For the first time in roughly six years, the Detroit Tigers find themselves face to face with a slim chance at the playoffs, a chance that’s slimmer by the day. Working to bolster their chances, the Tigers will use the start of September to shift focus from bullpen frustrations to a roster expansion. At this time, major league teams move beyond their usual 25-man roster count and open an opportunity for some of the standout prospects to get a chance at playing in the big leagues.
The Little League Softball World Series showed some adults really know how to mess up a kid’s love of sports. It also showed some adults don’t get it when it comes to playing sports properly. For those readers who don’t know what I’m talking about, there was a controversy in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., earlier this week.
It was Sept. 6, 1974. The Montreal Expos were tied at the top of the second inning against the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates when a 20-year-old third baseman stepped to the plate for the Expos. In three at-bats that day, the right-hander may have only posted a single hit in his professional debut, but little did he know that his future in the game of baseball would surpass anything he was expecting.
Every organization has one. That inconspicuous talent who, for one reason or another seems to stay off the radar, despite their success. For Erie Seawolves closer Paul Voelker, it’s never been a desire for excessive attention. As with any incoming draftee, the goal has remained the same for Voelker; perform, win, advance, and repeat. The 10th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University in the 2014 Detroit Tigers draft class may not meet the visual criteria of a pitching blue print, but he’s discovered a way to bypass assumption and has entered this season setting a bar that only seems to rise on a game by game basis.
You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. Both are comments heard throughout the childhoods of boys and girls everywhere. It’s not meant to be a compliment, but rather, it’s an insult to girls and usually said amongst boys. The truth is, it means girls are inferior. It means girls are unable to do things well, at least, as well as boys do. It means they are no good at sports. They are weak and not strong.
With the sun shining bright, Liz Nagel smacked her first tee shot of the day in front of a large group of golf fans Thursday. Nagel joked most of the following probably was for Natalie Gulbis, an LPGA fan favorite, but in reality, the DeWitt native and Michigan State University alum’s family and friends comprised a sizable portion of the group during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythfield Country Club.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a great showcase for Cincinnati and their beloved son, Pete Rose. Rose came out to thunderous applause by the Reds’ faithful before the All-Star Game, despite being banned from baseball for life for betting on the game.
The annual Crystal Lake Run is set for its 19th installment. The event, which consists of a 3-mile walk/run or 5-mile run, takes place on Aug. 1.
Even without the likes of Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout, the latest incarnation of the Home Run Derby was awesome. Featuring brackets, time limits and bonus time, the event included some of the best new talent (Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant) against some of the best veterans (Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder) in the game today.
Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 31) is fast approaching. As opposed to the past four years, there is plenty talk of whether the Detroit Tigers should be sellers instead of the usual buyers, especially since the injury to Miguel Cabrera. Detroit has won the past four American League Central Division championships — with no World Series titles during that time — and each year they have made trades to help bolster its roster.