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Detroit Tigers Links: Al Kaline happy with Hall of Fame shutout & Tigers Spring Training dates are set

Al Kaline is happy with how the Hall of Fame voting turned out, Barry Bonds seems like he couldn't care less, and the Tigers have set their Spring Training dates. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Ezra Shaw

Ex-Tigers great Al Kaline glad no one is entering Baseball Hall of Fame this year
Detroit Free Press, Mike Fitzpatrick

"I’m kind of glad that nobody got in this year," former Detroit Tigers outfielder Al Kaline said. "I feel honored to be in the Hall of Fame. And I would’ve felt a little uneasy sitting up there on the stage, listening to some of these new guys talk about how great they were."

The 2013 BYB Meet-Up: Planning Poll
Bless You Boys, Allison Hagen
Read this or Alli will be very, very upset!

Tigers spring training dates are set
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Good news: Spring Training is sooner than you think.

Is Michael Bourn A Possibility For The Tigers?
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg

"Strangely enough, I just wouldn’t want to give up the draft pick. Losing that first rounder will take away from the Tigers overall pool. I wouldn’t hate a Bourn signing on a one year deal, but wouldn’t love it."

Torii Hunter, Phil Coke serving up donuts, coffee as part of Tigers winter caravan
The Detroit News, Tony Paul
The image of Phil Coke spiking a box of donuts just popped into my head, and it is glorious.

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at a contract crossroads
ESPN New York, Andrew Marchand
Jhonny Peralta's contract is up after this season. Just sayin'.

Washington Nationals Reportedly Sign Adam LaRoche To Two-Year Deal
Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington
LaRoche will make $24 million over the next two years, which is a bargain if he repeats his 2012 numbers at least once.

Barry Bonds reaction to Hall of Fame news: Aloha!
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Obligatory "look how small Bonds is now" comment. He still should be in the Hall of Fame though.

Indians trade Jeanmar Gomez to Pirates
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Gomez won his only start against the Tigers last season, but gave up six runs in five innings.