Three things the Detroit Tigers have to improve for 2017

The Detroit Tigers missed the playoffs, finishing with an 86-75 record in 2016. They had their ups and downs this season, but next year they need to improve in a lot of areas to compete for a playoff spot. Here are three important things the Tigers need to improve before next season. Bullpen The Tigers’ bullpen wasn’t awful this year, but it wasn’t good either. The Tigers’...
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The Tigers tried to deal Justin Upton last season

The Tigers apparently tried a small fire sale during the season last year centered on outfielder Justin Upton. In the same article that speculates the team fielding offers for Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Ian Kinsler, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the team was actually shopping Upton but to no avail. However despite not being successful in their attempts during the 2016...
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1 day ago

MLB trade rumors: Tigers pushed to deal Justin Upton during 2016 season

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Tigers have already tried to trade Justin Upton. This week, general manager Al Avila made comments that hinted the Detroit Tigers were looking to make trades that will help them get leaner, faster, and most importantly, cheaper for the 2017 season. Now, it looks like he tried to start the sell-off earlier than anticipated. According to a report...
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Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez struggled with runners on base in 2016

Sanchez’s location fell apart when he pitched from the stretch this season. Anibal Sanchez had one of the most enigmatic seasons in recent history. For large stretches of the games he pitched in, Sanchez had the ability to look highly competent — even dominant at times. Yet, the end result was almost uniformly the same: Sanchez gave up a few runs (or more), and the Tigers took...
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Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon, Leon Durham as hitting coaches

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach Friday. McClendon is returning for his second stint with the Tigers after serving as bullpen coach in 2006 and hitting coach in 2007-13 before managing the Seattle Mariners for two seasons. He managed the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate in Toledo this season, guiding the...
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Tigers Hire Lloyd McClendon As Hitting Coach

Former Mariners and Pirates skipper Lloyd McClendon will serve next year as the Tigers’ hitting coach, per a team announcement. He’ll take over for Wally Joyner, who is said to be departing to pursue other opportunities, per Evan Woodberry of MLive.com (via Twitter). The 57-year-old McClendon ran up a 336-446 record during his initial run as a manager with Pittsburgh. After a...
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2 days ago

Tigers name Lloyd McClendon new hitting coach, Leon Durham assistant

The Detroit Tigers named Lloyd McClendon their new hitting coach, with Leon Durham expected to fill the role of assistant hitting coach underneath him. From a statement released on Friday, McClendon said, “I appreciate the opportunity to be back with the major league staff in Detroit. I am grateful to Al [Avila, Tigers general manager] and Brad [Ausmus, Tigers manager] for having...
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2 days ago

Tigers hire McClendon as hitting coach

Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach
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2 days ago

The Detroit Tigers will listen to offers on Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Justin Verlander

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Tigers are for sale. Well not in the sense of the franchise but when it comes to the faces of the franchise it seems like that’s certainly the case. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the team will listen to offers on Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Ian Kinsler. Olney makes mention that whatever deal a team would muster for lets...
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2 days ago

Tigers’ J.D. Martinez is likely on the trade block this offseason

The slugging right fielder is not likely to receive a contract extension this offseason, and could be on the move. At his end-of-season press conference on Tuesday, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila announced that “changes are coming” to the club before the 2017 season, and said that the team is looking to get younger and reduce payroll. Outfielder J.D. Martinez is set...
Via Bless You Boys
2 days ago

Job Postings: Detroit Tigers Baseball Analytics Manager, Data Architect and Intern

To be clear, there are three postings here. Position: Detroit Tigers Manager, Baseball Analytics Location: DetroitDescription: The Detroit Tigers are currently seeking a full-time Manager of Baseball Analytics. This role will be responsible for managing analytics and research within Baseball Operations. Reports to the Sr. Director, Baseball Analytics and Operations. Responsibilities...
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2017 will probably be J.D. Martinez’s last season with the Tigers

As Chris Ilitch begins his quest to strip down the Tigers and sell them it out for parts, Al Avila spoke to the media today indicating he’s willing to be Darth Vader to Chris Ilitch’s Emperor Palpatine. To elaborate, the Tigers general manager re-confirmed the notion that the Tigers will look to get younger this offseason which is code for slashing payroll. So who’ll likely...
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3 days ago

