Archive for the ‘Tigers’ Category

Reader Column: Raburn a Reflection of Leyland’s Failure

June 6, 2011

The following is a reader column submitted by friend of THB Scott Kirsch. Follow him @srkirsch.

I would first like to acknowledge Ryan Raburn’s grand slam that helped the Tigers beat the White Sox for the eleventh time in twelve tries.  He took advantage of Jake Peavy leaving a hanger in the middle of the plate and crushed it.  That said, Jim Leyland’s frustrating and bewildering decision to keep Raburn in the lineup day in and day out is getting to me.

Raburn is batting an ugly .201 this year and has no problem constatnly reminding us of his shortcomings in the field. I won’t even mention the assist he gave Miguel Olivo seen here (whoops).  Although it seems like Raburn is a young player who just got called up from the minors, the truth is, he’s 30 years and is showing very few signs of being a reliable option at second.

There are two other options on the Detroit bench that seem like downright logical answers for second base.  Making Danny Worth a regular starter and giving him an opportunity to show off his abilities seems like perhaps the best option.  He’s hitting .333 this year, albeit a small sample.  The kid also flashes the leather.  His age, 25, is a plus and giving him the starting job at second, at least until the all-star break, may boost his confidence and give him ample experience to make him part of the future.

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Dan Podheiser, Sports Editor at Register Citizen, Talks Tigers (Audio)

May 11, 2011

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Your Disjointed Tigers

May 3, 2011

Chemistry.

You’ve all heard Jim Leyland address the role of chemistry in Major League Baseball. He’ll tell you on and off the record that it’s completely meaningless.

Well, coach, I have trouble believing that the Tigers cliquey clubhouse is meaningless. I may buy the notion that the best team unity may not translate to more wins, but I won’t buy the notion that a disjointed team doesn’t translate to more losses.

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Identity Crisis

April 21, 2011

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THB Radio Guest: Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 16, 2011

We were lucky enough to have highly-regarded columnist Jim Souhan, of the Minneapolis   Star-Tribune, on the program today. We talked about wide-ranging AL Central topics. Click below to listen. Click “Podcast” Page in the upper-right hand corner of the blog to hear other clips.

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Tigers Links

March 15, 2011

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Spanglish

February 25, 2011

There was absolutely nothing dramatic or surprising about Miguel Cabrera’s obligatory press conference and apology. Nothing.

The only drama comes from newspapers and radio. I give most of you credit, as you are pretty good at wading through the bullshit. We simply classify it in the nonsense category.

But enter Ryan Terpstra and an unknown reporter asking Cabrera questions in Lakeland as fine microcosms of subtle nonsense.

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Your 2011 Tigers

October 14, 2010

This is going to be your “not so in-depth” look at the upcoming free agent market for the Detroit Tigers.  I’d like to reserve any kind of bold predictions or detailed analysis until we get closer to December.  That said, at a glance, here are my ramblings.

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Reader Column: Lions, Tigers, and Rick

October 13, 2010

Tiger Rick is a Detroit sports nut and sports history buff.  While I was recovering from my hangover from MSU’s victory, he posted a nice comment to one of my columns. I decided to post it. Enjoy.

The hilarious wit and various opinions are not necessarily my own.

While you were suffering through the brown bottle flu, you missed the Lions first official victory of the season. You are lucky, I can pick up your slack and report to your followers. Junior and I normally hang out on the Comerica Park side of Brush street, but we decided to throw caution to the wind and went down for the Meijer sponsored Lion Alumni autograph signing and the other pregame activities outside of Ford Field on game day.

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Blue Poll: Who ya got?

August 27, 2010