OT: Buster Olney on Rick Porcello ($)

OT: Buster Olney on Rick Porcello ($)

Submitted by Moleskyn on February 17th, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Buster Olney talked about Rick Porcello in a blog post this morning (LINK, $). To summarize, he talks about how Porcello got behind in his training last season due to an injured finger. Porcello says he didn't really feel 100% until later on in the season. He's started his training regimen early this year because he wants to be in better shape once the season starts in April.

It's great to hear that he's working hard, but do you think the early start on his training could affect him negatively toward the end of the year? If he shows continued improvement, he'll be a really solid option at the #4 spot in the Tigers' rotation.

And speaking of the Tigers' rotation, who do you think will be the #5 starter this year? As far as I know, Oswalt is still available; do you think DD would make an offer for him? I know there are some people who want Turner to be on the roster for Opening Day, but I think that's way too early for him. Personally, I wouldn't care if he stayed in the minors this entire season. Why rush him when we don't need to, and he's got things to work on? Other prospects you probably know are Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly. I think Oliver has some good potential. He gets a lot of strikeouts, but his overall command is really lacking. If he's put in the work this offseason to improve his slider and changeup, he's got a plus fastball and could do well in the 5 spot.

I'll be hoping that Smyly and Turner do well in Spring Training, but struggle enough that the Tigers don't move them into the ML rotation. I just think they need more time in the minors. I really hope Oliver shows improvement, though. We really need a serviceable lefty in the rotation.

Quite OT: Gary Carter Has Died At 57

Quite OT: Gary Carter Has Died At 57

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on February 16th, 2012 at 6:09 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/sports/baseball/gary-carter-exuberant-power-hitting-catcher-dies-at-57.html


Hall Of Fame catcher Gary Carter has lost his battle with brain cancer at age 57. I hesitated in posting this at first, but I hoped that enough people in the MGoCommunity were huge baseball fans as well. 

Michigan Baseball, Softball TV schedule announced

Michigan Baseball, Softball TV schedule announced

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on February 16th, 2012 at 4:02 PM
2012 Michigan Baseball BTN Schedule
Sunday, April 8 Michigan State at Michigan 3 p.m.
Friday, April 27 Indiana at Michigan 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 Coastal Carolina at Michigan 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 Michigan at Purdue Noon
2012 Michigan Softball BTN Schedule
Friday, April 6 Michigan at Ohio State 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 Illinois at Michigan 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 Illinois at Michigan 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11 Purdue at Michigan 6 p.m.

 

The baseball game against nebraska on 5/19 is a BTN wild-card game which means it could be televised if the BTN chooses to do so. (I think they will)

The softball wild-card game is the 5/12 game against purdue.

BTN Digital Network will be streaming games. Those games will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pretty weak by BTN if you ask me. What the hell else is on TV in Spring? Hockey and Basketball seasons are coming to a conclusion. So put on some diamond sports.

OT: Yoenis Cespedes signs with A's (4 yrs/$36 mil)

OT: Yoenis Cespedes signs with A's (4 yrs/$36 mil)

Submitted by Moleskyn on February 13th, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Title says it all. BYB linked to two sources who are saying Cespedes is about to sign a 4 year, $36 million contract with the Oakland A's.

Tim Brown, from Yahoo! Sports:

Source: Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to terms with the Oakland A's.

And Susan Slusser, A's beat writer for the San Fran Chronicle:

#Athletics about to sign Cespedes for for four years, $36 million.

I'm surprised to see the A's come up. From everything I had read about the pursuit of Cespedes, the A's weren't in the running. Either way, I'm a little disappointed that the Tigers weren't able to get him. Not that I fully expected them to get him, and not that I'm at all disappointed with Fielder, but we could use a young outfield prospect.

Anyway, good luck to Cespedes.

EDIT: ESPN is reporting it as a done deal.

OT: Cabby is prepared to field the hot corner

OT: Cabby is prepared to field the hot corner

Submitted by Moleskyn on January 25th, 2012 at 5:10 PM

According to ESPN, Cabrera says he is prepared to play third for the Tigers:

"It was something we were talking (about at the Tigers') fan fest (last week). Return to third base, that is my natural position," Cabrera told Lider en Deportes. "Fielder's arrival will benefit us."

Also, BYB posted this picture of Cabby earlier today:

Not lookin' too bad. Maybe he's decided to take conditioning seriously?

OT: "Fausto Carmona" is 3 years older than claimed and not Fausto Carmona either

OT: "Fausto Carmona" is 3 years older than claimed and not Fausto Carmona either

Submitted by Yinka Double Dare on January 19th, 2012 at 5:48 PM

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/01/dominican-police-carmona-using-assumed-name.html

They're not even sure he's going to be able to get back into the US, since this could make getting a visa difficult.  I'd say this makes the AL Central even worse for the upcoming season, but it wasn't like Carmona was that good last year. 

I give him credit for a good stolen/fake name though.

Michigan Baseball Star Barry Larkin elected to Hall of Fame

Michigan Baseball Star Barry Larkin elected to Hall of Fame

Submitted by JR's Flow on January 9th, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Congratulations to Michigan great Barry Larkin on being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame!

 

 

Larkin, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, was the lone player inducted into the Hall of Fame on his third year of the ballot. Larkin received 86% of the vote of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, eclipsing the 75% needed for induction.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2012/01/reds-ba…

 

 

 

Kinda OT:Former UM player Mike Matheny Cardinals new manager

Kinda OT:Former UM player Mike Matheny Cardinals new manager

Submitted by coldnjl on November 13th, 2011 at 6:53 PM

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7230926/st-louis-cardinals-name-mike-…

In a very surprising move, the St. Louis Cardinals name former UM baseball player Mike Matheny as manager. Matheny has no previous managing experience. 

It is always good to see alum reach positions of influence on historic teams in sports. It is a true testiment to the Michigan man Matheny must be for them to think this highly of him

Tigers LF Options

Tigers LF Options

Submitted by Mhpangr on October 31st, 2011 at 7:54 PM

This got me to thinking (dangerous, I know...):

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7173950/cleveland-indians-decline-grady-sizemore-deal

Now that the Tigers are looking for an every day LF option with some leather along with a bit of pop in his bat, I'm wondering if Grady could possibly be one of those options.  Caveats applied, he is a speedster/gold glove calibur CF with 2 knee surgeries under his belt.  HOWEVA, the little he did play this year he tore it up at the plate with 10 HRs while posting a .378 BA to end the month of April right before he had the freak sliding injury at 2nd base.  Could the Tigers conceivably get him at a bargain with an incentive-laiden deal while shoring up some D in LF next to Jackson and then use the spare cash to go after a certain big-name SS that rhymes with Rosay Jayus and move Peralta over to 3rd?  Not to mention, Grady has always been a Tiger killer and hit well in the open gaps at Comerica...  

Just a random baseball thought on a cold October/November night about 6 months before a pitch is even thrown again...