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  • 01:14

    Bless You Boys Podcast 121: All hail Joakim Soria

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    A bleary-eyed Big Al and HookSlide spend another show talking about the Tigers' bullpen, ponder the pros and cons of the Joakim Soria deal along with the Joe Nathan and prospect fallout, ask how Detroit can 'win' the trade, debunk jinxes and revel in the glory that is Ryan Raburn's throwing arm.

    Bless You Boys Podcast 121 was recorded July 25, 2014, has a running time of 73 minutes, and features Al Beaton and HookSlide.


    Topics:



    Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from Rangers for prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.
    Did the Tigers overpay for Soria?
    Trading prospects is the equivalent of buying lottery tickets. You could hit big, but the odds are heavily slanted against you.
    Are the Tigers scrapping their future with prospect heavy trades? Was the Soria trade a "screw the future" deal thanks to an octogenarian owner who wants a World Series win NOW?
    Should the bullpen have been better addressed during this past off season?
    Joe Nathan is still the closer. But for how long? Would Soria be best used in higher leverage situations earlier during a game?
    How do we define "winning the trade?"
    Fangraphs: Joakim Soria and the value of a postseason relief ace.
    When Dave Dombrowski says it's 'highly unlikely" Joel Hanrahan pitches for Tigers, he's actually saying "Hanarahan will not pitch for Detroit in 2014."
    Some things will never change, such as the Tigers' connection with Lakeland.
    Debunking baseball voodoo: There are no such things as jinxes.
    Ryan Raburn is gonna Ryan Raburn. Just ask Corey Kluber.


    All that, plus tangents galore!

  • 00:57

    Bless You Boys Podcast 117: What a difference a week makes

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    One week after another BYB podcast full of talk of what's wrong with the Tigers, Al and HookSlide revel in their undefeated week, ask what has changed, are impressed by Rick Porcello and J.D. Martinez, appreciate Torii Hunter's honestly, and wave back at Ian Kinsler.


    Bless You Boys Podcast 117 was recorded June 27, 2014, has a running time of 56 minutes, and features Al Beaton and HookSlide.



    Things were looking dire last week. The Tigers had lost 3 straight to the Royals, dropping 1 ½ games back and appeared well on their way to 3rd place. Seven days later, the Tigers have 7 wins in a row, and are back to 4 1/2 games up in the Central. But what's changed in one week?
    Rick Porcello is off to the best start of his career. Thursday night he tossed his first career shutout and second complete game, raising his record to 10-4 and lowering his ERA to 3.41.
    Dave Dombrowski tells MLB Network Radio the team is confident Joe Nathan has turned the corner, and that if the Tigers do add bullpen help ahead of the trade deadline, it'll likely be for a seventh- or eighth-inning guy.
    J.D. Martinez is named AL Player of the Week, and continues to bash the living Hell out of the ball.
    The Tigers' corner outfield positions are getting crowded. Torii Hunter sees the writing on the wall and tells the media he is willing to take a part-time role if that's best for the team.
    Ian Kinsler homered in his first at-bat in his return to Arlington, then waved to the Texas bench when running to first (with a huge smile on his face).Flying under the radar is Kinsler's bat, which has been just as hot as the Tigers named Martinez.
    Tigers have reacquired Daniel Schlereth, assigning him to Toledo.
    All that, and more!

  • 01:04

    Bless You Boys Podcast 105: Miguel Cabrera is a very rich man

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    In an episode all about the Benjamins, Al and Hookslide cover the fallout from the Tigers' historic contract extension with Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer's contract negotiations ending in futility, the acquisition of ancient shortstop Alex Gonzalez and Forbes estimating the team's worth at $680 million.


    Bless You Boys Podcast 105 has a running time of 1:03 and features Al Beaton and HookSlide. Kurt Mensching will be back next week.


    Topics:
    Tigers, Cabrera formally announce 8-year extension, commit to 10-years and $292 million overall.
    MLB execs disgusted over Miguel Cabrera extension.
    Fans of advanced metrics are calling the Cabrera extension the worst contract ever. What a surprise!
    But is it really that crazy of a contract in retrospect? $30 million may look like chump change in ten years.
    Tigers were between a rock and a hard place. Let Cabrera walk in free agency, the fans get upset. Sign the best hiotter in the game to a contract locking him up for the remainder of his career, the fans get upset.
    Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski contended it's better to extend a pending free agent early on the process, believing a player is more likely to leave the longer you wait.
    The Tigers may not be all that worried about the long-term ramifications of a contract extension thanks to the ridiculous amount of TV money MLB teams earn.
    Max Scherzer and the Tigers cease contract negotiations.
    Scherzer's agent Scott Boras claims it was the Tigers who rejected a deal.
    Tyler Collins makes the team as a left fielder.
    Tigers obtain shortstop Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles for utility man Steve Lombardozzi.
    Forbes values Tigers at $680 million, 15th overall in MLB. Anyone else think that figure sounds low?
    Doug Fister will start the season on the DL. The Tigers win the trade!

  • 00:59

    Bless You Boys Podcast 106: Dave Clark is glad all over

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    The gang is back together, recapping the first week of Detroit Tigers baseball. Al, Kurt and HookSlide talk TOOTBLANs, Brad Ausmus' strategy, Miguel Cabrera's 2000th hit, hiccups with instant replay, and sports talk radio hosts upset over paternity leave. Kurt also learns about the Dave Clark Five.


    Bless You Boys Podcast 106 has a running time of 58 minutes and features Al Beaton, HookSlide, and of course, Kurt Mensching.


