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Pudge Rodriguez just misses on ESPN's ballot

ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots, and Ivan Rodriguez received 12 votes (70.6 percent). That missed the 75 percent threshold by only one vote. ESPN's HoF ballot

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Tigers should boast feared batting order

The center of that order for years has been Miguel Cabrera, who will turn 34 in April. However, Buster Olney wonders who will be hitting around Cabrera given Detroit's apparent interest in dealing veterans. Top 2017 lineups (Insider)

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6 minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

Four minor league players were suspended Friday for 50 games following positive tests for banned stimulants, and two more were suspended following their second positive tests for drugs of abuse.

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Justin Verlander is not in the bullpen but still going thru a warmup before game time!

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Detroit rotation in Olney's Top 10

The Tigers have good rotation depth, and if Jordan Zimmermann has a solid season, Detroit could have the pitching pieces to be contenders, writes Buster Olney. Top rotations (Insider)

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It's about that time again

Spring training is nearly here! Detroit pitchers and catchers will begin workouts in Lakeland, Fla. on Feb. 14 and will be joined by the full squad on Feb. 18.

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J.D. Martinez among top right fielders

As the hitter who generally follows Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the Detroit lineup, J.D. Martinez hits with a lot of runners on base and fares well. He posted 59 extra-base hits in 120 games and had a .373 on-base percentage. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top right fielders (Insider)

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Gibson to be inducted into College Football HOF

Kirk Gibson was announced as a member of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class on Monday. He spent 12 years total with the Tigers and was part of Detroit's 1984 World Series champion team. Prior to that, he caught 24 career touchdowns as a star receiver at Michigan State from 1975-78. 2017 College Football HOF Class

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Kinsler among top second basemen

Last year at age 34, Ian Kinsler earned his first Gold Glove Award. He scored 117 runs for the Tigers, his second-most in any season, and surpassed 1,000 runs for his career (1,059). Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top second basemen (Insider)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

2 months into the offseason, 6 teams have yet to sign a free agent who will make more than $3 million a year: Royals, Tigers, Padres, Reds, Diamondbacks & Nationals. Asterisk alert: Washington did trade for Adam Eaton ($4M in 2017). And KC traded for Jorge Soler ($3.67M). Nevertheless, a large group of teams clearly have been trying to wait out this market. Let's just say agents have noticed!

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Is Miggy baseball's best first baseman?

Miguel Cabrera has the highest batting average for any qualified active player and has received top-10 MVP votes in every season of his career. He isn't a great defender, but is probably a little better than he gets credit for. How does Miggy fare in Buster Olney's rankings? Top first basemen (Insider)

Tigers rank in the middle of the pack

The Tigers have one of the best offenses in baseball and a better rotation than people think. However, Detroit is an aging team with an inflated payroll and a weak farm system, a trifecta that usually doesn't come with a happy ending, Jim Bowden writes. Midwinter Power Rankings (Insider)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

It's the 1st All-Unemployed team of 2017! 1B) Mike Napoli 2B) Chase Utley SS) Erick Aybar 3B) Luis Valbuena LF) Brandon Moss CF) Michael Bourn RF) Jose Bautista DH) Mark Trumbo C) Matt Wieters

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Verlander seventh among starters

Justin Verlander, the 2011 AL MVP, comes in at No. 7 on Buster Olney's list of the top 10 starters in the majors. Verlander had 254 strikeouts in 2016, the second-highest he has had in any season in his career. Top 10 Starters (Insider)

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What's next for baseball's seven unluckiest batters?

Few batters hit the ball as hard as Miguel Cabrera or Buster Posey, but they're among guys who didn't get the results you'd expect in 2016. What does that mean for them in 2017?

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Even Kate Upton made baseball fun again

Bryce Harper issued the opening salvo in the "Make Baseball Fun Again" movement, but plenty of others played their part as well. Justin Verlander's resurgence on the mound was great to see, but Upton's reaction to her fiance missing out on the AL Cy Young stole the show. Who made baseball fun again

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Who could be the Tigers' Ben Zobrist?

Nick Castellanos isn't a great defender at third base, which is why Detroit has tried playing him in the outfield before. Add first base to his résumé and he could come in handy when Miguel Cabrera becomes a full-time DH. A Zobrist for every team (Insider)

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Path to the playoffs for every AL Central team

With the Twins and White Sox rebuilding and the Tigers and Royals in limbo, the Indians remain the overwhelming favorites in the AL Central.

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Alex Avila hit .295 with 19 HR in 141 games for the Tigers in 2011. Since then, he's averaged 8 HR and 33 RBI in 93 games over the last 5 seasons.

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Japan club Nippon hires ex-MLB GM Randy Smith

Ex-MLB general manager Randy Smith has been named a senior adviser to the general manager and major league scouting director for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's Pacific League.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs75011th
Batting Average.2673rd
On Base Percentage.3315th
Slugging Percentage.4385th
Earned Run Average4.2420th
Quality Starts7216th
WHIP1.3212th
BAA.26020th

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