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Detroit Tigers Links: The Detroit Tigers offseason review & Rick Porcello's role

MLB Trade Rumors reviews the Tigers' offseason, the Tigers may be warming to Rick Porcello's role, and the evolution of World Series celebrations. These stories and a bacon-shelled taco in today's Morning Prowl.


Offseason In Review: Detroit Tigers, Ben Nicholson-Smith

When the offseason began, the Tigers needed a starting pitcher and a corner outfielder. Within two months, Dave Dombrowski had addressed those needs, ensuring that the defending AL Central Champions will enter the 2013 season as favorites to defend their division title.

West Michigan Whitecaps To Offer Bacon-shelled Taco As New Food Item
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Look, I love bacon as much as the next person (unless that person is Ron Swanson), but this is horrifying in every possible way.

Wednesday: How did we get here with Brennan Boesch???
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

That question is worth three question marks, guys. THREE.

Tigers warming to Rick Porcello's role
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

That's role with an "e," not roll with a double "l." See, I can make fun of myself. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about then you are not cool and you need to read more links posts.)

Building a Farm: American League Central
FanGraphs Baseball, Mark Smith

American League Champions don’t necessarily need a strong farm system, and the Tigers do not.

Pebble Hunting: The Evolution of World Series Celebrations
Baseball Prospectus, Sam Miller

Chronicling the decline and fall of the subdued on-field celebration.

Defending the World Baseball Classic
The Hardball Times, Dan Lependorf

The WBC isn’t designed to crown the best baseball country in the world. The WBC’s value lies in its ability to foster the growth of international baseball like no other event can.

The Blue Jays are flirting with Fort Myers
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

That's because Fort Myers is awesome. (Shameless hometown plug right there.)

Big League Stew’s All-Beard Team: Honoring baseball’s best beards
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

I'm disappointed in this list. Most of these beards are terrible. And Josh Reddick looks like an angry elf serial killer.

Twenty potential problems with the Dodgers
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Twenty potential problems with the [insert any team ever in the history of forever here].