Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde's struggles & Miguel Cabrera's 44 home runs

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Jose Valverde has been temporarily removed as the Tigers' closer, Miguel Cabrera's 44 home runs on one graphic is pretty sweet, and the history of how the current roster was built. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Tigers' problem more complex than simply appointing new closer
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

What Jim Leyland explained Sunday were the complexities involved in a closer's role and the difficulty in exiling Jose Valverde two games into the World Series semifinals.

Visualization: Miguel Cabrera and his 44 Triple Crown-winning home runs
The Hardball Times, Dan Lependorf

This. Is. Awesome.

How the Detroit Tigers Were Built
Minor League Ball, John Sickels

Here is a look at the current roster of the Detroit Tigers, examining how each player was acquired and where they were drafted/signed from.

No way Tigers can trust Jose Valverde with ninth inning again
Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom

It was a collective plea, an ensemble gasp, a worry so loud from Detroit fans you could hear it all the way here in Yankee Stadium.

Tigers go with bullpen by committee for now
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Your Tigers closer for now is TBD.

Fun Facts About the Tigers Pitching Staff
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Turns out, the Tigers' pitching staff is decent.

Yankees and Tigers Both Wounded
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

But make no mistake: both teams are bloodied and weaker going into game two than they looked on Saturday morning.

The Tigers are trying to kill me.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Always a good day for a terrible cartoon.

Elsewhere in baseball:

NLCS promises to be worth price of admission
MLB.com, Anthony DiComo

A photograph surfaced on Twitter early Saturday morning, courtesy of Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. In it, a group of players -- including Sandoval and Tim Lincecum -- crowded around a television, bunched together on their idle team plane in Cincinnati.

Jason Giambi "remains a candidate" for Rockies’ managerial opening, likely to interview soon
HardballTalk, Drew Silva

Troy Renck of the Denver Post suggested earlier this week that Jason Giambi, who hasn't even officially retired from baseball, might be a candidate to fill the Rockies' managerial vacancy following Jim Tracy's sudden resignation.

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