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Is Justin Verlander's reign of dominance over?
Are the Astros and Marlins actually...Good?
Tune in today to see what Laif and Dan think about the struggling former MVP and the two hot teams!
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The Tigers upset themselves against the worst team in the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2 in the first of a 3-game series at Comerica Park, and I go crazy about it, as Ed Smith co-hosts with me. This has to be one of the most disgraceful games we've ever seen! DISGRACEFUL! I'll explain it.
I also have an update each on Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander and Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, who was earlier reportedly offered a 6-year, $30-million deal by the Buffalo Sabres.
Mike Verlander of DuMOL vineyards joins Stu to discuss being a restauranteur and then getting involved in the wine industry.
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In this episode of the podcast, HookSlide talks about baseball, brains, and your brain on baseball. Justin Verlander has certainly returned to dominant form, and just in case we were still on the fence about that, he just took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning in his last performance. Verlander's resurgence will certainly make General Manager Al Avila's job in 2016 a bit easier, because, hey, who can't build a decent starting rotation when you've got an ace like Verlander to be the cornerstone?
Going into weekend, the Tigers get to face the Toronto Blue Jays and their ridiculously good offense, and on the mound they'll be sending out ... Boyd, Farmer, and Simon? So who will get shelled the least?
At least one MLB team is making plans to extend the nets at the ballpark and do something to preserve fan safety from flying foul balls. Why are some people opposed to this?
In the final segment of the podcast, a licensed professional counselor who specializes in neurofeedback "brain training" talks about what EEG data can do for athletes looking to achieve peak performance, and explains what happens in the brain when a player gets angry and starts smashing water coolers.
In this week's episode Rob and HookSlide discuss the week that was in Detroit Tigers baseball... all four games of it. Luckily, they were some eventful games, including a Maddux, near-no-hitter, and more #MustSeeJV. Mixed in with all the on-field madness was an off-field fiasco, the dismissal of reliever Bruce Rondon. The Tigers haven't said much, but fans have been able to read between the lines to get an idea of what exactly infuriated the team so much.
Then, to properly celebrate the only team in the organization with playoff success, we invited Whitecaps play-by-play announcer Dan Hasty into the virtual studio to break down their improbable run to the Midwest League Championship.
Topics in this week's episode include:
An eventful series against the Chicago White Sox
Jeff Samardzija's free agent market, and how to actually spell his name
The Tigers' farm system, and whether all these prospect gurus are wrong
The AL Central in 2016 and beyond, including the terrifying Minnesota Twins (yes, really)
Whether this is the most pivotal Tigers offseason in recent memory
Bruce Rondon's early winter vacation
The future of baseball and medicine
What in the world happened to Kurt Mensching
A conversation with Whitecaps play-by-play announcer Dan Hasty
2:10 - Rounding the Bases: at least the Tigers are winning championships somewhere!
28:09 - Warming in the Pen: sizing up the AL Central
44:46 - High and Tight: how to get extra vacation time using this one weird trick!
1:07:34 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: maybe we should send this player home early, too
1:30:41 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: talking with Whitecaps PBP announcer Dan Hasty about how you get this lucky
The Bless You Boys Podcast returns after a six week hiatus! Kurt, Al and HookSlide come out swinging by debating Kate Upton, Max Scherzer's regression, ZIPS Projections, farm system rankings, the BBWAA and the Hall of Fame vote and PED mudslinging.
Justin Verlander has core muscle surgery.
Was Kate Upton involved?
Tigers to explore a long-term deal with Max Scherzer, avoiding arbitration with one-year $15.525 million contract.
Scherzer will not talk contract during season, optimistic about a new deal.
How badly will Scherzer regress in 2014?
2014 Detroit Tigers ZiPS projections released, are quite optimistic.
Nick Castellanos named the 37th overall prospect by Baseball Prospectus.
Farm system rankings are as relevant to team success at the big league level as college football recruiting rankings are to winning national championships. It's all BS.
Hall of Fame voting causes more controversy as Jack Morris falls of the ballot and Alan Trammell continues to be stupidly ignored.
The BBWAA is badly broken. To show just how badly, Dan LeBatard gives his hall ballot to Deadspin, resulting in a sensible ballot and his vote being revoked permanently.
Alex Rodriguez PED suspension lowered to 162 games.
Everyone came out of the Biogenesis scandal looking bad, especially MLB.
Expanded instant replay approved by MLB, will go into effect this season.
Expect rules changes to result from controversial replay calls. See the NFL and the 'process of the catch.'
This week, Rob and HookSlide discuss tanking, Draft Kings fever, and whether or not fans should boo their team.
