Tigers Baseball

I Need Stronger Glasses

I Need Stronger Glasses

By Scott Morganroth When the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium last week, there was a strange face in the visitors dugout. His name was Don Mattingly and he manages the Dodgers. During his playing days, Mattingly only wore one uniform. From 1982-1995, his attire consisted of the Yankees pinstripes, then he was a coach…read more →

A Target on Their Back

A Target on Their Back

By Bill Axtell of DSBA One consequence of winning back-to-back divisional crowns is you wind up with a pretty big target on your back. Their adversaries in the often lackluster American League Central have surmised, probably accurately, that the Detroit Tigers remain the team to beat to make it into the playoffs. The Tigers boast some spectacular talent, most notably, the first Triple…read more →

The 40-Game Benchmark

The 40-Game Benchmark

By Bill Axtell of the DSBA It was Sparky Anderson who said you really can’t evaluate a major league team until it’s played 40 games. This year, after 40 games, the Detroit Tigers led the American League in runs scored, batting average and on-base percentage. boasted a team earned run average of 3.58, good for fifth-best in the AL allowed…read more →

What did we learn about the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training?

What did we learn about the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training?

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH There were several questions going in. Who would be the closer? Were there going to be any surprise additions to the roster? Would Rick Porcello or Drew Smyly become the team’s fifth starter? Would Porcello get traded by Opening Day? These were the story lines that Tigers Manager Jim Leyland had to face daily. In the two games…read more →

Baseball’s Back!

Baseball’s Back!

By Bill Axtell   On Easter Sunday night, major league baseball commenced its 2013 campaign with the battle of Texas: the Rangers vs. the newest team in the American League, the hapless Houston Astros.  The Astros’ line-up calls to mind the 2003 Detroit Tigers, who relied upon the largesse of the Minnesota Twins in the final days of the 2003 season to…read more →

The Tigers Fan Wagon

The Tigers Fan Wagon

By George B. Eichorn of The New Monitor The bandwagon is nearly full and it’s only winter time. I’m talking about the Detroit Tigers wagon full of fans, hoping for a return trip to the World Series. Only this time, everyone here wants them to win it all. We caught up with Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers’ top executive, at a…read more →

Memories of the World Baseball Classic

Memories of the World Baseball Classic

By Bill Axtell I don’t have a ton of memories of the World Baseball Classic. But I do remember catching the final inning of a nearly four-hour battle between the Dominican Republic and Cuba back in March of 2006.  I was at a bar a few miles north of Cincinnati, and was just about to dive into a plate of barbecued…read more →

In the Aftermath

In the Aftermath

By Bill Axtell   Any time you make it to the World Series, you’ve had a successful season. Even if a season ends on a lousy note, a trip to the World Series means you didn’t have a lousy season. With all due respect to the late George Steinbrenner, it would be churlish to suggest otherwise. That having been said,…read more →

World Series Notebook

World Series Notebook

By George Eichorn of Detroit Monitor – World Series Notebook: This 2012 Detroit Tigers team is jelling at the right time. They overcame a defi cit to turn back the Chicago White Sox in winning the American League Central Division. They stood the test of the Oakland Athletics in the ALDS, winning 3 games to 2. They took down the mighty New…read more →

Fun Facts about Miguel Cabrera

Fun Facts about Miguel Cabrera

By:Bill Axtell Miguel Cabrera enjoyed great success vs. the AL Central this year. With two games to go against the Kansas City Royals, his numbers vs. AL Central teams: a .346 average, with 20 home runs and 66 RBIs. Versus the rest of teams, including National League teams: .a 315 average, with 24 HRS and 71 RBIs. Not too shabby…read more →