TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pitching impresses for Tigers in loss to O's

American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer opened his year with a scoreless inning, but the Orioles squeaked out a pitching duel in both teams' Grapefruit League opener. Ryan Flaherty's second-inning sacrifice fly put Baltimore on top for good as Tyler Wilson and a slew of relievers shut down Detroit for a 2-0 O's win Friday afternoon.
Via Tigers.com
14 hours ago

Tigers pay tribute to Ilitch before spring game

On the day the Tigers officially opened their new-look Spring Training ballpark, they bid farewell to the beacon who guided the franchise to such lofty heights.
Via Tigers.com
16 hours ago

Christopher Ilitch: Tigers 'on the right track'

Christopher Ilitch grew up watching his father become one of the most competitive owners in professional sports. He also grew up around baseball at all levels, coaching his children's teams. On the day Tigers players paid their last respects to late owner Mike Ilitch, Christopher let them know he feels the same way about the club as his father did.
Via Tigers.com
17 hours ago

Detroit Tigers: Castellanos should bat second

As Opening Day sits just more than a month away, and the Grapefruit League gets underway, the Detroit Tigers batting order will begin to take shape. There are some guaranteed spots, such as Miguel Cabrera batting third and Victor Martinez hitting cleanup, and other spots that remain a question mark. In early November, centerfielder Cameron Maybin was traded away to the Los Angeles...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How we’ll know if Verlander is getting any from Kate Upton this season

While Tigers ace Justin Verlander is gearing up to capitalize on a comeback of sorts from his 2016, Kate Upton is making the promotional rounds following her third SI Swimsuit cover. With that in mind, Wednesday night the future Mrs. Verlander let Tigers fans in on an important revelation on Watch What Happens Live when it came to JV’s success or failures this upcoming season...
Via The Majors Detroit
1 day ago

Kate Upton reveals husband Justin Verlander doesn’t like pregame sex

Upton says no sex for Justin Verlander on gameday. Fiancee and supermodel Kate Upton that is, not Tigers teammate Justin Upton. It’s no secret that baseball superstitions can run wild. Roger Clemens rubbed hot ointment on his balls, and Jason Giambi donned a gold thong to get out of hitting slumps. So no pregame sex feels fairly tame. But nonetheless, Upton, who was just on the...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton says Justin Verlander won’t have sex before games

This is really important, so please pay attention. Supermodel Kate Upton opened up during an appearance about her fiance, Cy Young Award winner and former American League MVP Justin Verlander, and their life in the bedroom. Upton was a guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live when she received a call from a fan who asked if her and the Detroit Tigers pitcher have sex before or...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander prefers NL rules

The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents.  Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton reveals gameday sex routine with Justin Verlander

Tigers veteran Justin Verlander is a creature of habit and has always stuck to a routine on days he pitches. On the other hand, his fiance, Kate Upton, is 24 years old and has needs. Something has to give. Upton appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday night, and took a question from a viewer that many in her situation wouldn’t have elected to answer. Upton, however...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers crush Florida Southern Mocs 8-0 in 1st game of spring training

The annual exhibition game went exactly as anticipated, because if it didn’t, we’d have to worry. This is it, the moment we’ve been waiting for all winter. Baseball is back, and today the Tigers played a real game. Now, before you come at me in the comments suggesting that the annual game against the Florida Southern Mocs isn’t “real,” let’s just take a look at what...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago

Kate Upton reveals Justin Verlander’s gameday lovemaking rules

Kate Upton is making the media rounds after recently becoming a covergirl yet again for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. To no surprise, her long-term relationship with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been brought up on a few occasions.But what may be surprising is just how revealing Upton was during a recent interview about her longtime beau.During an appearance...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Center field up for grabs in Detroit

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Open competition for a starting position has become a rarity in spring training. Yet that is what the Detroit Tigers have in center field as they prepare for this weekend's start of the exhibition season. "The guys involved know it's open, and it's a performance-based game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't love judging people in spring training, but in this...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' center field position is up for grabs

