GREENE GOOD TO GO

Next Tuesday, Shane Greene will represent Detroit at the All-Star Game in Cleveland.  From a trade value standpoint, the Tigers could not have asked for a better scenario. 

With the trade deadline fast approaching at the end of the month, the Tigers stand to receive a decent prospect or 2 in exchange for one of the top closers in the game.

So let’s revisit this topic that will be relevant reading until the end of July.  In the meantime, enjoy your Independence Day!

Totally Tigers

By:  Kurt Snyder

Good news for a rebuilding team has a different feel for sure. Very little is about winning now. Most good news is about the future and preparations for the future.

The MLB draft, now behind us, is one of the most important events of the season, especially for teams starting over and rebuilding like the Tigers. The team has actually done what they needed to do, fortifying their stable of minor league pitching prospects with a good helping of position players. So you can check the box on that for 2019.

There is no need to analyze the draft, question the draft or draw any kind of conclusions. Not yet. We are years from knowing anything for sure. Nope, this isn’t the event that gets the juices flowing. Nothing is quite like the trade deadline, even though rebuilding teams still aren’t certain about the level prospects they…

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“MONEY” BALL

As we head into the holiday, let’s revisit a blog from 3 weeks ago.  Not only is it still relevant, but we continue to see players no longer with the team thriving elsewhere. 

Of course, there is Justin Verlander, who has only gotten better and considered to be the top candidate among most for the Cy Young Award thus far this season.  And then, Jose Iglesias continues to put up solid numbers – including a .287 BA –  that would rank near the top on the Tigers team.

And let’s not forget James McCann.  Elected to the All-Star Game by the players themselves and hitting. .319 with 9 HRs and a .890 OPS.  He ranks second in all of MLB – after Yadier Molina – in gunning down base stealers with a 41% success rate.

The motivation for these moves has us thinking these days as we see the starting rotation decimated and missing 2 regular starters.  As Jordy Mercer hasn’t been seen since April.  And then there is Grayson Greiner, who has mysteriously disappeared.  Let’s not forget McCann’s other replacements in John Hicks and Bobby Wilson, who are hitting .187 and .136 respectively.

But despite all of this, may you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Totally Tigers

By:  Holly Horning

You’ve heard the expression “throwing money at the problem,” right? A strategy meant to override, not really solve, the issues surrounding the problem. You just want the problem to go away. You also really aren’t interested in resolving the problem. That would take too much time and too much effort.

Money solves a lot of problems. But what if you take it away? What happens? What do you see?

The real truth. A warts-and-all picture of exactly how well – or not – an organization or strategy is running.

And this is what is happening with the Detroit Tigers.

It’s a return to real.

It’s midnight in Detroit and that golden coach has almost turned completely back into a pumpkin.

In other words, the money that has fueled the Tigers’ success over the past decade, has been taken away.

What should we expect to see now?

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OH, THE SIMILARITIES

By:  Alex Hosmer

On this Memorial Day, Totally Tigers would like to extend heartfelt recognition and appreciation to the brave men and women in uniform, whose sacrifices give us the freedom to enjoy our national pastime and the ability to freely share opinions and perspectives on platforms like ours.

One year ago Monday—on Memorial Day 2018—I had the privilege of taking the pen for the Totally Tigers post of the day after being on location at Comerica Park, a deviation from my normal duties under the hood as technology administrator of the site. On Monday, this time reporting on-site from Camden Yards, I am grateful to share some thoughts on the Tigers’ 2019 Memorial Day game.


Despite the holiday and temperate weather, the attendance was just over 18,000, not even enough to give away the 20,000 promotional Orioles Pint Glasses and fewer fans than attended Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston. I practically had a row to myself. If only that would happen on airplanes more often!

Those who attended were a mix of Tiger and Oriole faithful, both young and old. Fans were present and engaged, but equally on both sides, I could sense a rather subdued overtone among them, one characteristic of two teams going through tough stretches within the context of major rebuilds. Fans were there out of sheer love for the game and their team, despite the less than ideal performance to this point on the field. Some observations:

• I sat a few rows ahead of a family decked out in Tiger gear. Arriving a mere 5 minutes after the first pitch (before the Orioles had even gone to bat), one of them said, “Are the Tigers down yet?” Compared with last year’s experience at Comerica Park, more skepticism has certainly set in. At last year’s game, what seemed to be cautious optimism and excitement for upward trajectory has shifted to skepticism and fearing the worst. And after the May the Tigers have been having, their sentiment is not hard to imagine.

