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Joel Hanrahan will undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

Terrible news. Hanrahan previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2013, but hasn't been able to make it back to the majors. He visited a specialist this week after soreness in his elbow lingered and now he's headed for another surgery. The veteran reliever can now be ruled out through the early part of the 2016 season.

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Went to Detroit over the weekend, beautiful park you guys have there. We moved around a bit and the site lines are pretty great all the way around. Coming from Fenway anything is better but yours were

Mike Illitch. RIP.  Great, great owner. 

May seem like a homer or shtick or whatever, but that looked like a future Ace playing with a really bad  team around him.   I know Goodrum is a fill at SS for 2020, but he probably cost Mize a

Hey Tigers fans, Philadelphia called. They said "See you soon!"

If that means we get one world championship, I'm fine with it. :thumbup:

Agree...dark days are coming soon though

I just hope it isn't another 15 year stretch of suckitude like the 90's and early 00's

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Hey Tigers fans, Philadelphia called. They said "See you soon!"

If that means we get one world championship, I'm fine with it. :thumbup:

Agree...dark days are coming soon though

I just hope it isn't another 15 year stretch of suckitude like the 90's and early 00's

It will never be like that for that long again. At least I hope not. TV revenue is at an all time high as well as ticket sales.

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We have the worst farm system in MLB and most of the prospects we have dealt haven't panned out so I don't have a lot of confidence on it getting better

Most of our core players are on the wrong side of 30

Illitch is 85...what happens when he's gone?

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We have the worst farm system in MLB and most of the prospects we have dealt haven't panned out so I don't have a lot of confidence on it getting better

Most of our core players are on the wrong side of 30

Illitch is 85...what happens when he's gone?

<cups> We're gonna miss him when he's gone. </cups>

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We have the worst farm system in MLB and most of the prospects we have dealt haven't panned out so I don't have a lot of confidence on it getting better

Most of our core players are on the wrong side of 30

Illitch is 85...what happens when he's gone?

I don't think it's the right time to worry about it as a fan, but this is why I think talking contract extension with Price right now is a bad idea.

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We have the worst farm system in MLB and most of the prospects we have dealt haven't panned out so I don't have a lot of confidence on it getting better

Most of our core players are on the wrong side of 30

Illitch is 85...what happens when he's gone?

Tigers have averaged 88 wins a season for the last 9 seasons and will probably hit or better that mark again this year. To be relevant every season for a decade straight is quite a feat in MLB given roster turn over and free agency. The core players are getting older but that is because they were the at the top of their positions at times in their careers and were retained. As far as the farm system goes DD has traded quite a bit of it away..but a star player has yet to emerge from the group that he has traded.

Nathan will be gone next season and maybe Price..that is 30 million dollars off the books right there.

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We have the worst farm system in MLB and most of the prospects we have dealt haven't panned out so I don't have a lot of confidence on it getting better

Most of our core players are on the wrong side of 30

Illitch is 85...what happens when he's gone?

They've a decent number of solid young players, lots of money, big crowds, and Dave Dombrowski. I think as long as that remains, they will be ok and never bottom out like the Phillies.

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Who are these decent young players you speak of?

Their string of success has made it tough to get top talent via the draft and they haven't unearthed many later round diamonds. It seems like their international program has been focused on Venezuela. It's produced some major leaguers but Avisail Garcia and Eugenio Suarez aren't doing anything for the Tigers.

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Who are these decent young players you speak of?

JD, Iglesias, Castellanos, Shane Greene, 2 catchers, plus a host of maybes (including Gose and a bunch of pitchers).

I wouldn't call any of them a bet to be a star - with the exception of JD and perhaps Castellanos. But there's enough solid talent that you can fill in around them with a stud or two here and there. Plus its not like JV, Miggy, Kinsler, and Anibal are 40. They are 31 or 32.

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Hey Tigers fans, Philadelphia called. They said "See you soon!"

:lmao:

GPJ Troll Tour 2015

Not to feed him, but of course the biggest difference is Dombrowski is one of, if not the best GMs in the game and Amaro is the worst.

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Pepsi - No Coke:

Former Tigers left-handed reliever Phil Coke has agreed to sign a minor-league deal with the Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Coke, 32, was 5-2 in 62 games with the Tigers last season with a 3.88 ERA. He registered 41 strikeouts and 20 walks in 58 innings pitched.

He reportedly turned one offer from another team before accepting the Cubs' deal.

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http://m.mlb.com/network/tv-schedule/#date=2015-03-06

It appears that Friday's Tigers/Mets game will be shown LIVE on MLBN @ 1:00pm EST.

also:

Tue, Mar 10 1:00 PM
LIVE: Detroit Tigers* @ Philadelphia Phillies
Thu, Mar 12 6:00 AM
Detroit Tigers* @ Washington Nationals (taped?)
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I don't think I'd give Cespedes more than four years, and I'm guessing he's seeking at least six. I think he has a great year this year because i think contract is a huge motivation for him. I think he tests the market.

