Michael Fulmer deserves to be in the AL Rookie of the Year conversation

Back in mid-May, general manager, Al Avila compared young Michael Fulmer to an already established veteran for the Tigers and to one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, Justin Verlander, when Aliva said “He reminds me a lot of Verlander when we first got him up here.” He would elaborate more on that comparison. “Great stuff. … Read more

Gameday Thread: Game 40, Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

Minnesota Twins (10-28) @ Detroit Tigers (18-21)

Where: Comerica Park – Detroit, MI

First Pitch: 1:10 p.m. ET

Pitching Matchup: Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 4.87 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (2-4, 4.71 ERA)

TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 The Ticket

Weather: Sunny, with a high near 65. East northeast wind around 8 mph.

Lineups:

Minnesota Twins

1. Joe Mauer (L) DH
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
3. Miguel Sano (R) RF
4. Byung Ho Park (R) 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
6. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
9. Danny Santana (S) CF

Detroit Tigers

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Steven Moya (L) DH
5. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
6. Justin Upton (R) LF
7. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS

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WATCH: Tigers relay gets Miguel Sano out at third to end game, sweep series

There’s a lot of unwritten rules in the game of baseball. One of the more prominent and fundamental ones is to not make the third out of an inning at third (or first). The Minnesota Twins must have skipped over that one in the book. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th and hanging on … Read more

On Deck: Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins

The Detroit Tigers enter their first matchup with the Minnesota Twins this season sitting on an 11-10 record after taking three of four from the Oakland Athletics. Though it’s still early in the season, many Tigers fans are already starting to panic and wonder if this team will just be a reincarnation of last season’s … Read more

Tigers weekly recap, look ahead to next week

‘Twas a week to forget for the Detroit Tigers this past stretch. After salvaging one game in Houston that could have went in a number of directions, they concluded their eight-game road trip against the Kansas City Royals, dropping two out of three at Kauffman Stadium. Detroit finally returned home, only to get swept by another division … Read more

Five-year summary of the AL Central, 2016 predictions

Despite the fact that the American League Central Division has been perceived as one of the weaker divisions in baseball over the years, the division has been much improved in the last handful of years. Believe it or not, the AL Central has combined for the most World Series appearances in baseball over the course … Read more

DSN’s Most Memorable Moments of 2015

[tps_header] With the calendar soon flipping to 2016, ’tis the season to reflect on some of the most memorable moments of 2015. The DSN staff and yours truly were each given the task of selecting one moment that stood out above the rest, in their eyes. Some decided on individual performances while others looked at teams. … Read more

Jose Ramirez breaks one of baseball’s unwritten rules [VIDEO]

Baseball probably has the most extensive “unwritten” rules list in all of the major professional sports. There are so many, in fact, some people don’t understand how they ever became part of the game in the first place.

More often than not, in today’s day and age it’s a struggle between the older and more traditional way of playing the game versus the emerging youth wanting to inject some flare and excitement. Believe me, a gel of both can happen and baseball is taking baby steps in that directly. But ultimately, the unwritten rules are meant to be agreed upon from all players, with baseball being a game of respect.

During Wednesday’s nightcap of a doubleheader between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians, the former took exception to an act committed by a player of the latter, an act deemed disrespectful in the baseball world. The culprit: Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez.

With the Indians holding a 7-1 lead late, Ramirez broke the code on a multiple accounts. The Twins had intentionally walked Jason Kipnis to put two on with one out in the 8th. Ramirez, probably looking to make the Twins pay for the perceived slight of walking Kipnis to get to him, promptly drove one over the left field wall for a three-run blast to put the Indians up 10-1.

The problem? Ramirez’s slow walk to acknowledge his latest achievement, followed by an over-elaborate bat flip right in front of the Twins dugout.

