Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Mailbox today...

Today's Mailbox find was a very cool piece that I had ordered a few weeks ago.

I just had to have this awesome Tiger Stadium blueprint poster.

Of course  it came rolled up in a tube, so I am using some books to straighten it out...Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers Media Guide are helping.

I absolutely love old Tiger Stadium.

It was the stadium that I first went to back in 1967, the first ballpark of my youth, the place where my heroes, the Detroit Tigers played baseball, it was special.

The 1971 All-Star Game was played in the old ballpark, and, as expected, the Grand Ole Lady of the Motor City put on a spectacular display of baseball in the American League's 6-4 victory.

⚾If you're interested in this, here's the link I shared on my Facebook page.

⚾Here's a link from Etsy...

⚾⚾⚾And here's the page for artist Charles Kee... who's grew up in Michigan and loved the Tigers and Tiger Stadium as well.

Until the next mailbox wonder...Play Ball!

Baseball Card of the Day... 1983 Topps Ned Yost

Over the Memorial Day weekend the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals regained the lead in the Amedical League Central Division by sweeping the series from the Chicago White Sox.

Manager Ned Yost has the Royals playing terrific baseball again, and are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

The Royals re-claiming of the A.L. Central makes my 1983 Topps #297 of Ned Yost today's card of the day.


Edgar Frederick Yost was the 1st RD. draft pick, the 7th player selected overall in 1974 by the New York Mets.

Yost was an average big league catcher, at best, who played six years in the big leaguescreen for the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, and the old Montreal Expos.

In 1983 Yost played in 61 games for the Brewers, batting .224, with 6 home runs and 28 RBI.

In the field Yost made 8 errors in 252 chances as the Brewers catcher, a fielding percentage of .971.

Yost became a big league managerial in 2003 with the Brewers, managing the team until he was fired in 2008.

In 2010 he became the Royals manager, replacing Trey Hilman on May 14th.

Yost has led the Royals to a fantastic turnaround the past 4 years, from a club that was floundering into back to back American League pennants in 2014 and 15, and last year's World Series victory over the Mets.

It's going to be a fun summer of baseball, and a terrific race for the A.L. Central between the Royals, Indians, Tigers, and ChiSox.

Play Ball!

Monday, May 30, 2016

BaseBall Bulletin...Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.

Once again all 30 MLB teams will wear special camouflage designed caps and uniforms today, as has become customary every Memorial Day in baseball.

Many big league ballplayers have served America in war time, including Bob Feller, Ted Williams, and Hank Greenberg.

I wanted to post this picture of Ted Williams in a Navy baseball uniform because, one, I've never seen it before, and second, well, it's awesome!

Ted Williams was Marine pilot who served in both World War II, and the Korean War.

Many stories are written on Memorial Day about baseball and service, here are a couple I thought you'd like, I know I did...

⚾ 12 Big League ballplayers never made it back home serving during war, and they're remembered today by MLB.com columnist Lindsay Berra.

⚾One of those ballplayers was Eddie Grant.

Eddie played for the Phillies, Reds, and the old New York Giants, and after retiring from baseball, was killed in Word War I.

This picture is from the Facebook page of Lost Ballparks, who have notated with that blue arrow the plaque honoring Eddie Grant in centerfield at the old Polo Grounds.

⚾⚾ Gary at the Infinite Baseball Card Set tells us the story of Bill Niemeyer a young ballplayer in the Chicago Cubs minor leagues, who's dream of playing for the Cubs ended in a German battlefield in 1945.

As a former Navy Petty Officer, I'm happy to see big league baseball celebrate the military each year, and I think it's great that people like Lindsay and Gary remind us that ballplayers have sacrificed in order make American safe, some who've paid the ultimate price with their lives.


Memorial Day is a traditional milepost for baseball teams and it's fans.

The baseball standings on the last Monday in May is the first eye test to see how your favorite team is doing, and if the summer looks promising.

This year's MLB Division leaders are the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, and Texas Rangers in the American League, while the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants lead in the National League.

