Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 12:41 PM EST Feb 25, 2019 [This is our weekly Detroit Tigers email newsletter, bringing you everything you need to know throughout the season. Sign up here in a matter of seconds.] He’s the (No.) 1? After months of suggesting they were done with free agency, the Tigers made, well, not a splash, but a spattering in the market by signing second baseman Josh Harrison to a one-year, $2 million deal. The Freep’s Anthony Fenech thinks it’s a good deal for Harrison and the Tigers (Read it here), and it’s tough to argue that. (I know Jordy Mercer agrees, and maybe Justin Verlander does, too.) The bigger — and potentially upsetting — news is that Harrison will wear No. 1 for the Tigers. Harrison wore No. 5 for most of his career in Pittsburgh; the Tigers retired that in honor of Hank Greenberg more than 35 years ago, so, no. Such a shame to see Jose Iglesias (who signed Saturday with the Reds!) already … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers newsletter: Harrison No. 1 on field, lineup?
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Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 LAKELAND, Fla. — I made it to Detroit Tigers fantasy camp. The experience begins on a wooden barstool at the local Ramada Inn, sitting next to a woman named Lisa Knoll. She can really swing it, campers say. There are campers and former Tigers getting reacquainted with one another. Dave Rozema is talking. I’m sitting next to Ramon Santiago, who is sitting across from Placido Polanco. We are inside the Tiger Town cafeteria, where the Sunday night orientation barbecue is winding down. Earlier, teams and coaches were announced for the 62nd edition of this “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity, which gives fans a chance to relive their ball-playing dreams on the back fields in Lakeland, Fla., while being coached by former Tigers. For a week, we will dress like big leaguers, play on the same fields and pull similar muscles.We will swing and miss, make errors and face-plant while … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers fantasy camp about more than reliving glory days
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 6, 2019 Happy birthday to one of baseball’s all-time greats: Babe Ruth was born 124 years ago on Feb. 6, 1895, in Baltimore. Though Ruth spent his career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Boston Braves, he spent plenty of time in Detroit, thanks to the smaller size of the American League when he played. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford takes a look at the Great Bambino’s ties to the city. Power at The Corner No hitter in baseball history has more career home runs against the Tigers than Ruth’s 123 — Jimmie Foxx is second with 93. Nearly half of Ruth's blasts vs. the Tigers — 60 — were hit at Tiger Stadium (known as Navin Field back in the Babe’s day). Ruth’s first homer in Detroit was a solo shot for the Red Sox on June 9, 1916, off of Jean Dubuc; it was the fifth of his 714 career homers. In those days, Ruth was primarily a pitcher; he wouldn’t … [Read more...] about Babe Ruth birthday: He owned the Detroit Tigers
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EST Feb 4, 2019 Pitchers and catchers report in less than a week across MLB. (The A’s open camp Sunday, the Mariners open Feb. 11, and the Detroit Tigers, among many others, open Feb. 12.) And yet, there are more than 90 players waiting for contracts, held up by a combination of tightening payrolls and the desire to let the premier free agents — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — set the market. But, hey, we’re here to talk about the Tigers, and they’re not going after those guys. In fact, they’re not going for anyone at all, since they did the majority of their offseason shopping in a matter of days in December. [ Detroit Tigers at Winter Meetings: Grading every move (or non-move) ] Maybe the new Tigers won’t be that bad this season. Al Avila and the Tigers bet on bounce-back years — with an eye toward flipping them at the trade deadline — by striking early in free agency and … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers missed out on these free-agent bargains
Chris Thomas Detroit Free Press Published 12:54 PM EST Feb 1, 2019 Owning a piece of history is expensive. But that might not matter to fans of Denny McLain, the eccentric former Detroit Tigers pitcher who helped the franchise win the 1968 World Series. But here's the kicker: You better act fast. McLain's 1969 Cy Young Award is up for auction on Lelands.com with a current bid of just under $11,000, and the bedding for the one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia is 10 p.m. tonight. McLain's Cy Young Award is among several notable pieces up for auction, including one of Joe Dimaggio's game-worn uniforms with the Yankees. [ Detroit Tigers great Denny McLain has regrets, but damn he could pitch ] The 1969 Cy Young Award was the second consecutive for McLain, when he went 24-9 with a 2.80 ERA. In 1968, he won his first Cy Young and MVP after going 31-6 and helping the Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. McLain, … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers: Denny McLain’s 1969 Cy Young Award up for auction