Heading into the 2018 MLB season, the thought by most was that the Detroit Tigers would have a rough year. After all, they were admittedly in a rebuilding phase and their overall roster was nothing to call home about it.
Despite a respectable first month or so, the Tigers eventually came down to Earth a struggled for the remainder of the season.
So, now it’s time to start shaping the roster for Spring Training and that’s exactly what the Tigers reportedly began on Wednesday.
According to reports, the Tigers have dropped five players from their 40-man roster including Jim Adduci.
Tigers have dropped RHP Artie Lewicki, 1B Jim Adduci, SS Pete Kozma, RHP Louis Coleman and IF Harold Castro from 40-man roster, according to MLB transactions page. https://t.co/KvdIRi0QOj
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) October 24, 2018
Nation, what other players currently on the 40-man roster do you see being let go prior the Spring Training?
Today in Detroit Sports History – 1971 – Detroit Lions’ Chuck Hughes dies on field
It still stands as the only time a player has died on the field of play in the NFL. Chuck Hughes, a Detroit Lion, fell to coronary thrombosis in a 28-23 loss to the Chicago Bears on October 24, 1971.
Hughes, who was only 28, was a backup end (WR) and special teams player throughout his 5 year NFL career. He was a standout in college at Texas Western (Now Texas El-Paso). He still holds the record at that school for most offensive yards in a game (401) and receptions (17).
1 of 12 children, Hughes was drafted in the 4th round (#99 Overall) in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Detroit Lionsacquired Hughes in 1970 for a draft pick.
Hughes entered the game in the 4th quarter as a replacement for starter Larry Walton who left the game due to an injury. Promptly, Hughescaught his 1st pass of the season from QB Greg Landry. Gaining 32 yards, the Lions had a first down in Bears territory, reaching the 37-yard line. Three incomplete passes later, Hughes collapsed on his way back to the huddle.
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