It doesn't guarantee that your team will win the division, it's just a thing that's been handed down generation after generation by fans.

The other milepost baseball fans look for are July 4th, July 31st...the baseball trade deadline, and Labor Day weekend.

To see how your team is in the big league standings, Mlb.com has you covered right here.

I hope your holiday weekend has been a good one, a safe one, and I hope you have taken time to remember that although it's a holiday, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, on May 5, 1868, and hope that you always remember the fallen soldiers that this day is celebrated for.

May God Bless all who have given their lives in battle.

Play Ball!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thanks so much.

A special Thank You! to all of you baseball fans who read this blog, it's very much appreciated.

This weekend my blog crossed  200,000 page views. 

I write the blog as something to do, I'm not professional writer, that's for sure.

I love baseball, our country's greatest game.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy Memorial Day tomorrow, and take time out of your day to remember those service men and women who gave their lives so that we could be a free nation.

Play Ball! ⚾

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Baseball Card of the Day... Julio Urias

Julio Urias of the Los Angeles Dodgers made his big league debut last night vs. the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York.

Urias's 2014 Bowman Prospects #BP6 is today's Baseball Card of the Day.

The young pitcher has been tough to beat in the minor leagues, and because of an injury to the pitcher Alex Wood, Urias was caled up to the big league to help the starting rotation.

At Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League Urias was 4-1, with an era of 1.10.

Friday night didn't go as well, as the 19 year old pitcher from Mexico ended his debut allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, and walking 4 batters in just 2 2/3 innings pitched.

As usual, I didn't even know I had the young man's rookie card.

I found it going through a box of cards looking for today's selection.

I don't get to buy many cards, and if I do, it's the Walmart cards...the Retail version w/o any autographed cards or memorabilia cards.

None the less, finding this rookie pitchers card was kinda cool, like when, as a kid, I'd open up packs of Topps cards looking for Bill Freehan cards and cards to build a complete am set of Tigers cards.

Urias, the first teeanger in 11 years to start a big league game, was optioned back to the Oklahoma City Dodgers today.

I'm sure we'll see the young pitcher again, continuing rotation injuries to the Dodgers staff, or maybe in the September call-ups.

Good Luck to Julio Urias, and congratulations on making it to big league baseball. 

Play Ball! 

A Hot Dog is...

The fine folks over at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has somehow come to the ridiculous conclusion that a Hot Dog is a sandwich.

Now, I have been hearing this argument since last year, and it makes little sense.

A hot dog isn't a sandwich.

In my 56 years I've never answered "hot dog" when asked what kind of sandwich I wanted to eat.

In all the ballparks... Tiger Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, or Yankee Stadium...never have I heard a fan say the words "sandwich" and "hot dog" in unison with each other.

Have you ever heard a hot dog vendor yell out "...peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks, sandwiches..." at a ball game?

Absolutely not.

I doubt this young fan asked his Dad for a sandwich at Fenway Park.

The dictionary folks are saying because you "split" the bun to place the dog inside, that makes it a sandwich.


The hot dog is not a sandwich, it is a entity all itself, and delicious mixture of meats on a casing that snaps when you bite into it.

The only time a slice of bread for a sandwich snaps is if the bread is stale.

Hot Dog buns at the ballpark are steamed, soft buns, with a delicious frankfurter inside, ready to be dressed with mustard, ketchup, relish...some fans even put the evil onion of their dog...yuk!

The hot dog is a food eaten by baseball fans at ballparks all across the country, and American staple handed down by 100 plus years of baseball families...you don't hand down ham and cheese sandwich recipes for 100 years.

I will never call a hot dog by any other name...it's a name earned since before the American League started playing baseball in 1901.

This is the 100th Anniversary of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs on Coney Island, New York, and I betcha that not once in all the millions of customers that ordered a hot dog ever called out... " give me 2 hot dog sandwiches all the way."

So, remember,  a grilled cheese sandwich...delicious...is a sandwich, and a juicy, fresh made hot dog is... a hot dog. 

Play Ball!  