Do you think players who had the talent and drive to make it to the MLB in the first place are the type to mail it in until it's a contract year?

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I don't think I'd give Cespedes more than four years, and I'm guessing he's seeking at least six. I think he has a great year this year because i think contract is a huge motivation for him. I think he tests the market.

Do you think players who had the talent and drive to make it to the MLB in the first place are the type to mail it in until it's a contract year?

I don't understand your question. I never said Cespedes ever mailed it in.

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I don't think I'd give Cespedes more than four years, and I'm guessing he's seeking at least six. I think he has a great year this year because i think contract is a huge motivation for him. I think he tests the market.

Do you think players who had the talent and drive to make it to the MLB in the first place are the type to mail it in until it's a contract year?

I don't understand your question. I never said Cespedes ever mailed it in.

Apologies if I read too much into your statement, but the idea of him having a great year because his contract is a huge motivation for him implies he's going to try extra hard now. ie he was to some extent half assing it before. Which, imo, is absurd.

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Hey Tigers fans, Philadelphia called. They said "See you soon!"

:lmao:

GPJ Troll Tour 2015

Not to feed him, but of course the biggest difference is Dombrowski is one of, if not the best GMs in the game and Amaro is the worst.

I was hacked!

I'm with you on Amaro, he's bad to the point of negligence now. Dombrowski's obviously had a great career, and he's always kept teams in contention with superb trading, but if Verlander and Cabrera both collapse, I think it's going to severely hamper his efforts. Maybe the Yankees are a better possible comp., where they haven't completely crashed, but they're a high-payroll team that's suffering under some contracts they'd rather not have. Winner's curse, and all that.

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I don't think I'd give Cespedes more than four years, and I'm guessing he's seeking at least six. I think he has a great year this year because i think contract is a huge motivation for him. I think he tests the market.

Do you think players who had the talent and drive to make it to the MLB in the first place are the type to mail it in until it's a contract year?

I don't understand your question. I never said Cespedes ever mailed it in.

Apologies if I read too much into your statement, but the idea of him having a great year because his contract is a huge motivation for him implies he's going to try extra hard now. ie he was to some extent half assing it before. Which, imo, is absurd.

No, not at all. He's gonna be 30 next year and his performance has been a mixed bag thus far. He needs a great year to maximize his returns, otherwise he's a candidate for a one year deal somewhere. I have always liked him, I think he plays pretty hard in the field which to me says everything about a player.

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Pitching bible compares Shane Greene to Doug Fister, saying he has similar upside and should be a solid middle of the rotation guy for some years. That would certainly be nice.

I know expectations are lower this year, but how is this team worse than the team a year ago? I think the Indians are going to be really good this year and the Sux and Royals might be right there too, but I think this Tigers team is better than it was at this time last year. Up the middle they might be one of the best defensive teams in baseball. When was the last time that happened? Mid to late 80s? Price, Verlander, Sanchez, Greene, and Simon is an above average staff at worst, and the bullpen at least has more options and what should be an anchor in Soria.

Gotta figure Big Nick continues to get better, that the boppers continue to bop, and the team has more speed than its had in a real long time. Count me as cautiously optimistic. :shrug:

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If everyone stays healthy then this team is good. The problem is there is no depth at just about every position. Most teams have a couple players they can't lose due to lack of a plan b, or because that player is just that special. They're everywhere on our roster though.

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Pitching bible compares Shane Greene to Doug Fister, saying he has similar upside and should be a solid middle of the rotation guy for some years. That would certainly be nice.

I know expectations are lower this year, but how is this team worse than the team a year ago? I think the Indians are going to be really good this year and the Sux and Royals might be right there too, but I think this Tigers team is better than it was at this time last year. Up the middle they might be one of the best defensive teams in baseball. When was the last time that happened? Mid to late 80s? Price, Verlander, Sanchez, Greene, and Simon is an above average staff at worst, and the bullpen at least has more options and what should be an anchor in Soria.

Gotta figure Big Nick continues to get better, that the boppers continue to bop, and the team has more speed than its had in a real long time. Count me as cautiously optimistic. :shrug:

If Verlander is close to what he used to be this team is better than last years team. Greene and Pasta are solid 4-5 guys. Iggy is a huge upgrade at SS. The bullpen has to be better...right? Would like to see Nick get to the 280-20-80 area this season. Looks like Romine is going to be the new Donny Kelly. Just wish Romine could hit 250 with a little pop but that will not happen.

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This makes me very nervous:

Tigers PR @DetroitTigersPR

Jose Iglesias left today's game with a right shin contusion

Me too. He's so brittle. If he can't play on a regular basis we're stuck with a Perez/Romine combo at SS. Simon better pitch well since we could have used Suarez if that is the case.

from News notes:

The Tigers medical staff called it a right shin contusion and not related to the stress fractures he had in both legs which sidelined him for the 2014 season. "It's just a bruise," Iglesias said. "Just part of the game. There was no pain running. I felt great today. It was just a bad slide."

also: Left-hander Kyle Ryan, fighting for one of the final bullpen spots, looked sharp getting all four batters he faced. "I really liked his sinker," Ausmus said. "I think he can really get lefties out. He's tough on right-handers but extremely tough on lefties. And he's not scared. We saw that last year."