• What struck me on the Orioles side was the standing ovation many fans gave Dan Straily after his 4-inning relief appearance. His pitching was very respectable for sure, but the ovation almost seemed overdone (like an ovation you’d give someone for pitching a shutout). Learning that he was recently shifted to the bullpen after several rough starts, it made me think seeing him succeed on the mound in some capacity provided a sense of relief for the fans. For a team like Baltimore, small victories go a long way.

It is always exciting to watch as new storylines emerge between two teams with long, storied pasts, no matter the circumstances or magnitude of any particular game.

Roaming the concourses at Camden Yards, much like Comerica Park, statues, signs, and original gear are tastefully integrated into the aesthetics of the ballpark. It feels like a walk through history. And should any readers find themselves at the park, Boog’s BBQ (a local favorite) or anything smothered in Old Bay seasoning is a must! Both the Orioles and Tigers have long histories and continued reverence to past greats—Gibby, Tram and Cal, to name a few—but must nonetheless look forward to achieving and sustaining similar success in this century, to write a new chapter that future generations will revere.

Both the Orioles and Tigers are charting similar paths for the cellars of their respective divisions in 2019, as can be expected for two teams in the midst of rebuilds. It is hard to believe the Tigers were just two games under .500 earlier this month, now being discussed with the likes of Baltimore and KC.

Both franchises hope that this series can allow them to put considerable skids behind them and start to build upon the newly laid foundations. I hesitate to say that any stretch at this point is pivotal or “must win” for teams in the cellar, but series like these against teams in the same situation are key opportunities to turn the corner.

For the Tigers on Monday, two cardinal sins plagued them from starting that critical upward trajectory: multiple defensive miscues and lack of timely hitting. The unearned runs resulting from Tiger errors were the difference in the game.

The turning point was Ronny Rodriguez’s botched double play that would have gotten the Tigers out of the 3rd inning with no runs scored. Instead, both Oriole baserunners took three bases, scoring one run and allowing Pedro Severino to smack a sac fly on the very next pitch. Oh, and who did Ronny think was going to cover second base in the 4th?? Credit the Orioles’ baserunners for their heads-up play.

Taking advantage of these mistakes and relying upon respectable pitching, notably getting out of the 9th inning where the Tigers had two on and nobody out, got the Orioles the W. Dan Straily, despite a recent demotion to the bullpen, made the most out of his lengthy relief appearance to silence the Tigers’ offensive responses during a brief outing from Gabriel Ynoa.

As for Daniel Norris, this loss will be tough to swallow, having given up only two earned runs through 5 and 2/3. While some feel he deserved better fate than taking the L, his throwing error in the first helped set up Renato Nunez’s two run homerun. Though scored as a single and a throwing error, if the throw were on-line, it seemed like he had a chance to throw Alberto out from my vantage point sitting on the first baseline.

After this series concludes on Wednesday, these teams will not see each other again until mid-September at Comerica Park as the season winds down. I am very interested to see how the remainder of the season plays ou and who will be in better shape going into 2020.

The games in-between now and then will dictate whether both teams’ recent losing is a microcosm of what we can expect down the stretch or an anomaly that will work itself out. Will we continue to consider them one in the same or will they change course and start to string wins together? On Monday, though, it was the Orioles who took that step in the right direction.


Thanks to Alex for being our eyes and ears in Baltimore.  Glad we could give him the wheel for a day.  Nice thoughtful and informative piece, Alex!  Great job!


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THE LEAD DOG

By:  Holly Horning

They are the 5th best team in baseball at the moment with a .614 win/loss percentage. One game back of the Yankees.

They also have baseball’s lowest payroll at $49 million. The next lowest team’s salary is $20 million more. And the Yankees? Their payroll is more than twice that of this team.

Historically, this team has always had the lowest or been ranked as having the 28th or 29th lowest in team payroll.

The Tampa Bay Rays.

