Now that the Tigers wrapped up their first half of the season today (46-43), the ASG is looming.
The Futures game is going on right now on MLB featuring two Tigers prospects including one who should be on the team right now in Joe Jimenez.
But the winner of Tuesday's ASG gets home field in the World Series. Should it be like that?
It certainly makes the game more interesting, and I like the idea. But I think they should change the selection process big time. I think if home field in the World Series is on the line, you have to get rid of the fans picking the starters and have them pick the reserves instead once the starters are named.
What say you?
This is the one all star game in this country where the players actually try and where the result does matter. Even if they got rid of the home field rule, this would still be the best all star game.
The Detroit News has a nice article on an upcoming documentary about Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.
I'll never forget that summer. I was in high school in the Detroit area. Fidrych actually came to an interview with high school students, and I was a photographer for our student paper, taking his picture, talking to him, next to him. Not an uber cool, unapproachable guy (maybe the times were different). Anyway, he was a simple, down to earth, happy go lucky, approachable guy. I can see how John and Jim Harbaugh loved him too. I don't have cable or get the MLB network, but I think this is one special I'd like to see.
The producer of the movie, Bruce Cornblatt, loved the project, and loved the interviews with Jim and John. About Jim, the article says,
Jim Harbaugh, in the documentary, called Fidrych his favorite player growing up, and had a touching story about the time he was at Tiger Stadium as a fan and Fidrych came over and said hi. Jim Harbaugh the young boy was speechless. The day after that Monday night game, Jim Harbaugh said he was pitching in Little League — and mimicking all of Fidrych's mound antics.
Can't exactly say why, but my eyes teared up just a bit thinking back to that summer. Where does time go?
Major league games are great, but they murder your wallet and you probably aren't going to a handful or more of them a year unless you're affluent.
I love going to minor league games. I have a stadium that just got built in my hometown within walking distance and there's one I live a short drive from for 9 months a year when at school.
I've been to
- Fifth Third Field in Toledo (Hens killed Columbus 10-0 tonight)
- Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park
- Great Lakes Loons in Midland
- Pensacola Blue Wahoos
- Jimmy Johns Field in Utica, MI
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.