It’s clear that Ramirez enjoyed going yard, probably feeling disrespected after the Twins made a baseball-minded move to pitch around a much better and more established big league hitter in Kipnis. Fine, it’s okay to teach them a lesson. But here’s multiple reasons why Ramirez’s response was a no-no:

  1. Ramirez is a 23-year old who has only played a little more than a season’s worth of games over the last three years. As they say, he’s had a cup of coffee or two in the big leagues.
  2. He’s a career .241 hitter in 176 games played since 2013; and he’s hitting a tick over .220 on the season for Cleveland. His recent showboating home run was his eighth of his career.
  3. The Indians were already up 7-1 prior to Ramirez’s blast into the seats; the game was already virtually decided. If his home run was one that tied the game, one that propelled them into the lead from a deficit, or of the walk-off variety, then I can understand adding some emphasis to your celebration.
  4. The Indians were already eliminated from postseason contention prior to that game even being played. I know, it’s painful for both players and fans not being able to anticipate the playoffs right around the corner. But it is important to finish out the season and carry yourself as a professional.
  5. If you watch it carefully, the ball Ramirez hit might have reached the second row at best. You can see a fan failing to corral the souvenir and the ball dribbles back into the field of play.

A message to Mr. Ramirez for future references: beware. Teams in sports, particularly baseball, never forget being disrespected in that fashion.

If you have had a steady career as a regular everyday player for a big league squad… if you’re hitting at least .270 lifetime and earned a reputation for hitting the long ball… if you’ve had numerous big time clutch moments in your career… if you’re making an impact on a team that is in the hunt for October baseball… or if you can hit no-doubters where the outfielder doesn’t bother turning around to track it and it ends up being an upper tank shot… then MAYBE you can toss your bat as high as you did, sir.

Otherwise, don’t. Just don’t. The fact of the matter is, baseball is a game of respect. Whether you’re a young 20-something rookie getting a taste of the show, or a wily veteran in his mid- or late-30’s who’s been there and done that, act like you’ve done it before, and that goes for all players and coaches. Antics like that are not forgotten in between the lines.

Even Indians manager Terry Francona was not a big fan of what Ramirez displayed. Francona simply said, “Good swing, poor judgment.”

Look at David Ortiz. He’s famous for hitting the ball deep and having a rather noticeable bat flip. He very rarely gets cheated too, he hits ’em high and hits ’em far. Approaching 40 years of age, Big Papi has launched over 500 bombs and has a reputation for coming up clutch for his team.

Basically what I’m saying is this: When you get anywhere near Ortiz status, you can toss the bat 30 feet high for all I care. Until then: respect the game.

Game 154: Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers

Minnesota Twins (78-75) vs. Detroit Tigers (72-81) Where: Comerica Park – Detroit, MI First Pitch: 7:08 PM ET Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph. TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 — The Ticket Probable Pitchers: Tyler Duffey (4-1, 3.15 ERA) vs. Alfredo Simon (13-10, 5.21 ERA) Lineups: Minnesota Twins 1. Brian Dozier, … Read more

Five moves to fix the Tigers in 2016

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West Michigan Whitecaps win Midwest League title!

There is indeed a silver lining in 2015 for the Detroit Tigers and their entire organization. Their Single-A affiliate in the Midwest League, the West Michigan Whitecaps, have captured the league championship. Congratulations to the @wmwhitecaps on winning the 2015 Midwest League championship. — Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) September 22, 2015 It is the Whitecaps' sixth Midwest League … Read more

Anibal Sanchez “all good” after visiting Dr. Andrews

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez was set to make a tandem start Wednesday vs. the Minnesota Twins with fellow starting pitcher Daniel Norris, but was scratched Tuesday afternoon after experiencing some soreness flaring up in his right shoulder. Sanchez had been on the disabled list since the middle of August with a right rotator cuff strain. He … Read more

Game 145: Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers (66-78) vs. Minnesota Twins (75-69) Where: Target Field – Minneapolis, MN First Pitch: 8:10 PM ET Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind 10 to 15 mph. TV/Radio: FSD/97.1 — The Ticket Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.43 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.73 ERA) Lineups: Detroit Tigers 1. Anthony Gose, CF … Read more