They have long been considered to be baseball’s most innovative and progressive team. All due to the people they hired. All due to the owner who made a point of hiring all new people when he bought the team back in 2005.

You know about Joe Maddon. But then there’s also Andrew Friedman and a host of other executives who have been hired away by other teams and in turn, hired some of the best new minds in baseball like Farhan Zaidi. Teams like the Dodgers, Astros and Cubs. All teams that are enjoying winning regularly. All teams that are in first place.  All teams which hired Rays personnel.

And it’s not just a coincidence……

The Rays are in their second year of a rebuild and according to the media, they are well ahead of schedule.

Their focus? The farm system.

They put into place a comprehensive plan to rebuild the entire farm system that included overhauling their drafting and scouting process. They also put more attention and money into player resources which includes advanced nutrition and off-season conditioning programs.

In several short years, their farm system now ranks #2. They are deep in stellar prospects – many of whom are ready to come up to the majors soon.

The Rays have 9 players in the top 100 MLB prospects. All are home-grown.

Isn’t this the way it should be done?

But let’s not stop here. The Rays were the first to discover analytics. They invented the shift and the opener. Those two helped them win 90 games.

And the guy who brought it to being didn’t play baseball at all. He was a math major from Princeton. And he was hired in his 20’s to start baseball’s first analytics department. He also wears the team’s uniform and sits in the dugout. The players, as well as the manager and coaches, have all bought in.

And that’s the big thing. The corporate culture. From the owner on down. It’s all about being at the forefront. Being new and edgy. Progressive. Because that’s how you beat out teams in the primary market. Like the Yankees. Like the Red Sox. The teams in your division who are working with 2 or 3 times more payroll than you.

Everything within the Front Office emphasizes the need for everyone on the team, no matter their position, to embrace the different, the new. To not be afraid to do things differently.

Their top executives are all in their 30’s and 40’s. Very few came from a baseball background. Most of them have MBAs.

It took the new owner less than 3 years to put the pieces in place that took the team above .500. In his 14 years of ownership, the Rays have finished above .500 9 times and played post-season 4 times, including 1 World Series.

Oh, and the team is MLB’s most affordable team to watch. Ticket prices are low and the organization offers free parking and allows fans to bring in their own food.

Shouldn’t the Rays be the team the Tigers need to emulate?

Shouldn’t the Tigers be hiring some of their executives?

As they say, if you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.

And the view never changes if you aren’t proactive and willing to shake things up.


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HOLDING OFF FOR NOW

By:  Holly Horning

The Tigers have a team batting average of .161 with no one batting over .300 and 3 hitting in the .200’s. That leaves 9 players hitting under .200 (2 of them hitting under .100) and a team that now ranks #29 in BA but only by .001. A whopping 12 runs scored in their first 7 games which also puts them just 1 run above last place.

They also have 79 strikeouts which puts them at the top of the MLB rankings.

Thank goodness for starting pitching and the bullpen which leads MLB in lowest ERA. They are the sole reason the Tigers have won the games they did.

Granted, it is the beginning of the year and Miggy hasn’t been swinging a bat in nearly a year so he can’t be expected to rebound that quickly. But the Tigers finished last in most offensive categories last year so this isn’t an anomaly. It could conceivably be a hint about what will happen this year. And it could be even messier.

We’ve all seen it. Players at the plate swinging wildly at pitches so far outside that GPS trackers were needed to find the balls. Players not battling at the plate. Players who simply looked bad, even lost, at the plate.

And the one hitter who never gave up an at-bat, Victor Martinez, is gone. The Tigers talked about having him as a special hitting assistant this spring training but he was never seen.

But Lloyd McClendon is back, along with his assistant, Phil Clark. The same guys who had a hand in the team landing at the bottom of the offensive stats last year.

While it’s true that there is a lot less talent to work with, isn’t the job of a hitting coach to help his players be the best hitters they can be? Isn’t the job of the hitter to listen to his coach’s advice?

Yes and yes.

Do those hitters look like they are battling at the plate? Do they appear to be listening to what their coaches are saying?

No and no.

In other organizations, if your team showed an overall marked regression in their offensive stats, those in charge would be gone. But consider that the Tigers have a number of “Teflon” coaches who have hung onto their jobs despite being unable to lay claim to any improvements that have come under their watch.