Happy Baseball Birthday...John Fogerty

"...put me in coach, I'm ready to play today....put me in coach, I'm ready to play today, I can be Centerfield. " ...John Fogerty, Centerfield 

John Fogerty sang those lyrics on his song, Centerfield, on the album by the same day, in 1985, and a baseball anthem was born.

John Fogerty  was born in Berkley, California on May 28, 1945, and that makes him today's Happy Baseball Birthday!

John and brother Jim were surrounded by baseball growing up in the mid-late 1950s, and Jim was a bat boy for the Oakland Oaks team that played in the Pacific Coast League.

The New York Giants relocation to San Francisco in 1958 allowed the boys to watch the great Willie Mays play centerfield with the Giants, but before they got to the West Coast young John was already a fan of the New York Yankees after hearing stories about the Yankees, the great Babe Ruth, and two centerfielders, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Some three decades later Fogerty, now a solo musician after playing in the rock band Credence Clearwater Revival, penned the song Centerfield, which shot to #1 on the charts.

In 2010 Fogerty agreed to play Centerfield at the summer inductions into the Baseball Hall of Fame for the songs 25th anniversary.

Fogerty, of course, made that day in Cooperstown extra special by using his baseball bat guitar, which he named slugger.

John Fogerty turns 71 today, but when I saw him on The Dan Patrick Show last October 8th in New York City Fogerty looked pretty darn good.

Fogerty may be 71, but there's no retired for the musician, who continues to tour throughout the summer and fall.

Happy Baseball Birthday! ⚾🎂 to legendary musician John Fogerty. 

Play Ball! ⚾

Friday, May 27, 2016

Baseball Cards of the Day... Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Today's Baseball Card of the Day is 2013 Topps #382, Jackie Bradley, Jr. 

                                               ⚾2013 Topps Jackie Bradley Jr. Rookie Card.⚾

Jackie Bradley, Jr. gave us baseball fans a reason to check the Red Sox games every day as he collected a base hits in 29 straight games, a streak with ended yesterday vs the Colorado Rockies.

Bradley, Jr. fell just short of joining fellow Red Sox players Nomar Garciaparra and Hall of Famer Tris Speaker at 30 games.

Dominick DiMaggio has the BoSox club record with a hitting streak of 34 games, in 1949.

I had to search for this card in several boxes of cards I've got all over the apartment, but I knew I had seen the card before, so I made the search until I found the card...I didn't know it was his rookie card, so that was cool when I saw that RC logo on the card.

Congratulations!  to Jackie Bradley Jr. on his 29 game hitting streak.

I hope this young players continues to have a terrific 2016 season...well, except against my Detroit Tigers...sorry Jackie.

Play Ball!  ⚾

Monday, May 23, 2016

Miguel Cabrera collects career double #500

Tonight in Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Tigers 1st Baseman Miguel Cabrera smacked his 500th career double against the Philadelphia Phillies at Comerica Park.

The Tigers tweeted out a picture of the historic base that Cabrera stopped at after hitting his 500th double.

                                       ⚾⚾ Photo from @DETROITTIGERSPR via Twitter ⚾⚾

Cabrera hit his 8th double of the year off of Philly reliever Colton Murray in the 7th inning, putting him in a tie for 67th place all-time in big league baseball history, joining Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners player Jon Olerud and Hall of Famer Goose Goslin, who played for the Tigers in the 1930s.

The career doubles leader of all-time is the great Tris Speaker.

The HOF outfielder crushed an amazing 792 doubles in his 22 year big league career with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, and Philadelphia Athletics. 

Cincinnati Reds/Phillies/Montreal Expos INF/OF Pete Rose is 2nd, with 746 doubles, followed by HOF Cardinals 1st Baseman Stan Musial, 725, Tigers HOF Outfielder Ty Cobb, w/ 724 , and Houston Astros HOF catcher/2nd Baseman /Outfielder Craig Biggio, w/ 668 career two baggers.

Oh, by the way, Cabrera tonight went 3-3, 2 runs scored, a walk, and career home runs number 417 and 418, and is now hitting .327 on the season.

