Dirks is a Exhibit A of how Tigers drafts have changed during the past 10 years. He was a no-frills, eighth-round pick in 2008.
Volunteers keep Tiger Stadium site ready for ballgame
Detroit Free Press, Elisha Anderson
Every Sunday, a small, but loyal, group of volunteers known as the Navin Field Grounds Crew, mow, pull weeds and clean grass from the infield at the old Corktown site.
Surprised to get bunt sign, Torii Hunter can't lay down key sacrifice
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
Let's not pretend like anyone else in his situation would have been able to lay it down either.
Around the AL Central:
Robot Umpire Audition Evaluation Notes
Let's Go Tribe
This is fantastic. Recommended reading from Rob!
The Royals aren't worried about the regular season, you guys. They are getting ready for the playoffs.
Scott Diamond and his offense struggle as the Orioles shut out the Twins.
Chris Sale needs only 98 pitches to record his first MLB shutout.
Elsewhere in baseball:
MLB admits umpires fouled up, suspends one, fines three others
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe
For the second day in a row, Major League Baseball officially conceded that its umpires screwed up.
Mother reunites with military daughter in cool surprise at U.S. Cellular Field
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
I don't like the White Sox, but I do love this story. Hope all you mothers out there had a wonderful Mother's Day!
The worst baseball writing of the month
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
So, yeah. What. The. Hell?
The Worst of the Best: The Week(s)’s Wildest Pitches
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan
Hello everybody, and, after a one-week hiatus, welcome to the first part of the fifth edition of The Worst Of The Best.