TigerFest tickets on sale now

If the winter weather seemed a little bit warmer Friday, it might have something to do with TigerFest around the corner. Tickets for the annual offseason warmup event went on sale Friday morning.

This winter’s edition heads back to Comerica Park on Saturday, Jan. 22, and includes a lot of the events that get fans looking forward to baseball season. It’s usually a first chance for fans to meet some of the newest Tigers, though a roster of players expected to attend won’t be released until after the new year, and an opportunity for fans to get autographs from their favorite players. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, manager Jim Leyland and others answer fan questions on the main stage. Fans can warm up with a self-guided tour through the Tigers clubhouse and a guided tour of the Champions Club and Ernie Harwell Media Center.

Tickets are available at tigers.com/tigerfest or by calling 866-66-TIGER. But hurry, since this usually ends up being a sold-out event pretty quickly once tickets go on sale.

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I need a reality check – I felt sorry for Edgar that he was only offered $1m for 2011 by the Giants.

I can state with a fair amount of certainty that what DD has done thus far is simply not enough.
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Get your butt on the phone Dave.

The “mystery team” has been revealed and it did exist. Who saw that one coming? I don’t know how much Mrs. Lee’s complaints about the Yankee fans played into it, but it didn’t help. Probably just a few jerks, but that’s when the fans have to police themselves.
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So the Yankees have signed none of the big FAs? How is that possible? I don’t think they have any real use for Magglio and they wouldn’t want Pavano again, so now what do they do?
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This has been an odd offseason so far.
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–Rich

That’s exactly it, Dave. Some guys need to step up. There are only a few teams with the money to assure postseason appearances, while the rest rely on seasons when everything goes right. Or hope and dream, as it’s come to be known.
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We’ve got guys who have demonstrated what they can do at times. Those times need to stretch out over an entire season. Cabrera and Jackson are about the only guys who had a good year, start to finish. Verlander, bad April again. Scherzer and Porcello, minor league stints. Galarraga, up and down. Raburn and Boesch, half a season. And so on. What about Ryan Perry? I’m wondering if he has the makeup for late inning work in the big leagues. Nice kid, perhaps too nice. These people have to step up their games on a consistent basis and if they do, we’ll have a fun summer.
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But we still need to add some personnel and everybody knows it.
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–Rich

And you guys quit writing from the future, okay? :-)
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–Rich

I sure want Maggs back. But, feeling a little uneasy since I read what Boras said about Maggs, “I fully expect that he will end up with a team that’s a contender”. Do the Tigers fit that bill, Mr. Boras?

It will be great to see the field at TigerFest and picture the team out there.

With Maggs I think we have enough. Everyone thinks we need to buy a team. We need some of our players to step up! Sure a few more pitchers would be great. A contender? What team was in first place in the Central until the last day before the All Star break? –Dave

I wonder why it’s taking so long?

Maggs is coming back……………there is a Santa after all. I, along with others, was not ready to see him go. Thank you Maggs, you made my day.

Finally, some good news. Oh, thank you, Mr. Ilitch, Mr. Dombrowski and most of all, Magglio. Made my day!!!!

From MLB Trade Rumors:

“The Tigers agreed to re-sign Magglio Ordonez to a one-year deal worth $10MM, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (Twitter link). Ordonez, a Scott Boras client, turned down two-year offers elsewhere, according to Heyman.”
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Good man, Maggs. Turned down other deals to return to Detroit. You gotta love it.
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–Rich

YEH!! MAGGS IS BACK! Gotta love it and to know that he turned down better deals to be with the Tigers well good for him and good for us!

Good news today. I figured Maggs would cash in especially with Boras as his agent. I’ll bet he advised Magglio to go for the multi-year deal so you have to respect him for staying in Detroit.
I’m ready for the season to start and it’s only December. It’s gonna be a long winter.

I can feel the “Hope & Dream” all over this finalization of the every day lineup announced.
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Magglio is nice but let’s face it, this is not enough to get ‘er done.
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Another power bat (or a high impact one like Crawford) was dreadfully needed and banking on the current players to provide that is an obvious shortfall.

