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Drew Smyly deserves the final spot in the rotation, the Tigers don't need late inning help in the bullpen, and Andruw Jones gets arrested early Christmas morning. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl. (Also, I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!)
Making a commitment to Smyly and pursuing a trade of Porcello requires a rather large dose of confidence that he'll look a lot more like his first six starts than he did during the next set.
Right-hander Victor Larez may not want 2012 to end considering how well he has pitched.
It’s never a problem to have too many bullpen arms to throw at opponents, but the Tigers don’t need another one (and perhaps don’t even have much space for one) until they see what Rondon can or can’t do in the major leagues.
Happy Holidays from Roar of the Tigers
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
Triple Crown? Or one very fancy crown and two festive holiday hats? Given the season I think we can all figure out the appropriate answer to that question.
Your ignorant Jack Morris quote of the day
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
All of these now, it seems, come with required name-calling. But sure, it's the anti-Jack Morris types who lack civility and all of that jazz.
"Sparky & Al" from April 8, 1984
The Daily Fungo, Mike McClary
Here’s the WDIV "Tigers ’84″ segment with Eli Zaret from April 8, 1984, the day after Jack Morris‘s no-hitter against the White Sox.
Elsewhere in baseball:
My favorite baseball stories of 2012
SI.com, Tom Verducci
To mark the passing of another eventful year of championships, triumphs and memorable moments, SI.com's writers are remembering the stories they connected to most across the sports landscape in 2012.
In ESPN The Magazine, Molly Knight writes about how on Sept. 12, the Orioles' Manny Machado proved he'd be the next big baseball star.
Way to kill our holiday vibe, Andruw Jones.