Everyone do the wave!
Justin Verlander cleared waivers. So did pretty much anyone with a couple of extra zeroes on their paycheck from the Tigers, writes FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman:
Legendary right-hander Justin Verlander was only one of several big-name, big-money Detroit Tigers players to clear waivers, as it turns out. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jordan Zimmermann also cleared, as one might suspect, but so did Justin Upton and also even Nick Castellanos, who unlike the others isn’t signed to a long and large contract.
Michael Fulmer was claimed, as was Ian Kinsler, which we already knew, and Jose Iglesias.
The future, Conan?!
Don’t worry, 2021 is coming soon. Unless World War III breaks out first. So we may as well think about the future a bit more.
We should get an opportunity to see it when the rosters expand in September and July trade acquisition Jeimer Candelario returns to the club. Minor League Ball ranked him as one of the most exciting call-ups, saying:
Jeimer has posted an .835 OPS in the minors this season (all at Triple-A) and while his first cups of coffee in the majors haven’t gone exceedingly well, he has little left to prove in the minors and should at least get a look in September.
Sorry, Mud Hens
Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez will make minor-league injury rehabilitation starts on Thursday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) August 28, 2017
Game of Thrones wrapped up
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We need the DH
Using a lot of graphs and charts and other such tools, the Hardball Times made a visual argument for why we need the DH. Meanwhile, the Tigers probably would have gotten by fine with forcing other teams to use their pitcher at the plate, judging by their DH struggles this season.
Tigers reliever Alex Wilson is from the Houston area -- with a house further west in College Station — and said although his house is fine, a lot of friends and family members haven’t been so lucky after Hurricane Harvey struck and its tropical storm remnants remain over the region dumping feet of rain.
That has forced the Houston Astros to host the Rangers in St. Petersburg, Florida, at Tropicana Field, though Minute Maid Park has apparently made it through OK so far at least.
The Astros’ ownership — led by Jim Crane — has announced $4 million in aid to help victims of the flooding.
MLB and the MLB Players Association announced $1 million in aid themselves.
You can help too through donations to the Red Cross or other charities of your choice.