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The Voice of the Turtle, Episode 14: All smoke, no fire

Dave Dombrowski has made his first big move in Boston, while the Tigers have been stagnant. Rob and HookSlide break down the news, and talk some Lions football with special guest Chris Lemieux of Pride of Detroit!

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It wouldn't be the offseason without a big Dave Dombrowski move. Less than two weeks in, here we are. The Boston Red Sox traded a bevy of prospects for Closer of Worlds Craig Kimbrel, while the Detroit Tigers fanbase was left wondering where they now stand.

Rest easy, Tigers fans. It's still early. On this week's episode of The Voice of the Turtle, Rob and HookSlilde sift through the offseason rumors, and whether the Tigers are taking the right approach to a pivotal offseason. From Hisashi Iwakuma to Shawn Kelley to Yovani Gallardo, the Tigers are showing interest in just about everyone with a curveball. Oh, and some guy named Jose Fernandez may be on the trade block too. Just for kicks.

In the final segment, your fearless hosts welcome in special guest Chris Lemieux, writer and podcast wrangler for Pride of Detroit, SB Nation's Detroit Lions blog. Chris breaks down the Lions season so far, whether there is hope for the future, and the striking similarities between the Lions and Tigers.

Topics in this week's episode include:
  • Whether the Tigers are ever going to do anything
  • Which pitchers the Tigers are not interested in (because they want just about everyone)
  • Bullpen Wars: Al Avila vs. Brad Ausmus
  • Dave Dombrowski finally gets his closer
  • Will the Tigers ever beat the Angels?
  • How many farm systems it would take to acquire Jose Fernandez
  • Takeout slides, replay, and what's good for the game
  • Listener questions!
  • Joaquin Benoit GIFs
  • Lions, Tigers, and old, title-hungry owners (Oh my!)
  • If Matthew Stafford is the answer at quarterback for the Lions
  • Why football fans make bad baseball fans (and vice versa)
  • 2:31 - Rounding the Bases: the Tigers are all smoke, no fire
  • 16:09 - Warming in the Pen: Damn you, Dombrowski
  • 33:48 - High and Tight: what would you give up to get Jose Fernandez?
  • 54:42 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: Jose Iglesias will NOT be traded (until he is)
  • 1:15:15 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: the Lions and Tigers are same, but different

Click below to listen to the podcast. Click here to download the podcast as an .mp3 file.

Once again, a big thank you goes out to our guest, Chris Lemieux of Pride of Detroit. You can find Chris' awesome work there (and on their PODcast!) and follow him on Twitter at @MalkovichPlan!

Be sure to send us your thoughts, suggestions, and questions for next week's show. We're on Twitter at @blessyouboys@BYBRob, and @HookSlideBYB, on Facebook at BYB.Tigers, and can also be reached at!