On Wednesday, the Tigers former President and general manager, Dave Dombrowski opened up about the circumstances surrounding his abrupt dismissal. He made several things clear in his conversations with reporters. First that he was fired without warning. There was no rumored mutual parting of ways involved. Secondly, that he received no explanation for the move. And third, that contract negotiations had nothing to do with it. He went on to discuss in vague terms his plans for the future, making it clear that he was still interested in running a major league team. No doubt there will be plenty of suitors for him.
Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg does a pretty nice job getting to the root of Mike Illitch's decision. Recognizing that the hiring of Al Avila seems unlikely to indicate any distinct philosophical change in how the team is run, Rosenberg frames the move as a personal decision between two high-powered and very successful individuals who never quite reached the mountain-top together.
Meanwhile, the early returns on Dombrowski's deadline deals have been excellent, as Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd each managed to allow just one run, and earn the win, in their Tiger debuts. In addition Michael Fulmer continued his Double-A dominance in his first start for the Erie SeaWolves. We'll miss you Dave, thanks for the lovely parting gifts...
The Other Way To View The Front Office Shakeup | Neil Weinberg, New English D
Weinberg processes the further revelations by Dombrowski about exactly how the firing occurred, and what issues lay behind it.
Dave Dombrowski had only one fault with the Detroit Tigers | Dave Cameron, FOX Sports
Yep, if there was one true Achilles heel in Dombrowski's tenure in Detroit, it was definitely the bullpen.
Tigers will monitor innings for Norris and Boyd -Matthew Mowery, Macomb Daily
Two of Dave Dombrowski's parting gifts have already won games within a week of their acquisition. But both Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd are young starters and can't be expected to throw a veteran's number of innings. Mowery discusses how Kyle Lobstein's rehab start may play into the Tigers' ability to manage innings limits on a suddenly youthful pitching staff.
Blockbuster Anatomy: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos on the Tulowitzki and Price Deals " Jonah Keri, Grantland
The Blue Jays GM discusses his blockbuster deadline moves with the Tigers and Rockies.
How baseball’s tech team built the future of television | Ben Popper, The Verge
How a little known team developed MLB's streaming service and became the cutting edge and industry leader in online streaming, to the point that HBO's new online service owes them a debt.
Matt Harvey, Mets beat Fish, win 6th straight | Anthony Dicomo and Steve Wilaj, MLB.com
Yoenis Cespedes seems in good hands as the Mets are rolling. While they loaded up on offense, the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon and no more, despite apparent weaknesses in their lineup. Will the Mets run away with the Nationals' crown?
What does "getting into a rhythm" mean? - Kevin Ruprecht, Beyond the Box Score
Does an old cliche have any observable meaning?
Rays Richie Shaffer had a fantastic reaction to a baseball prank - Cork Gaines Business Insider
Richie Shaffer hit his first home-run in the majors. His Rays teammates pretended not to be impressed. Shaffer didn't need them to celebrate with anyway.
2015 TigsTown Midseason Top 50: Top Ten v2 - Detroit - Mark Anderson, Scout
TigsTown updates it's top-10 prospect list to reflect the Tigers' new acquisitions. Considering that just about all of them are represented, you have an idea just how big of a deadline haul Dombrowski was able to achieve.
Lake Mills duo create baseball bat business | Sports - Channel3000.com
Nate Keller had a promising baseball playing career ahead of him, but a shoulder injury brought it to a premature end. The Wisconsin resident has finally found a way to keep his hand in the game. A quaint story about a small business, and the craft of making bats. Could a new small-batch, craft industry be emerging here?