Tigers Record: 1-1
Tigers @ Royals | 2:10 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City | On the air: FSD/1270-AM
So what do Jason Grilli, Zach Simons, Jack Burns and Chief Hogsett have in common? They are the only players in Tigers history to be involved in a trade on April 30.
Burns played only 138 games for the Tigers — all in ’36 — and batted .283, 36 doubles, four homers and 63 RBI. He was done in the bigs after that season.
Hogsett, on the other hand, had a longer career in Detroit. He pitched nine years with the Tigers — save for the season and a half with the Browns and one year with the Senators. His final record: 67-88, 5.02 ERA and 33 saves.
But Wait! There’s More
The Gist: The White Sox tagged Justin Verlander for nine runs (five earned) and seven hits in 5 2/3 forgettable innings. Nick Swisher went yard to leadoff the game. The Tigers haven’t won a game in more than a week — and that was in the Grapefruit League.
The Quote: “If you can play shortstop in the major leagues, you can play anywhere.” — ESPN announcer Joe Morgan, referring to Carlos Guillen‘s move to first base in 2008. Within minutes, Guillen dropped a routine throw to first which led to a big inning for the White Sox.
The Stat: 15. That’s the number of games the Tigers have remaining against the White Sox this season. God help us all.
I’m Just Sayin’: In 2002 the Tigers began the season 0-6 and that was the end of the Randy Smith/Phil Garner Experiment. No such scenario will play out for this year’s team, of course.
Fortunately, though, the Tigers head out of town tonight. Unfortunately, it’s the beginning of a meat-grinder of a road trip starting on Tuesday in Boston. Maybe the cure is on the road where the pressure is lower — hey, this approach has worked for the Red Wings in the past.
One hundred and fifty six games remain in the 2008 season. If this 0-6 team were the Lions, we’d be looking ahead toward the draft.
By the way, what’s the Lions draft position this year?