I think people seriously underestimate the effect that getting rid of Laird, adding Martinez and having a full season of Magglio and Peralta will do for the offense.
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Hope and dream? That’s the Royals or Pirates. We compete year in and year out and we are a better offensive team now than we were at the beginning or end of 2010. We have a better bullpen than we did at the start or end of 2010 and we probably have a better rotation, even if only because there is no D-Train or Bonderman.
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If the Tigers fail to compete this year, I bet you it won’t be because of a failure to score runs, unless of an unexpected injury. It is far more likely that the starting rotation is a problem. If anything, THAT is an area I would like to see improved, and I suspect that the Tigers are interested in doing so.

I would have to give DD just about top marks with his signings thus far. The roughly $5m savings in lineup made on lowered contracts for Inge, Peralta and Maggs should now make an experienced #3 SP a given by season start with a trade with the Rays a possible scenario. JL sure intimated as such stating GMan is our #5 as of December 6.
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Mr I is an astute well meaning owner. Taking the time to visit Maggs on the night of his break has been reciprocated by Magg’s class. Many would have just gone to the bar to dwell on the season ending bad luck.
Nice to see $$$ isn’t the be all and end all this off-season. Seeing Jeter squabble over a few million more and the NYY miss out on the big transactions despite seemingly having the biggest bank is karma.

This is Rayburn’s year to be solid April to October, not spectacular, just really solid in a way he has already shown. Brennan can be a big factor if he makes the adjustments this spring. Guillen may be a problem because when he is in there he costs the Tigers as many runs defensively at 2B as he produces offensively at this point in his career. At least he will only be in 80-100 games whether good or bad. Inge getting a multiyear deal seemed a bit sentimental, but he is a good guy. Ordonez for $10 is a decent move. He’s a leader and it would have cost that to get any OF that would be considered an upgrade over the current crop of youngsters. The team looks solid if they can play enough defense. Jackson is going to have a BIG year.
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If Zumaya makes it back to form with his 100 plus stuff, he needs to get a pair of those red contacts that Vanden bosch wears. That would be classic baseball theatre.

Looks like the comments dried up along with Tigers transactions for the time being. And then there’s the holidays. This has nothing to do with personnel moves, but I’ll share it anyway:
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For Christmas, my wife got me a pair of those cufflinks that are made out of a game-used baseball. I looked the item up on the authentication page of MLB.com and the ball in question was used in game 3 of the 2006 ALDS. This would be the Kenny Rogers game against the Yankees (Gimme the ball! Gimme the *#%!*#% ball!) that started his magnificant stretch of scoreless postseason innings that year. And no, the cufflinks show no trace of pine tar. :-)
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She also scored an authentic Jeremy Bonderman nameplate from the clubhouse. Bondo has fans, you ask? Yes, that would be me.
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Hope you all are having a nice holiday season. The 2011 season is fast approaching.
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–Rich

curious that no rumors circulating about bonderman’s next team. maybe once pavano signs, the rumor mill will begin to churn. my guess is that he’ll land in the NL with lower echelon team.

also this lingering regret in regard to bonderman and his rapid rise to the majors. easy to second guess, but wonder if the tigers had been more deliberate in his promotion to the bigs, giving him more time to develop secondary pitches, that he’d have had more success during his time here.

It was probably the move to make at the time (2003) but I have to think Bonderman would have become a better pitcher if he hadn’t been rushed to the majors. And although there may be no connection whatsoever, it remains a fact that both of our kid starters that season (Bondo and Maroth) ended up with serious arm issues.
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I also find it curious that Bondo gets no mention on the market. If he ends up in spring training with Detroit, he’s in the competitive mix for a starting job for 2011. It could become the story of ST, much as Dontrelle Willis was last year. And Jeremy has more potential upside. Let’s not forget he pitched some good games for us last season.
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–Rich

I keep hoping we’ll see a trade, but as time goes on, it seems doubtful.
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Been tied up going to hospice. It will only be a few more days.
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Am looking forward to watching MLB Network’s top 20 games.

Thanks again, Jason, for all that you do with this blog. It is always a pleasure to read what everyone on here is thinking. Happy New Year to all and Go Tigers 2011!

Wasn’t expecting to see Zach Miner go elsewhere…I always got the feeling that he was underappreciated here as far being given an opportunity to make the rotation. I guess mayb e he has a better chance in Kansas City. Hopefully we can sign at least 1 more veteran reliever at this point…

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