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A few things floating around my mind as I sit at my parents place, safely back in Michigan: The Dusty Ryan era is over in Detroit.  The Tigers shipped the defensively-challenged catcher to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later and/or cash considerations. The Yankees got richer.  The defending champs picked up Javier Vazquez in a [...]

Weighing in on Phil Coke »

From JAYRC: Perhaps the least talked about of our four new prospects is former New York Yankee south paw Phil Coke. At 27 years old, I think it’s safe to say that the prospect lable is far removed from his name. Last season in a relief role with the Yankees in 60 innings of work Coke went 4-3 posting a 4.50 ERA. The numbers are respectable but [...]

Is Curtis Granderson a Top 20 Outfielder? »

I live in Connecticut. There are Yankee fans around every corner. When I am back in Michigan for family functions, the most knowledgeable sports fan around is my cousin, Rob. Rob is a Yankee fan. Needless to say, I hear plenty about the Yankees. So, when the Tigers dealt Curtis Granderson to the Yankees last week, I had more than a few [...]

Detroit Tigers Shedding the Wrong Key Players »

It appears that Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson are on their way out of Detroit.  Bummer. Bummer. In a deal that apparently has been “agreed upon," the Tigers will send Granderson to the Yankees and Jackson to the Diamondbacks. The current deal has the Tigers receiving Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer, Phil Coke, and Daniel [...]

Team 89: The 1963 Tigers »

Year: 1963 Record: 79-83 Win %: .488 Win % Change: -40 Run Differential: -3 Pythagorean Record: 81-81 AL Finish: 5th of 10 Manager: Bob Scheffing and Chuck Dressen Best Transaction: Picked up Denny McLain off of waivers.  McLain’s story is well know in Tigers lore.  He reached a very high peak in the late 1960s and then fell apart [...]

Team 90: The 1918 Tigers »

Year: 1918 Record: 55-71 Win %: .437 Win % Change: -73 Run Differential: -81 Pythagorean Record: 54-72 AL Finish: 7th of 8 Manager: Hughie Jennings Best Transaction: Purchased Marty Kavanagh.  This is a stretch, but Kavanagh is the only player the Tigers brought on bored prior or to or during the 1918 season.  Kavanagh was a former [...]

Team 107: The 1996 Tigers »

Year: 1996 Record: 53-109 (2nd most losses in franchise history) Win %: .327 Win % Change: -90 from the year before Run Differential: -320 Pythagorean Record: 56-106 AL Finish: 14th of 14 teams Manager: Buddy Bell Best Transaction: This one is arguably Randy Smith’s best move as GM of the Tigers, he sent pitcher Greg Gohr to the Angels for [...]

Cup of Coffee: Part 5 »

This segment is taking forever, but I’m having a good time so I’m going to stick with it.  Here we go, part five. Deacon McGuire:  McGuire is not a huge name these days, but for a while, he held numerous Major League records including, most seasons played, games caught, and assists made by a catcher.  McGuire debuted in [...]

Tigers to meet Yankees: So Am I »

I know Paul O’Neill (pictured) doesn’t play for the Yankees any more. I just dislike the guy and he reminds me of everything I hate about that team. The Tigers' comeback win tonight was pretty sweet.  The club has a had a few high-scoring games the past week or so and tonight’s rally was quite inspiring.  So many times this season, we’ve [...]