into the game a game and a half back of the Blue Jays and the Orioles. Even with a win today, the Tigers would still need either of the above two...

The Americans beat the Europeans 17-11 to earn first Ryder Cup in last three tries

Sunday morning featured twelve singles matches that were set to determine the Ryder Cup. The Americans needed only 5 points to secure the victory, their first in three Ryder Cup events, or six years. However, the Europeans, even with the win streak, have never...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 4 vs. Chicago Bears

DETROIT LIONS (1-2) @ Chicago Bears (0-3) WHERE: Solider Field – Chicago, IL KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. EST WEATHER: Mostly Cloudy. High 67F. Winds N at 7 mph. TV/RADIO: WJBK-TV FOX 2/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Packers -3, Over/Under 47.5 (Westgate) Injury Report Chicago Jacoby Glenn CB -- Did Not Participate In Practice -- Jerrell Freeman LB -- Full Participation in Practice -- Kyle Long G -- Full Participation in Practice -- Mitchell Unrein DE -- Full...

Tigers bats silent late as they drop the middle game of series to the Braves 5-3

The Tigers came into action tonight a half game out of the Wild Card, with Baltimore having lost earlier in the day. They looked to Jordan Zimmerman to set them up for another victory against the Braves. After a night where the bats carried them, they...

Americans come on strong in the afternoon session, take 9 1/2 to 6 1/2 lead over Europeans

After the Americans jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the morning yesterday, the Europeans took 3 of 4 in the afternoon to close their deficit to 5-3. The morning session on Saturday was electric and full of drama. Having lost the last 3...

USA dominates the morning, Europe claws back in the afternoon on first day of 2016 Ryder Cup

The 2016 Ryder Cup kicked off this morning from Hazeltine Nation Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota at 8:35 in the morning with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed taking on Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in an alternate shot format. Having lost the last three Ryder...

Arnold Palmer, ‘The King’ of golf, passes away at the age of 87

On Sunday night 'The King' of golf Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Palmer was the face of golf in the 1960s, and during his career was a seven-time major championship winner. He became a golf celebrity, the...

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