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This makes me very nervous:

Tigers PR @DetroitTigersPR

Jose Iglesias left today's game with a right shin contusion

Me too. He's so brittle. If he can't play on a regular basis we're stuck with a Perez/Romine combo at SS. Simon better pitch well since we could have used Suarez if that is the case.

from News notes:

The Tigers medical staff called it a right shin contusion and not related to the stress fractures he had in both legs which sidelined him for the 2014 season. "It's just a bruise," Iglesias said. "Just part of the game. There was no pain running. I felt great today. It was just a bad slide."

also: Left-hander Kyle Ryan, fighting for one of the final bullpen spots, looked sharp getting all four batters he faced. "I really liked his sinker," Ausmus said. "I think he can really get lefties out. He's tough on right-handers but extremely tough on lefties. And he's not scared. We saw that last year."

Should probably wear soccer shin guards.

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If everyone stays healthy then this team is good. The problem is there is no depth at just about every position. Most teams have a couple players they can't lose due to lack of a plan b, or because that player is just that special. They're everywhere on our roster though.

There are very few teams with depth, including your Indians.

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If everyone stays healthy then this team is good. The problem is there is no depth at just about every position. Most teams have a couple players they can't lose due to lack of a plan b, or because that player is just that special. They're everywhere on our roster though.

There are very few teams with depth, including the Indians.

They lack stars, but they are not the team to cite to defend your argument.
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how long is cespedes under contract w Detroit for

2015

His contract stipulates that the Tigers can't extend a qualifying offer so they either have to extend him or lose him w/out compensation.

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If everyone stays healthy then this team is good. The problem is there is no depth at just about every position. Most teams have a couple players they can't lose due to lack of a plan b, or because that player is just that special. They're everywhere on our roster though.

There are very few teams with depth, including the Indians.
They lack stars, but they are not the team to cite to defend your argument.

Yeah, I know you Indians fans are really pumped up. Jose Ramirez is considered depth or starter? Ryan Raburn is depth? Nick Swisher is depth?

Ok, good luck with that.

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If everyone stays healthy then this team is good. The problem is there is no depth at just about every position. Most teams have a couple players they can't lose due to lack of a plan b, or because that player is just that special. They're everywhere on our roster though.

There are very few teams with depth, including the Indians.
They lack stars, but they are not the team to cite to defend your argument.

Yeah, I know Indians fans are really pumped up. Jose Ramirez is considered depth or starter? Ryan Raburn is depth? Nick Swisher is depth?

Ok, good luck with that.

Relative to what we have?

Absolutely.

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I saw a really fat girl wearing a Raburn jersey once

He may have got a walk off that night

I know a fat chick who gave the fellatio to the Brandon Inges.

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I saw a really fat girl wearing a Raburn jersey once

He may have got a walk off that night

I know a fat chick who gave the fellatio to the Brandon Inges.

I wonder if it was the chubby girl I saw at a game double fisting beers and wearing a white Hanes T-shirt with "Brandon, I want you Inge side me" written in sharpie

Actually true too

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Pitching bible compares Shane Greene to Doug Fister, saying he has similar upside and should be a solid middle of the rotation guy for some years. That would certainly be nice.

I know expectations are lower this year, but how is this team worse than the team a year ago? I think the Indians are going to be really good this year and the Sux and Royals might be right there too, but I think this Tigers team is better than it was at this time last year. Up the middle they might be one of the best defensive teams in baseball. When was the last time that happened? Mid to late 80s? Price, Verlander, Sanchez, Greene, and Simon is an above average staff at worst, and the bullpen at least has more options and what should be an anchor in Soria.

Gotta figure Big Nick continues to get better, that the boppers continue to bop, and the team has more speed than its had in a real long time. Count me as cautiously optimistic. :shrug:

I was more comfortable last year with Max, Smyly and Porcello because I knew exactly what they bring to the table. Price is a solid ace, although Max is better. I think Verlander 2015 will be much better than Verlander 2013/2014. Hopefully Sanchez can be healthy this year and can produce like 2013. I think there is a lot to like about Greene, and he could very well end up being the Tigers best pickup of the offseason. Simon has never really pieced together a really good full season as a starter. IMHO, the team would be better off using Kyle Ryan as the #5 starter, and moving Simon to the bullpen. Simon has been extremely effective in the bullpen which is a much bigger need for the Tigers. I could even see trying Simon in the closer role if/when Nathan falls apart. But that won't happen, although it should. Long term Ryan needs to be a starter for Detroit, and that is how they should use him.

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