OT: Because Science. Evidence for (Slightly) Juiced Baseballs

OT: Because Science. Evidence for (Slightly) Juiced Baseballs

Submitted by andrew_ on March 1st, 2018 at 10:33 PM

Following a tweet by (the still-adorning-my-jersey former favorite Tiger) Justin Verlander about home run trends, and air to speed ratios of unladen swallows, I combed through the responses. Buried within them I found this article: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/juiced-baseballs. And it's a fascinating effing read. Science breaks down the innards of MLB game balls over the years before and after the 2015 all-star game, and finds some gems.

TL;DR - there's enough evidence to suggest that the balls are in fact "juiced," or at the least different enough from balls of years past, that they can explain the insane rise in home runs and deep balls in a post-steriod era.

Tigers 2018 Training Camp: Anyone got # 35?

Tigers 2018 Training Camp: Anyone got # 35?

Submitted by UMProud on February 14th, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Tigers pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training but I still haven’t seen Justin Verlander. Will ask.

— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 13, 2018

Justin Verlander ✔ @JustinVerlander Anyone got #35??


OT: Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo logo

OT: Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo logo

Submitted by Unicycle Firefly on January 29th, 2018 at 2:09 PM

It was just announced that Cleveland will be retiring the Chief Wahoo logo starting in 2019.  Always an interesting topic of debate, especially with Dan Snyder seeming so unwilling to bend on a mascot/name that seems even more offensive than Cleveland's. 

Since they're a division rival of Detroit's, we see them quite a bit each season, and it defintely seems that they've already been de-emphasizing Chief Wahoo in recent years, with the block 'C' logo becoming more prominent on their caps and uniforms. 

Thought this might be of interest to some of the baseball fans on the board.


OT: Jeter using "Project Wolverine" to make Marlins Profitable

OT: Jeter using "Project Wolverine" to make Marlins Profitable

Submitted by ScruffyTheJanitor on January 3rd, 2018 at 12:58 PM

SIAP, but some potential Marlins investors revealed Derek Jeter's plan to make the Marlins profitable, which he called "Project Wolverine." His plan is as follows:

1) Cut Payroll (Done and Done)

2) Use the $50M from the BAMTech Sales to improve the fatness of their bank accounts (Done, presumably)

3) Renegotiate a TV contract to get a fat $44M payment upfront (which will not be happening).

4) Somehow increase ticket sales after nearly every player that is remotely marketable.


6) Profit. No, seriously, just profits.

Suffice it to say, fans in Miami are not happy with what feels like purely-profit seeking motives for "rebuilding."

I like Jeets, but I really wish he had named it "Project Sparty."


World Series Game 7 Open Thread

World Series Game 7 Open Thread

Submitted by Chuck on November 1st, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Edit: Herp Derp.  Advice, read the total thread title and refresh before submitting. Delete!

Best two words in sports: Game Seven.  The last game of the year pits the American League Champion Houston Astros (101-61) at your National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58).  This is the first World Series since 1970 (Reds-Orioles) and the first postseason series since 1977 (Yankees-Royals) to feature two 100 win teams!

The franchises have slighty different histories...

Houston is looking for its first World Series title in history.  Established in 1962 the Astros have two pennants.  This year, of course, and in 2005 while a member of the NL.

One of the most storied teams in all of sports the Dodgers are looking for their 7th World Series crown and first since 1988.  Founded in Brooklyn in 1884(!) the then Brooklyn Athletics called New York home through the 1957 season.  In Brooklyn the franchise amassed 1 AA pennant (?), 12 NL pennants, and 1 World Championship.  After the move to the west coast the Dodgers have won 10 NL crowns and 5 titles.  22 total pennants. 6 championships. Not bad.

The 2017 World Series has been one of the best ever, featuring two extra inning games already.  22 home runs have been hit thus far (a ws record) and game 2 featured 8 hrs (a WS record). Game 5 was one of the craziest baseball games in history.  The balls are juiced and they're flying all over the place!

I don't have a dog in the fight. Was hoping the series would go 7, and here we are! Slight rooting interest for the Astros.  Hopefully they can pull a '13 Red Sox (marathon bombing) as a team of destiny and bring some happiness to a ravaged Houston. Also...JV!


OT: Sad News about former UM and MLB pitcher Ross Powell

OT: Sad News about former UM and MLB pitcher Ross Powell

Submitted by pdxwolve on October 28th, 2017 at 12:25 AM

Terrible news out of Texas today. Ross Powell and his father died today in a very bizarre carbon monoxide poisoning. Great pitcher, coach and human being. RIP Ross and Lyle.



Semi-OT: Former Tiger JV, or Michigan Man Rich Hill? Discussion and WS Game 2 thread

Semi-OT: Former Tiger JV, or Michigan Man Rich Hill? Discussion and WS Game 2 thread

Submitted by stephenrjking on October 25th, 2017 at 6:59 PM

Great news, anguished football fans: Baseball is here to remind you that football is not the only sport in which your favorite team is a major disappointment. 

And those of us who root for the Tigers are faced with a genuine dilemma: Do we root for "our guy" Justin Verlander, now reluctantly traded to the Astros? Or do we root for our guy Rich Hill, Michigan alum but one whom most of us never or rarely saw play?

Kinda torn here, because I want both to do well. So I guess I want JV to pitch 9 shutout innings, while Hill pitches 7 shutout innings before being pulled for guys that lose the game in relief.

I guess. At least we have guys we like on the hill that we want to do well. Given how the rest of sports are going, it will probably be a 10-8 shootout.

Might as well make this the open thread.