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Open competition for a starting position has become a rarity in spring training. Yet that is what the Detroit Tigers have in center field as they prepare for this weekend's start of the exhibition season. ''The guys involved know it's open, and it's a performance-based game,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''I don't love judging people in spring training, but in...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sergio Romo finds himself at home in Dodgers blue

GLENDALE, Az. -- Sergio Romo remembers a game early in his career when 30 of his friends and relatives showed up in the Giants’ family section wearing Dodgers gear.Giants manager Bruce Bochy called Romo into his office the next day and admonished him, half-jokingly.“Just a little word of advice,” Bochy said. “That’s not going to fly.”“I’ve got it,” Romo replied...
Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

Kinsler where he wants to be, still with Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- When the Detroit Tigers indicated they were willing to listen to offers for their top players, Ian Kinsler became a prime candidate to be traded. The second baseman tried his best to keep an even keel amid the offseason speculation. "This is the club I want to be on. They're all rumors," Kinsler said Saturday. "Nothing happened, offseason went smooth, got myself...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper uses barbed wire bat as nod to TV show

Bryce Harper had a new weapon with him at spring training on Sunday, and its name is Lucille.Harper was seen at Washington Nationals camp carrying a bat that is wrapped in barbed wire: Those who watch “The Walking Dead” will immediately notice that the bat is the same one used by the villain Negan in the show. Harper received it a few days ago from the show and apparently likes...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is It Time to Worry About Ian Kinsler?

The 2016 season was a great one, statistically, for Ian Kinsler. By WAR, wRC+ and wOBA, it was (at least) one of the best three seasons of his career — a career that should garner a modicum of Hall of Fame debate when he retires. But in looking at his Steamer projection for this season, I started to wonder — is this the season we should start to worry about Ian Kinsler? What...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Injured Max Scherzer may not be ready for start of Nationals season

There is growing concern at Washington Nationals camp that their ace Max Scherzer may not be ready for the start of the regular season.The right-hander was diagnosed with what the club called a "stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger" in December. Back in January, Scherzer took to social media to address the injury and express his disappointment for missing the World...
Via FOX Sports
8 days ago

Ex-Tigers manager Jim Leyland ‘crushed’ by Ilitich’s death

The words of former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland show just how many Detroit sports fans feel about the death of Mike Ilitch.Ilitch, the Little Caesars Pizza co-founder and owner of the Red Wings and Tigers, died on Friday at the age of 87. The Wings were a power under his watch, winning four Stanley Cups, while his spending helped turn the Tigers into a contender from a laughingstock...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87

Mike Ilitch, the owner of both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, passed away Friday at the age of 87.Ilitch’s passing was confirmed in a statement by his family. owned the Red Wings since 1982 and the Tigers since 1992, and was well-respected by players and fans alike. He was also the founder of Little Caesars Pizza.He was well-known among fanbases for his willingness to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the Detroit Tigers starting rotation for 2017

2016 was a good season for the Detroit Tigers rotation, if your name was Justin Verlander or Michael Fulmer that is. Verlander had his best season in years posting a 16-9 record with a 3.04 ERA and a WHIP of 1.001. He also led the American League in strikeouts with 254. He came in second in the AL Cy Young voting. Fulmer had a great freshman season in the big leagues posting an 11...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers reportedly sign Mike Zagurski to minor league deal

The Detroit Tigers have made a lot of offseason moves this season, but only a few that have impacted their major major league roster. Detroit made another move on Sunday afternoon, signing left handed relief pitcher Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal. Zagurski has spent the last two season in the Japan Central League. In 2016, Zagurski had a 3-1 record, 4.96 earned run average...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Where the Tigers Have Been Just an Absolute Mess

Earlier today, ESPN published the latest Sam Miller article. The article was in part about the nature of modern-day statistical records, but it was also in large part about Victor Martinez. Specifically, it was in large part about how Victor Martinez has been a dreadful baserunner. Excellent hitter! Dreadful baserunner. Pick your metric, and it’ll agree. Martinez has supplied his...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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