Cabrera is coming off a week where he was named Co-American League Player of the Week with Tigers teammate Cameron Maybin,.

The Tigers will continue the series with the Phillies tomorrow night.

Play Ball!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Baseball Birthday... Hal Newhouser

Today we celebrate the Happy Baseball Birthday! of Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser.

Harold Newhouser  was born on May 20, 1921, in Detroit, Michigan, joining a list of outstanding Tigers ballplayers like Willie Horton and Bill Freehan, that were born in the Motor City.

I've always felt that "Prince Hal" has gotten somewhat overlooked when it comes to naming terrific left handed pitchers in baseball history, especially when you factor in that Newhouser is the only pitcher in big league history to win back to back American League MVP Awards, in 1944-45.

Because he won the awards during the "World War II era" Newhouser isn't fully respected for his achievements during the 1940s, where he led the A.L. in wins with 29 in '44, 25 in '45, 26 in '46, and 21 wins in 1948.

Hal won exactly 200 games pitching for Detroit, the 4th most in franchise history, behind Hooks Dauss (223), George Mullin (209), and Mickey Lolich (207).

Hal also struck out 1770 batters, also 4th most in Tigers history... Lolich (2,679), Justin Verlander (2,003), and Jack Morris (1980).

Hal also tossed 212 complete games for the Tigers, and pitched 33 shutouts in Detroit.

Another thing about Newhouser...his #16 wasn't retired by the Tigers until July 27, 1997...44 years after he played in Detroit...and 5 years after he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Many players wore #16 for the Tigers, including fan friendly Tom Brookens, the 3rd Baseman on the 1984 Tigers World Series Champions.

The Tigers were very slow to retire player numbers, and only started with Al Kaline in 1980, the year Kaline was inducted into the HOF.

Hal became a big league scout after his retirement, and he was a darn good one.

As a scout for the Baltimore Orioles Hal signed 209 game winner Milt Pappas, and Detroit high school pitcher.

In 1992, as a scout for the Houston Astros, Hal discovered a kid named Derek Jeter playing baseball at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and was adamant the Astros draft Jeter.

The Astros took Phil Nevin with the #1 overall pick in '92, and their refusal to listen to Hal caused him to quit scouting for Houston.

Prinice Hal Newhouser passed away at age 77 on November 10, 1998, in Southfield, Michigan.

Today we celebrate the life of Hal Newhouser, and give him a loud and proud Happy Baseball Birthday! salute....Play Ball! ⚾

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Justin Verlander strikes out 2,000th big league batter

Congratulations go out to Detroit Tigers RHP Justin Verlander on his 2,00th big league strikeout today vs the Minnesota Twins.

                                         Photo from Detroit Free Press
Here's how social media celebrated Verlander's milestone strikeout.

                                                      ESPN Baseball Tonight
Detroit Tigers

Verlander struck out the Twins Eddie Rosario in the 4th inning at Comerica Park today in the Tigers 6-3 win over Minnesota.

Verlander is the 76th big league pitcher to reach 2,000 punchouts.

Verlander is just the second Tigers pitcher to record 2,000 K's in a career, joining LHP Mickey Lolich,  who struck out a club record 2, 679 batters while pitching in the Motor City.

The 2,000 strikeouts is another milestone in the magnificent 12 year career of Verlander,  who also recorded his 160th career WIN today.

It's not out of the question that Verlander, who struck out 10 Twins batters today, will one day break the Tigers record.

Congratulations Justin!

Play Ball!

Happy Baseball Birthday...Reggie Jackson

Today we send out Happy Baseball Birthday! wishes to one Reginald Martinez Jackson, who turns 70 years young today. 

I wanted to write a quick post to Reggie today on his 70th Birthday because to this day, some 45 years later, I still haven't seen a harder hit baseball than the home run Reggie crushed off Doc Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 All-Star Game in Detroit.

Only the light tower/transformer high atop the right center field roof at old Tiger Stadium kept the baseball from leaving the ballpark completely.

Curtis Gowdey's call of the blast is a All-Star Game classic.

