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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ian Kinsler loses out to Dustin Pedroia on Fielding Bible Award at second base

DETROIT — Ian Kinsler may have had a Gold Glove-caliber season in the estimation of his teammates and manager, but he did not have the best defensive season among second basemen, according to the Fielding Bible Awards.

Boston’s Dustin Pedroia took home the Fielding Bible Award for second base, announced Thursday.

Pedroia finished with 114 points and Kinsler 98, ahead of Birmingham Brother Rice grad D.J. LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies. [FINAL VOTING TALLIES HERE]

The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 12-member panel, and selects the best player at each position in baseball, rather than by league. This year, it selected the best multi-position player, the American League Championship Series MVP Lorenzo Cain of Kansas City, who played both center and right field.

The alternative defensive awards to the Gold Gloves — which only recently added a component of defensive metrics to the voting process, and often merely went to the “best player” — the Fielding Bible Awards have been looked at as a more accurate assessment of the best defenders in the game. They’re also closely tied with one of the main defensive metrics, Business Information Systems’ Defensive Runs Saved.

Many times, the Fielding Bible winner coincides with the best player at the position by DRS.

This time, it did not, as Kinsler ranked first in DRS (20), but second in Ultimate Zone Rating (13.0) and Total Zone Total Fielding (14) behind Pedroia.

Here are the remainder of the honorees:

First base: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Third base: Josh Donaldson, Oakland A’s
Shortstop: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Left field: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Center field: Juan Lagares, New York Mets
Right field: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

The Gold Glove Awards will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Steven Moya named AFL All-Star

Manager Lance Parrish and his star slugger, Steven Moya, make quite a team.

The 6-foot-7, 23-year-old Moya earned Eastern League MVP honors under the tutelage of Parrish at Double-A Erie this season, as well as Tigers Minor League Player of the Year honors.

Now, after spending time together in the Arizona Fall League, the twosome will be representing the Tigers in next weekend's AFL All-Star Game.

Rosters for the contest, which starts at 7 p.m. EST Saturday evening, and will be broadcast on MLB Network, were announced Monday.

Parrish earned the honors of being the skipper for the West Division All-Stars by having his Glendale Desert Dogs in first place as of last weekend.

Through Monday, Moya was hitting .286, with a Glendale team-leading 22 total bases (1 home run, 1 triple, 3 doubles), and tied for the team lead with eight RBI. He also has 16 strikeouts and four walks.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Miguel Cabrera appears to be in good spirits, post surgery

Miguel Cabrera had surgery on his right ankle on Wednesday, the team announced two days later.

Initially intended just to remove bone spurs, the doctors encountered a surprise stress fracture while they were in there.

[Here's the full story on his surgery]

The slugger appeared to be in good spirits, though, in a photo posted to his fan page on Facebook, which can be seen here.

Cabrera will be re-examined in three months' time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brewers hire Tigers assistant coach Darnell Coles as hitting coach

DETROIT — Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said there would be no changes on the team’s coaching staff after last season, but that didn’t preclude someone leaving for another job.

Assistant hitting coach Darnell Coles returned to the Milwaukee Brewers organization after one year with the Tigers, leaving one hole for the team to fill.

He replaces Johnny Narron, who was let go after the season.

Coles spent two seasons as the Brewers’ minor league hitting coordinator before two more seasons as the manager at Double-A Huntsville, allowing him to get to know a lot of the younger players on the big-league club. He’d been named as manager of the Brewers’ Triple-A club in Nashville shortly before accepting the job with the Tigers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Several Tigers farmhands up for MiLBY awards

Although their seasons are long over, a few minor leaguers in the Detroit Tigers system still have a shot to collect some hardware.

A few farmhands — guys like the franchise’s Minor League Player of the Year, Steven Moya, or fellow September call-up Tyler Collins (pictured) — are candidates for awards in the 2014 MiLBYs, yearly minor league awards, voted on by the fans.

To vote, you can go here. Voting ends Thursday, and winners will be announced over the following weeks.

Categories in which Tigers players/teams are candidates:

• Breakout Prospect: Moya, Double-A Erie; Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Class A West Michigan (Jumped 14 spots in organizational rankings after leading the Midwest League in ERA at 2.27 and striking out 152)

Best Farm System: Yes, the Tigers are one of 10 candidates in this category, boosted in large part by starting pitching depth, particularly the Whitecaps rotation.

Photo of the Year: A diving catch by first-round pick Derek Hill for the Connecticut Tigers, a moment between Erie catcher Craig Albernaz and a young fan, and a pic of the Whitecaps meeting a monkey are all candidates in this category.

• Top Play:
Toledo second baseman Brandon Douglas and shortstop Hernan Perez combine for a groundout.

Top Home Run: Collins launches one onto the roof of the Fricker’s building beyond the right-field wall at Toledo’s Fifth Third Ballpark; Mud Hens veteran Mike Hessman joins the Minor League 400-homer club, becoming its eighth member.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Alex Avila leaves Game 3 of ALDS after being hit on mask with a foul tip

DETROIT — Alex Avila left Sunday’s Game 3 of the American League Division Series after taking a foul tip off the mask in the top of the sixth inning.

Avila’s had concussion issues each of the last three seasons, including three separate times this season.

He appeared to try to talk his way into staying in the game, when head trainer Kevin Rand and manager Brad Ausmus came out to check on him, but he left the field with them under his own power.

Bryan Holaday replaced him behind the plate.

Tigers lose challenge early on Romine's bunt-for-a-hit attempt

DETROIT — The Tigers took a pair of gambles in the second inning — and lost them both, upon review.

After a one-out double by Alex Avila, followed by a fly out to send Avila to third, Andrew Romine attempted to bunt for a hit.

He was called out on a bang-bang play.

Manager Brad Ausmus challenged the call, and lost.

Romine arrived at the bag at the same time as the ball, which was shoveled over by second baseman Jonathan Schoop, with a glove-flip.

Ausmus didn’t hesitate long, hoping to get Avila’s run to score with an overturn.

After a review of 2:28 by the crew in New York, the call was upheld, keeping the game a scoreless tie.