Bless You Boys Podcast 71: I made brats!

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

On this week's Bless You Boys Podcast, Al makes brats, Allison answers the phone, Kurt says, "I told you so!" and a blown save sends the show off its axis.

BYB Podcast 71 has a running time of 51 minutes and features Kurt Mensching, Allison Hagen and Al Beaton.

Topics:

Bullpen by committee hits a speed bump in game two of the season.

Phil Coke was put in a position to fail when forced to face right-handed hitting.

Justin Verlander signs a five year contract extension, becomes the real life Billy Chapel.

Risk vs reward in signing Verlander long-term.

The rush to sign young stars to long-term contracts has the media saying free agency is D.E.D., dead.

Bullpen by committee is actually bullpen by audition. -Kurt Mensching, Bless You Boys

Long-term extensions could make for parity in baseball, changing the philosophy of big market teams like the Yankees and Red Sox..

Tigers 2013 payroll reaches $148 million, have contractual commitments of $612.8 million until 2020.

The Tigers may have lost $400,000 in 2012, but not to worry. According to Forbes, the franchise is worth $643 million.

Bruce Rondon not ready for prime time.

In the game of backup infielder bingo. Ramon Santiago wins.

Tigers watching pitch counts closely in Minnesota.

Someone is bound to take a stranglehold on the closer job. But when?

Jim Leyland put players in a position to fail. -Al Beaton, Bless You Boys)

Tigers making a concerted effort to be more aggressive on the bases.

Yu Darvish narrowly misses a perfect game. No-hitters are the new black.

Click here to read Kurt's latest columns at the Detroit News.

Click here for Allison's payment details so you can join us at the BYB Meetup on August 3rd.

Check out BYB's newest podcast, the 20 Grade Podcast with Sak and Goro! To streamline things, we're adding the 20 Grade Podcast to the Bless You Boys Podcast RSS feed. If you are downloading the BYB Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or another podcatcher, you'll find The 20 Grade Podcast in the feed as well.

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