Detroit Tigers Links: Magglio Ordonez retires, everyone reflects & is Miguel Cabrera baseball's greatest hitter?

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 03: Former Detroit Tiger player Magglio Ordonez talks speaks to the fans and players on his retirement celebration prior to the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 3, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 31 23 .574 0 Won 1
Cleveland 28 25 .528 2.5 Lost 2
Detroit 25 29 .462 6 Lost 1
Kansas City 23 29 .442 7 Won 1
Minnesota 20 33 .377 10.5 Won 2

(updated 6.3.2012 at 5:40 PM PDT)


Magglio Ordonez's retirement yesterday had everyone in tears and reflecting on his time in Detroit, Miguel Cabrera might just be baseball's greatest hitter, and Cameron Maybin gets punked by his teammates. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Who Is Baseball's Greatest Hitter? -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Miguel Cabrera currently leads the voting for the best hitter in baseball. But somehow ESPN ranked him 29th in terms of franchise players. Yes, I'm still bitter.

Drew Sharp: Tigers' Ryan Raburn: 'I would've booed me as well' -- Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp
"I wasn't producing. This is a results business, and I wasn't getting it done. It's just the nature of the beast."

Tears flow during Magglio Ordoñez retirement ceremony -- Detroit Free Press, Perry A. Farrell
"Magglio Ordoñez brought swagger to a Tigers organization that was downtrodden and in need of a face to lift the organization back in 2005." He also brought humility, leadership, and one heck of an awesome hairdo.

Mr. Ilitch tells story of wooing Ordonez as a free agent -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
"Tigers owner Mike Ilitch told the story in Sunday's news conference of wooing Magglio Ordonez to the Tigers prior to the 2005 season."

Why Pat Caputo is Wrong about Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
I'm not sure a post even needed to be written about why Pat Caputo was wrong, I just usually assume he's wrong all the time. Nevertheless, Snyder tells us why.

Magglio at the Bat -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo puts a nice twist to the classic poem, "Casey at the Bat."

Is Quintin Berry even better than Austin Jackson? -- Brain Matters
This is the best post Phil Coke's Brain has ever written. Ever.

Quintin Berry Already Among AL Base Running Leaders -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
In 11 games, he's also tied for the most stolen bases on the Detroit Tigers roster. I think that's more of a testament to how slow this team is than to how fast Berry is.

Top Five Magglio Memories -- The Daily Fungo, Mike McClary
The Daily Fungo is back, and just in time to give us the top five Magglio Ordonez memories.

The Night Magglio Ordonez Made A Bowling Alley Cry -- Motor City Bengals
This is pretty fantastic article that -- yep you guessed it -- made me cry again.

Around the AL Central:

Twins 6, Indians 3: Minnesota Takes Series As Offense Backs Diamond -- Twinkie Town
"Twins take two of three in Cleveland!"

Game 53: Twins 6, Indians 3 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians fell behind early again and could never catch up in losing to the Twins 6-3. A recap of the action."

White Sox 4, Mariners 2: Chris Sale completely nasty, gives bullpen the day off -- South Side Sox
"Recap of the White Sox 4-2 win over the Mariners on June 3, 2012, in which Chris Sale threw his first complete game."

Athletics Unable to Get to Vin Mazzaro -- Royals Review
"It was clear early on to his teammates that Vin Mazzaro was loose out on the mound today."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Brett Lawrie sprints from Toronto mall after shooting -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
"A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to MSNBC.com. Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting."

What Baseball Can Learn From Hockey's Video-Review 'War Room' -- Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm
"The National Hockey League has had a centralized video-review system in place for nearly ten years. Major League Baseball can learn a thing or two from the NHL about how to set up and operate a fair and efficient system."

Burger lover Cameron Maybin gets pranked by a pair of Padres teammates -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
This is pretty fantastic.

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