A Pair of Detroit Prep Stars Have Big League Dreams

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The June amateur draft always represents hope for both major league organizations and the budding players they draft. Since 1965, when Rick Monday was taken with the first pick by the Kansas City Athletics, the MLB amateur draft has always signaled the beginning of major league dreams for countless numbers of amateur players across the …

Not Your Average Joe

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Sometimes we forget they’re just like us. Athletic ability tends to obscure the fact that professional athletes have their personal challenges too. Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez has had his share. Jimenez is a native of Puerto Rico, and when Hurricane Maria unleashed its Category 5 wrath on the Caribbean island last year, many families were …

A Major Building Block to the Tigers Next Contender

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When the Detroit Tigers fully committed to a rebuild of the organization last year, they found a trade partner in the Chicago Cubs.  The Tigers shipped lefty Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs for Chicago’s top prospect, Jeimer Candelario and infielder Isaac Paredes. As a minor leaguer, Candelario showed flashes of power and …

Boyd’s Breakout?

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It’s a slippery slope for a young pitcher in March.  The balancing act between working on certain pitches in spring training and pitching well enough to make the team. Veterans have a clear advantage by spending spring training honing certain parts of their game if they choose.  If Jordan Zimmermann wants to add a new …

Connecting

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Ever since Ron Gardenhire was named the 38th manager in Tigers history in late October, I’ve repeatedly been asked my opinion on the hire.  I suppose the best way to answer the question is to relay two vivid memories I have of the new skipper. One recent and one from the past. Ron Gardenhire is …

Patience

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The rebuilding Detroit Tigers find themselves in a position they have not enjoyed in about a decade.  They finally have a farm system that gives the future a helping of hope.  A farm system full of legitimate prospects that has the organization teeming with excitement about the future. Years of contending and spending left the …