1. Detroit Tigers' OF Marcus Thames: How to Produce More Power

    Dear Marcus Thames, the Tigers need your power. Please, move closer to the plate. I'm not an expert, ladies and gentlemen, at least not yet. However, one does not need to be an expert to believe what his eyes tell him...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 134 reads 2 comments

  2. Detroit Tigers' Rick Porcello Behind in AL ROY Race

    Contending teams usually have two things happen each year. They get great contributions from a rookie, and they get great contributions from an unexpected source...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 230 reads 9 comments

  3. Detroit Tigers Bullpen to be Bolstered?

    September 1 is right around the corner, and for the Detroit Tigers there are some projected changes in the works. There will be a large pitching staff shakeup that will drastically alter the look of the bullpen...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 85 reads 3 comments

  4. Detroit Tigers Brawl, Regain Winning Swagger?

    The season of Major League Baseball is a long one. 162 games in 180 days, to be exact. Along the way, every team has its ups and downs, its winning streaks and its slumps...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 33 reads 5 comments

  5. Three Games in Seven Days! Hail to Baseball

    I would hate to try to out-do Lou Gehrig, but for the past seven days I have felt like the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Then again, at times I thought I would need someone to pinch me...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 78 reads 4 comments

  6. Curtis Granderson: First Time All-Star, Many More To Come?

    At age 28, Curtis Granderson is a first time All-Star. I definitely do not think this will be his last trip to the mid-summer classic...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 158 reads 2 comments

  7. Do the Detroit Tigers Have Reinforcements on the Way?

    Chad Tracy (1B/3B/OF), seen above, could be one of several players on the radar screen for the Detroit Tigers as the trade deadline approaches. Welcome to July. The All-Star festivities are next week, and the trade deadline is approaching...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 287 reads 3 comments

  8. Detroit Tigers Bench Report

    The teams that contend and make the playoffs are usually the teams that have the most well rounded and productive benches. A team is only as good as its weakest players. It takes 25 men to win a championship...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 3,545 reads 1 comments

  9. 2009: The Detroit Tigers Who Weren't

    Well, this isn't 2001, nor is this a space odyssey. Instead it is a tour around the nation to see some of the guys who, in my opinion, should be wearing the old English "D" this year...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 200 reads 3 comments

  10. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for the Detroit Tigers

    Welcome to the end of June. The Tigers remain in first place after a decent winning streak at home. Certainly there has been some good play that has landed them where they are...but there is also some bad and some ugly dragging them down...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 398 reads 3 comments

  11. Marcus Thames: Close To Major League Return

    Another injured Tiger is close to getting his wings back. Marcus Thames has been heating up on a rehab assignment with class AAA Toledo and could be back in Detroit soon...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 88 reads 1 comments

  12. Jeremy Bonderman Returns to Detroit, Fastball Soon To Follow?

    For now, the rehab road has ended for Jeremy Bonderman, who will be handed the ball on Monday night to make his first major league start in over a year...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about 5 years ago 155 reads 3 comments

  13. Detroit Tigers: Let's Show the World How to Waste Money

    In the current economic slump, only the New York Yankees seem to be unfazed by it. A very cavalier off season for the Yankees saw them heap nine-figure contracts upon Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 272 reads 3 comments

  14. Has Kenny Rogers Retired?

    It has been a quiet offseason for Kenny Rogers. All indications are that 44-year-old southpaw has hung up his spikes after a quality 20-year career...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 542 reads 0 comments

  15. Mike Maroth: Released By The Blue Jays

    For the sake of nostalgia, I will occasionally bring one of my favorites from Tiger past back to the present. Today, from the top of my list, is pitcher Mike Maroth...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 426 reads 4 comments

  16. Detroit Tigers: Home Opener, Catholics and You

    After a four game series in Toronto to begin the season, the Tigers return to Comerica Park for a 1:05 p.m. showdown against the Texas Rangers to open the home schedule on Friday, April 10. This year, April 10 might just be another day to some...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 199 reads 1 comments

  17. Is Marcus Thames Packing His Bags?

    Who's your Tiger? I loved seeing those commercials on Fox Sports Detroit. That enthusiastic voice always made me grin and say that Mike Maroth was my Tiger. I still wear the customized t-shirt from the MLB online shop that bears his name and number...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 268 reads 5 comments

  18. Effectively Wild: Dontrelle Willis

    Effectively wild, anyone familiar with the term? It's a slang for a pitcher whose stuff is all over the place, yet effectively so to the point that he is able to get outs. It happens when the batters have no idea what to expect in the batter's box...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 287 reads 1 comments

  19. Will This Be Magglio Ordonez's Last Season With the Detroit TIgers?

    Smooth swing, professional swagger, the long and curly hair. Yes, it's Magglio Ordonez alright. I'd still like to see Jim Leyland wash that hair for him, as he quipped in an interview that he would have no problem doing...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 465 reads 3 comments

  20. Outside The Box: Closing Options In Detroit

    Yes, Detroit, it has been said before. So much more of the same for a weary Tiger bullpen that has no relief in site. Yes, look at the picture above. I am still sore that no attempt was made to sign the all time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 158 reads 1 comments

  21. Detroit Tigers Roster Breakdown 6: Fernando Rodney

    The next installment in this series focuses on sporadic reliever Fernando Rodney. The current state of the Tigers' bullpen is not what fans have been hoping for...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 267 reads 2 comments

  22. Dear, Rick Porcello: You Are Not Ready

    It is always fun and exciting to watch the guy tagged as the "can't miss prospect." It is even "sexy" in a way, to watch him try to progress to the big leagues. Porcello is only 20 years old...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 215 reads 5 comments

  23. Detroit Tigers Roster Breakdown 5: Carlos Guillen

    Carlos Guillen: Detroit's new left fielder. Yes, that's right Tiger fans. The guy who can't stay healthy because of his balky knees and aching hamstrings is now going to be asked to cover the spacious outfield of Comerica Park on a regular basis...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 399 reads 2 comments

  24. Detroit Tigers Roster Breakdown 4: Joel Zumaya

    A lot of hype surrounds Joel Zumaya, and for good reason: he could be a major cog in the Tiger's bullpen this year. A lot of this hype also comes from his sensational rookie campaign in 2006...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 388 reads 1 comments

  25. Detroit Tigers Roster Breakdown 3: Jeremy Bonderman

    The fruit of the Jeff Weaver trade to the Yankees in 2002, Jeremy Bonderman actually came as the player to be named later from Oakland to Detroit in the three team trade that summer. Advance to 2003...

    Dave Hampton Written by Dave Hampton about over 5 years ago 437 reads 2 comments