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VIDEO: Doc Emrick and Ken Holland give Matt Shepard a shoutout!

This is way cool!

Well-known hockey commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick gave a personal congratulatory message to new Detroit Tigers announcer Matt Shepard! Red Wings general manager Ken Holland also did the same.

Congrats, Matt!

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Tigers Opening Day roster revealed!

Opening Day is almost here!

Though there may be plenty of fans pumped up about another season of Major League Baseball, that excitement probably will not last too long around these parts as the Detroit Tigers are projected to be one of the worst teams in the league.

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That being said, there will be plenty of familiar faces on the roster this season along with some fresh faces.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Detroit Tigers Opening Day lineup.

*As Evan Woodbery notes, though this roster is not “official,” it is what the roster will look like barring any injuries before Opening Day.

Nation, can this roster compete in the American League Central or are we in for another long season?

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Bless You Boys: The Detroit Tigers’ Last Title

When it comes to the Detroit Tigers, there is one phrase that just about every fan recognizes and relates to the team. Some recognize the phrase because they lived through it and others because of stories they’ve been told. That phrase is, “Bless You Boys,” and it was used to describe the 1984 Detroit Tigers and their amazing season that ended with a World Series title. The phrase itself was actually coined by the late Al Ackerman, a former TV sportscaster for WDIV Detroit, during the magical 1984 season. Ackerman, according to former WDIV anchor Mort Crim, used the phrase sarcastically following a Tigers’ losing streak.

Expected to contend, Tigers come out on fire

After winning 92 games and missing out on the Major League Baseball Playoffs in 1983, the Tigers signed free agent first baseman Darrell Evans and traded for Dave Bergman and one of the keys to the 1984 team, Willie Hernandez. With those moves, in addition to bringing back Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Lance Parrish, Jack Morris, and Dan Petry, just to name a few, many believed the Tigers were poised to make a run at glory.

Manager Sparky Anderson used to say, “you can’t tell anything about a baseball team until 40 games have been played.” Though Sparky may or may not have really believed that, the 1984 Tigers made the best of their first 40 games out of the gate. In fact, the Tigers did not take long to prove they were focused and ready to roll as they won their first nine games of the season, including an 8-1 victory on Opening Day as Jack Morris dominated the Minnesota Twins. After dropping their first game of the campaign, a 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers immediately went on a seven-game winning streak to move to 16-1 on the season. By the time 40 games were in the book, Detroit sat at the top of baseball with an astounding 35-5 record, a mark that has never been reached in Major League Baseball history.

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