Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The Tigers are officially beginning Spring Training today, Jim Leyland really seems to like Bruce Rondon, and the Tigers are holding open tryouts. These stories and Doug Fister playing Connect Four in today's Morning Prowl.
If Opening Day is like Christmas for baseball fans, then the first day of Spring Training is New Year's Day. There's a lot of celebration and everyone promises that they will be better than last year, but you just end up sitting on your couch all day.
"The Tigers are unlikely to use him exclusively in the ninth inning anyway. They will likely want to see him pitch against other team's starters, who are usually removed after a couple at-bats early in spring training."
Tigers announce open tryout for March 4 in Lakeland
The Detroit News
Sadly, I am too old to participate in this. Otherwise, this may have turned into the best (read: most comical) video that BYB has ever seen.
Leyland on Rondon: I’ll take talent (sound familiar?)
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Giants vs. Tigers: A World Series rematch … in Connect 4 (Video)
Big League Stew, Mike Oz
I couldn't get the video to load, so I have no idea who wins this. My money is on Doug Fister, especially if he's wearing a suit. Business Fister takes no prisoners.
New Signing Limits Put Free Spending Rays in Their Place
FanGraphs, Dave Cameron
Since I spent the weekend griping about Cameron's analysis of the Tigers bullpen, I figured that I should post something of his that I agree with. Great writeup here on the new CBA's ridiculous constraints on international spending.