March 14, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) celebrates with teammate third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) following a two run homerun against the New York Mets during the bottom of the fourth inning of a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Shockingly, Miguel Cabrera's health plays a role in the opening day roster, Chipper Jones announces his retirement, and Baseball-Reference.com adds the Negro League stats to its database. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Miguel Cabrera's health will have effect on how Tigers lineup stacks up for opener -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
I don't mean to sound rude but the headline of this article screams, "No s***."
Tigers' fifth starter remains mystery -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
"What if the starter isn't here, after all? Then perhaps Washington's John Lannan just got a lot more attractive. If ever the competition for a starting spot looked crowded, it's now." Seriously this fifth starter nonsense is making my head spin. I can't keep up anymore.
Spring training with the Detroit Tigers -- ESPN The Magazine, Steve Wulf
This is truly a great article. Totally captures the essence of the Detroit Tigers. And it certainly makes me proud to call myself a fan.
Lester hopes for cold day in Detroit -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
I'm thinking that cold weather might be a long shot this year. But, then again, it's Michigan. You can never be too sure.
Will The Tigers Be The 2005 Yankees? -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
There have been a lot of comparisons surrounding the Tigers this off season, but I have yet to see one comparing them to the 2005 Yankees. Until now.
Justin Verlander predicts he'll throw 107 mph. I will not question him. Video after the jump.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Negro League stats now available at Baseball-Reference.com -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
This is fantastic. There's really no other way to describe it.
On The Miami Marlins And Ballpark Backdrops -- Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
The Miami Marlins are like a car wreck I can't look away from. And this whole stadium backdrop debacle just makes me giggle.
Talking Chop -- For Atlanta Braves Fans
I just linked to the homepage of SB Nation's Atlanta Braves site because they have a few good stories up on Chipper Jones' retirement including video of his retirement press conference yesterday. Definitely worthy of a read.
Healthier Twins could be contenders again in AL Central -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
"Two things jump out as different about the Twins from last year — two things that could help them again become commendable and perhaps challenge the Tigers in the American League Central."