Tigers Baseball

The New Guy

The New Guy

By Bill Axtell As of this writing, we are two games into the major league career of JaCoby Jones. By the time you read this, his propensity for electrifying the Tiger faithful might be a thing of the past. Or his legend might be ever-increasing. In his short time with the Tigers, Jones seems to epitomize the expression “raw rookie.”…read more →

Catching Up With The Catcher

Catching Up With The Catcher

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH When Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy decided to put the Detroit Tigers on one of his eight teams list he’d veto a trade, I doubt that GM Al Avila was losing any sleep over this. First of all, Avila would have to deal prospects to get a guy that would last a year and a half before…read more →

Twelve Key Tigers

Twelve Key Tigers

A dozen players who impacted the first half start of the Detroit Tigers…for better or for worse. Justin Upton – He was given a six-year, $132.75 deal in the off-season and show little of the power that Detroit hoped for. The 28-year-old slugger appears frustrated at the plate, striking our way too much (109 times) and leaving loads of runners…read more →

The Pendulum Swings Back

The Pendulum Swings Back

Bill Axtell In sports, you can count on the pendulum to swing back. The Tigers have in recent years played well vs. teams in their own division. Even last year, when they won only 74 games, Detroit went a combined 41-34 against Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City and Minnesota. This year the pendulum has swung back. Swung back with a vengeance…read more →

Memories of Cuban Winter Baseball

Memories of Cuban Winter Baseball

By Bill Axtell It’s hard to believe, but once upon a time we didn’t have sports 24/7. We didn’t even have television 24/7. There were things called test patterns that ran when no actual television programs were on. It was a different world when I first became an avid follower of what some of us still consider the national pastime….read more →

Tigers Prospect Wynton Bernard

Tigers Prospect Wynton Bernard

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH PHOTOS BY CANDICE EBLING LAKELAND, FL Throughout My 37-years in Sports Media, I’ve interviewed some of the most unbelievable and interesting personalities. Some of the ones I’ve enjoyed are Minor League Baseball Players dating back to My start with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees in 1982. Another one crossed my path during Spring Training when we covered the…read more →

Tigers Prospect Wynton Bernard

Tigers Prospect Wynton Bernard

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH PHOTOS BY CANDICE EBLING LAKELAND, FL Throughout My 37-years in Sports Media, I’ve interviewed some of the most unbelievable and interesting personalities. Some of the ones I’ve enjoyed are Minor League Baseball Players dating back to My start with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees in 1982. Another one crossed my path during Spring Training when we covered the…read more →

Memorable Though Obscure

Memorable Though Obscure

By Bill Axtell – Memorable Though Obscure If nothing else, major league baseball can be a cult of personality. Fans glom onto certain players for various reasons, not all of them relating to superior on-field talent. An All-Obscure Tiger team would be an oxymoron. So let’s just say the following players are memorable though obscure. They might have had modest…read more →

Memento

Memento

Bill Axtell People here will long remember Max Scherzer’s 20 strikeout gem vs. the Tigers. Whether you root for him or against him, you have to appreciate the greatness of his performance. Scherzer is blessed with several pitches that border on unhittable even if the batter knows what’s coming. What’s more impressive? The 20 K’s? Or Victor Martinez getting three…read more →

Tigers Real MVP, Kevin Rand

Tigers Real MVP, Kevin Rand

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH PHOTOS BY CANDICE EBLING In all sports, there is an award for Coach or Manager of The Year. There are MVP and other individual awards as well as accolades for executives. But there is one position which tends to get overlooked or is considered unheralded in the public’s eyes. Being a trainer may not involve throwing, hitting,…read more →