Tiger Talk

Opinion: Cubs Ink Lester: What Does it Mean for Tigers/Scherzer?

When Detroit’s ace Max Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract in the last offseason, people thought he was crazy.

Coming off of a Cy Young season, by far his best showing in his career, people believed that agent Scott Boras should get Scherzer a deal, and soon, before he or the market value declined. Read More…

Tigers Trade for RHP Shane Greene in Three-Team Deal

The Detroit Tigers made the first of what is sure to be many moves in the 2014-15 offseason.

The Tigers acquired starting pitcher Shane Greene from the New York Yankees in a three-team deal that sent starting pitcher Robbie Ray and minor-league infielder Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they sent shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Yankees. Read More…

Opinion: What Does the Victor Martinez Deal Mean Right Now?

The Detroit Tigers and All-Star switch-hitter Victor Martinez agreed to a four-year, $68 million deal that extends his contract through the 2018 season.

The 35-year-old is coming off of the best season of his career, where he posted a .335 batting average while belting 32 home runs and driving in 103 runs. Martinez’s 6.6% strikeout rate and .974 OPS were best in the majors and his 28 intentional walks led the league as well. His .409 on-base percentage was the best in the majors, his 57 multi-hit games was the third most in the AL, and he had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio out of any hitter. Read More…

Detroit Tigers Report Card #2: Starting Lineup

One month removed from what so many people believed would be a promising postseason run, Detroit Tigers fans feel the same pain as 28 other teams.

What could have happened, if –

What should have happened, if –

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Detroit’s 2014 Report Card #1: Starting Pitching

Tiger Talk host Tony Garcia and I have given Detroit its two-week moratorium. We mourned, we cried, we flew through all five stages of depression before Kansas City lost a postseason game.

Now begins the tough part of the job. Grading and judging our beloved team, stacking them against one another to decide who makes the cut and who may hit the cutting room floor. Read More…

Tiger Talk – #14 – Dan Dickerson Interview

In this edition of Tiger Talk, host Tony Garcia is joined by a new guest. Dan Dickerson, the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers Radio Network comes in to share his expertise.

The two discuss the Detroit Tigers before they became a perennial powerhouse. In the early 2000’s Dickerson was mentored by the great Ernie Harwell. Dickerson shares that life changing experience, what he learned during that time and how it was still enjoyable to announce for a team that  was not good. Read More…

Three Up, Three Down: Tigers’ 2014 is Done

Chris Tillman’s first inning started with three strikeouts in Game 1 to a standing ovation. Tillman was on the field two games later, jumping and celebrating to a standing, shocked Detroit.

A sweep. Baltimore over Detroit. Three games to zilch. Barely enough time to order a Detroit postseason shirt before it was over. A Vegas favorite in April tripped up and fell over the orange and black leaves in October….or were those feathers? Read More…

Tiger Talk #13 — That’s All She Wrote

The Detroit Tigers’ season end came to an all too sudden end on Sunday when the Baltimore Orioles completed the 3-0 sweep in Comerica Park.

Host Tony Garcia is joined as usual by co-host Richie Cozzolino as the two do their best to keep each other’s spirits up. Garcia is beside himself about the many coaching blunders, while Cozzolino can’t control himself while talking again about a bullpen implosion that cost the Tigers their season. Read More…

Tigers in Need of Motown Miracle; Drop First Two in Baltimore

The first two games of the 2014 postseason appeared to be a script out of Brad Ausmus’ worst nightmare.

After dropping Game 1 on Thursday night, the Tigers found themselves with a 5-3 lead going into the sixth inning. Anibal Sanchez, normally a starting pitcher, came out of the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers. Read More…

Baltimore Breakdown- ALDS Preview: Tigers vs Orioles

Detroit last went to the World Series in 2012. Baltimore last went to the World Series in 1983.

The Detroit Tigers are coming off of their fourth consecutive American League Central Division title. The Baltimore Orioles are coming off of their first American League East Division title since 1997. Read More…

A Look Back on the Wonderful 162

In 2014, the usual narrative changed for Detroit. The waltz into the playoffs was no more. The players were traded and released and captured off waivers like no season before. The names changed, the heroes and goats shuffled by the week. The division ended in a fierce battle that lasted nearly two months.

And yet, the Tigers prevailed once again. Read More…

Tiger Talk #12 – 9/29/14 – The Boys are In!

After an excruciatingly long, up and down, topsy-turvy, down right strange season, the guys are elated to have come out on top.

The Detroit Tigers, much like predicted at the beginning of the season, are the AL Central Division Champs for the fourth consecutive year. However, this season was unlike any other. Read More…

Tigers With No Need For Binoculars, Playoffs Well In Sight

The Detroit Tigers have clinched a spot in the 2014 postseason for a franchise record fourth consecutive year.

Detroit clinched a minimum of a wild card berth after the Toronto Blue Jays were able to hold off the Seattle Mariners 1-0 in 12 innings on Wednesday. However, the Tigers have bigger plans on their mind.

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Comparing Septembers: Why Tigers Fans Should Not Worry and Expect Playoffs

Entering September 10, the Detroit Tigers are sitting at 80-65, which is tied for the lead in the American League Central Division. For a team coming off of three-straight division titles, and three consecutive ALCS appearances, with a World Series appearance mixed in, this is not where the Tigers were expected to be.

Heading into the season Detroit was the heavy favorite in the American League, and projected to win their division by the widest margin of any team in baseball. However, in mid-September, the Tigers find themselves in the thick of a pennant race, scratching and clawing for every win.

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Three Weeks to Live: A Tigers Tale

The American League Central has been baseball’s easiest waltz into October for years now – over three years, to be exact.

Slightly above average has been the barometer for success in the Central, and when it comes to mediocrity, the Tigers have reigned supreme.

This year is different. This year, Detroit needs to rise above the adequacy of the baseball midwest and prove they can compete for months with a team that has the drive to win.

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Tiger Talk – #10 – 9/9/14

September is now in full swing, and the Tigers’ chances are still looking up in the division. Host Tony Garcia and co-host Richie Cozzolino are back to take a look at Detroit’s chances.

After a less than stellar series against the San Francisco Giants, the Tigers headed into their biggest series of the season against the Kansas City Royals.

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Tigers, Cabrera, Gear Up for Stretch Run

As the calendar page flips to September, the leaves start to change colors and there is the familiar smell of fall tailgates for football season, sports fans begin to drift towards America’s favorite sport, football.

However, for the baseball fanatic, the lingering potential of an October playoff berth is now so unavoidably in their face, a blind man would be able to read the writing on the wall.

This is it. For all the marbles. Where push comes to shove. The loser goes home and the winner goes on to the World Series.

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Tiger Talk – #9 – 8/27/14

As the season comes to a close, the guys do not know what to do with themselves.

The Detroit Tigers powerhouse is in second place in the division and the panic button is getting closer and closer. Host Tony Garcia alongside co-host Richie Cozzolino break down what has been a rough few weeks.

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Tigers Gain Momentum in Tampa, Look to Get Hot

On Tuesday morning of August 19, the Detroit Tigers were the hottest topic in baseball for all the wrong reasons.

The team that had just acquired the best pitcher available at the trade deadline, David Price. Before the move,the Tigers were already pegged as one of the favorites to win it all, but were reeling worse than almost any team in baseball.

Losers of nine of their previous 14 games, Detroit looked to stop the bleeding and attempt to start gaining ground on the division-leading Kansas City Royals, who at the time, were winners of 12 of their last 14 games during the same span.

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