For today you are the Tigers' general manager. And the subject is Max Scherzer, who can be a free agent next offseason.
As the discussion in his Thursday morning media session turned to the circumstances of him signing his first contract, I asked, 'If you hadn't gone to Dartmouth, where would you have gone?'
In the wake of an ESPN the Magazine story in which he called the Rangers' general manager 'a sleazeball,' Kinsler knew his response would be sought. He also knew there'd be reporters at his locker.
Are the Tigers going to miss Jhonny Peralta? Yes, but mostly no — and the only reason the question is being asked again is because Peralta is in the Cardinals' lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers, batting third and playing shortstop.
It's clear already that you will not be able to detect manager Brad Ausmus' batting-order plans for the Tigers from his early spring lineups.
'It's not too involved, not too detailed,' the Tigers catcher said Tuesday, before the exhibition opener. 'The runner can still do what he can to score, and the catcher can still do whatever he can to prevent it.'
The Florida Southern College game, which the Tigers will play Tuesday, takes on some importance this year because Brad Ausmus needs to see his players play — and however that process begins is welcome.
Ask ex-Tigers manager Jim Leyland about his career, and he'd grumble about being a lousy hitter. Ask Ausmus about his career, and he also prefers to remember the defensive side of it more than the offensive.
There's no reason I can think of why Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander shouldn't have his expensive cars. He makes enough money to afford any vehicle he could possibly want.
Brad Ausmus' first difficult decision will be this: Who will start for the Tigers on Opening Day? If Justin Verlander is healthy, he'll want to.
Spring training doesn't begin, some say, until the entire team — with all its extra guys and all its invitees — is out on the practice diamonds. If it's a perfect weather day, so much the better.
It would serve no purpose to compare Brad Ausmus' first camp in Lakeland, Fla., with those Jim Leyland ran. Leyland had his own way of doing things. Ausmus is just getting his feet wet.
'I want it to happen, but I won't drag it on,' Scherzer said in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday. 'This could be a major distraction, so I'm not going to negotiate during the season.
Reporting days aren't much any more at spring training. Most of the players have been here for days, anyway. But there was a former Tiger who sat at his locker all the same with a smile of immense appreciation on his face.
Jim Price was at Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday, ready for another season as Dan Dickerson's partner in the radio booth.
Verlander wanted to stay with the Tigers and made sure it happened when it was time for it to happen. So will he turn recruiter this season to help make it ...
Remember the coddling of Bruce Rondon last spring? It's not going to happen again, and that's good for all involved.
There's not much time left now before the offseason ends, spring training begins, and the reasons why the Tigers will be better begin to play out. Hand-in-hand, ...
Ever since acquiring him, the Tigers have made it known they think highly of Ray's potential. A left-handed starter, Ray isn't ready for the majors, but might ...
He's fallen through the cracks so far – as far as media attention is concerned. But it sounds as if Steve Lombardozzi will be a definite addition to the Tigers ...
Galarraga signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers on Monday, but without an invite to big-league camp. A tough ladder to climb, in other words.
I'm not sure the Tigers have enough starting pitchers. But I'm not talking about the five they're going to use. The Tigers can't bank on their starters staying ...
It's well done. Quite effective. We're talking about the Tigers' season-ticket commercial which begins in the bleakness of winter before saying, 'Just remember, ...
But Jan. 31 has the good fortune of preceding Feb. 1 — and, if nothing else, February sounds more tolerable for a reason that thaws us out just a bit every ...
On Tuesday he signed a minor-league contract with the Los Angeles Angels, who weren't his favorite team while growing up in southern California (the Dodgers ...
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Tom Gage, the Tigers beat writer for The Detroit News, graduated from Grosse Pointe University High School and Washington and Lee. Before joining The News, Tom worked for the New Orleans Times-Picayune in news and sports. Tom plays golf occasionally, and pursues his interest in American history during frequent airport delays.
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