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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Detroit Tigers send Miggy to DL, call up back-up catcher from Mud Hens

The Detroit Tigers announced some expected, yet not-so-great news as Miguel Cabrera is being sent to the disabled list. Miggy injured his left hamstring Thursday against Kansas City. Along with Cabrera going down, the Tigers called up Grayson Greiner from the Toledo Mud Hens to back-up James McCann at catcher. And on top of that, they brought back left-hander Blaine Hardy.

With Hardy coming in, bullpen left-hander Chad Bell will head down to Triple-A Toledo, where Hardy, who was injured in the spring, shined going 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA.


 Section 313, Seat No. 21: Ron Gardenhire was the absolute right choice

Ron Gardenhire was not the sexy, trendy choice when the Detroit Tigers were on the search for a new manager this offseason. But, he was the absolute right choice. Sure there were younger, unproven, more analytically-bent guys fans were clamoring for, but no one could take a dismantled roster and get the most out of them. When this rebuild was made official with the trade of Justin Verlander, you knew that the next guy they needed at the helm had to be a direction setter for a direction-less club.

This has shown itself time and again in Gardenhire’s discussions with the media, something a former manager that shall not be named was not good at. Gardenhire relates; he relates to the media, he relates to his players, and also, he relates to the fans. I mean, who doesn’t love a manager that willingly admits how shocked he was by the selection of alcohol in his local Meijer? If that isn’t akin to ol’ Jimmy Leyland sucking down a cig during a media interview, I don’t know what is.

Sure, fans suggested other names for the Tigers job: Gabe Kapler, Alex Cora, etc. And, some have even pointed to their “success” through the first month of the season as to why the Tigers made a mistake. To continue reading this article, click here.

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Matt Bassin
Born in L.A., raised in Detroit and SoCal. Born Green and White, but am an Arizona Alumnus with my degree in Journalism. Have worked for newspapers as a writer/editor, and as an on-air talent for sports radio. Follow the Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons and Lakers. Go Green!

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