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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander predicted to make Hall of Fame

Both Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander were predicted to make the Hall of Fame, the Tigers will not be on ESPN's opener this year, and Tom Gage predicts player expectations for this season.

David Maxwell

National writer: Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander tracking for Hall of Fame
Detroit Free Press, Kirkland Crawford

Instead of rehashing the arguments for Jack Morris or Barry Bonds, the looked at the current crop of active players and made predictions on their Hall of Fame status.

In photos: Roster projection, player expectations for 2013 Tigers
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

As the days count down to the start of spring training, Tom Gage of The Detroit News projects the Tigers' 25-man roster for Opening Day, and lays out expectations for each player for the 2013 season.

No ESPN for Tigers opener this year
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Not sure if this is really news, but after back-to-back Opening Day appearances on the ESPN family of networks, it’s worth mentioning: This year’s Tigers season-opening tilt at Minnesota will not be on ESPN.

The Next Seven Months
Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn

A Brief Look at the Major Story lines to Follow over the Next Half Year, or so.

Brain Matters

You may have noticed that this particular baseball blog is somewhat different than the rest.

Quintin Berry Excelled at Advancing Runners in 2012
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Continuing with the theme of recent posts, I have aggregated base runner advancement for teams in 2012.

Detroit Tigers Should Look To Extend Omar Infante At Some Point
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Omar Infante is signed for the upcoming 2013 for $4 million – a relative pittance – but he’ll be a free agent after the year ends, and the Detroit Tigers have few (or no) internal options to replace him.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Mariano Rivera to start throwing next week, says knee is at about "95 percent"
HardballTalk, D.J. Short

Encouraging news to pass along regarding Mariano Rivera, who is currently working his way back from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Dontrelle Willis Chicago Cubs, Dave van Dyck

The long journey taken by Dontrelle Willis apparently is coming back to where it began -- with the Cubs.

Caden Crisp can rock an epic Afro, just like Coco
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

This made my day.