That had to feel good. One of the best hitters in history hadn’t hit a home run in almost a month. To say he was due is an understatement. That being said, he finally let everyone in on what has been glaringly obvious. His back is not in good shape and been bothering him for a while. I have no idea if this is something he can continue to play through, but the team should entertain giving him a rest.
The problem is that the Tigers are still scuffling in June and need to go on a run soon or it’s going to be sell city. Hopefully this starts something and Miggy recovers.
You knew it was coming
Or at least I did. Obviously two days after he throws Brad Ausmus under the bus for how he has been used, K-Rod is given a high leverage situation as an audition for closer and blows it. Keep your mouth shut and help the team win however you can. That includes no longer giving up home runs all the time.
Final word on the draft
The draft finished up on Wednesday with the Tigers going heavy on pitchers, using 21 of their 40 selections on arms. They also put an emphasis on college players, with 32 of the 40 from the college ranks and only selecting two prep players in their first 30 picks. Check out Ron’s draft recap on the site.
Lowest Out Rate - Defenses on Grounders and Bunts— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) June 15, 2017
A's, Red Sox 70.7%
Need a new truck?
If so, you can purchase the one that Miguel Cabrera designed with the Diesel Brothers from the Discovery Channel. The episodes will air next Monday and Thursday -- June 19 and 22 -- at nine o’clock.
More importantly, Miggy will be hosting the “Keeping Kids in the Game” event on Thursday, July 27 at Comerica Park. Proceeds from the event support children’s health and youth baseball programs and is a great cause if you are looking to donate.
A word on injuries
Everyone has them. The Tigers were deprived of almost two months of J.D. Martinez and have had a prominent Toledo contingent for most of the year. Bleed Cubbie Blue propositions that part of the Cubs mediocrity is due to persistent injuries. But no one has anything on the Mets. This is unbelievable.
Think your team has had it rough this year? Look at what's happened with the Mets this season ... pic.twitter.com/CzN2g3riu5— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) June 15, 2017
No wonder Mr. Met snapped.
Sure why not
Major League Baseball is planning a “Players Weekend” August 25 through 27 that will allow players to have jersey customization that are currently barred.
Major League Baseball will relax its uniform rules for a weekend later this season, allowing players to put nicknames on the back of their jerseys, wear fluorescent-colored shoes and personalize a patch paying tribute to someone instrumental in their development, according to a memo obtained by Yahoo Sports.
The jerseys will be auctioned off for the Youth Development Organization. I’m completely in favor of letting the players express themselves and it should make for some entertaining flair that weekend. Sporting news has a list of nicknames they would like to see but I’m just hoping for a J. Dingerz jersey and boy do I smell an advertising opportunity for The Podcastellanos.
For your free time
Victor left the game with dizziness. Hopefully everything is OK there. The long demise of Baseball Prospectus and its uncertain future. It’s probably time to pull the plug on the Pablo Sandoval experience — that was a really bad contract. Corey Kluber’s slider is the most unfair pitch in baseball.