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Bless You Boys Podcast 125: Meet the beat writer

HookSlide returns from vacation to rejoin Big Al on this week's BYB Podcast, bringing with him a special guest - Tigers beat writer Chris Iott of

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Bless You Boys Podcast 125 was recorded August 22, 2014, has a running time of 60 minutes and features Al Beaton and HookSlide.

Special guest: Chris Iott, Detroit Tigers beat writer for We highly recommend following Chris on Twitter, at @Chris_Iott.

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Chris Iott interview:

We cover the gamut with Chris - life as a beat writer, the demands of social media and how it's changed his job over the years, the reputation of MLive's readership and if they reflect the belief fans have turned on the team, the differences between Jim Leyland and Brad Ausmus and if it's too soon to determine if the rookie manager was the right man for the job and get his take on the Tigers losing Rusney Castillo to the Red Sox and the fallout that may result.

Rusney Castillo and the Tigers' outfield in 2015: In hopes he would be their long-term solution in center, the Tigers went all-in on the 27-year-old.But the Red Sox will sign Castillo to a record setting deal for a Cuban defector. Center field remains a huge concern for 2015, with no real internal options. You can say the same about the outfield in general, which looks to be awful in 2015 as the roster it currently stands.

Offense becoming a huge concern: The Tigers haven't hit in the second half, shown by their slashing.251/.312/.374 compared to their solid first half numbers of .280/.333/.445. The team has been a wreck offensively, and there doesn't seem to be a solution in sight - save for players breaking out of long slumps.

A tale of two starts featuring no-hit stuff: Rick Porcello dominated the Rays in a 6-0 victory,  tossing a four-hit, complete game shutout. At one point Porcello retired 20 straight batters. David Price one-upped Porcello the next night, tossing a complete game one-hitter, retiring the last 23 batters he faced. But the offense was a complete and utter no-show, Price losing in heart-breaking 1-0 fashion. The Price loss may be one of the most frustrating in recent memory, an utter waste of a memorable performance.

Justin Verlander: Diagnosed with shoulder inflammation, Verlander is reportedly pain-free after taking part in long-toss and bullpen sessions this week, returning to the rotation after being out of action 12 days. He will start one of the two games scheduled as part of Saturday's day-night twin-bill in Minnesota. He still refuses to say just how long his shoulder had been affecting his play.

Charges dismissed against Evan Reed: This ruling is why we should never rush to judgment. Something did happen between the two parties involved, but the judge believed his accuser wasn't credible and that it wasn't proven that she was incapacitated, ordering all charges dropped. Regardless, it's a sad situation all around.

All that, plus tangents galore!

Upcoming guests:

August 29: Jason Beck, Tigers beat writer for
September 12: Mario Impemba, Tigers play-by-play man for Fox Sports Detroit
September 19: Rod Allen, member of the 1984 Tigers, color analyst for Fox Sports Detroit

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