2014 Winter Classic: Wings vs. Leafs preview

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The 2014 Winter Classic will be a “home game” for the Detroit Red Wings. They’ll take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most valuable franchise in all of hockey in an all original six showdown. It will be held at Michigan Stadium, home of UM Wolverines college football.

Like I wrote around the New Year, the Wings are the natural next host for the event, and THE BIG HOUSE would is the best venue for the next event. The Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, is a dome and thus ineligible to host the game. Michigan Stadium previously hosted The Big Chill at the Big House vs. Michigan State and it is the current world record holder for attendance (104, 173) at a hockey game. The 2014 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day marks the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football has hosted the Winter Classic. All five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums.

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Mike Trout Should Win the 2012 AL MVP

This writer is voting for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Mike Trout for the AL MVP…PERIOD.  Why?  Let the debate continue!

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Chicago White Sox Will Win the AL Central

For the first time in almost a month, the White Sox share first place in the American League Central with the Detroit Tigers.  Now with the most optimism a White Sox fan with ulcers from the stresses of watching his team can muster, believes: The Chicago White Sox will win the AL Central.

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White Sox Fans Need to Show Up or Shut Up for Tigers Series

Let’s be honest White Sox fans, despite our place in the standings, the Detroit Tigers have owned the Chicago White Sox this year in every sense of the word.  The Tigers have swept the Sox in back-to-back series, crushed us in home attendance and since the beginning of the season have received all of the attention, praise and post season backing from media outside of Chicago.  According to most fans, the White Sox are done and their upcoming series at U.S. Cellular Field will be the unofficial proclamation of death for our season.  Judging by the White Sox attendance the last two home stands, White Sox fans seem to agree.  Heck, if attendance were reflective of a fan base belief in a team, even the Chicago Cubs would have a better shot at the post season this year.

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White Sox A.J. Pierzynski PED Suspension Rumors

Rumors began to swirl on Chicago talk radio and in social media yesterday, that Chicago White Sox catcher, A.J. Pierzynski tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and would begin serving a 50-game suspension immediately, essentially being lost for the season.  With the White Sox clinging to a one-game lead over the Detroit Tigers, losing the veteran catcher for the season would be disastrous.

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White Sox now tied wth Tigers for first place; stretch run looms

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It took a sweep by the Detroit Tigers to knock the Chicago White Sox out of first place; and that’s exactly what happened. Justin Verlander won the highly anticipated match-up with Chris Sale, and the three game sweep restarts the AL Central race back at zero. Earlier in the season the Sox gave up first place to Detroit, but it was only for a day or two, as Chicago took it right back.

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Tigers World Series Pitcher Nate Robertson owns (and pitches for) minor league team

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It is not every day when a baseball owner is the starting pitcher.  But it happened for the Wichita (KS) Wingnuts this week, and probably is going to be the case every five days or so in the American Association.

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Hilarious Comerica Park live shot, Rangers and Tigers fan idiots (video)

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This is too funny. Watch these Texas Rangers fans and Detroit Tigers fans act goofy and really really stupid behind the Fox Sports reporter while she’s doing her live stand-up.

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Tigers Star Catcher Victor Martinez Out for Season

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The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that star designated hitter Victor Martinez tore his left ACL last week during offseason conditioning. An MRI yesterday confirmed the injury. Surgery is expected, and it is thought that he will miss the entire 2012 MLB season.

Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBIs in 2011, helping Detroit win the AL Central in his first season with the Tigers. He signed a $50 million, four-year contract before last season.

I guess you can say the AL Central is much more open now. The Tigers, and one of Martinez’s former teams, the Cleveland Indians, are expected to be the favorites.

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Tigers Justin Verlander Wins AL Cy Young

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The last time a Detroit Tigers pitcher (Willie Hernandez- 1984) won the AL Cy Young award, Justin Verlander was a one year old kid. 27 years later, Justin Verlander won the award, the fourth time in team history.

 

by David Malamut

Verlander had one of those magical years, going 24-5 with a 2.40 era in 34 starts. Pitching four complete games and two shutouts in 251 innings. He would go 14-2 away from Detroit’s Comerica Park and 10-3 at home. THere really isn’t any stat in his 2011 season that is a bad one as he was just dominant throughout the year. He did not have a start where he pitched less than 6 innings, yes he had a few rocky starts but he kept his team in those.

He also is a four time all star, a former Rookie of the Year. In his career has lead the league in wins, innings pitched, winning percentage and strikeouts. Was the second overall pick of the 2004 draft by the Tigers.

In his seven year major league career he already has 107 wins. Having double digit wins in each of his full major league seasons. Justin has been in the post season twice in his career with a 3-3 record and a 5.57 era in 8 games. Pitching in the 2006 World Series against the Cardinals. He would lose both games he pitched in that series.

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Unemployed Detroit Man REVELS in Lions, Tigers, Wolverines Successes

This comes to me from a Detroit area man, and sports fan, who’s enduring a professional setback, and some personal financial uncertainty right now. Yes, you might have heard a thing or two in the news about the city of Detroit and its economic hardships. Now you’re hearing about their athletic successes as well.

Well the media often likes to present those two situations together, often into being something they’re not.

We’re here to tell you what really happens when sports triumph hits an economically depressed city. Here’s our piece from Detroit Sports Fan:

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