Other than the breaking news from yesterday that some people are entrusting their professional livelihood to Gary Sheffield, it’s been spring training as usual for the Tigers.
The pressing lineup questions right now are 2B and a 5th starter. Not surprisingly, Leyland isn’t saying anything about the latter, and I don’t think anyone had enough brass to ask him about the former in the past few days. Is the fifth starter even on the roster yet?
For any of you who plan to visit the Tigers in Lakeland, a local site published a nice intro to Tigertown. Did you know that the Tigers are the team with the longest-standing spring training site?
The title of this ESPN story on AJax is a little ironic.
About that tease…
FanGraphs is running an interesting thread on TV broadcaster ratings. You can read about the inception here, and then check out #31, #30-#21, and #20- #11 (as they are counting backwards). Mario and Rod have not yet made an appearance, which means that they have made the top 10. There has to be some merit to these ratings, as Hawk Harrelson is so despised that the ChiSox ended up last in the rankings, even with the brilliant Steve Stone in the booth. This is also where I found this gem. I can’t wait until FanGraphs does it for radio.
Apparently, Prince Fielder hit a 611 foot bomb yesterday. Though I don’t think we should be counting the roll.