Tigers-Red Sox get Sunday night game at Fenway

Finally back from the holidays and catching up, which is good timing given all the season ramp-up stuff going on this week. Among them is the release of ESPN’s early slate of Sunday Night Baseball telecasts, which always gets a reaction from fans. If the Tigers don’t get enough dates for fans’ liking, it’s a sign of disrespect. If the Tigers have a Sunday night game at home, though, it always draws groans from fans who want to go but have to be at work Monday morning.

The early Sunday night slate should please both. The Tigers have one game, and it’s on the road. Their May 15 game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park has been moved to 8:05pm ET. Dan Shulman, John Kurk and Curt Schilling will be on the call, with Buster Olney on the field.

The Sunday night game will make for a late, late flight afterwards to Cleveland, where the Tigers have a 7:05 game the next night. In fact, the Tigers’ nine-game trip to Baltimore, Boston and Cleveland will feature five different start times for games. On the whole, though, it’s a minor inconvenience.


gawd it’d be nice to have a tiger’s guy do some broadcasting for these national televised games. Someone who knows that is going on with the tigers – maybe even – pronounce all the names right….. Curt Schilling and John Kruk just suck all the fun out of the game for me.

Welcome back, Jason. There wouldn’t have been any news to report anyway, would there? Not much happening with the Tigers.

Danny will be pleased not to see he has been DFA’d!!!
Thanks Jason.

Jason, any chance we could still sign a player or two to minor league deals with invites to ML camp??

Welcome back Beck…… one step closer to the Spring Training!

Kershaw, 215/7. Arguably, the best pitcher in baseball, LH and young. The 240/8 supposedly asked by Boras for Scherzer is way too much

Max Scherzer now is in Verlanderland, James Shields in Greinkeville and Jon Lester in Hamelstown. And those prices might be light.
Passan retweeted by Jason

Less than a month ’til ST!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW!!!…..do you believe it’s time for MLB to administer a salary cap? Kershaw will be making over 30 million per year. the owners are going to price us all out. ticket prices will become too much (maybe we’ll be able to afford one game or two) for frequent visits to Comerica. baseball could become a studio game……and this is one sport that needs fans there… simply because it pulls revenues for 81 games.

i’d be all for stronger luxury taxes – but don’t forget the game is making more money – clubs are pulling more loot – so while i HATE the ABSURD increase in salaries … i don’t really want owners to just be pocketing more money.

It’s not going to come from the ticket prices. It’s coming from the cable fees, at least in the Dodgers’ case. Teams sign lucrative deals with cable networks, which in turn can use broadcast rights to extract higher fees from cable operators, which in turn raise subscriber fees. That’s where the next market spending is coming from.

“The Dodgers would retain more than $6 billion from their new television contract under a tentative agreement with Major League Baseball, according to two people familiar with the agreement.”

Still, he is not even among the top 10 best paid athletes.
Football has a salary cap:43.0MM Aaron Rogers. so basketball:Kobe Bryant :27.9

1. It’s precisely because football has a salary cap that Aaron Rodgers can make that much money in a given year. It’s the salary cap that makes it advantageous for a team to put the bulk of a player’s contract in one given year. In Rodgers’ case, the $43 million included a $35 million signing bonus, which is how a lot of big-money football contracts manage the salary cap.
2. Both Kobe and LeBron make way more money from endorsements than from their actual salary.

wait, isn’t Mr. Illitch about to do the same thing with the Red Wings Stadium (borrow from the city)?

I believe it is not a bond thing….from my recollection it’s coming from some sort of development fund for downtown Detroit. I’ll research it I’m not absolutely certian.

My point is, players get money usually because fans are willing to pay( cable money could mean that non fans subsidize sports but sports fan pay for arts and culture as long as they are bundled) while teams get taxpayers money

Kershaw for all intensive purposes is getting paid nearly 1 million per start. Holy moly. Way out of control.

I was wrong …there will be bonds. I guess I remembered that news dory incorrectly.

yea i know there were lots of ppl who weren’t thinking this was a good idea

Welcome back Jason!

looked up vernon wells stats this morning – holy cow dude fell off.

What about Nelson Cruz?? Will he be back with the Rangers??

the draft pick would be toast, but it’s low in the 1st round (24?)…..defense would take a pretty big hit….he’s projected to have ~ a 2 fangraphs War next year…..what would you do with Davis then (assuming dirks becomes your 4th OF)? Would certainly give us someone to bat behind VMart.

Someone over at ESPN just wrote an article about a good fit for Cruz and Detroit. Agee with the author only if a one year deal though. We certainly have players now who can vouch for his character. Torii, Victor, Joe, Miguel, and Max are here to win NOW.
Does he make us better?? Sure he does. How does a bench of Davis, Dirks, Lombardozzi and Holaday sound.??

I don’t think they want Cruz, do they? Didn’t they already got another OF’er. Plus, Cruz is asking for a lot of $$$$. He’s awful in the OF, but can still hit. Not really worth a draft pick, imo. Of course, things might look different come the end of July.

Beck retweeted this about cable:

Must reading for anyone wondering about the financial side of the sport.

FINALLY!!!! http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/expanded-replay-approved-for-this-season?ymd=20140116&content_id=66737912&vkey=news_mlb

The following play types will be subject to review:

• Home run
• Ground-rule double
• Fan interference
• Stadium boundary calls (e.g., fielder into stands, ball into stands triggering dead ball)
• Force play (except the fielder’s touching of second base on a double play)
• Tag play (including steals and pickoffs)
• Fair/foul in outfield only
• Trap play in outfield only
• Batter hit by pitch
• Timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out)
• Touching a base (requires appeal)
• Passing runners
• Record keeping (Ball-strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions)

I was just about to post that. Looks like an absolute nightmare. NFL here we come.

Michael Young would be a better option than Cruz

Well except young has no power and doesn’t hit RHP like Cruz does (cruz hits RHP as good if not better than LHP). He’d be much cheaper tho.

A backup option for Castellanos , a good bench option . And no draft pick attached

A career OPS of 787 is not bad

well i didn’t say it would be a bad idea!

Sorry, I realized that after replying.

steamer and oliver aren’t projecting he actually meet that career OPS either but whatev – he’d be a good bench guy. would be nice to have SOME POP off the bench tho.

He’s thinking of retiring…..not sure he’d want to come to Detroit and be a backup.
My local news reported on the new instant replay rules and of course, they showed Armando and Miggy and Jim Joyce with Mario’s voice in the background.

good article about smyly’s chances of being successful in the rotation this year. http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheppers-smyly-starters/

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