The Detroit Tigers have been solid lately, winning three of the past four series they have played, including a recent series victory over the Kansas City Royals. Baseball is getting more watchable in Detroit, and Tigers fans just aren't sure how to handle it.
Amid their restlessness, Rob and HookSlide discuss the recent boo birds that have come to nest at Comerica Park, and the pros and cons of daily fantasy sports. Their commercials -- and auto-playing video web ads -- might be the devil, but the product is, dare we say, kind of fun? Also, what should you be watching for as the Tigers play out the last two weeks of the season, and is it worth it to spoil the Minnesota Twins' playoff hopes?
Topics in this week's episode include:
The Tigers are good again! Sort of.
What's up with Miguel Cabrera?
What the Tigers should expect out of Anibal Sanchez in 2016
The trials and tribulations of third base coach Dave Clark
Tanking the Right WayTM
Are Tigers fans booing too much?
That time that Brad Ausmus was right
Listener questions! Including whether your favorite Tiger is a sandwich
Daily fantasy sports, and whether they will make you rich
Internet advertising, and how it won't make anyone rich
2:49 - Rounding the Bases: are you ok, Miggy?
27:07 - Warming in the Pen: you need to stop waving this guy around third
41:48 - High and Tight: the art of booing
1:03:34 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: this is the one guy we’re excited to see leave in 2016
1:21:51 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: get rich quick, so you can start paying for content
With the Detroit Tigers inching closer to the playoffs despite a rotation held together with bubble gum and paperclips, Rob and HookSlide return for another episode of The Voice of the Turtle, and discuss whether 2015 is all for naught or if there is still a chance at cracking the AL wild card this season.
Topics in this week's episode include:
How fun was that series against the Chicago Cubs?
Who is actually in the starting rotation now?
Miguel Cabrera: good at baseball
Justin Verlander: also good at baseball
The key to Nick Castellanos' turn-around
Can the Tigers actually make the playoffs?
Dave Dombrowski: Public Enemy No. 1 (sort of)
Your weekly "this bullpen is awful" segment
Why are you a Tigers fan?
03:20 Rounding the Bases: the one thing that's got Nick Castellanos back on track
25:25 Warming in the Pen: why the wild card chase just got a whole lot more difficult
37:40 High and Tight: who wins in a showdown between Dave Dombrowski and Al Avila?
55:30 Into the Mob Scene at Home: what was the worst trade Dave Dombrowski ever made?
1:16:50 The 7th Inning Kvetch: what makes you a die-hard Tigers fan?
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Ed Smith and I recap and break down what happened in Week 3 of College Football in the Mitten involving the matchup between the Michigan Wolverines and the Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and the matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and the Air Force Falcons. We also list all the things the Lions did wrong in their 26-16 loss to the Vikings at Minnesota in Week 2.
Last Friday night, after the 5-4, 12-inning win over the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park, Justin Verlander said he didn't want the fans to boo. He said he wanted them to be positive. That was after Brad Ausmus pulled him for Alex Wilson, who gave up a game-tying 2-run home run. What's that all about???
Red Wings center Darren Helm collided with prospect Jerome Verrier at training camp and went under concussion protocol, and he was diagnosed with a slight shoulder separation and will be out 2-4 months.
Since Rob and HookSlide last went back and forth on episode three of The Voice of the Turtle, the Detroit Tigers have lost nine of their 11 games. They have dropped 20 (!) games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central and are close to scraping the bottom of the American League's depths.
This means one thing: bad September baseball!
Obviously, we're not excited about this, but episode five of the podcast helps shed some light on a few bright spots and things to watch in the last month of the season. Topics in this week's episode include:
HookSlide wanted a dumpster fire in Toronto, and he got one
Justin Verlander is still worth watching
What is a pseudoaneurysm? Will Shane Greene be okay?
The excitement (or lack thereof) of September call-ups
Ways to stay entertained by meaningless games in September
Are the Tigers giving up on the 2015 season?
Will Victor Martinez bounce back in 2016?
Listener questions! Including whether Nick Castellanos' pants have a certain mojo about them.
What kind of manager should the Tigers hire, assuming Brad Ausmus is fired?
Every Thursday night at 8pm ET, our resident fantasy experts at Today's Knuckleball, Tim King (@TKing978) and Greg Jewett (@gjewett9) discuss the latest goings on in the fantasy baseball world. Whose stock is up, whose is down, and who is worth picking up on your radar.
- Yordano Ventura and Justin Verlander returning to past form - is it for real?
- Can you trust Ian Kennedy again?
- Is David Wright relevant the rest of the way?
- The duo will also discuss ever-changing bullpens, injury ramifications, daily fantasy strategy, and more!
Got questions for the them? Tweet them or @myknuckleballs, tune in at 8pm ET, and they'll try answer on air.
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