Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 20, 2020 The Detroit Tigers will get a jump on the annual baseball managerial carousel after Ron Gardenhire’s sudden retirement Saturday before the Tigers’ game against the Cleveland Indians. Bench coach Lloyd McClendon will finish the season as the Tigers’ interim manager, though he’s not
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 10:17 PM EDT Sep 19, 2020 Ron Gardenhire leaves the Detroit Tigers with the lowest winning percentage of any manager in team history. But we shouldn’t judge him for that. Sometimes managers get hired to oversee a team that’s ready for a playoff push. And sometimes managers are hired
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 9:48 PM EDT Sep 19, 2020 Every coach and player from the Detroit Tigers stood for the national anthem at Comerica Park. A spot was left open in the line of coaches, right near interim manager Lloyd McClendon. It was for former manager Ron Gardenhire, who announced his sudden retirement Saturday afternoon.
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 6:52 PM EDT Sep 19, 2020 For the first time in 2020, Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez has delivered three consecutive scoreless appearances. Albeit, not in his desired role. The ex-closer collapsed in August by allowing 12 earned runs in six innings — leaving then-manager Ron Gardenhire with no
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 6:56 PM EDT Sep 19, 2020 The Detroit Tigers announced Saturday manager Ron Gardenhire is retiring immediately and will not return for a fourth season. Gardenhire, who turns 63 in October, is 132-241 (.354 winning percentage) in two-plus seasons with the Tigers. He signed a three-year deal when he
Chris Bumbaca USA TODAY Published 2:04 PM EDT Sep 19, 2020 Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander revealed Saturday he will undergo Tommy John surgery, meaning the right-hander will likely miss all of the 2021 Major League Baseball season. The 37-year-old former Detroit Tigers ace made his Opening Day start for Houston on July 24 and
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 12:32 PM EDT Sep 19, 2020 Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer just wants some time away from baseball. For a pitcher who went 22 months without making a big-league appearance due to knee surgery and Tommy John surgery, that might not make much sense. But he started his rehabilitation throwing
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 11:13 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Detroit Tigers catcher Austin Romine departed from Friday’s 1-0 loss against the Cleveland Indians with a wrist injury. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the X-rays of Romine’s left wrist came back negative. He is only dealing with a bruise and won’t need to go
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 10:44 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Detroit Tigers (21-28) vs. Cleveland Indians (27-23) When: 7:10 p.m. Friday. Where: Comerica Park. TV: Fox Sports Detroit. Radio: 97.1 FM in Detroit (Tigers radio affiliates). Starting pitchers: Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer (0-2, 9.27 ERA) vs. Indians RHP Zach Plesac (3-2, 2.20 ERA). • Box score Trending: Why Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario found
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 10:58 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 The Detroit Tigers were one swing away for five innings, yet they couldn’t tie the game. Starter Michael Fulmer did his job in a three-inning role. For the most part, so did his replacement, Tyler Alexander, and five other relievers. But the offense, once again, didn’t
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 5:23 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Detroit Tigers hitting coach Joe Vavra got his first up-close view of Jeimer Candelario in 2017. At the time, he was the Minnesota Twins’ bench coach. After the Tigers traded catcher Al Avila and closer Justin Wilson to the Chicago Cubs, Candelario — who
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 10:57 AM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Casey Mize watched from the dugout as Cleveland Indians starter Shane Bieber dispatched the Detroit Tigers — two strikeouts in first inning, two more in the second, a perfect third and three consecutive punchouts with a five-run lead in the fourth. Expected to
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 18, 2020 For the second time in Detroit Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris’ career, he departed from the bullpen to pitch in the ninth inning. He last did this in 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays in his second MLB appearance. Six seasons later, Norris pitched a
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 11:32 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020 Cleveland Indians right-handed starter Shane Bieber wanted to continue pitching in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers. Interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. tried to pull him after 7⅔ scoreless in a 10-run game, but Bieber — over 110 pitches — refused to depart.
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 4:59 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020 Manager Ron Gardenhire knows the Detroit Tigers’ four-game series with the Cleveland Indians will come down to keeping up with the opposition’s starting rotation. From Thursday through Sunday at Comerica Park, the Indians will send out right-handers Shane Bieber (1.53 ERA), Zach Plesac (2.20), Triston
Tyler J. Davis Detroit Free Press Published 12:46 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020 Detroit Tigers (21-27) vs. Cleveland Indians (26-23) When: 7:10 p.m Thursday. Where: Comerica Park. TV: Fox Sports Detroit. Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1; other radio affiliates). First-pitch weather forecast: Clear, 62 degrees. Probable starting pitchers: Tigers RHP Casey Mize (1-2, 5.85 ERA) vs. Indians RHP Shane Bieber (7-1, 1.53 ERA). [ New Free Press
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 7:46 AM EDT Sep 17, 2020 In only the sixth game of his MLB career, Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal registered eight strikeouts through six innings. Manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t let him go back out for the seventh, but the 23-year-old could have. He felt good. His stuff was great.
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 10:07 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 Kansas City Royals rookie Brady Singer nearly recorded an immaculate inning against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning. Had it not been for Miguel Cabrera’s third-pitch foul ball, he would’ve accomplished the rare feat. What he did do, however, was strikeout the first
Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 7:15 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 Detroit Tigers (21-26) vs. Kansas City Royals (20-29) When: 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. Where: Comerica Park. TV: Fox Sports Detroit. Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1; other radio affiliates). First-pitch weather forecast: Sunny, 75 degrees. Probable starting pitchers: Tigers LHP Tarik Skubal (1-2, 7.27 ERA) vs. Royals
Evan Petzold Detroit Free Press Published 5:01 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 Detroit Tigers utility player Niko Goodrum didn’t sound excited about moving from shortstop to second base. “Uh, I mean,” he said Wednesday, taking a pause before giving his response. “It’s not my team. It’s their decision they want to make. I go play