Magglio Ordonez approaches retirement, the competition for 5th starter heats up, and David Wright returns to action for the Mets. These stories and some shameless self-promotion in today's Morning Prowl.
Bless You Boys goes video: Do spring training stats matter? - Bless You Boys, Kurt Mensching
Kurt had an anti-case of the Mondays yesterday and posted like 12 bajillion stories. That being said, make sure you check out BYB's first video blog (we're still not sure what to call these things) and tell him that Donner should be the lead reporter from now on.
Adios, Magglio - DesigNate Robertson
Rogo gets serious on us for a minute to bid farewell to one of his (and our) heroes. Thanks for everything, Maggs.
Andy Oliver, Drew Smyly each to make two more Grapefruit League starts for Detroit Tigers - MLive, Chris Iott
I don't know if I'd call it "World Series-esque pressure," but I also don't know if I can remember a Spring Training competition that has been as heavily analyzed and scrutinized as this one.
Local bar celebrates Tigers manager Jim Leyland's smoking with a T-shirt - The Detroit News, Eric Lacy
Another day, another awesome Tigers t-shirt for your collection. Unfortunately, this one is currently sold out.
Detroit Tigers 2012 Season Preview - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
Normally he's on point with his writing, but Brisbee's Tigers preview is all wrong: Little Caesars' Crazy Bread isn't packaged in boxes. (h/t grath for the FanShot)
Do The Tigers Need A Right-Handed Bench Bat? - Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
As much as I loathe the idea of Brandon Inge making the roster on name alone, I'm not sure I like the idea of bringing on a less talented version of Delmon Young just to have another bat on the bench.
Offseason In Review: Detroit Tigers - MLB Trade Rumors, Ben Nicholson-Smith
Here's a nice, quick look back at everything that has (and has not) happened in Detroit since the season ended last October.
Best AAA Baseball Stadiums - Stadium Journey, Paul Swaney
Fifth Third Field is just outside the top 5 at #6 in what is a pretty interesting list of stadiums. I find it hard to believe that Tony Packo's alone doesn't put it in the top 3 though.
John Lannan will begin the season as the Nationals’ fifth starter, with Ross Detwiler in the bullpen - The Washington Post, Adam Kilgore
So much for that trade rumor. The Nats expect Chien-Ming Wang to spend at least 4-6 weeks on the DL and probably won't be back in action until late April.
David Wright played a baseball game, survived - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Both David Wright and Johan Santana were in the lineup for the Mets yesterday and didn't get hurt. Even more surprising was the fact that the Mets won the game.
Video of the Miami Marlins home run feature has finally surfaced - Big League Stew, David Brown
I'm not going to suggest that the person that created this is on drugs, but I'm not going to rule it out either.