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BYB Weekend Edition 3: Talking the Tigers farm with Chris Brown

While the Minor League Tracker podcast is on a brief hiatus, BYB Podcast host Brandon Day pinch hits with a way too early look at the Tigers farm system. Today we are joined by friend of BYB, Chris Brown. He writes about prospects and the Tigers farm system for the long-running site, Tigstown. He is the co-host of the Tigers SRD podcast alongside Roger Martin, and has recently launched the Locked On Tigers Podcast, a compact daily podcast hitting on all the Tigers news of the day. It is,...


BYB Weekend Edition 2: So how about these Tigers, eh?

We're back with another weekend edition, to tamp down your enthusiasm for the starting rotation, and your fears about the offense. Topics under consideration include... A look back at the Tigers road series victory over the Yankees.The incredible transformation of Matt BoydOpening Day in Detroit is more special with a win.Just how good is Spencer Turnbull?Our first looks at Casey Mize, Matt Manning and the best of the Tigers farm system.


BYB Podcast #41: Give us taco and margarita Tuesdays at the ballpark

The Tigers have pitched and scrapped their way out to a 3-3 start, despite rather weak efforts at the plate. Brandon and Ashley discuss the merits of the Tigers rotation through their first six turns. Niko Goodrum gets his usual dose of love, and we very much enjoyed Bryce Harper's return to Washington. This was recorded on the night of taco and margarita Tuesday, in the small sample size glow of the season's first week, and with regard to these conditions we refuse to be held responsible...


BYB Weekend Wrap-Up : Tigers ride good starting pitching to a split series

We're going to try a little something extra with the BYB Podcast this year. The normal full length episodes featuring Brandon Day and Ashley MacLennan will continue as usual, and will generally drop on Wednesday. But we'll also be adding in a weekend edition. This is the first of that series. Generally they'll come out on Saturday or Sunday, and allow a quick rundown of the Tigers' results for the week, who had the standout performances (both good and bad), and touching on any other major...


BYB Podcast #40: Tigers baseball is finally back

With Opening Day just a day away, Bless You Boys staff writer Brandon Day, and deputy editor Ashley MacLennan look over the final roster and look ahead to the 2019 season. Spencer Turnbull wins the final rotation spot.What the heck are the Tigers doing with Daniel Norris?So, who is playing CF again?A look over the Tigers final roster, and some bold predictions.AL Central/NL Central PreviewExtension ManiaThe usual blend of history and true crime ephemera.


BYB Podcast #39: Michael Fulmer is hurt and it's awful

It's a grim day in Tigertown as Michael Fulmer is out for the year with a blown elbow. We discuss some of the fallout from this most awful news, and whether the Tigers should take the opportunity to get a little more radical in deploying their pitching staff. Baseball appears ready to confront its labor issues before things get worse, and our old colleague, Emily Waldon, is leading the charge. Plus, Mike Trout gets paid in full, our season preview series continues, and we answer your...


BYB Podcast 38: Miguel Cabrera doing Miguel Cabrera things

Nick Castellanos's plaintive plea for an extension falls on Avila's deaf ears.Miggy has two bombs and a hidden ball trick.Jordan Zimmermann is dealing.Matt Moore and Tyson Ross post good outings to right their ships.Daniel Norris had a little breakthrough (we'll see how he does against Boston today), but Michael Fulmer is scaring people.Daz Cameron is shining.Niko Goodrum is a delight.Nick's plaintive plea for an extension falls on Avila's deaf ears.Can Brad Ausmus become an "analytics...


BYB Podcast 37: Halfway to Opening Day

As the initial spring training glow gives way to the dog days of Grapefruit League play, we take the Tigers temperature and look over some of news, and the perennial "best shape of their lives" stories from Lakeland. But with Opening Day just three weeks away, there should be a lot more news as cuts start coming in waves, and more games are televised. Right now, highlights from games are just whetting the appetite for opportunities to sit down a watch a few hours of Tigers baseball on...


BYB Podcast 36: Manny Machado delivers the goods

Brandon and Ashley do their best to deliver the goods in the wake of spring training opening, and the Padres' monster acquistion of Manny Machado. The path was twisty, but we examined the minor news out of spring camp, argued one last time for another free agent addition, and answered listener questions. We also digressed into serial killers for some reason. Camp is underway and so far, Daniel Norris, Michael Fulmer, and Miguel Cabrera are obviously in the best shape of their lives.Casey...


BYB Podcast 35: Truck Day means we're a week away

Brandon and Ashley return to gnaw on a meager diet of Tigers news. The Tigers and their gear are making their way south for spring camp, and pitchers and catchers are set to report in less than a week. The free agent market is still quiet, the Tigers still need a catcher, and Nick Castellanos doesn't seem to be going anywhere. We touched on these and a host of other topics. Truck Day brings warm vibes.The Tigers ended the Big D experiment.Danny McClain's Cy Young award went to auction, and...


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...


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,...