Peter Gammons: The Mattingly/ Leyland Letter, “Little Things”

Most everyone across baseball leaves for spring training this weekend in Florida or Arizona, with some form of preparation behind them, physical, mental, winter baseball experience, rest for the nearly nine months required to get to the final day of the World Series. Recently, everyone in uniform or in the Marlins organization received a letter […]

Rangers, Tigers deal; the result of a perfect storm

It was January 26, 2012, and the Prince Fielder-Tigers rumor was circling. Victor Martinez had blown out his knee back home in Orlando, Florida, and everyone knew Scott Boras was seeking the Prince megamarket and that he had a solid working relationship with owner Mike Ilitch, who wanted a championship for his city badly. So […]

Coffee and Clippings: Leyland praises new Mariners manager McClendon

Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) of the Seattle Times talks about Jim Leyland’s high praise for new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon… Jim Leyland is eager to extol the virtues of Lloyd McClendon, the new Mariners manager and a disciple of the legendary skipper. “Lloyd is one of those special guys,’’ Leyland said. “He’s ready — more ready this […]

Peter Gammons: PEDs lasting impact on the MLB postseason

Absolutism says that the Tigers should not have welcomed Jhonny Peralta back. After all, if his .450 post-season continues on into and through the World Series, the 50 games he sat out for his association with the Biogenesis lab will seem like a simple detour en route to a lucrative free agent deal. “Someone,” says […]

Leyland to Play Cabrera Through the Weekend

While Jim Leyland would like to both get home field advantage and rest Miguel Cabrera with all his September injuries, the Tigers manager says he will probably play Cabrera as much as possible through the weekend. Leyland says “if Cabrera sits too much then has the four day layoff before the start of the ALDS, […]

Jhonny Peralta Begins Return Process

The process for suspended Tiger shortstop Jhonny Peralta to play in the post-season has begun. He works out again today (Tuesday) at Comerica Park, then he will go to the Instructional League and try to get in game shape. “In the end, Dave Dombrowski will decide whether or not he’ll be activated if we make […]

Leyland on Menino Comment

Jim Leyland jabbed Boston mayor Tom Menino for suggesting Detroit should be “blown up,” something Menino admitted was inappropriate when he meant the city’s finances. “What he should be worried about is the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park,” says Leyland. “Embarrassed. Worried. The worst. Now, that’s something that should be blown up.”

Leyland Putting Together Impressive Bullpen

The Tigers made the statement in Cleveland this week with their four game sweep that unless a bad moon rises, they are the team one has to go through to get to the World Series. As of Friday, they had the best record, the best run differential, arguably the best starting pitching (especially if Matt […]