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MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (The News-Herald, Dearborn Press & Guide).

Dear Justin Verlander: Thank you, now go get your ring

Dear Justin Verlander, I'm not really too sure there's going to be enough words to express our deepest gratitude to you for what you have done and accomplished, but here goes nothing. It's been a true joy, pleasure, and honor to watch you pitch through your...

WATCH: Justin Verlander notches first career RBI with base knock

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has put together a very decorated career on the mound in his now 13 major league seasons. However, like the majority of pitchers, he has had very little to no success when picking up a bat. Of course being in...

REPORT: Trade talks involving Justin Verlander intensify, multiple teams interested

For teams contending for the postseason, rosters must be finalized by midnight ET on August 31. So much like the non-waiver trade deadline last month, be prepared for last-minute deals to be made in the coming days before the calendar flips to September. That means...

LOOK: 2 Players voted as co-captains for Michigan this season

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
The latest team meeting for the Michigan Wolverines occurred Friday night when the team voted for its captains for the upcoming season. The results? A pair of seniors will be directing traffic in the Michigan locker room. https://twitter.com/UMichFootball/status/901819070663852032 Senior left tackle Mason Cole has made 38...

LOOK: Michigan State names its captains for the 2017 season

Almost every year at Michigan State since Mark Dantonio became the head coach in 2007, the Spartans have had three co-captains. However, with yet a lot of change to the roster and a severe lack of experience, the team is opting to go with...

JUST IN: Tigers place Victor Martinez on DL; recall JaCoby Jones

For the second time this season, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has been placed on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/901825369103372288 Martinez was placed on the DL back in June and subsequently hospitalized with the same heart condition. It was a moment in...

WATCH: Hype Video – Return of the Michigan State Spartans

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan
One would be hard-pressed to find a team more anxious and relieved to get back into the football swing of things than the Michigan State Spartans. After collecting just three wins in 2016 followed up with a rather eventful -- though not the kind...

Nine of the best bench-clearing brawls in MLB history

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Among the more commonly known unwritten rules in baseball is allowing the players to police themselves. Now it's pretty evident in some capacity in all sports, but it's pretty well-documented on the diamond. It doesn't happen too often but it sure gets enforced when...

JUST IN: Al Avila comments on future of Justin Verlander, Brad Ausmus with Tigers

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves
The season is officially lost for the Detroit Tigers in 2017. With under 40 games remaining in the regular season, the biggest topic of discussion will revolve around the foreseeable future, both immediate and long-term. This includes everyone involved in the franchise, from the players...

MUST SEE: Outfielder in Junior League World Series makes bid for catch of the year

We've seen a lot of spectacular catches across baseball this season, including more recently a string of highway robbery grabs from some of the game's best outfielders. But none of them pale in comparison to the grab made by a youngster on Sunday. And it...

LOOK: West Michigan Whitecaps to sport special ‘Solar Eclipse’ uniforms

The West Michigan Whitecaps, Low Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, have been one of if not the hottest team across all levels of minor league baseball this season. With an overall record of 81-40, they have steamrolled through the Midwest League this...

FLASHBACK: Rod Allen chases Japanese pitcher after being hit by pitch

Anyone who is remotely familiar with Detroit Tigers baseball is well-aware of the work and/or history of Rod Allen. The former big leaguer and current Tigers color commentator played just parts of three seasons (31 games) in the majors between 1983-1988. His major league career...

Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores drops Little League World Series opener

The 2017 Little League World Series got underway in Williamsport, PA on Thursday. Eight teams from the United States and eight international teams will duke it out over the next 11 days to decide a champion. Among the teams is Grosse-Pointe Woods-Shores Little League in...

LOOK: Ice and other fancy gadgets installed at Little Caesars Arena; first octopus sighting

Hard to believe we're already less than four weeks away from the official opening of Little Caesars Arena in the new District Detroit downtown. Olympia Entertainment recently announced that there will be a special 'Preview Week' showing the week before the building opens, for...

WATCH: Ian Kinsler has some NSFW advice for home plate umpire after ejection

It's hard to find fewer who play the game of baseball with more passion and heart than Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Tigers' recipient for the "Heart & Hustle" Award in 2017 is also no exception when it comes to voicing himself on...

WWE legend Ric Flair hospitalized and in intensive care

TMZ Sports is reporting that legendary wrestling personality Ric Flair is hospitalized and in intensive care. He has been placed in a medically-induced coma and is prepared to undergo surgery, according to sources. https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/897166048981639169 Flair, 68, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday morning for what...

LOOK: Lions DE Kerry Hyder posts message to fans following injury

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions
There were a number of positives to take away from the Lions' first preseason game on Sunday, but it came at a substantial price. Defensive end Kerry Hyder was carted off the field and suffered a torn Achilles. He has since then been ruled...

