Some links, notes and stats that I’ve come across.
- Billfer rebuts the thought, which curiously has gained steam recently, that the Tigers should release Magglio Ordonez to avoid plate appearance milestones from being reached that would automatically vest the option for 2010. (Detroit Tigers Weblog)
- As I said in earlier posts, if Ordonez is batting like he has been for the past month or so, it would be ridiculous to release him for any baseball reasons. Especially if Detroit wants any hope of playing in October. Bill adds that the MLBPA and Ordonez’s agent, Scott Boras, would probably have pretty good objections to any move made on financial basis like that.
- J Ellet Lambie has been awfully busy lately. He and Big JP traded thoughts on five topics at each of their blogs. He also looks at the Tigers after they’ve passed the 1/3- mark of the the season.
- Lee of Tiger Tales also looked at the Tigers at the 1/3 mark.
- Tigers have two starters in the top 11 in ERA in the American League: Edwin Jackson, second, 2.16; Justin Verlander, 11th, 3.26.
- Matt Wallace looks at some minor leaguers in the Tigers system that have caught his eye. (Take 75 North)
- One of them is Fu-Te Ni, the lefty reliever who is more than just a LOOGY for the Triple-A Mud Hens. I wonder if he isn’t in line for a call-up soon, though Nate Robertson and his contract seem to block him.
- Power rankings are just for fun and I don’t follow them too closely, but surprised the Tigers moved up to 7th at ESPN.com after the putrid sweep against Boston. (ESPN.com power rankings)
- Also at ESPN.com, the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse featured Miguel Cabrera– in light of there being no better nicknames, I’m sticking with Big Mig — and the Tigers (BBTN Clubhouse)