Opening Day in Detroit, there really is nothing like it. And this year, there literally is nothing like it. “For the past few years, Opening Day was a time to go home and visit my parents and see some old friends,” said Birmingham native Frederick Link, 44, who lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 9:13 pm
Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech tours the Detroit Tigers’ Dominican Republic academy in March 2020. With the Detroit Tigers out of action, the Free Press is getting its baseball fix by simulating the Tigers’ 2020 season on “MLB The Show 20” on Playstation 4 and taking questions while doing so. Follow along with the next game at twitch.tv/freepsports at 1:08 p.m.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 7:46 pm
The Detroit Tigers simulation bullpen did their best impersonation of the real life product on Sunday, allowing five runs in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Rony Garcia gave up a three-run home run to Oscar Mercado, and Jose Cisnero allowed the final two runs to take the loss. Most of the game played out just like the first two of the series.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 7:00 pm
Livestream: Detroit Tigers (1-1) vs. Cleveland Indians (1-1) When: 1:08 p.m. Where: Virtual version of Progressive Field, Cleveland. Game info: We are filling the baseball void by having Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech stream the Tigers vs. Indians on “MLB The Show 20.”
Posted: March 29, 2020, 5:57 pm
There’s not much to like on the Detroit Tigers for 2020. Andy Behrens delivers his fantasy preview for the AL Central team.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 3:58 pm
Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech tours the Detroit Tigers’ Dominican Republic academy in March 2020. The Detroit Tigers still hold the No. overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, that much we know.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 10:01 am
The fifth game of a seven-game series is always pivotal, and the 2013 American League Championship Series was no different. The Boston Red Sox desperately needed a win after losing Game 4 in Detroit. A victory over the Tigers in Game 5, however, would set up Boston to return home and win the series at Fenway Park.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:00 am
Former Detroit Tigers left-hander Blaine Hardy will be sidelined until 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last week, according to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Hardy, 33, who was released by the Tigers in October, was a non-roster invitee to Minnesota Twins spring training camp where he was trying to win a bullpen spot. Major League Baseball shut down camps March 12 due to the coronavirus threat.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 3:08 am
The biggest news of the past week came on Thursday night, when Major League Baseball and Major League Players Association came to a tentative agreement that would clear the way for a 2020 season. The two parties agreed to terms concerning key economic issues such as player service time and this summer’s amateur draft. In regards to service time, the season will count the same as a normal 162-game schedule regardless of the actual number of games played, and if the season is canceled players will…
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:00 pm
After pushing the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 from May 24 to Aug. 23 on Thursday, IndyCar teams and officials are setting their sights on Detroit and the possibility of finally opening their season with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader on May 30-31. Detroit is the latest opening date for the series that was hoping to start its season on March 15 at St. Petersburg, Florida.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:31 am
We watched vintage baseball games and played baseball video games and some of us even watched baseball video games on the internet. We did not, however, watch vintage baseball video games on the internet; we have standards. Still, Opening Day came and went, but there was no baseball.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 10:00 am
As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the Major League Baseball season to a halt, from a baseball perspective the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera may stand to benefit from extra time off. Following a season ending bicep tear in 2018 and battling through knee issues in 2019, any additional recuperation time may benefit the soon to be 37 year old Cabrera. In 2017 Cabrera posted the lowest wRC+ (96) of his career as his power seemingly disappeared going from 38 home runs in 2016 to just 16 in 2017.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:00 am
Even in the virtual world, Detroit Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd has a home run problem. At least, that’s how it appeared in one simulation of the Tigers’ 2020 opener against the Cleveland Indians, as the virtual Boyd allowed two homers (and eight earned runs) in the faux-Tigers’ 9-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Strat-O-Matic, makers of a baseball simulation game that has been around since the 1960s (and has now mostly gone digital), simulated all 15 of MLB’s games that were postponed Thursd…
Posted: March 27, 2020, 1:43 am
The only thing we know for sure is that this will be a season like no other. There is no template for sports any more, with the Masters still TBD and the Indy 500 pushed back to August at the soonest. But players still want to make their millions.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 1:34 am
In the second bracket set of round one, Hal Newhouser takes on J.D. Martinez; and Cecil Fielder faces off against Dick McAuliffe. Hal Newhouser vs. J.D. Martinez As far as deep Detroit roots go, Hal Newhouser has the definite edge here. Not only did he play for the Tigers for a whopping 15 seasons, but he was also born and raised in Detroit and spent his whole life in Michigan.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 8:25 pm
Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech is simulating the Detroit Tigers’ season-opener against the Cleveland Indians on MLB: The Show 20. Follow along for our live updates and chat with Fenech below after creating a Twitch.tv account: ‘Opening Day’: Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians When: 1 p.m. Where: Virtual version of Progressive Field, Cleveland.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 6:24 pm
1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the “10 and 5 rule” when he OK’d his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. 1986 — Major League Baseball’s Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series allowing a DH to be used in all games played in the American League home park. 1977 — Lenny Randle of the Texas Rangers, angry about having been benched during spring training, attacked 50-year-old manager Frank Lucchesi and sent him to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 5:38 pm