The homer led the American League to a 6-4 win over the National League, the only win the Junior Circuit had between 1962 and 1982 over theiron nemesis.

1971 All-Star Game in Detroit.

Happy Baseball Birthday! Reggie!!!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sporacle Baseball Hall of Fame Quiz

How many Hall of Fame Baseball Players can you name?




How about in just 20 minutes, the clock ticking.

246 ballplayers are in the HOF, and I've been taking a quiz the past few months, trying to name as many players as I can remember, typing their names on my tablet as fast as my fingers can type...and trying to remember the easy ones, like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Stan Musial, and the players who's names... Dizzy Vance, Rube Waddell, and Stan Hack don't pop into my mind that easily.

Tonight, not being able to sleep,  I gave the quiz another shot.

Sporacle HALL of FAME Baseball Quiz.

No matter how many times I take the quiz I know that I'll never get all 246 names, just not gonna happen, but I'm hoping to get to the 200 name plateau before I call it quits.

Tonight...well, early in the morning on Sunday, I got 160 HOF Ballplayers... thats a new All-Time record number for me...remembering men like Rabbit Maranville, Wee Willie Keeler, Addie Joss, and Cool Papa Bell.

I always start with Cobb, then proceed to type in all the Detroit Tigers players in the HOF before moving on to the Original HOF players and then going to the players from 2015 going backward.

Then I just try and remember as many names as I can...the 1970s players, the old Brooklyn Dodgers...the HOME RUN guys...Aaron, Ruth, Mays.

Give the HOF quiz a try, and let me know how you did.

Play Ball!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Happy Baseball Birthday... The Natural

One of the great things about baseball is the constant conversation fans have about the best...the best hitter, the best pitcher...the best team.

Today I wanted to give a Happy Baseball Birthday! Salute! to the BEST BASEBALL Movie ever made, The Natural.

The Natural  was released in movie theatres 30 years ago today, May 11, 1984, starring Robert Redford and Glenn Close. 

I've stated before that The Natural is my favorite baseball movie, and that I consider it the best baseball movie ever made.

The biggest reason I rate the movie #1 is because of the story...a story that every little boy has dreamed of while playing catch in his backyard...that one day he'll play big league baseball, and get approval of not just his Dad and his Sweetheart, but the approval of baseball fans everywhere.

"...there goes Roy Hobbs...the BEST there ever was." 

That single quote sums up the entire movie...every boy playing sandot baseball wants to be Roy Hobbs...to hit that pennant clinching, game winning home run, the home run that puts his name in the record books forever.

"...there's The Natural...the GREATEST Baseball movie that's ever been made." 


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Vin Sully graces Sports Illustrated cover

This week Sports Illustrated has released two separate regional covers, one with the Chicago Cubs and one with legendary Dodgers play by play announcer, Vin Scully.

The Scully cover is absolutely superb, and should have been the National S.I. Cover this week.

Yes, the Cubs have baseball's best record, but you don't split covers with a Hall of Fame broadcaster in his 67th and final big league season.

That said, we are always excited when S.I. puts baseball on the cover, and well, as the late Ernie Banks said about playing baseball... "Let's play two! "

Player Ball! 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Time for Tigers to make a change

I don't like it when a manager is blamed for the performance of highly paid baseball players who are seriously underachieving.

To me, ballplayers are responsible for getting themselves together before each game and performing up to their capabilities.

The players on the Detroit Tigers aren't getting the job done, they're not preparing themselves professionally to play baseball, and because we all know you can't fire ballplayers, the players on the Tigers are going to cost their manager, Brad Ausmus, his job.

I never want a manager, or a coach to lose their job, unfortunately, I think Tigers owner Mike Illitch may have no choice but to fire Ausmus, and his coaching staff.

If you think I'm assuming this will fix the Tigers, that bringing in Bud Black, Lloyd McClendonn,or whomever, will make a difference, well, you know what they say about assumptions.

The Tigers are listless, with little, or no offense, and mostly terrible pitching...both at the same time to often so far this year.

