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Finally, the voters for awards got it right for a change. Detroit Tigersstarting pitcher, Justin Verlander, not only got the Cy Young award for pitching this past year but he also got the American League MVP award.

The Cy Young was unanimous and the award most people in baseball figured Verlander would walk away with. The MVP was attainable but not a sure thing but I am glad he got it.
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This was what Sparky Anderson told Kirk Gibson during the '84 World Series just before Gibby hit a homerun that helped the Detroit Tigers win that World Series. This is one of the memories I'll have of Sparky. The former Tigers manager passed away today at the age of 76 due to complications from dementia. This is a great loss not only to Tigers fans but baseball as well. Today we lost an amazing ambassador of the game and one of the greatest managers of all time.

RIP Sparky, you will be greatly missed.
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As far as I care it couldn't happen fast enough. The Tigers ended the season with 4-2 win and ending a 6 game losing streak. Today, 3 of their free agents were told they would not be pursued by the club. Two of them I personally agree with but the last, I wish they would consider going after. Plus, they mentioned a couple of their FAs that they would try and resign but one I wish they wouldn't.

For me, I would base decisions on performance and that would be several guys wouldn't be coming back. This team has plenty of potential with the right players and if they could get consistent performances from pitchers and hitters, the Tigers would be an exciting ballclub to watch.

The Tigers make the right moves this offseason, they may become that team.
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I started this on Twitter so now I'm doing it here. If you think Tigers manager Jim Leyland should be fired, give me a hell yeah.
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It goes to show what one bad call can do. The Detroit Tigers could've had their first perfect game in their storied history but a bad call from the 1st base umpire screwed that up. Being a Tigers fan, I was very upset at the call. The replay shows that the runner was out and the ump later admitted he made the wrong call. Well, that's a little too late.

This is an example that instant replay is needed in baseball and not only on homeruns.

It truly sucks when a historic event is screwed up by a dumb call.

Ernie

May. 5th, 2010 05:14 pm
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We lost one of, if not, the best baseball broadcaster in the history of the game in Ernie Harwell. This Tiger fan will miss him greatly because there will be no one that can ever call a game like he could.

He's in a better place now where he can call some more games with some of the greats upstairs.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ernie's family.
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If you are a fan of the Tigers, like moi, then tomorrow is a holiday. Yessum, the Tigers' home opener is Friday which is a little unusual because I can't recall when the Tigers had a home opener on a Friday. The play the Cleveland Indians tomorrow and are coming home with a 2-1 record, sorry [personal profile] sean_montgomery.

Bye

Mar. 30th, 2010 06:00 pm
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Finally, Nate Robertson is a former Tiger. Didn't see the trade coming but hopefully it works for the Tigers.
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I'm talking about baseball cards, my friends. It's been a while since I've collected any but it was nice to take a look back at what I have. I've got a bunch in an album of sorts and got plenty more in a couple of boxes. The thing I need to do sometime is to try to get those cards out of the boxes and into an album for better storage. Then I'll be able to take a good look at them and see if I have any hidden gems amongst them. There is one that I know of that is pretty special to me but not because of it's value.

It will be so nice to get them organized and I hope to do that soon.
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After the Winter Olympics, I can now follow baseball. The games don't count since it's Spring Training but it's nice to have it back. My Tigers squeaked by the Jays today for a 7-6 win. Some of their pitching was good(Bonderman) and some was bad(Robertson, Schlereth - despite getting credit for the win). This could be an early sign on who makes the big club out of this spring and who will not.
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It came down to the wire but the final additions to the AL and NL All Star teams have been anounced. I'm happy to say that I both voted for these gentlemen and one happens to be from my favourite team, the Detroit Tigers. Tigers 3rd baseman Brandon Inge and Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino were voted in by fans in the Final Vote for All Star game spots. Congrats guys.
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Take a look under the cut to see something, amazing.

Holy Swing-time Batman! )
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Today was my journey to the local comic shop to pick up my comics. I also got my free comics from FCBD. You may be wondering how is that possible since that special day was Saturday. Well, being a PREFERRED customer at my comic shop I was able to get a batch of FCBD comics put aside for me. I usually get everything that the place has to offer and I did this year. I'm going to enjoy some good comic reading this weekend.

Here's some baseball news that I would like to share: Manny Ramirez of the LA Dodgers has been suspended for 50 days due to the MLB drug policy. That certainly was a shocker.
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More in particular, Tigers fans lost a good one. Baseball Hall of Famer, former Tigers broadcaster and 3rd baseman George Kell passed away at the age of 86. Growing up as a Tigers fan, I always enjoyed watching Tigers games with George and fellow Hall of Famer and former Tigers outfielder Al Kaline as they called games. He was one of the best broadcasters the Tigers ever had, IMHO. George Kell will be missed dearly by all of us Tigers fans, those who saw him play and anyone who enjoyed his broadcasts.

Rest easy, George.

Shocked!!

Mar. 22nd, 2009 03:38 pm
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My Detroit Tigers got no-hit today during their Spring Training game against the Florida Marlins. Wow!! No-hitters are a rarity in baseball but I bet they are even rarer during ST.
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Today we baseball faithful learned who would be welcomed in this year's class for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, no former Tigers made it but two people did.

Cooperstown Class of 2009

Also, there's been a rumor that concerns the Avengers movie that will be made in a couple of years. This has been talked about before but we have now heard that the person in question would be interested in the role being talked about.

Someone wants to be an Avenger

I've got mixed feelings about this but I would like to hear what anyone else may think.
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Some may think it's weird talking baseball in December but there is some wheeling and dealing going on. My Tigers have made a couple of deals. They got a new catcher via trade who's pretty good defensively and offensively. Also, they may have a new shortstop through free agency pending a physical which is an upgrade defensively from the one they had last season. Now, they can focus on pitching, which they REALLY need to do.

Hopefully all these moves will improve the Tigers chances next season, boy do I hope so.
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I must really be in the zone with writing lately because I'm really getting stuff done on this new fic of mine. Also, this could be a carryover from my previous work. Any way, the more time I am able to spend on writing, the quicker this bad boy will get done. Right now, the fic is 2/3 completed. I feel confident that I could get this one done by the middle of next week.

I would like to mention a strange occurrence this week in baseball. Three managers have been fired this week. Wow!! I can't ever remember that happening before especially in the same week. Each team had a losing record but a couple of them weren't far away from a winning record. Sometimes that's not enough to keep your job.
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How do you spell relief?? W-I-N, if you are a Tigers fan. They finally won last night and let's hope it's the start of something good.

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