AL Central Standings
Prince Fielder is a hitter with power, Jim Leyland says Miguel Cabrera should be the MVP, and Angel Hernandez isn't a very good umpire. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Prince Fielder: Hitter With Power -- FanGraphs Baseball, Jack Moore
"And then you have the hitters with power. These are the guys the scouts note for their "hit tool" first and their mammoth power second. They can do it all — make contact, draw a few walks, and it just so happens that when they make contact the ball goes pretty far too."
Detroit Tigers pitcher credits West Michigan family for helping Spanish-speaking players adjust to minor league baseball -- MLive.com, Angie Jackson
"When Tigers relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal first met Mike and Lucia Page at spring training in 2009, he knew he would feel at home with the couple."
Jim Leyland thinks Miguel Cabrera should be the MVP but worries about "Wonderboy" -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
"It's not terribly surprising that Jim Leyland is going to say that he thinks his guys -- Miguel Cabrera -- should be the MVP over someone else. But his comments about why Mike Trout may win the award instead of Cabrera are pretty fun."
Postseason schedule announced; John Lowe breaks down Tigers’ scenarios -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
"Baseball’s postseason schedule was announced today, and it contains oddities for this year only. This is because the original playoff format was set before the new wild-card play-in games were added for this season."
Leyland doesn't want his locker room "cluttered up" with call-ups -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
"For a franchise that’s floundering, the September call-ups can be a chance at a sneak preview of the future. For a team with playoff aspirations, though, how much value is there in bringing up guys who won’t be doing much more than sitting on the bench?"
Looking forward to the Detroit Tigers 2013 payroll situation -- The Tigers Den, Matthew Snyder
"With the non-waiver trade deadline in the rear-view mirror, we can begin to create a fairly realistic picture of the payroll constraints the organization will face when we move to the offseason and into 2013."
Jackson, Cabrera, Fielder Best Tigers Hitting Trio Since '61 -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Norm Cash with the shoutout! That will make my dad happy.
Tigers Have Found Their Second Baseman In Infante -- Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
Couldn't agree more.
Around the AL Central:
Butler Comes A Single Short of the Cycle, Royals Win Big in Charm City -- Royals Review
"Tonight's game was one of those rare games that Royals fans never really needed to worry about anything."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Curtis Granderson's weird numbers -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"Curtis Granderson's statistical line has become so unusual that Eric Karabell and I discussed it briefly on Thursday's Baseball Today show."
Create-a-Caption: A-Rod at the Big House -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
I couldn't resist. A-Rod does not look good with maize and blue.
Angel Hernandez Is Bad, And Bryce Harper's Continued Maturity -- Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
"Angel Hernandez rung Bryce Harper up twice on Wednesday night. Harper didn't get ejected. This is more impressive than you think."