And it doesn’t help that Ron Gardenhire was not allowed to hire either of his hitting coaches. He “inherited” them. And if they don’t say anything like the alleged statements of former pitching coach Chris Bosio, they are here to stay. Even if Gardy has to occasionally and diplomatically allude to his unhappiness with poor plate discipline in his interviews – potentially in the hope of getting management to act.

But this blog isn’t focused on the coaches. It’s about the viable options the Tigers have in solving their hitting struggles. It’s about where the Tigers go from here with their offensive (and it truly is offensive!) troubles.


It’s up to the players. Well, certain players.

Miggy, for sure. And Jeimer is looking promising so far. Niko, maybe.

And Nick.

You know, Nick-we-must-absolutely-trade-him-for-prospects-Castellanos.

And at this point, the Tigers will probably hold off on trading him until closer to the end of the year for several reasons.

Sure, this gives Nick a chance to increase his value to other teams and build his hitting stats. Teams who are in contention tend to become more willing to make a deal later in the season.

But, ironically, the Tigers probably do not want to trade him until closer to the deadline for another reason.

It’s all because the man can hit. He’s one of the few on the team who can.

And it’s more of a business decision than anything else.

You see, Miggy’s health is still not guaranteed. His bicep may be better but he still has 2 herniated disks in his back. What are the chances he will be lost for some of the season or that his back will flare up and make it hard to swing a bat?

And if Nick is traded? Who will hit on this team enough for the Tigers to win some games instead of spiraling into long losing streaks?

If you take Castellanos out of the picture, the Tigers will undoubtedly lose more games. Many more games. They will tank more quickly and earlier in the season.

And that’s not good for putting fannies in the seats. As long as the team appears respectable and stays near .500 and the middle of the pack, the fans will come. But if the bottom drops out early, there will be a lot more empty seats. And it will stay that way for the rest of the year.

It’s better for the team to start tanking come August when the final third of the season is playing out, families are away on vacation and kids are going back to school.

Simply put – take Nick away and the organization will lose revenue.

It’s a fine line the organization will be walking with additional risks factoring in near the end of the 2019 season. Figuring out how long to keep their RFer and risk losing him to free agency without any compensation. There is no way they will extend a qualifying offer that will be around $18 million for next year.

In the meantime, the Tigers have less than a year to find some solutions for their offensive issues. Let’s hope they know where to look.


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HURRY UP, ALREADY!

By:  Holly Horning

It’s Opening Day!

No matter how you feel about our team from year to year, hope always springs eternal on this first day of the season. We all look forward to it and if we’re lucky, we are even able to attend the game.

And if you don’t live in close proximity, you remember to carve that tv game time out of your professional calendar lest a client wants to book you, God forbid. Not that I’m naming names…..

And every year, we have different feelings about this team. For 10 years, we were very excited. We could feel it, taste it – knowing how close the Tigers were.

Then, followed by 3 years that were anxiety-producing. Knowing that the window had started to close and hoping, hoping, hoping that the team would finally put it all together.

The last 2 years were difficult ones. The realization that this team had started rebuilding and that times would become difficult, depressing and filled with deconstruction. Fond farewells took place regularly and 90+ losses became the new reality.

But this year will be a different year. Or rather, it needs to be different because it will tell us where the team is truly headed.

The Tigers can’t afford to have yet another season in which the roster continues to get torn down and the team sits in the basement when October hits. There needs to be visible, measurable improvement of some kind.

And if that doesn’t happen, it will say a lot about the talents of those in charge.

Which is why much of my time in 2019 will be focused on the players who didn’t make the Opening Day roster. Not as much on those who did.

The Tigers made their roster official just 24 hours ago and outside of a couple of players ( who made the roster mostly due to others’ injuries), there were really no surprises. It still is, for the most part, a collection of guys with contracts too big to move, familiar secondary players, temporary fill-ins and a handful of rookies.

The catching position is still in flux and considered by some to be a position in transition until a more promising prospect develops.

The infield has 3, maybe 4 players, out of 5 considered to be stop-gap. Miguel Cabrera is the only one considered to be a shoo-in to hold his position for next year.

