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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...


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...


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...


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 10: The Grapefruit League is bittersweet this year

Kurt Mensching is leaving and it sucks.Spring Training play gets under wayInjury ReportMLBPA is aggrieved.Fringe pitchers are trying to make a name for themselvesDick McAuliffe and his place in Detroit Tigers loreBook Report


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 9: The Rays sell and all Ashley's teams are bad now

Ashley returns from a well earned vacation to find her back up team in a bizarre March sell-off. Doom is all around us. The Rays offer no relief. Meanwhile Ron Gardenhire and his folksy ways begin to grow on us, to our mild irritation. Pre-show gnashing over a devastating series of Rays trades that rocked Ashley's baseball word. What are the Rays doing, is Florida doomed, and can the Tigers profit via Corey Dickerson?Gardy is buddies with everyone, while Chris Bosio is full of ideas for...


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 8: Betting the Farm on the Tigers

Ashley and Brandon are joined by Chris Brown, co-host of the TigersSRD podcast and writer for Tigstown to talk prospect rankings and the Tigers' farm system. The last gasp of the franchise playerMLB and the players heat up their battle of wordsWe take a look at the major prospect rankings already released, the process of evaluating players and the state of the Tigers' farm system


Bless You Boys Podcast- Ep. 7: Chris Bosio wants gunslingers not belly itchers

IntroThe career of Bill FreehanAlex Avila signs with ArizonaEduardo Jimenez and an intro to BYB Prospect RankingsProtective netting and pitch clocks


Bless You Boys Podcast- Episode 6: Prospects and Pitch Clocks

Host Brandon Day is joined by Bless You Boys Managing Editor, Rob Rogacki, to talk about the week's news in Detroit Tigers baseball and beyond. ESPN released its top 100 prospects list, and the Tigers didn't fare too well.Matt Manning's exclusion, and Daz Cameron's inclusion are discussed.State of the Tigers' farm system.Commissioner Rob Manfred wants a pitch clock. The Player's Union would like something in return, but it won't change the fact that free agency is looking a bit sickly...


Bless You Boys Podcast- Episode 5: The One with the Detroit Meteor

The staff of breaks down the Tigers offseason and begins light warm-ups for Spring Training. Managing Editor Rob Rogacki joins Brandon and Ashley to take stock of the Tigers position, and the frustrations at the end of an empire. A brief recap of the Tigers offseasonWhat is the state of Tigers rebuildWhen is the right time to trade Nick CastellanosThe free agent market is brokenListener questions sprinkled throughout


Bless You Boys Podcast- Episode 4: Conversation with David Laurila of FanGraphs

Impressions from the Winter MeetingsThe state of the Detroit Tigers and their front office personnelThe new coaching staff headed by Ron GardenhireThe Ian Kinsler trade and the Tigers Rule 5 selectionAlan Trammell and Jack Morris elected to the National Baseball Hall of FameAre modern players smarter or better educated than their predecessors?


Bless You Boys Podcast- Episode 3: You can't afford Michael Fulmer

The Winter Meetings finally feature a fully functioning hot stove. The Yankees are interested in Michael Fulmer, but the cost has to be exorbitant. Ian Kinsler, however, is getting shopped hard just in time for Christmas. Ok Mike Fiers, sure, fine, that's fine. Alan Trammell and Jack Morris are Hall of Famers now and it's great. The fallout from Giancarlo's move to the Big Apple. Shohei Ohtani makes the Angels interesting, as long as he's healthy.


Bless You Boys Podcast- Episode 2: The Darkness Before the Winter Meetings

Topics Include -Leonys Martin? Alright -Derek Norris? MEH, why? -Bruce Rondon is gone and we'll try to move on. -How confident are you in your front office? -Ten years of Miguel Cabrera


Confronting the Detroit Tigers Offseason

Brandon Day and Ashley MacLennan, writers/editors at, reboot the BYB podcast. We discuss survival strategies for a rebuilding team's quiet offseason. Propose landing spots for Ian Kinsler Consider the possibility of using Alex Avila as a perpetual prospect lure And look around the league at the free agent market currently clogged by Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Otani


The Voice of the Turtle, Episode 27: Sorry, Buck Farmer

Like the Detroit Tigers, we're back! Although... we are a bit rusty. Rob and HookSlide discussed the first week of the new baseball season, remembered 24 of the 25 players on the Tigers' roster (sorry, Buck Farmer), and answered a heap of listener questions in their first episode together in nearly a month. Luckily, there were plenty of good things to talk about. The Tigers are off to a roaring start at 2-0, winning a pair of exciting games over the Miami Marlins. Your fearless podcast...


Bless You Boys Podcast 144: Staying Afloat on the Road

In this episode of the podcast, HookSlide catches up with Detroit News columnist Kurt Mensching. Topics include Shane Greene's recent rough outings, Brad Ausmus' bullpen management, Joba Chamberlain's struggles, Victor Martinez, and the recently opened spot on the Tigers' 40-man roster.


Bless You Boys Podcast 143: A Royal Pain

In this episode of theBless You Boys podcast, HookSlide chats with BYB staff writer Jon Erkkila about the past week of Tigers baseball. Topics include the Tigers/Royals matchup, Justin Verlander's status and upcoming (third) MRI, Victor Martinez's slow start, analyzing JD Martinez's fair-to-good start, and more.


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