JUST IN: 7 Florida Gators suspended for season opener against Michigan

We're less than three weeks away from the unofficial first week of college football. One of the premiere games on that Saturday, September 2 will be a Texas-sized showdown in Arlington between the Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators. Michigan is already a slight favorite...

JUST IN: Tigers will activate Michael Fulmer from DL; option Bruce Rondon

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Following the team's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers announced a roster move with a future corresponding move to be made on Monday. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/896839489376722945 Reliever Bruce Rondon was the recipient of loss in the 6-4 decision on Sunday. Rondon issued two walks on...

WATCH: Lions rookie Kenny Golladay reels in second TD of first half

Lions rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay is sure leaving a good impression for his teammates, coaches and fans in his first pro game. Already with one fine grab in the first half for a touchdown, Golladay doubled-down and add another score to his stat line....

Could Nick Castellanos be making a position change in the near future?

When the calendar turns to September in Major League Baseball, it allows for teams to get extra creative in their use of the roster. It also allows for fringe major league players or highly-touted prospects to put together an early audition heading into next...

2 Quarterbacks emerging as leaders for starting job at Michigan

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan
We're exactly three weeks away from the first real big Saturday of college football. The Michigan Wolverines will be tested right away in their first contest when they play SEC power Florida down in Arlington, Texas. Between now and then, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh...

WATCH: J.D. Martinez does hilarious “’90s Night” promo with Jake Lamb… and helium

Former Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez seems to be figuring things out in the desert. Since being acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks, he's hitting just 15 for 66 (.227 BA), but two-thirds of his hits have gone for extra bases, including seven homers. As he...

Wrinkle in new MLB CBA could accelerate trade talks involving Justin Verlander

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
Unless you have been living under a rock for the better part of a month now, you already know that Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been the subject of trade talks. Having said that, little to no progress has been made in any...

Detroit Lions lose starting offensive tackle to injury in practice

In a joint practice with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, the Detroit Lions suffered yet another injury to the offensive line. This time, it is one of their big free agent signees banged up. Starting right tackle Ricky Wagner is the latest victim. https://twitter.com/Michael_Stets/status/895691215106125824 The severity of...

LOOK: Tigers and MLB reveal ‘Players Weekend’ uniforms to be worn later this month

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Later this month, all 30 Major League Baseball teams will be sporting some very nifty uniforms as part of their inaugural "Players Weekend." The joint announcement came on Wednesday from both MLB and the Players' Association. Have a look at all 30 uniforms. https://twitter.com/MLB/status/895322193785049088 As Brandon Champion...

Tigers reinstate Jose Iglesias from bereavement list; option Jeimer Candelario

The Detroit Tigers have formally announced the reinstatement of shortstop Jose Iglesias from the bereavement list. The announcement comes after they optioned infielder and No. 3 prospect Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Toledo. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/895344147779002368 Iglesias left the team following last Saturday's game in Baltimore. The Tigers worked...

LOOK: Al Sabotka spotted driving Zamboni down Woodward Avenue

Al Sabotka is a Red Wings' lifer. Come the official opening of the 2017-18 hockey season, he will be manning the Zamboni at the newly-minted Little Caesars Arena. Sabotka is already one of a very select few that will have been a part of the...

USA Today: Double-digits wins again for Michigan; .500 for Michigan State?

As fall camps continue around the country for all 130 Division I FBS programs, predictions will be flying off the handles left and right in the coming weeks leading up to the first slate of games on Saturday, August 26. USA Today recently released their...

WATCH: The very best of Lee Corso and his GameDay headgear selections

College football is back..... almost. And with another highly-anticipated season right around the corner, with it comes equally-anticipated weekly headgear selections from ESPN analyst Lee Corso. Hard to imagine that he will be making his 300th game pick via the headgear this upcoming season. Dating...

WATCH: Inside look at how the bats used by Miguel Cabrera are made

Almost all baseball players have their apparel of choice when it comes to be comfortable. Choice of bats are no exception, as they can be made from all types of wood including ash, maple, hickory and even bamboo these days. Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera...

WATCH: The funniest dugout antics in baseball

Baseball players learn to get along with each other and have fun really quick, from the starting of spring training in mid-February all the way through late September and the middle of October. It's important for everyone to be able to play and act loose...

Anquan Boldin signs one-year deal with Bills

Following the 2016 season with the Detroit Lions, veteran free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin was contemplating retirement from the NFL, despite being torn about whether or not he wanted to continue playing. After announcing he would return for a 15th season in the league,...