The outfield has developed a little more with the arrival of Christin Stewart and Dustin Peterson but there are concerns as to whether they will stick beyond the next year or two. Castellanos will be gone one way or another after this year and the Tigers are left with 2 utility guys.

Starting pitching is an even bigger question mark with one guy who is there simply because of his contract and 2 other starters who are fill-ins for the year. Boyd is the Tigers’ best bet and Spencer Turnbull appears promising but has yet to establish a track record. Don’t expect Fulmer back next year in any meaningful capacity. In summary, the Tigers will need more starting pitchers in 2020 than they currently have.

And what to say about the bullpen? The hardest part of the roster to predict for any team. The Tigers have 2 who are unproven, 5 who are average at best and 1 (Joe Jimenez) who is part of the future.

So if we look at the roster overall, we have yet to see this influx of new talent beyond a player or two. The new talent that will make this team competitive. The new talent that will start to move the organization up in the wins column.


If you think about it, hope for the future is comprised of the following players who will start this year:

2 players with huge, untradeable contracts

2 players with a 50/50 chance of sticking with the team beyond this year

1 utility player expected to stay long-term

1 outfielder who will stick because of his bat

1 starter

1 reliever

4 question marks (performance to be determined)

That’s 12 players out of 25. That’s a whole lotta other holes to fill. So much for Al Avila’s earlier quote about the team becoming competitive in 3 years. For the record, he was referring to 2020.

This is why I’m going to be paying much more attention to what is happening in Toledo and even more attention to who gets called up this season.

If the Tigers are going to be competitive again, they need to be bringing up more talent. More than 1 or 2 players. And doing it much more quickly.

And if they don’t, then the organization needs to look at the reasons why. Will it be because there is that historical lack of urgency? Or will it be because there is a lack of talent?

And if either of those reasons turns out to be true, then the Tigers also need to be looking at roster changes within their Front Office.

In either case, teams can’t take their time building their rosters. Especially today. The longer you wait to assemble a competitive team, the sooner you will lose some of those players to free agency because of the money they will demand. Remember, Chris Ilitch is not like his dad. His pockets are way more shallow.

Oh, and 1 more reason for the Tigers to hurry up this rebuild? Al Avila’s contract expires after next year.


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Whose successful comeback this season would most benefit the Tigers, Michael Fulmer or Jordan Zimmermann?  Explain.

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BIG MONEY, BIG EXPECTATIONS

By:  Holly Horning

What do Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Chris Davis, Clayton Kershaw and others have in common?

Really big, long-term contracts. That and the fact that those contracts have been a lightning rod with fans as these players have gotten older, injured and ceased to perform as they did earlier in their careers.

So it should come as no surprise that this topic should rear its head again with the newest members to join this group – Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Expect the two of them at some point down the road to go under the microscope and incur some fan wrath, too.

But as we look at these contracts, the only thing that really should raise our eyebrows is that some of these players are surprised that fans are angry. And really, they shouldn’t be. They should have expected it.

They should have seen this coming as a byproduct of their massive contracts. And they should have been properly prepared for the expected blowback by their agents.

Historically, we all know by now that long-term expensive contracts are not a good idea. They tend to work out over the first 3+ years but as the player ages and/or gets injured, complications set in. We also know that stats show the players who receive these contracts are rarely the catalysts who help bring world titles to their teams.

But there will be owners who are desperate enough to make these signings because they want that ring so very badly. Some will say that owners have the right to do this and add that it’s their money. And in a way, it is.

But also understand that the costs of signing these players is passed down to the fan base in the form of increased ticket, food, tv, merchandise and parking prices. Owners are successful business people afterall.

Miguel Cabrera was recently quoted as not being apologetic about his contract. His rationale was based upon baseball owners having profitable organizations and a lot of money. Yes, he has no need to be apologetic and he is also partially correct about owners swimming in money.

But Miggy conveniently ignores the fact that the owners aren’t paying the majority of these huge contracts.

Fans are.

Does he really think that owners like the Ilitch family are personally fronting his salary without a plan to increase revenue and pass along the costs?

