October 24th, 2014 at 3:43 PM
By Max DeMara
For much of 2014, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Ian Kinsler would win a Gold Glove award. The second baseman simply turned in that many fantastic plays at his position.
As it turns out, Kinsler is just one of three Tigers who are up for Gold Gloves this season at their positions in the infield. Also included are catcher Alex Avila and first baseman Miguel Cabrera, both of whom also excelled at times in the field.
In the second base category, Kinsler will be going up against Boston's Dustin Pedroia and Seattle's Robinson Cano. At catcher, the winner will come from the American League's Central Division, as the Indians' Yan Gomes and Royals' Salvador Perez are up for decoration. First base is a mix of the old and new, as Cabrera battles Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and the Angels' Albert Pujols.
What are some of the numbers that will help determine who walks away a winner? How many Tigers will take home Gold Gloves? Here's a tale of the tape and some predictions.
Fielding Percentage Leader: Avila (.995)
Fewest Errors: Avila (5)
Putout Leader: Gomes (1,052)Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 24th, 2014 at 9:08 AM
By Max DeMara
One change the Detroit Tigers didn't figure to see this offseason was with regards to the coaching staff, most of whom were figured to return for year two under now-seasoned boss Brad Ausmus.
Scratch one name off that list, as assistant hitting coach Darnell Coles is departing Detroit, getting a promotion to be the main hitting instructor with the Milwaukee Brewers.
After a hot start to the season, the Brewers trailed off in the second half last year, and their offense became a major problem. Detroit, meanwhile, maintained highs in the American League most of the year with regards to average and runs scored. In adding Coles to the mix, Milwaukee is likely trying to capture some of that Motown magic.
Detroit, meanwhile, still has Wally Joyner scheduled to come back to be the team's primary hitting instructor, and there's no indication Joyner is looking elsewhere or the the team would need to conduct a search to find a replacement for Coles. The Tigers have used co-hitting instructors since Jim Leyland's final season on the job, but until news surfaces that they're interested in someone for the role or make a hire, consider the position Joyner's alone.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 23rd, 2014 at 9:50 AM
By Max DeMara
With the World Series already two games old, an offseason of important decisions is beginning to draw ever closer for the Detroit Tigers.
In addition to free agency, the Tigers will likely have to get creative during the offseason to fill a handful of their needs. That includes exploring the possibility of some trades. Detroit certainly has a few players that could fit well in deals and provide them with a solid return.
Who are the top three players that could surface in trade discussions as the winter evolves? Here's a look.
1. David Price, LHP. This could play out exactly like the Max Scherzer saga may. Detroit has no knowledge that Price would sign a long-term deal to return to the Tigers after 2015. They gave up plenty to get the elite lefty in the fold for a few years, but quietly dealing Price could be the key to unlocking the whole offseason. By trading him, Detroit could likely land an elite outfielder, perhaps a top of the rotation arm, and possibly bullpen help. Watch teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs closely. Two of the three could use pitching, and the Dodgers are never adverse to adding a big name in the offseason. Detroit never made the move with Scherzer, but could entertain the thought this time around if it meant getting multiple difference makers.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 11:45 AM
By Max DeMara
Welcome to Tiger Tales, a bi-weekly look at the top five news stories from around the web about the Motor City Kitties.
Game one of the World Series is barely 24 hours old, but that won't stop many Detroit Tigers' fans from likely keeping their eyes on the future prize.
The quicker the fall classic ends, of course, the faster the offseason and free agency can begin. As far as Detroit's thinking and planning goes, silence has been the only story thus far, but that has more to do with timing than anything else.
Who might the team be targeting from the outside? What does Brad Ausmus plan to do differently next season? Tiger Tales provides a look at what's been going around on the internet lately.
1. Could Colby Rasmus Be The Answer In Center Field? A week ago, Dave Dombrowski mentioned he'd like to add another left-handed bat to the lineup. He also mentioned that he might like to see an upgrade in center field. James Schmehl of MLive connects the dots and speculates that Detroit may look at Rasmus, likely the top free agent outfielder available who meets these criteria. Price will be an issue, as will the sparse career production of Rasmus. There are four other names that Schmehl mentions in the piece- three pitchers and another outfielder- but they won't be spoiled here.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 21st, 2014 at 9:31 AM
By Max DeMara
The Detroit Tigers enjoyed a decent amount of team success in 2014, winning the Central Division for the fourth consecutive year.
Personally, however, there was much less individual decoration than in years past. Detroit will likely not have an award winner on the roster, and did not see many players establish new career highs in categories, other than Victor Martinez and J.D, Martinez who were each outstanding.
Knowing this, there are plenty of people who need to elevate their game for next year on the roster. Today, we look at five such examples which could hold the key to Detroit turning things around next season on a grander scale.
1. Alex Avila. Lost in all of Avila's unfortunate battles with injury were the fact that when healthy, he failed to be an offensive difference maker much of the season. Clutch hits came few and far between for the catcher until the very end of the year, but as one of the important left-handed bats in the lineup, the Tigers can't wait around much longer for Avila to perk up offensively and figure things out at the plate. Defensively, the catcher always hangs in there, but his bat has become such a liability that it's rendering his defense nearly meaningless.Read more... Join the Conversation...