Anyone watching the Tigers? So Verlander just picked a guy off and it was a close play. The runner was called out. Then the Tigers walked slowly off the field and Verlander was chatting with the umpire while Tampa's coaching staff looked at the monitor to decide if they were going to challenge or not. Anyone know why they would hold the game up to allow Tampa to decide whether they would challenge? In the NFL, the game goes on and the team has to throw that red flag fast or the next play starts. Giving the challenging team 3-5 minutes to decide if they are even going to challenge is a waste of time. Am I missing something or is that how this is done in MLB? seems silly
This is very optimistic, but let's suppose the Indians run out of their Pedro Serrano Jobu magic. If in September the Tigers are right there for a playoff spot and Fulmer has reached his pre-determined inning limit for the season, what do you do? This also supposes Fulmer continues to be their best pitcher.
I'm currently in Florida for my 11 year old's final travel baseball tournament of the season. A dad from another team was commenting on how "park ball" has given way to these specialized travel tournaments because fewer kids are now playing little league, and that in general baseball culture is slowly dying with kids these days. Here in the south I don't know that I see baseball slipping away like that, but it makes me wonder about how things are going in the north (where I used to live) or just in general. What do the rest of you think? Does baseball no longer hold the place it once did among kids in America?
Not much going on in the sports world besides the MLB and NBA draft. Arizona and UCSB are currently scoreless in the 2nd.
JD cracked his elbow tonight banging into the wall in RF. As noted, he's likely out 4-6 weeks.
My thought: pick either Moya or Jacoby Jones. Call one of them up. Plant them in RF for the duration. And enough with Mike Aviles running around in the outfield like a lost billygoat. Having 3 outfielders and 2 utility men on the entire roster is pure stupidity. It's Randy Smith-esque. Espcially with Maybin having issues with his wrist, and Gose being about ready to be sent to AA.
Five Wolverines ended up being selected during the MLB Draft, the most since 2010. Junior LHP Brett Adcock went first, on day two of the draft, in round 4 to the Astros. The other four were all taken today, on day three: junior Carmen Benedetti, drafted as a utility player by the Astros in round 12; senior LHP Evan Hill, by the Tigers in round 24; junior RHP Jackson Lamb, by the Cardinals in round 35; and junior catcher Harrison Wenson, by the Pirates in round 39.
Most likely, Adcock and Benedetti will both sign with the Astros and forgo their senior seasons, and Lamb and Wenson will return. If you have a good baseball program, you should expect to lose some juniors every year to the draft, so this is about as good an outcome as could be expected, especially given that none of Michigan's 2016 signees got drafted.