A whole pile of links, plus another great shot from spring training…
Al Kaline chats with Justin Verlander
credit: Roger DeWitt
What are they saying
That would have to be an interesting conversation. What do you think they’re talking about? Maybe Kaline saying, “Listen kid, I know you were rookie of the year, but by the time I was your age I had 4 All Star games and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting 3 times…”
Best Young Outfield
You probably wouldn’t expect a Tigers outfield consisting of exactly one player under the age of 30 to rank among the league’s best outfields, but the Tigers do according to Baseball Prospectus. At least according to their PECOTA upside score the Tigers rank 3rd behind only the Mets and Devil Rays. The centerfield triumvirate of Curtis Granderson, Cameron Maybin, and Gorkys Hernandez has the forecast for the Tigers long term outfield as sunny.
USS Gum Time
Jason Beck reports on a pretty cool story of Nate Robertson spending sometime visiting the troops on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Robertson called it the highlight of his offseason. And for a little more Nate, Eric took a look at the run support, or lack thereof, that Robertson had last year.
What are the odds?
Fishstripes has the Bodog odds for winning the World Series. The Tigers are at 5:1 behind only the Yankees who are 7:2. In December the Tigers were 10:1 so I’m not really sure why they moved up from a baseball perspective. The White Sox and Twins held steady while the Indians dropped. I don’t know if the smart money has been on the Tigers, but it seems that there has been some money on the Tigers.
Hit Tracker tracks every home run in MLB. The site’s operator wants to expand their coverage to all batted ball types. He needs volunteers to cover each team. If you’re up for a big time commitment, and want to be part of some ground breaking sabermetric research this could be a great opportunity.
You may know frequent commentor Matt in Toledo. He’s recently launched a new Tiger blog called Talking Tigers. It has a big emphasis on the minor leagues. The coolest elements are profiles of Tiger farm hands by position as well as a spreadsheet with stats for ALL Tiger minor leaguers.
Maury Brown penned (or typed) a piece looking at regional sports networks. The Tiger related news is that FSN Detroit had the 3rd highest ratings for MLB games last year behind NESN (Boston) and FSN Northwest (Mariners). Last season saw a 92% increase in average households. I guess it’s no wonder that the Tigers had no trouble finding an over-the-air partner this year.