    Topics:



    Undefeated! Walk off wins! Small sample sizes!
    Brad Ausmus' strategy is compared to Jim Leyland's.
    TOOTBLANs for everyone, especially Nick Castellanos.
    Relief pitching starts to shake out.
    Defense isn't great, but it's better than 2013.
    Starting pitching remains dominant.
    Offense doing enough to win, but it's no coincidence the Tigers start scoring runs in bunches when Miguel Cabrera's bat wakes up.
    Working the kinks out of MLB instant replay. Then again, the NFL has had it for years and is still trying to get it right.
    Sports talk radio hosts like Mike Francesa and Boomer Esiason make asses of themselves over the Mets' Daniel Murphy missing two games for paternity leave.

  • 01:02

    Bless You Boys Podcast 95: HookSlide's enemies list

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    Bless You Boys Podcast 95 has a running time of 61 minutes and features Al Beaton, HookSlide, and of course, Kurt Mensching. The gang covers the past week of Detroit Tigers baseball, dominated by the controversial trade of Doug Fister and the signing of Joe Nathan.


    Fister was traded to the Washington Nationals for either spare parts and a prospect or spare parts and Robbie Ray.
    Taken in a vacuum, was the Fister deal a good trade or bad trade? But when looked at in a larger context, does the trade start to make more sense?
    Many are playing the "In Dave Dombrowski we trust" card, saying he must know something others don't.
    Is it possible owner Mike Ilitch has told Dombrowski the Tigers have reached the upper limits of a self-imposed team salary cap?
    Is asking Drew Smyly or Rick Porcello to replicate Fister's numbers too much to ask?
    Could Steve Lombardozzi be the next dividing line in the war between Detroit's traditional fans and those who believe in advanced metrics?
    The Tigers have their closer, inking 39-year-old Joe Nathan to a two-year, $19M contract, with a club option third year worth $10M with a $1M buyout.
    Are there concerns in giving an aging Nathan huge money?
    From all accounts, the Tigers' first choice as closer was Brian Wilson, but talks broke down.  Wilson re-signed with the Dodgers for one-year at $10 million, with the second year a player option at $10M. Did the Tigers end up with the right closer?
    Are the Tigers are at or near a self-imposed payroll cap?
    Don't expect Shin-Shoo Choo to come to the rescue in left field.
    Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed to what are sure to end up as albatross long-term contracts. ARE MLB GMs NUTS?
    Speaking of possible albatross contracts, are the Tigers now set up to give long-term extensions to Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer?

  • 00:42

    Bless You Boys Podcast 143: A Royal Pain

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    In this episode of the Bless 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.

  • 00:53

    Bless You Boys Podcast 146: Injuries, Walkoffs, and Astros

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    In this episode of the Bless You Boys podcast, HookSlide chats with Ryan Dunsmore of SB Nation's Houston Astros site as well as BYB staff writer Jon Erkkila. Astros topics include: early dominance in the AL West, the apparent success of the rebuilding project, World Series odds, and more. Tigers topics inclue Victor Martinez's trip to the disabled list, whether Victor's contract extension looks any different in light of his injuries, the emergence of Alex Wilson as a stable bullpen piece, the struggles of Joba Chamberlain, Brad Ausmus' sometimes questionable strategies, and analyzing the issues behind the streaky Tigers offense.

  • 00:41

    Bless You Boys Podcast 145: Miguel Cabrera gets 400

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    In this episode of the Bless You Boys podcast, HookSlide talks with Tigers beat writer and MLive columnist Chris Iott about the past week of Tigers baseball. Topics include whether the bullpen has graduated from "terrible" to "not too bad," whether Dave Dombrowski might be looking to trade for another bullpen arm in July and who would be on the trading block, the ongoing neck-and-neck race between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, an "anemic" offense (to use Brad Ausmus' word) that seems to be coming back to life, Alex Avila's knee injury, and Brad Aumsus' growth as a manager in 2015.

  • 00:41

    Bless You Boys Podcast 140: A roaring good start

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    In this week's episode of the Bless You Boys podcast, HookSlide and Rob Rogacki talk about the Detroit Tigers' opening week of baseball. Topics include the sweep of the Minnesota Twins, Anthony Gose's solid offense and defense, Shane Greene's pitching debut, Alex Avila's new approach at the plate, and whether this is truly the best team that Dave Dombrowski has assembled so far.

  • 00:42

    Bless You Boys Podcast 141: Second verse, same as the first

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    In this episode of the Bless You Boys podcast, HookSlide talks about the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Detroit Tigers with Ryan Schuiling, host of the WBBL Morning Show and color commentator for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Topics include who's hot for the Whitecaps so far, Brad Ausmus' early approval rating, what to do with Joe Nathan, Dave Dombrowski and the bullpen, the improved Tigers defense in 2015, and more.

  • 00:47

    Bless You Boys Podcast 142: So long, Joe Nathan

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    In this week's episode of the Bless You Boys podcast, HookSlide talks Tigers baseball with Rob Rogacki, and chats with Max Rieper of Royals Review about the Kansas City Royals in preparation for their upcoming series with the Tigers. Royals topics include: what's behind the Royals' hot start, why is their offense suddenly so good, how much did losing James Shields hurt the starting rotation, why is there suddenly bad blood with the Oakland A's, and how is Ned Yost's approval rating so far? Tigers topics include: why is David Price doing the one-good-outing/one-bad-outing thing again, what happened to Anibal Sanchez, Joe Nathan's season-ending injury, and what to expect out of new reliever Alex Wilson given his recent results in Toledo.