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86-75, 2nd in AL Cent

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Infielder Lennie Merullo, who died at age 98 in 2015, was the last surviving Cubs player from their last World Series, when they lost to Detroit in 1945. Reserve outfielder Ed Mierkowicz, 92, is the last survivor of the championship-winning Tigers. In his only appearance, the rookie replaced Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg in left field for the ninth inning of Game Seven with Detroit about to wrap up a 9-3 victory at Wrigley Field, behind a complete game from that Fall Classic's other Hall of Famer, Hal Newhouser. The Chicago Tribune interviewed Mierkowicz in February and he recounted a "crazy" clubhouse celebration of Detroit's first title in 10 years.

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Tigers hire McClendon, Durham as hitting coaches

The Detroit Tigers hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach Friday. It will be McClendon's second stint with the Tigers.

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Rabelo named West Michigan manager

Former Tigers catcher Mike Rabelo was promoted to manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps, Detroit's low-A affiliate, after spending the last three seasons as the manager of Class A Short Season Connecticut. The Detroit News

Salary arbitration projections: Tigers

All estimates via Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors' projection model:

  • Andrew Romine - $1.2 million
  • Jose Iglesias - $3.2 million
  • Justin Wilson - $2.7 million
  • Alex Wilson - $1.2 million
  • Bruce Rondon - $900,000
  • Nick Castellanos - $2.8 million
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From Elias: How rare is this Clayton Kershaw (1.69 ERA) vs Kyle Hendricks (2.13) matchup? Last postseason duel of 2 starters with ERAs that low: Bob Gibson vs Denny McLain in '68

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JaCoby Jones has another big day in AFL

Jones went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and a stolen base for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. The 24-year-old has five RBIs in three games. Box score

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Good and bad with Christin Stewart

Stewart's power potential makes him a tantalizing prospect, but his poor hit tool is equally frustrating, Keith Law writes. What will he have to do to become a regular in the majors? Law: Scouting the AFL (Insider)

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What's next for the Tigers?

With Detroit falling short of the postseason at the last minute, Jim Bowden lays out three objectives for the team this offseason. Among the priorities are lowering payroll and getting younger, which could mean shopping some cornerstone players. Offseason to-do lists (Insider)

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Stewart shows power in AFL action

Christin Stewart, a top prospect of the Tigers, went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run for the Salt River Rafters in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday. Stewart batted cleanup and played left field. Box score

Big day for JaCoby Jones in AFL opener

Jones, who had several key hits in his 13 games with the Tigers this season, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. Fellow Detroit prospect Christin Stewart went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Box score

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Baserunning a priority for Tigers in offseason

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will once again put baserunning at the top of his offseason priorities. Detroit ranked at or near the bottom in multiple baserunning metrics this past season. “I don't know that there's a ton we can do differently, other than the things we have stressed,” Ausmus said. “And hope that they get better by practicing it.” Detroit Free Press

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Joyner won't return as Tigers hitting coach in '17

Wally Joyner, who has been the Detroit Tigers' hitting coach for the past three seasons, is leaving to pursue other opportunities in baseball, the team announced Saturday.

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Avila takes blame for underwhelming acquisitions

Of the Tigers' major offseason acquisitions -- Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey and Justin Wilson -- only Upton produced as expected, albeit after a slow start. The others either under-produced or were injured. "Those are things that I've got to take the blame for," said GM Al Avila. Detroit News

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL Central

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Fans can vote for their selections on MLB.com or on Twitter. Here are the nominees for each AL Central team:

  • Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu
  • Cleveland Indians: Jose Ramirez
  • Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
  • Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer
  • Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

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Cabrera earns player of the week, month

Miguel Cabrera was named the AL Player of the Month for September and the AL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 2. He hit .347 with 20 runs scored, four doubles, 10 home runs and 27 RBIs over 26 games in the final month of the season and batted .565 with six runs scored, a double, four home runs and 13 RBIs over six games in the final week. MLB.com

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Tigers' longest homers of 2016

All distances calculated by ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  • Miguel Cabrera - 464 feet (5/14)
  • Miguel Cabrera - 461 feet (6/20)
  • Miguel Cabrera - 456 feet (5/31)
  • Justin Upton - 452 feet (4/12)
  • Miguel Cabrera - 451 feet (9/2)

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Tigers finish in top half of rankings

Although the Tigers' season ended in disappointing fashion -- a 1-0 loss to the last-place Braves -- at least they were in it until the very end. Our panel took notice of this, ranking Detroit first among non-playoff teams. Week 26 Power Rankings

Team Stats

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

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