12th Man Report: Dombrowski strikes again

December 3, 2013
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12th Man Report: Dombrowski strikes again

First it was first baseman Prince Fielder. Now — starting pitcher Doug Fister. Tigers’ general manager Dave Dombrowski has proven that he’ll continue to wheel and deal until that first World Championship comes home to Detroit. In a rather surprising fashion yesterday, the Tigers dealt Fister to the Washington Nationals for infielder Steve Lombardozzi,...
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12th Man Report: Bye-Bye Prince

November 20, 2013
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12th Man Report: Bye-Bye Prince

In what came in very surprising fashion, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski appears to have dealt Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler. Fielder, who despite being a fan favorite and terrific power hitter, has struggled every post-season since arriving in Detroit. His 168 million dollars left on his contract was one...
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12th Man Report: A look at Tigers’ new skipper

November 5, 2013
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12th Man Report: A look at Tigers’ new skipper

First off — yes, Brad Ausmus is a pretty attractive 44-year-old man. But no, Ausmus wasn’t hired as the next manager of the Detroit Tigers based on his good looks and youthful age. In a search that took a little less than two weeks, Tigers’ general manager Dave Dombrowski announced former major league catcher...
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12th Man Report: Next in line…

October 24, 2013
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12th Man Report: Next in line…

The Tigers’ managerial hunt   On Monday, Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland officially retired from baseball as a manager. While many were sad, some happy, and others indifferent, there’s one thing everybody agrees on: the Tigers need a solid replacement. There are just a lot of potential candidates. The first question is whether the Tigers...
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12th Man Report: Leyland retiring

October 21, 2013
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12th Man Report: Leyland retiring

Bye-Bye Jim… In a somewhat unexpected event — although apparently planned since at least Sept. 7 — Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is retiring from baseball. According to Leyland’s press conference today, during a breakfast with general manager Dave Dombrowski in Kansas City on Sept. 7, the veteran skipper confessed that this would be...
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12th Man Report: Wipe the slate clean

October 17, 2013
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12th Man Report: Wipe the slate clean

It’s like Austin Jackson isn’t the leagues worst hitter anymore. It’s like Big Papi didn’t rip out an entire team’s — and city’s — heart with one swing of the bat. It’s definitely like the Tigers’ ace closer hasn’t been possessed by the ghost of Jose Valverde past. After last night’s victory Tigers’ victory,...
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12th Man Report: Showtime for Tigers

October 14, 2013
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12th Man Report: Showtime for Tigers

Being that Tuesday night’s contest between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox is just game three of a seven-game series that’s tied 1-1, you wouldn’t think there’s much on the line… That’s far, far from the case, though. To say that Boston has the momentum right now after their Cinderella comeback on Sunday...
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12th Man Report: Verlander’s time to shine

October 10, 2013
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12th Man Report: Verlander’s time to shine

Justin Verlander just hasn’t been Justin Verlander. I’ve heard that too many times to count this season in regard to the Tigers’ pitcher and ace. And it was true. Previously in his career, but specifically the past two seasons, he has been one of, if not the best, pitchers in baseball. This season hasn’t...
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12th Man Report: Last call for Tigers

October 8, 2013
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12th Man Report: Last call for Tigers

And so there was one… One final chance that is, for the Tigers to salvage their season. That’s the situation that Detroit finds themselves in before tonight’s game four of the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics. You know the clichés: win or go home, last game of the year can’t hold anything back, all...
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12th Man Report: Tigers’ ALDS breakdown

October 3, 2013
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12th Man Report: Tigers’ ALDS breakdown

This whole Tigers vs. Athletics in the ALDS feels a little familiar doesn’t it? You know…like maybe these two teams have seen each other before in this playoff round, and maybe it took the Tigers five games to knock off a very quality, young A’s team. It all seems familiar because that’s exactly what...
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