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Bless You Boys Podcast 72: It's all Brayan Villarreal's fault!

On the second consecutive Bless You Boys Podcast recorded after a Tigers bullpen implosion, Al goes off on blowhard sports talk radio hosts, a depressed Kurt joins the Illuminati, Ian agrees with Lynn Henning and we all remember when Cale Iorg was a thing.

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BYB Podcast 72 has a running time of 1:10 and features Kurt Mensching, Al Beaton and special guest Ian Casselberry.

Looking for Allison? She took the episode off in order to see a screening of "42." Expect a review on next week's podcast.


  • Brayan Villarreal on the hot seat.
  • The Detroit Tigers bullpen by committee experiment is a work in progress, Jim Leyland still doesn't have a system in place.
  • Is Phil Coke a LOOGY or not?
  • Will Joaquin Benoit end up as the de facto closer?
  • Drew Smyly and Darin Downs deserve bigger roles.
  • Did Ramon Santiago pass the audition?
  • The velocity of Justin Verlander's fastball down according to baseball hipsters, ignoring the small sample size.
  • Torii Hunter makes his presence quickly known. Brennan Boesch and Quintin Berry who?
  • The Tigers have wasted the potential of the designated hitter for much of the history of the position.
  • The payroll piper will have to be paid in the next 2-3 seasons and fans will not like it.
  • The Tigers have several core players on the cusp of their next contract (by 2015) who will either get significant raises or massive, long-term deals from another team (Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Alex Avila, Rick Porcello). It's a depressing thought, but the Tigers will not be able to keep them all.
  • If the Tigers decide to trade Miguel Cabrera, after this season is the time to do it. His value will never be higher with two years left on his contract.
  • The Tigers release "Future All-Star" Cale Iorg.
  • Can you honestly say the AL Central is tougher than last season after a mere eight games?
  • Sad Allison is sad. The Blue Jays claim Casper Wells.
  • It's going to be a great season if you're a fan MLB.
  • Rebel umpires are needed. As in robots.
  • WXYT's Mike Valenti knows less than nothing about baseball.

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