Avila, Tigers keeping 'window' of contention open

From the February 2004 press conference introducing free-agent signing Ivan Rodriguez, beginning the build-up from the AL Central cellar to the World Series, the Tigers have never put a date on their window of contention.
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3 days ago

Tigers Unlikely To Pursue Extension With J.D. Martinez

GM Al Avila made headlines earlier this week when he stated that changes were on the horizon for a Tigers team that “has been working way above its means for some time,” thereby implying that payroll needs to decrease, and he also added that the Detroit roster needs to get younger. While that doesn’t mean the Tigers will ship off cornerstones Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Tigers going in 'younger, leaner' direction

Changes are coming to the Tigers. Taken in itself, that statement Tuesday from general manager Al Avila isn't new. It's the way the Tigers are approaching change that is dramatically different.
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5 days ago

Three players the Detroit Tigers could trade this offseason

The Detroit Tigers didn’t live up to their hype this season as they finished with an 86-75 record, missing the postseason for a second straight season. The team isn’t getting younger with all of the veterans they have, so the Tigers might have to make some deals in the offseason to get younger. Detroit has three or four guys they could potentially trade. One of those guys is...
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Justin Verlander issues apology for ‘All Lives Matter’ tweet

Justin Verlander has apologized for a tweet in which he claims to have unwittingly stepped into a controversial political quagmire. The Detroit Tigers pitcher took to Twitter to make note of how the members of the TBS studio crew sang “O Canada” following the Toronto Blue Jays’ series-clinching Game 3 victory over the Texas Rangers. They're singing 'O Canada' on TBS pic...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Wally Joyner won't return as Tigers hitting coach

DETROIT (AP) -- Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner is not returning in 2017. The Tigers say Joyner is leaving to pursue other opportunities in baseball, and that assistant hitting coach David Newhan's status for next year will be determined once Detroit has hired a new hitting coach. Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, third base coach Dave Clark, pitching coach Rich Dubee, bench coach...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Joyner won't return as Detroit Tigers' hitting coach

DETROIT (AP) Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner is not returning in 2017. The Tigers say Joyner is leaving to pursue other opportunities in baseball, and that assistant hitting coach David Newhan's status for next year will be determined once Detroit has hired a new hitting coach. Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, third base coach Dave Clark, pitching coach Rich Dubee, bench coach...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Were the Detroit Tigers right in keeping manager Brad Ausmus for the 2017 season?

Another year, another Ausmus. The Detroit Tigers have decided to keep him for a fourth year after the team failed to make the postseason for the second straight year. You might be wondering why Al Avila chose to keep Ausmus, but you are not alone. I find myself wondering what what going through Avila’s head when he decided “hey we should keep this guy”. I was even kinda wondering...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers pick up club option on manager Brad Ausmus

Despite a second consecutive failure to qualify for the postseason, the Detroit Tigers will not be making a managerial change. The Tigers announced on Wednesday that they have exercised the 2017 club option on manager Brad Ausmus’ contract. Ausmus was hired in November 2013 after Jim Leyland’s retirement and has steered the club to a 250-234 (.517) record in his three seasons...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Detroit Tigers

Playing in a division that was predicted to be all Indians and Royals prior to the season and was ordained the White Sox in May, the Tigers postseason hopes lasted until the final day of the season while Chicago and Kansas City faded much earlier. Even so, the Tigers have to be concerned that their window for a World Series title may be passing by. After four straight playoff appearances...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Sanchez, Verlander, and Playoff Implications

This is it! We’ve made it to the final full day of the MLB regular season. We’ve got a pretty solid pitching slate in store for you as well, including a fun duel with playoff implications up top. Check ’em out! Aaron Sanchez (TOR) versus LHP David Price (BOS) 3:05 p.m. ET, TBS There may have been some (note: just a little) question about how Sanchez had pitched in the second...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Norris, Justin Verlander, and the Tiger Slider

Don’t ask Justin Verlander if his new harder slider is a cutter, apparently. “Verlander is steadfast on this — he’s not throwing a cutter. It’s a slider,” is how Chris McCosky characterized the ace’s opinion on the changing pitch. The difference between a cutter and a slider is difficult to really nail down — and is most easily represented as existing on a spectrum...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

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