When the Tigers announced that Magglio Ordonez was leaving the team for "personal reasons," people couldn't help but wonder what was going on. (Jim Leyland had already alluded to "things on his mind.") The team elaborated after yesterday's game, announcing that Ordonez was going on bereavement leave to be with his wife while she has surgery.
The move allows the Tigers to call up another player on the 40-man roster to replace Ordonez. He's expected to miss four days, but would be allowed to miss up to seven.
Billfer admits he was wrong about Edwin Jackson. At this point, I think it's understood that many of us overreacted to that deal (and likely overrated Matt Joyce, who's currently in Triple-A), but I admire Bill's willingness to take his medicine. That trade currently looks like a brilliant deal by Dave Dombrowski.
Where did Adam Kennedy's home run ball from yesterday end up? In the hands of Old English D! (Or more specifically, her son.) How cool is that? (I am so envious.)
FOX Sports' Dayn Perry picks one thing that each AL Central team should wish for. Do you agree with his pick for the Tigers' biggest need right now?
(Hat tip to Billfer)
Did you notice that Pudge Rodriguez hit his 300th career home run yesterday? And since he hit it at Wrigley Field, Pudge had no trouble getting the ball back.
If you missed it over the weekend, Carlos Guillen's shoulder is feeling stronger, and he's begun to hit off a tee.
MLB and FOX announced that postseason games will start earlier, beginning this year. Ken Rosenthal reports that first pitch for weeknight games will be at 7:57 p.m. EST. Weekend games could begin even earlier. No word yet from TBS as to whether they'll do the same.