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Detroit Tigers News: Bubba Tork needs his own merch

Spencer Torkelson’s dog is our new favorite part of spring training.

Detroit Tigers Photo Day Photo by Preston Mack/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Welcome back to another news and links roundup! We’re only a couple weeks out from the return of the regular season and we’re slowly starting to see a version of what the Opening Day roster for the Tigers might look like when they head back to Comerica Park. Of course, in the meantime, there’s a lot going on, so let’s get into it.

There are plenty of good links and content to share from this week, but more than any of it, I think you guys really need to see this video that includes Spencer Torkelson wearing a photo of his own dog Bubba on it. “Bubba Tork” is a French bulldog, a breed which seems to be incredibly popular among baseball players. Anyone remember David Price’s beloved pooch Astro? And Sergio Romo got himself a Frenchie named Chuco during his stint with the Rays.

If that quick shot went by too fast for you, here’s a better shot of Spencer and Bubba with Spencer’s girlfriend Makenna.

And we had to throw in this baby photo as well.

If you missed it from his Offseason video for the Tigers’ YouTube, Bubba is currently being spoiled by Spencer’s parents during the season. Spencer lamented his absence in the video calling him “the best dog ever” then adding, “I want another dog, but it’s just not realistic.” So he’ll wear his furry bff on his sleeve, or more accurately on his chest.

Speaking of the Offseason content on the Tigers YouTube, there’s a new episode to enjoy! Casey Mize got his own video, and it turns out he’s more of a cat guy:

Moving from the Tigers’ future with the new crop of up-and-coming stars, there was a bit of a blast from the past spotted during a recent spring training game as Jim Leyland made an appearance in the crowd. Leyland was a beloved Tigers manager during some of their best years in recent history, serving as skipper from 2006-2013, and currently serves as a special assistant to the team, so his being at games certainly isn’t a surprise, just nice to see a familiar face.

On a somewhat more somber but still uplifting note:

Kimera Bartee, the Tigers' first base coach, who passed away in December at the age of 49 has been on everyone’s mind over these early days of the pre-season. The team already took a moment to remember him prior to one of their first spring training games, and the presence of his family at the games must certainly make it feel like he’s still connected to the team.

Onto a bit of lighter content, this Kreidler kid is pretty good, eh?

And now that Don Kelly is a bench coach for the Pirates, it seemed only fitting his old boss A.J. Hinch would get in some good jabs when the two teams faced each other earlier this week.

And it looks like hitting the foul poles at Comerica is about to become a bit more charitable.

The Connect 313 Fund aims to help make it possible for all Detroiters to have access to stable internet and technology by offering rebates for monthly internet services, and financial assistance towards purchasing electronic devices like home computers to ensure that everyone in Detroit is able to stay connected in our increasingly digital era.

Here’s a roundup of some news stories you might have missed at other sites this week:

And of course, our Tiger of the Day. Since it’s currently snowing where I live, this one feels appropriate to my mood.