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BYB Podcast Episode 30: Requiem for the 2018 Detroit Tigers

Brandon and Ashley put a bow on a somewhat dismal season of Tigers baseball, because it's time to look ahead to October baseball and the offseason to come. Hopes for a little more rookie fireworks failed to launch in September.Tigers Way 4.0The Tigers have to be careful not to let the rebuild get away from them.Jose Iglesias and James McCann may leave opportunities more than holes.Listener questions.The Addison Russell problem.Rooting in all directions in October.


BYB Podcast Episode 29: The Boys are Back in Motown

After a road trip that saw the Detroit Tigers finally flex a little offensive muscle, the club returns home to meet up with Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros. Some of the young guys are contributing, and we'll take a look at their vital signs, as well as examining and speculating irresponsibly about the Rod Allen/Mario Impemba kerfuffle. The story of the day is the reported scuffle between the long-time broadcast duo. Just know that the chair is not the chair.The Tigers have finally...


Bless You Boys Podcast 28: Roster expansion as the season enters the homestretch

Ashley and Brandon return to discuss the week in Tigers baseball, for better and for worse. Daniel Norris is on the way back and Christin Stewart should be coming with him.Matt Manning looks like one of the better pitching prospects in the game after a fantastic 2018.The James McCann era nears its end, and we aren't sad about it.Women's baseball at the highest level has been pretty awesome.On the art of becoming a fan favorite.Baseball is becoming too insular and inaccessible for its own...


Bless You Boys Podcast 27: Andy Dirks is our life coach now

Brandon and Ashley welcome in the honey voiced perspective and insight of one Andy Dirks to the podcast. The native born Kansan, transplanted Michigander, former Tigers outfielder, real estate maven, podcast host, and all around life coach talks his current endeavors, Tiger tales, and the mentality of success on the field and in life. There’s also that time that Jim Leyland challenged Jered Weaver to a fiery bout of fisticuffs. Hold onto your butts. Dirks retirement and how he applied...


Bless You Boys Podcast 26: Lou Whitaker and Bill Freehan will be avenged

Ashley and Brandon return to touch on all things Tigers, except that no one really wants to touch the Tigers right now. Ashley rants about MLB's weird resistance to the future regarding the All-Star game blackout.We look back at the All-Star game and the many ways in which it was a microcosm of major league baseball writ large.The Tigers are struggling along, and while their appear to be a lot of trade candidates, the market continues to look a little bloated with options to expect much in...


BYB Podcast Episode 25: You're the All-Star of our Hearts, Nick Castellanos

With the Tigers stumbling toward the break, the editorial staff assesses their chances of a profitable trading season and an interesting second half. The Tigers are scuffling, and too many players they hoped to trade are going in the wrong direction.Jordan Zimmermann is suddenly pitching some of the best baseball of his career despite the endless plague of injuries.How will the Tigers fill out their pitching staff in the second half if they move multiple starters?Joe Jimenez is an All-Star,...


Bless You Boys Podcast 24: Dog days and few chips to trade

After a hiatus, we return to unpack the Detroit Tigers season at the halfway point. Ashley McClennan and Brandon Day take on the past few weeks of Tigers baseball and try to make sense of it all. Injuries and poor performances have the Tigers looking like modest sellers at best this July.Chris Bosio was fired and it seems like the Tigers handled the situation about as well as an organization can.The SixOneNine podcast is kind of a landmark in bridging the gap between players and...


Bless You Boys Podcast 23: The Tigers were aggressive in the 2018 draft

Bless You Boys managing editor, Rob Rogacki, joins host Brandon Day for some early reactions to the Tigers' picks in the 2018 MLB draft. The first 10 rounds are in the books, and beyond is chaos, so it's time to look at the Tigers' approach and break down their picks. Early returns seem positive. The Tigers played the percentages at 1-1, and then made some pretty bold plays by their standards in the later rounds. They got a nice collection of athletes and guys with loud tools in hopes of a...


Bless You Boys Podcast 22: Tigers talk with Max Bultman of the Athletic

Host Brandon Day welcomes Max Bultman, who covers the Detroit Tigers for the Athletic, to the show. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about the Detroit Tigers season, state of the rebuild, and some of the wider issues in major league baseball. IntroWhat is a quintessential Detroit Tigers loss in 2018?Which Tigers have been a pleasant surprise in the early going?The secret history of Shane Greene.Casey Mize is totally unphased by all the draft hoopla.Bullpenning and the changing...


Bless You Boys Podcast 21: Into the midseason grind

Brandon and Ashley, staff writers and editors at return to talk you through the dark times. The Tigers got off to a fun, respectable start considering their last place finish in 2017. We even had dreams of seizing first place for a little bit and sending the AL Central, and many fans, into a tizzy. The spell is broken. The bullpen has blown leads repeatedly, and the offense is really starting to miss Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario. But, there are a lot of Tigers topics...


