I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some actual games to start. Let's get it in gear, MLB.
Miguel Cabrera: "Si or no?" - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
via Melissa: "We need to make these shirts happen, people. Everyone go tell Doc you'll buy one. Go. Now. With haste." Of course, I second this movement.
Tigers' Brandon Inge gets help from former Michigan strength coach Mike Barwis - Detroit Free Press, Tim Rohan
If the rumors about Mike Barwis are true, then Inge will show up to Lakeland weighing 240 lbs. of solid muscle. Too bad Barwis can't teach him how to hit a baseball...
Kenny Rogers helping Tiger pitchers - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
The Gambler is back! OK, so he's just teaching our young pitchers about the importance of PFP and a good pickoff move, but his presence is still a positive for the pitching staff.
Seven players poised to erupt - ESPN Insider, Jim Bowden
You have to subscribe to ESPN Insider to read the entire article, but the only point relevant to our interests is in the header. Bowden pegs Brennan Boesch as his #1 player ready to break out in 2012, largely due to the two large men that will be hitting behind him.
Ranking the AL Central, Position By Position - DesigNate Robertson
I don't know how to put this, but we're kind of a big deal.
Around the AL Central:
Sox players all out with "All-In'' slogan - Chicago Tribune, Mark Gonzales
"Appreciate the Game" is the official slogan of the 2012 Chicago White Sox. I'm guessing this means their first one, because it's all downhill from there for this roster.
Trade Retrospective: Sabathia to Brewers - FanGraphs, J.P. Breen
Looking back, the deal that sent CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers wasn't exactly Smoltz-for-Alexander. Sabathia put up a sparkling 11-2 record in the half season he spent in Milwaukee, but the prospects that the Cleveland Indians received in return haven't provided much value as of yet.
Speaking of the Indians, they voided their deal with righthander Jon Garland yesterday.
RHP Jon Garland no longer an option for #Indians. Was scheduled for physical Monday, but didn't take it.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 22, 2012
Twins ponder if three catchers is indeed a crowd - Minneapolis Star Tribune, La Velle Neal
Make no mistake: Drew Butera, Ryan Doumit, and some guy named Joe Mauer will all be on the Twins' roster to start the season. They have enough versatility in that group to make it work. The real question is how effective manager Ron Gardenhire will be in keeping Mauer healthy for the whole season.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Brandon Phillips on contract talks with Reds: "I haven’t heard anything" - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
If there's one thing I know about this site, it's that someone is always interested in looking ahead to the next offseason's free agent pool (oh hi there, Tigerdog). While signing Phillips currently looks like the longest of long shots, there's always the potential for a deal at the trade deadline.
Edwin Jackson has a nice car - DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg
Turns out Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay aren't the only pitchers showing up to Spring Training with nice cars these days. Edwin Jackson showed up to the Nationals camp driving an Aston Martin Rapide. Hey, when you're getting paid $11 million per year...
Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp wouldn't want the MVP if Ryan Braun is guilty - ESPN Los Angeles, Tony Jackson
Kemp feels as if the award's value is cheapened if it's given to him "by default," though I thought he should have won it in the first place. Also, Kemp reveals that he tried to lure Prince Fielder to the Dodgers this offseason. Thankfully, he couldn't match the power Mike Ilitch's checkbook.
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland shows off unique wheels at Spring Training - MLB.com, T.R. Sullivan
Apparently I like cars as much as I like baseball. The always entertaining Derek Holland showed up to camp in a dune buggy, which makes total sense if you've ever seen Holland's weatherman routine.
Finally, here's video of the pitchers walking out to their Tuesday morning workout courtesy of Steve St. Germain. If you have any pictures or video of the team during your time in Lakeland (lucky...), please send them in!
OK, now go order a Miggy "si o no" shirt.