They have absolutely no energy at all.

Sunday, Mother's Day, the Tigers got a terrific performance by their star pitcher, Justin Verlander, who pitched 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits, allowing no runs while striking out 9 batters.

Verlander threw 111 pitches, and because this is 2016, and pitch counts are kept track of so closely, Ausmus told Verlander he was done for the day, and brought in the Tigers bullpen to start the 8th inning, leading 2-0.

I didn't like the move at the time because the Rangers had done nothing against Verlander in the game, with just 2 walks and 3 base hits.

For me, I want Ausmus to let Verlander go back out for the 8th inning, and if the first batter gets on base, then he can go get him and bring in a relief pitcher.

When the Tigers came to bat in the bottom of the 8th, the 2-0 lead had turned into a 7-2 Texas Rangers lead, and the Tigers were on their way to their six straight loss in a row.

The Tigers are 14-16, 7 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central Division.

The Tigers are headed to Washington, D.C., to play the Washington Nationals in a 3 game series that begins tomorrow night at Nationals Park, before moving on to Baltimore to play the Orioles next weekend.

The Tigers, to me, have to find that spark, that missing thing that's going to make them start playing like they should be.

Yes, I gave the team a break early on because of the individual injuries to Cameron Maybin, Daniel Norris, and some others.

That said, the team is just missing something, and I'm not sure the current staff can get it done.

It's not fair that they're to blame for the failures of players, but the coaching staff is responsible for not noticing those problems, and then making the required adjustments.

I think Brad Ausmus is a going to be a very good manager one day, but, unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that's not going to be in Detroit.

Play Ball!

Happy Mother's Day!

                       Happy Mother's Day!  to all the great Baseball Mom's out there! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo...5/5/2016

Today is May 5th, 2016...a.k.a Cinco de Mayo.

While I'm no drinker, I'm all for celebrating great achievements, especially in baseball.

So  since it's May 5th, I give you the greatest Number 5 in the history of the Detroit Tigers, Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.

Hank Greenberg hit 58 home runs in 1938, led the American League in RAISING three times, and was the 1935 and 1940 A.L. Most Valuable Player, the first player to win the MVP at two different positions... First Base in '35, Left Field in '40.

Upon his retirement Greenberg held every power hitting batting record for the Tigers, including 306 home runs, despite missing four years to service in Word War II.

Have a great time today....and please, be safe.

Play Ball!

Happy Baseball Birthday... Detroit Free Press

A special Happy Baseball Birthday! today on the 185th Anniversary of the very first edition of the Detroit Free Press.

The Free Press debuted on May 5, 1831, as the Democratic Free Press and Intelligencer.

The Free Press is the oldest surviving printed newspaper in the State of Michigan, and has been there for every major sporting event in the city's history, including 11 American League pennants and four World Series Championships for the Detroit Tigers.

The "Freep" has seen it all in Detroit baseball, from the 1887 National League and Worlds Champion Detroit Wolverines and BIG Dan Brouthers, Charlie Bennett and Bennett Park, to the creation of the Tigers and the American League, "Hooks" Dauss, Ty Cobb, Wahoo Sam, Navin Field, Harry Heilmann, Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg...

 Briggs Stadium, Hal Newhouser, "Dizzy" Trout, Goose Goslin, Tommy Bridges, George Kell, Virgil "Fire" Trucks, Al Kaline, Charlie "Paw Paw" Maxwell, Harvey Kuenn, Rocky Colovito.

Tiger Stadium, Norm Cash, Bill Freehan, Mickey Lolich, Mark Fidrych, Steve Kemp, "Sweet"Lou Whitaker,Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris, Cecil Fielder, Tony Clark, Travis Fryman,Bobby Higginson.

 Comerica Park, Jim Leyland, Brandon Inge, Pudge Rodriguez, Greg Monroe, Kenny Rodgers, Jeremy Bonderman, Curtis Granderson, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and the incomparable Miguel Cabrera.

We salute the Detroit Free Press today, and wish them another 185 years of service to the Motor City and the State of Michigan.


Play Ball!