Bless You Boys Podcast 20: Expectations are a bitch so we don't have any

Ashley and Brandon return with a sense of complete bemusement at the 2018 Detroit Tigers and their scrappy and ridiculous ways. There is a lot to discuss both around the league and in the Tigers' neck of the woods, as they attempt to seize first place this week against the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers are ridiculous right now, winning games they shouldn't, booting the ball around and coming through with huge performances to bail themselves out.Blaine Hardy broke Robinson Cano's hand, but...


Bless You Boys Podcast Ep. 19: The injury bug finally bites

Brandon and Ashley return to take a look at the week's news. Miguel Cabrera to the DLJordan Zimmermann gets hurt just as he's hitting his grooveDaniel Norris goes under the knifeJose Iglesias and Ron Gardenhire butt headsChristin Stewart is coming on strong in ToledoListener questions


Bless You Boys Podcast Ep.18: Are the Tigers best of the worst?

Brandon Day and Ashley McLennan of look back at the week in Detroit Tigers news, survey the farm system, and take the temperature of various teams around the league. The Tigers may not be too bad, but in an era of haves and have nots, the middle isn't the place to be.JaCoby Jones and Jeimer Candelario are getting Tigers fans all tingly.Drew VerHagen is DFA'd, Blaine Hardy is a dominant starting pitcher now, and don't ever do that with Shane Greene again, Gardy.Justin...


Bless You Boys Podcast-Ep. 17: Baseball can't wait on the weather

Brandon and Ashley return, and baseball is again played in Detroit after a lengthy series of postponements. We take a look at the early success of the bullpen, and the wonders of Canadian ice, among other topics. Is being bad what it takes for the Tigers' bullpen to be good?Mikie Mahtook heads to Toledo and it's time to see a lot more JaCoby Jones. Gardy discovers Meijer'sQuick hits from around the Tigers' farm systemThe wonder of Ohtani-maniaMLB v Pitching NinjaMLB goes to Puerto Rico and...


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 16: Baseball is back

Brandon and Ashley look back at the Tigers first five games. So far the 2018 season has been played in frigid, wet spring weather. And while the rotation and the big bats have shown up, the team's thin roster is already dragging them down. Opening Day was weird, and the first game was even weirderFrancisco Liriano, Jordan Zimmermann and the rest of the regular rotation looked pretty good.Miguel Cabrera is smoking the baseball and having a good time.Outside of Castellanos, Cabrera and...


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 15 Talking Minor League camp with Emily Waldon

Brandon and Ashley are joined by Emily Waldon, who covers the Tigers' farm system for the Athletic. Emily is a BYB alum, and has also written for 2080 Ball. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 19 and jacked a colossal walkoff home run that could not be ignored just moments before recording started. Emily covered the Toronto Blue Jays system for 2080 Ball last year and knows the thump of the young phenom.Emily discusses her time on the back fields of Joker Marchant Stadium and which prospects looked...


Bless You Boys Podcast Ep. 14: Drink if your Opening Day starter had a 6.00 ERA

Ashley and Brandon take on the week's issues in Tigers baseball, and wade into a thick stack of listener questions. Jordan Zimmermann is the Tigers' Opening Day starter, and it's weird.Franklin Perez is hurt, but Blaine Hardy is not.Gardy wants a dedicated one-inning closer because of course he does.Who wins the final roster spots coming off the bench?Is there even a candidate for Tigers ROYMLB wants another exemption from Federal Labor Law for minor league players.Alex Cobb finds a home and...


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 13: Roster battles build character

With a few weeks of baseball under our belts, the Tigers' 25-man roster is beginning to take shape. On this episode, we take on the task of parsing the meager information at hand to try to sort position groups, and then move on to a quick preview and prediction for the American League, and finally take on listener questions. Is John Hicks our backup catcher? Does Jarrod Saltalamacchia really have a chance to find work with the Tigers?The Tigers seem to have five relievers just about set for...


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 12: Spring training will not be televised

Ashley and Brandon lament the lack of televised Grapefruit League action, while considering the week's news and what lies ahead for the Detroit Tigers this spring, and beyond. Early spring returnsTigers DFA Jairo Labourt and it's still weirdThe season may begin before the offseason endsJustin Verlander wants some answersJustin Upton feels the chill between players and teamsDevelopment vs. veteran depth


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 11 : Conversation with R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports joins the podcast for a wide ranging conversation about the state of baseball, the Tigers outlook and the future of smart baseball. The bizarre state of free agency and labor relations this offseason and what it bodes for the future.Why aren't teams taking advantage of an incredibly slow free agent market to try and contend?Obligatory Justin Verlander hero worship from Brandon.What are you doing over there Rays, you goofs?The Tigers are at a crossroads and the...