OT: Report: Tigers will be 'sellers' at trade deadline

OT: Report: Tigers will be 'sellers' at trade deadline

Submitted by The Geek on July 21st, 2015 at 11:18 AM

According to multiple reports, Dave Dombrowski, with owner Mike Illitch's approval, will move to trade David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and possibly Rajai Davis and Alex Avila.

USA Today article (HERE)

The Tigers, barring a veto from owner Mike Ilitch, are going to surrender and be sellers within the next 10 days at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. For the first time since 2008, the Tigers have no choice but to inform teams that two of their marquee commodities will be dealt by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Tigers, according to several people inside and outside the organization familiar with their strategy, plan to put ace David Price and power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the trade market.

Detroit News article (HERE)

The Tigers are in a unique position in that they have six free-agents-to-be — including two elite ones in ace David Price and slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Closer Joakim Soria is a shade below. They also have three pieces that could help the right contender in Rajai Davis, Alex Avila and Alfredo Simon. The market this year is as rich with buyers as ever, and the Tigers are the seller with the most appealing inventory.

Baseball: Lorenzo Elion Commits To Michigan

Baseball: Lorenzo Elion Commits To Michigan

Submitted by Sac Fly on July 18th, 2015 at 4:52 PM

From the Simeon program in Chicago, infielder Lorenzo Elion has given a verbal to join the program in 2016.

Elion can play 2nd, short and can pitch. He's tall and lanky, so I could see him outgrowing the position before getting to Michigan and heading to the outfield.

PBR had a writeup from about two months ago:

Athletic 6-foot frame with plenty of room for physical development. Defensively showed athletic actions, moves fluidly and consistently fields the ball in rhythm. Shows present arm strength with athletic arm action. Offensively, hits from balanced setup with quiet mechanics. Utilizes slight leg lift to create rhythm and timing. Demonstrates advanced bat speed with some length in swing.

 

OT - God the Tigers Suck

OT - God the Tigers Suck

Submitted by BlueInWisconsin on July 2nd, 2015 at 5:42 PM

It's almost the All Star break, are the Tigers seem like a team that is sliding toward mediocrity.  In the past the Tigers could rely on superior starting pitching and inferior competition in the AL Central to eek their way into the playoffs.  Now neither of those things exist and team just seems totally listless.   Someone please tell me that there is some realistic hope for the second half of the season becasue this is getting depressing to follow.  Harbaugh can't get here fast enough.

OT- Pete Rose lies again

OT- Pete Rose lies again

Submitted by WMUgoblue on June 22nd, 2015 at 2:03 PM

It looks like yet again Pete Rose has been caught in another lie, and this time it might be the last straw.

 http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/13114874/notebook-obtained-lines-shows-pete-rose-bet-baseball-player-1986
 

His accomplishments as a player are truly significant and worthy of being an inductee into the HOF, but when these things keep coming up it's hard to find any way for him to get in under any circumstances.

OT-MLB All Star Voting

OT-MLB All Star Voting

Submitted by IB6UB9 on June 17th, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The latest updated voting totals in the American League, released Monday, have eight players from the Kansas City Royals in line to start the July 14 game in Cincinnati.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday it's too early to be worried about results.

WRONG!

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13092427/rob-manfred-mlb-commissioner-open-change-all-star-game-fan-voting-proves-flawed

Having moved to KC from Chicago now 20 years ago MLB and fans will see at least 8 and possibly 9 Royals start and Royals Manger Ned Yost plans to start all of them just as the voting dictates.

The effort in KC started long ago and is grass roots.  My 7th grade Daughter who has zero interest in the MLB asks me during her school year how she can vote for all star players online and this was the first indication I can recall that somehow kids in school were being rallied to create multiple accounts and vote from 35 times a day.

Besides Royals starters there has been a push to get former Royals now in the National league to start opposite of current Royals in the American league.  Royals fans will tell you that the team sucked for a long time and they are simply showing their excitement in a flawed system.

This will not correct itself.  If anything it might get worse as the effort in Kansas City is very well organized and other fans simply cancel out their own votes.  You might very well see 9 Royals starters and a number of former Royals starting for the National League.

OT: St. Louis Cardinals Under FBI Investigation for Hacking

OT: St. Louis Cardinals Under FBI Investigation for Hacking

Submitted by MGoCombs on June 16th, 2015 at 4:26 PM

This might be a bit too OT, but it is a pretty bizarre pro sports story.

The St. Louis Cardinals are currently under investigation by the FBI for hacking into the Houston Astros databases. Apparently the hackers were not too smart and left rather obvious traces of evidence that made it easy for the FBI.

While cheating/spying isn't anything new in professional sports, this seems like a particularly peculiar incident. Any speculations on what the consequences are here?

Links: NY Times, ESPN, Deadspin, Fox Sports (pick your poison)