Three games, three victories, and three great starting pitcher performances. Each of those things combined to give us Tigers fans something we have been waiting for, clamoring for, on the edge of seats for, and salivating for. Sole possession of first place in the American League Central Division. The one and a half game lead is a bonus.
Tigers fans can now rejoice, no more Brad Penny in the Motor City
Not only will he not be pitching for the Tigers, not any MLB team for that matter. Penny is nearing a deal in Japan to play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks according to sources.
The SoftBank Hawks have been a pretty good team historically since the late 50′s winning 5 Japan Series titles and 15 PL Pennants.
Brad pitched well in spots last season but not very well overall. He posted a 11-11 record with a 5.30 ERA. But the worst of his stats was his strikeout-to-walk ratio at 1.2. Which was the WORST, I repeat the WORST in the MLB. The lone bright spots were, he won more then 10 games like DD had wanted and he pitched 180 innings, like DD had wanted.
Penny had tweeted earlier this week that he had offers from teams here in the US (like who Brad? The Astros and Pirates?) but the offer in Japan was much better.
Let’s face it, I’m sure there weren’t teams lined up knocking on Penny’s door once he became a free-agent. He’s a mediocre 5th starting pitcher, and just doesn’t have the control anymore to be consistent in the MLB. Going overseas would be the smartest choice for Brad.
Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good lord split ya Brad!
Yesterday on Twitter, Jim Bowden raised the question of a possible trade proposal for the Tigers. His trade proposal goes as follows, the Tigers would acquire OF Gerardo Parra from the Dbacks for Don Kelly–Andy Dirks and Andrew Oliver.
At a glance the trade looked kind of obscured, but after looking it over, it actually looks like a good deal. (more…)
Wow, I think the Tigers made the biggest splash yet in this year’s free agency pool. By securing Prince Fielder Tuesday (9-year/214 million dollar deal), the Tigers have taken a BOLD step toward being considered a serious contenders in the AL. Teaming Prince Fielder with Miguel Cabrera presents an imposing lineup even to baseball’s most potent pitching staffs. Speaking of pitching, don’t forget the impact that Doug Fister and Rick Porcello had in MEANINGFUL playoff games. Couple that with Justin Verlander coming off the best year of his career and the prospect of resigning free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson. I’ll admit, I thought this team was doomed after the loss of DH Victor Martinez. But wowsers, I think this addition surprised even the most ardent Tigers Fan. Don’t look now but the Tigers looked poised, with bonafide superstars on BOTH sides of the ball. When was the last time you could say that???
Shout out to Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch for having the gumption to pull the trigger on the BIGGEST signing in Detroit sports history!! Ilitch first met Fielder as a youth when his father played for the Tigers (1990-96). Even then the two were said to have bonded, and Ilitch voweled to bring young Prince HOME if ever afforded the opportunity. Agent Scott Boras has a history of dealing DIRECTLY with Ilitch . Sending us the likes of Pudge Rodriguez, Maggio Ordonez, and Johnny Damon. So it seemed like a no-brainer when he came calling about Fielder. I’m sure everyone around here remembers the tale of a young Prince Fielder swinging for the fences at old Tigers Stadium…its just good to see “the old man” swing for the fences by returning Prince to his home throne.
Ca_L~”Do I got somethin to SAY? Yeah, just about everyDAY”
July 7, 2011. That date was this year’s MLB trading deadline. At the time, three teams were embroiled in a tight race for the AL’s Central division
My hometeam, the Detroit Tigers were allegedly in talks with acquiring Rockies ace and 2010 stud, Ubaldo Jimenez, and I crossed my fingers we could pull it off. (more…)
2. Doug Fister: Doug has been a godsend for us since he joined the team in July. And his stats don’t lie 7-1 record 2.02 ERA 48 K’s 5 BB’s and a 0.90 WHIP. The 1-2 punch of Verlander and Fister should lead us to success in the playoffs. (more…)
Detroit fans, is this a dream? Are we in heaven? Can you remember the last time you woke up on a Monday feeling good because both the Wolverines and Lions won, let alone undefeated?
Right now it’s cool to be from the Motor City. You know it’s good times in “The D” when the Tigers are somewhat on the back-burner, and they’re fresh off their first division title since 1987. (more…)
It may sound like I’m the guy who gets the downloaded message tardily in those phone commercials currently airing on television, but I need to vent about what has recently transpired in the sports world of Detroit.
First of all, who is Lawrence Frank? Oh yes, he’s the guy that was last seen leading, or misleading New Jersey to an 0-16 record before the Nets inevitably fired him.
I don’t know what kind of “brotherly rivalry” that was forged between the players of the ‘Bad Boys’ era, but clearly Joe Dumars is set and content with one-upping or competing with his former teammates, because there is NO reason Isiah Thomas or Bill Laimbeer shouldn’t be coaching the home town!
A marriage between the lowly, cellar dwelling Pistons, and one of their heroes of yesteryear as their coach is just the thing that would breathe life and revive the city as a whole with anticipation and optimism. (more…)
Sunday, June 26, 2011 was everything except an ordinary afternoon for the Detroit Tigers and their fans. The afternoon ended in a just fitting way with an 8 – 3 victory to finish this series 2 – 1 over the Arizona Diamondbacks. This came just one day after yet another remarkable shutout performance by Justin Verlander. Yet, Verlander’s performance was to be overshadowed by what Comerica Park had in store.
The home team came into the day tied for first place in the AL central division. It was Kids Day, which meant sparks would be flying from the heels of children running the bases at the conclusion of game. However, the “Spark” that drew the sellout crowd on this beautiful 75-degree Sunday afternoon only needed an added “Y”, followed by “Anderson”. Sunday was a day where you could find no disappointment, even with a standing room only ticket, as number 11 was retired and unveiled on the right field wall. Number 11 was worn by the late, great, Tiger skipper Sparky Anderson. (more…)