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BYB Podcast Episode #34: Mariano Rivera leads a new HOF class

We're back with a Hall of Fame heavy episode. The Tigers did a few minor things, but most of the talk around the game revolved today around Mariano Rivera's unanimous first ballot selection to Cooperstown, a feat which, bizarrely, no one had ever managed until today. Sportswriters man...someone always has to be the curmudgeon. Imagine not voting for Greg Maddux the moment he appeared on Hall of Fame ballots. Ridiculous. We take a look at the Tigers minor league signings and wonder what they...


BYB Podcast 33: Ok we're ready for more baseball now, please

Ashley and Brandon fire up a podcast that’s been sitting out in frigid temperatures undriven for a month. Unfortunately, there is still precious little warmth emitting from the hot stove to help us along. We took a look back at the Tigers offseason, the options they have remaining this offseason, and the chilly relations between free agents and teams around the league. The Tigers signed Jordy Mercer and Tyson Ross, and that’s fine. More please.Are the Tigers going to do anything else, and...


BYB Podcast #32: Non-tenderered is the night

Ashley and Brandon return to a modest array of Tigers news. The offseason has started with some major moves, but until Patrick Corbin signed with the Nationals, trades rather than free agent signings took the center stage. As for the Tigers, they added Matt Moore for some reason. They then joined the flood of 39 rostered players who were not tendered new contracts on the final day of November, by adding Alex Wilson and James McCann to a seemingly vast pool of cheap, decent MLB caliber...


BYB Podcast Episode 31: Arizona Fall League with Emily Waldon of The Athletic

This is kind of a funky episode. We recorded an interview with Emily Waldon, prospect writer for The Athletic, on Thursday, November 10th. Issues prevented it coming out over the weekend, so we added a little news and commentary as an opening segnment. You can skip to our interview with Ms. Waldon at about 30:00 of the podcast. To lead off, co-host Brandon Day flies solo with a quick rundown of MLB awards season, and the Tigers posture toward free agency as the hot stove season gets...


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...