The Detroit Tigers Podcast #124: Talking with Tigers 2B Will Rhymes

Will Ryhmes.jpgWelcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast. This is Episode #124 a 45-minute podcast about the Detroit Tigers recorded live from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Asheville, N.C.

In this episode we talk with Tigers second baseman and social media sensation Will Rhymes.

Among the topics we cover:

  • His major-league firsts — at bat, hit and homer
  • Social media — Twitter and Facebook
  • Thoughts on instant replay
  • How he’ll prepare for the 2011 season

… and much more.

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The Detroit Tigers Podcast is not affiliated in any way with the Detroit Tigers Baseball Club or Major League Baseball.

Two for Tuesday: The Good and the Ugly

Number2.jpgCourtesy of Elias Sports Bureau:

Will Rhymes hit his first major-league home run for the Tigers on Monday, making him the seventh Detroit rookie to hit a homer this season, joining Alex Avila, Brennan Boesch, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila, Casper Wells and Danny Worth. No other major-league team has gotten homers from as many as seven different rookies this season.

And this one, tangentially related to the Tigers:

The Pirates swept a three-game series from the Diamondbacks despite entering Friday night’s series opener with a 48-98 record. Over the last 30 seasons (since 1980) only two other teams swept a series of at least three games after beginning that series at least 50 games below .500. The Royals (48-99) won four in a row against the Tigers under those circumstances in 2005 and the Nationals (52-103) swept a three-game set from the Mets last September.

By the way, today’s Bill Murray‘s 60th birthday.

The Detroit Tigers Podcast #123: The Fake Gary Sheffield Twitter Account

DetroitTigersPodcastAlbum.jpgWelcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast. This is Episode #123, a 70-minute podcast about the Detroit Tigers recorded live from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Asheville, N.C.

In this episode we touch on:

…and much more.

Show Notes

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Comments?

Leave a message on the listener line: (602) 903-5174. Or, reach us on Twitter: @TigersPodcast

We’ve also got a growing Facebook community: www.facebook.com/TigersPodcast

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The Detroit Tigers Podcast is not affiliated in any way with the Detroit Tigers Baseball Club or Major League Baseball.

Welcome to Chaos Manor

scared-help.jpgAbout 36 hours before the Tigers game ended last night, Ian and I were interviewing Lynn Henning of The Detroit News for episode 119 of the podcast.

During the conversation, I mentioned that the Magglio Ordonez contract has really worked out well for the Tigers and, on the other end of the contract-karma spectrum, Carlos Guillen appears to be aging before our eyes. And we all agreed that Ordonez has turned out to be a good deal for the Tigers and that, well, poor Guillen’s knees just won’t allow him to age gracefully.

Little did we know.

In the span of three innings Saturday night their season at worst crumbled completely or, at best, their offense got dramatically retooled. After two consecutive victories, Tigers fans seemed to have come down off the ledge and were ready for a meaningful August — and quite possibly, September. Now, who knows?

The short-term fix, as you’ve already learned, includes infielder Will Rhymes and the now-versatile Jeff Larish. Both were part of the Tigers’ Arizona Fall League contingent in 2008, so it’s time to see if they really are the top prospects we’ve heard about.

My gut is telling me that this season is now effectively over. As Tony Paul writes in the News this morning, the Tigers now have too many holes to fill and Dan Haren, Ted Lilly, Stephen Drew, simply aren’t enough spackle — no matter how good they are.

No one wants to concede the division to the Twins or, God forbid, the White Sox on July 25. But after sifting through the wreckage from Saturday night, how can we believe the Tigers will be a factor in this race?

I’d like to be surprised, but I think the focus of this team has become, all of a sudden, 2011.

40-man Roster Almost Full

The Tigers added five prospects to the 40-man roster this morning: right-handers Alfredo Figaro, Guillermo Moscoso and Zach Simons; and outfielders Wilkin Ramirez and Casper Wells. That leaves two spots that must be filled by midnight tonight.

In a blog post today, the Free Press‘s Jon Paul Morosi thought infielder Will Rhymes, currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, would end up on the 40-man roster and, more important, not be exposed in the Rule 5 Draft next month.

It’ll be interesting to see how – or if – this impacts trade activity in the next few weeks.