Al Beaton

Managing Editor

I'm Al Beaton, aka Big Al, co-managing editor of Bless You Boys and producer of the Bless You Boys Podcast. I'm a veteran of the Detroit blogosphere, writing online since 2006. I've also written for Mlive, Bloguin and SB Nation. For the past 4 years I've been the co-host of the weekly Detroit sports podcast, "The Knee Jerks," heard on and at I'm also old enough to be your father, so get off my lawn!


Ausmus: Surgery root cause of Cabrera's struggles


A 3-for-17 weekend for Miguel Cabrera had Brad Ausmus and Kevin Rand discussing their slugger's struggles after Sunday's loss. They both pointed toward Cabrera's 2013 injury and resulting surgery...

Bless You Boys Podcast 121: All hail Joakim Soria


A bleary-eyed Big Al and HookSlide spend another show talking about the Tigers' bullpen, ponder the pros and cons of the Joakim Soria deal along with the Joe Nathan and prospect fallout, debunk...

Angels 2, Tigers 1: A good outing spoiled


The Tigers let an excellent outing from Drew Smyly go to waste in a 2-1 loss to the Angels. Detroit's offense could not get anything going against five LA pitchers, held to one hit over the final 3...

Tigers 6, Angels 4: Scherzer out-pitches Richards


In a possible AL playoff preview, Max Scherzer struck out 11 in seven innings, pitching the Tigers to a 6-4 victory over Garrett Richards and the Angels. Closer Joe Nathan had one of his best...

'Highly unlikely' Joel Hanrahan pitches for Tigers


GM Dave Dombrowski admitted today Joel Hanrahan's rehab has not progressed to the point where the 32-year-old closer will be able to pitch for the Tigers in 2014.

Tigers deal for closer Joakim Soria


The Tigers have made a deal to significantly bolster their bullpen by trading for Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers, but pay a heavy prospect price in Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

Tigers 11, D-backs 5: Tigers pull away late


What had been a blowout became tense in the late innings, the Tigers giving back five runs after taking a 7-0 advantage. But four eighth inning runs, three coming on a Miguel Cabrera home run, gave...

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