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And it hurts. It hurts so much.

New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

That was a ball

Moving on...

Read this at your own peril

Actually do read this, because it will confirm everything you already know. The bullpen has been a disaster for the past decade, and it has cost the franchise championships.

Tony Paul constructs what I might call his masterpiece, an elaborate historical narrative on everything that has gone wrong with the bullpen in recent history. Believe me, it is going to be painful, and you are not going to like it, but I feel it’s important.

You see, it’s not that the Tigers haven’t tried to fix the bullpen.

It’s just that it rarely has been the top priority — and in the rare instances when it has been, there has been an owner too preoccupied with bigger names, too many front-office miscalculations, too many ill-fated scouting reports, and, sure, maybe even a little bad luck, to boot.

The whole thing is absolutely worth your time. And if the pain is you think the pain is going to scare you away, at least Joel Zumaya gets a lot of play, so that’s a borderline fond memory.

Miggy is the man part infinity

There are countless examples, but it never gets old, Miguel Cabrera is an awesome guy. This time it involved two pretty crafty kids, who brought both a Trout and Miggy jersey to the park and ended up with 6 baseballs to show for it. Can’t knock the hustle.

Mark June 16 on the calendar

David Ortiz back?

In the most casual of tweets, Pedro Martinez dropped some groundbreaking news, that David Ortiz is in shape and maybe, very possibly,could return this season. It could be fun!

Please tank better

After selling off Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it was supposed to be full tank mode for the White Sox in 2017. But with an overachieving bullpen and a surprising offense, they have hung around in the division. Well, had, the sweep to the Tigers indicates they are still a long way away from actually competing, but as Paul Sullivan points out, the Sox rebuild compares favorably to a recent success story: the Cubs.

But when trying to assess where the White Sox are in Year One of their plan, all one has to do is look across town to gauge their progress.

And based on the building blocks already in place, the 2017 Sox appear to a bit more advanced than the 2012 Cubs were at this point in their own rebuild.

That doesn't mean the Sox will follow the exact same path to a championship, but it's a good start.

They have already amassed a solid core of young talent with the likes of Tim Anderson, Carlos Rodon, Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, all of whom could still be with the club several years from now. If they can capitalize on draft picks, always a big if, the team might not be as far away as once thought.

For your free time

Jim Leyland will represent the Tigers at the draft. The shift killed Ryan Howard’s career. And not hitting the ball, but yeah, the shift. The Orioles need to stop giving Ubaldo Jimenez chances. The Astros are destroying everyone.

And finally, someone who gets his own paragraph, Scooter Gennett. He hit 4 home runs and added a double in what might be the greatest offensive output in the history of the game. Scooter freaking Gennett. Baseball is the best.

Baseball is awesome