HIGHLIGHTS: Last week in baseball featured plenty of “highway robbery” catches

Home runs often bring jubilant joy to both players and fans in baseball. They're one of if not the most exciting plays in the sport. However, arguably more exciting is when players get robbed of would-be home runs (or extra-base hits, at the worst). Those...

REPORT: Astros pursuing Justin Verlander again?

With Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander having already cleared waivers last week, the right-hander is free to be traded to any of the 29 other clubs. Of course, any such trades would need his approval with his 10-and-5 rights. There is a report out there...

WATCH: Little League hitter hits majestic, major league homer

We're less than two weeks away from the start of the 2017 Little League World Series. The 16 best little league programs in the world will meet up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania come August 17. Peachtree City National LL from Georgia is one of many teams...

Tigers to call up recently acquired prospect Jeimer Candelario

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
The Detroit Tigers announced on Sunday during their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles that shortstop Jose Iglesias has been placed on the bereavement list. MLB rules on the list means Iglesias will miss a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven. The...

Chris Chelios, Ron Rolston tabbed as assistants for Team USA Olympic Hockey

The coaching staff for the United States men's ice hockey team in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics next February will certainly have some names familiar to those here in the state of Michigan, with a Red Wings blend to it as well. Former Red Wings...

Red Wings sign top draft pick Michael Rasmussen to a three-year deal

Good news for Red Wings fans. They came to terms with their top draft pick on Saturday, inking center Michael Rasmussen to a three-year entry-level deal. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/893894433434996736 Rasmussen (6-6, 220 pounds), the 18-year-old native of Surrey, British Columbia, was selected No. 9 overall by the Detroit...

Could the Pistons swing a deal for Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving?

As those around the NBA sit back and watch the drama unfold in Cleveland surrounding Kyrie Irving, they are also closely monitoring the situation on his demand to be traded. Irving reportedly wants to be the 'focal point' and no longer in the shadow...

Improved play from Tigers a byproduct of some streaking players

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers are playing more spirited and stress-free baseball as of late. They have won three in a row and five of six overall. If not for a late-inning hiccup in the bullpen vs. Houston and some miscues defensively in the Bronx, they...

Former Michigan State guard Keith Appling sentenced to one year in jail

Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling pled guilty "charges of carrying a concealed weapon as well as evading police" last month and and receiving a one-year jail sentence as punishment. He had his sentence hearing on Thursday and expressed his deepest apologies to the...

WATCH: Cubs and Diamondbacks partake in bullpen dance battle during rain delay

Rain delays can be troublesome during the baseball season. For the players, they can really lose their groove and get detached from the game. However, it's much easier to pass the time and stay occupied when opportunities present themselves. Take Thursday night on the north...

WATCH: Former Tigers closer Justin Wilson joins the dancing Cubs bullpen

When closer Justin Wilson was traded over from the Detroit Tigers to the Chicago Cubs, along with battery mate Alex Avila, there had to have been some sense of satisfaction, knowing that he's playing for a World Series contender to finish the year. However, little...

‘ESPNU’ to become ‘ESPN 8: The Ocho’ for one day next week

Any fan of the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is well-aware of "ESPN 8: The Ocho" in the film. The obscure faux sports network televises the big-time dodgeball event that highlights the movie. Since that movie debuted in 2004, it's long been curious to see other...

REPORT: Tigers promoting veteran reliever Edward Mujica from Toledo

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
After a long day in the Bronx on Wednesday due to weather, the Detroit Tigers managed to escape with a series victory against the New York Yankees. Now they make the short trek south to Baltimore and get ready for a four-game series against...

UPDATE: Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander clears waivers

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
UPDATE (08.04.17): Justin Verlander has reportedly cleared waivers and is now eligible to be traded anywhere freely. https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/893529545269293056 It was tough to imagine Verlander getting claimed by any of the 29 other clubs, given his financial obligations over the next two seasons. Though this does open...

REPORT: NFL to study marijuana usage more for player pain treatment

Marijuana usage is one of the major topics of discussion that the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goodell are at opponent ends of the spectrum with the NFL Players' Association. The NFLPA has been on the forefront, for some time now, for having it...

GOTTA SEE IT: Cubs give Steve Bartman a World Series championship ring

Die-hard Cubs fan Steve Bartman will long live in sports infamy, let alone for just fans, for what happened on that fateful night on October 14, 2003, down the third base line in foul territory at Wrigley Field. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq8G81oOHhY&ab_channel=MLB Nobody has reportedly seen or heard from...

Spartans, Wolverines to meet just once in East Lansing this season

The respective men's basketball schedules for both Michigan and Michigan State in 2017-18 are gradually starting to take shape. On Monday, both teams revealed their slate of conference opponents for the upcoming season and everything looks fine and dandy... ...except for one small thing. See...

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