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Monday, July 25, 2016

Registration open for Jason Thompson Baseball's Fall Baseball League in Auburn Hills

Registration for the Annual Fall Baseball League in Auburn Hills, run by Jason Thompson Baseball, is open now through Aug. 7.

The league is for players ages nine to 18 (split into five age divisions) and runs from Aug. 20 to Oct. 16.

A registration form and more info can be found at, or you can register over the phone at 248-853-2255. Jason Thompson Baseball is owned and operated by former Detroit Tigers first baseman Jason Thompson, a three-time MLB All-Star.

Cost is $175 for one player, or $155 per person for a whole team (11 or more players).

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Detroit Tigers 2015-16 offseason in review

Here’s a look back at the moves — big and small — made by the Detroit Tigers since the end of the forgettable 2015 season, as well as some of the stories that made news, as those moves were happening. Each of the red links is a link to the relevant story:

Player transactions — incoming
Traded for RP Francisco Rodriguez • 11/18/15

Traded for OF Cameron Maybin • 11/20/15

Signed SP Jordan Zimmermann • 11/29/15  • [PHOTO GALLERY]

Signed SP Mike Pelfrey • 12/4/15

Signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia • 12/6/15

Signed RP Mark Lowe • 12/8/15

Traded for RP Justin Wilson • 12/9/15

Signed 17 minor-league free agents • 12/15/15

Signed IF/OF Mike Aviles, 1-year deal • 12/18/15

Player transactions — outgoing
Alex Avila signs with White Sox • 11/25/15

Rajai Davis signs with Indians • 12/17/15

Mike Hessman retires • 11/28/15

Trade Kyle Lobstein to Pirates for cash • 12/21/15

Player transactions — bookkeeping
Josh Wilson removed from roster, elects free agency • 10/15/15

Declined $10 million option on Joe Nathan’s contract • 11/3/15

Added Luis Cessa to 40-man roster • 11/3/15

JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games for failed drug test • 11/5/15

Added Fulmer, Labourt, Robertson to 40-man roster • 11/20/15

Staffing changes
Jeff Jones retires as pitching coach • 10/19/15

Hire Rich Dubee as pitching coach • 10/29/15

Beef up scouting, analytics department • 11/19/15

Lloyd McClendon announced as Mud Hens manager • 11/23/15

Announced minor league assignments, including Mike Hessman • 12/2/15

Player awards
Kinsler wins Fielding Bible Award • 10/30/15

McCann named Tigers Rookie of the Year • 11/6/15

Cespedes wins Gold Glove • 11/10/15

Cabrera, J.D. Martinez win Silver Slugger Awards • 11/12/15

J.D. Martinez named Tiger of the Year • 11/12/15

More analysis/reaction stories
Predicting the MLB postseason awards for 2015 • 10/5/15

Now that Tigers have top 10 pick, they have to make sure they use it wisely • 10/5/15

Tigers would like to lock up J.D. Martinez long term; Avila: ‘I can tell you we would have interest in something like that’ • 10/8/15

Tigers GM Al Avila reflects on 2015: ‘Not in my wildest dreams did I think we’d have a brutal season like we did’ • 10/8/15

Al Avila says Tigers will look for a pair of starters, pair of relievers in offseason • 10/8/15

Tigers won’t force-feed rookies into rotation next year; ‘As we’ve learned, it doesn’t usually work out for us’ • 10/9/15

Numbers added up for an abysmal season for Tigers in 2015 • 10/10/15

Time to face facts, Tigers fans: Yoenis Cespedes, David Price are probably not returning, as you’d hoped • 10/13/15

Tigers can’t run the risk of counting on Bruce Rondon to come back more mature — and they know it • 10/14/15

Norris announces he’ll have surgery to remove growth • 10/19/15

Tigers finally opening eyes to analytics movement in baseball; ‘It’s probably one area the Tigers are lagging behind the industry’ • 10/20/15

Five things to know about the Tigers’ search to fill their open pitching coach position • 10/26/15

Tigers certainly missed Torii Hunter in 2015; do they need to replace his leadership for next season? • 10/27/15

Norris has successful surgery to remove growth • 10/29/15

Willingness to embrace analytics made Dubee ‘clear’ choice • 10/29/15

Tigers have three Gold Glove finalists, but Ian Kinsler is best bet to end the drought • 10/29/15

As offseason heats up, Tigers GM Al Avila makes appearance on ‘Hot Stove’ • 11/5/15

Offseason plan in place, Tigers head to GM meetings ‘open for business’ • 11/7/15

Deep free-agent class of pitchers sets up well for Tigers to get the two starters they need • 11/10/15

Tigers will try, try again, to shore up shaky bullpen with offseason additions • 11/12/15

Ironic that Dombrowski swings deal for closer now, but Tigers couldn’t have made same trade • 11/14/15

Five reasons why K-Rod may (or may not) succeed where other aging closer signings have failed Tigers • 11/18/15

Saturday, September 5, 2015

VIDEO: Rajai Davis makes diving catch to rob Jerry Sands

Rajai Davis robbed Jerry Sands of a potential RBI hit in the fourth inning of Saturday's game against the Indians, racing into the left-center field gap, and diving at the last moment to make the catch.

Through five innings, Tigers starter Alfredo Simon had not allowed a hit.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

VIDEO: Rangers' Beltre and Banister get ejected

In the fifth inning of Sunday's game, Rangers manager Jeff Banister and third baseman Adrian Beltre were both tossed for arguing balls and strikes. At first, it was hard to tell which guys umpires Adam Hamari and Ron Kulpa had thrown out in which order.

That prompted this tweet:

(For the record, I think it was Beltre by Hamari, followed by Banister by Kulpa, but you can see for yourself.)

Check out the video here:

Maybe Banister just wanted more time for another trip to Ann Arbor to hang out with University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Daniel Norris hit a home run in his first career at-bat

Daniel Norris hit a home run to dead center field in his first big-league at-bat Wednesday night, a two-run shot off Jon Lester.

CLICK HERE to read more about the historical significance of that feat.

Watch the video below:

Friday, August 7, 2015

VIDEO: Jose Iglesias gets into dugout altercation with teammates

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias got into a heated altercation in the dugout with teammate James McCann in Friday night's game.


You can watch the full video here:

Thursday, August 6, 2015

VIDEO: Tigers' win over Royals momentarily delayed by 'rally squirrel'

A black squirrel found its way onto the field at Comerica Park during the Detroit Tigers' eighth-inning rally against the Kansas City Royals, momentarily delaying the game.