All you need to do is compare the price of Tiger tickets from 2005 until this past year. During that time, the Tigers doubled the average price and more than doubled the cost of premium seats. Add in some of baseball’s most expensive food, parking and merchandise and your wallet is going to be much thinner when all is said and done.

And the sharp rise in prices happened in a time period when the Tigers were signing costly free agents on a yearly basis.

In all of MLB, for over the past decade, the Tigers have consistently come in as the second most expensive team overall for those wishing to attend a game. And the reason why is because of all those expensive contracts they gave out.

Yet, given Miggy’s flawed rationale, no one should blame him for signing the contract he did. It was offered and he took it. We would all do the same thing.

The only problem is that Miggy – and most of his brethren listed above – didn’t fully understand that with these contracts, come increased obligations and expectations. Something that those within the Front Offices and sports agencies should have addressed with them before they signed their contracts. They should have prepped their clients about the baggage that comes with these salaries, especially down the road as performance starts to fade. And they should have continued to emphasize this regularly throughout the years.

As a result, these high-profile players are lashing out, committing social media suicide and acting surprised that they are being criticized.

The bigger the contract, the bigger the pressure. An increased level of scrutiny, more visibility – and more responsibility. Also the bigger the expectations by fans – and presumably also by the owner.

And when the player’s performance starts to go down, or when he had a bad year, he has to understand that some fans aren’t going to be happy. They’ll feel they’ve been let down. It is their money that is ultimately paying for these contracts. They’ve invested a lot in these players – both figuratively and literally.

And when the player is seen as not taking care of himself, coming to a game or spring training unprepared or not being serious enough about contributing or winning, he needs to know that fans aren’t going to see this in a positive light.

And he needs to understand that the fan has this right. He’s earned the right by paying the eye-popping prices to attend a game or buy a jersey.

Simply put, the fans aren’t going to care as much about diminishing performance from the guy making MLB-minimum or even a couple million as they are about the guy with the contract that can make or break the team.

An elite contract comes with obligations for both sides. It is a two-way street and that’s where one can find fault with the players. Not for signing the contract but for not understanding the obligations and reality that come with it.

And players like Miggy shouldn’t be surprised when teams take a turn for the worse and go into rebuilding mode. When fans see that his contract takes up just over one-third of the team’s entire payroll and serves as an albatross to the rebuilding process.

And it’s all because the team is losing now. And it’s especially because Cabrera hasn’t had a good year since 2016. When you’re winning (no, not like Charlie Sheen), well, winning takes care of everything.

No one cares about a contract when the player is performing well and the team is at the top of their division.

People start really caring about the contract when the return on the investment starts to tank and when it is seen as an impediment to the growth and development of the organization. And when your GM repeatedly talks about the continued need to cut payroll and ends up essentially gutting the team in order to get it done.

You can ponder the merits of owners offering long-term contracts. And you can’t blame players for accepting these contracts. But you can blame them for thinking that these contracts don’t come with strings attached. Because they do.

And the worst thing they can do is to blame or criticize the fans. The same fans who are really responsible for paying their salary.

What they really should be doing is letting their bats and gloves do the talking. And staying quiet.


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Please read the following quote from Chris Ilitch…

“I am excited about our vision and our plan and how it’s being executed,” he said. “I am very optimistic and I like the forward momentum of our club. I feel good about it.”


Do you support Chris Ilitch’s quote?  Is this something he needed to say?  Could he have said something better?  What would you have said if you were the owner?

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TIGERTOWN: ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY

On this holiday, I have chosen to repost a blog I wrote a couple years ago. With spring training now underway, enjoy this pertinent blog from the Ralph Snyder Archives.

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By:  Kurt Snyder

It’s been a long time since I have been to Lakeland. Like 50+ years! Even though I’ve been there, it’s nothing I remember considering I was only 2 or 3 years old.

But thanks to my brother, Doug, I am able to share with you stories about a time when things were so simple. Tigertown and the players themselves have changed more than you can imagine. The game was so much different in the 1960’s when my father worked as an Assistance Scouting Director for the Tigers. It was a completely different world; a completely different atmosphere.

There were no multimillion dollar contracts. There was no free agency. The players were literally employed for life with one baseball team unless they were traded. That was really the only way they could play for another team.

Players really didn’t make that much money back in the 60’s. They…

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