The Detroit Sports Show: What is Wrong With the Detroit Tigers

This week’s show starts with Max DeMara and Andrew Tomlinson discussing what is going on with the Detroit Tigers.

The show then moves to who is more to blame for the Tigers and is there any way to possibly fix it. Andrew then goes on a rant about Brad Ausmus and there is a discussion about whether or not he should be fired or if he should be given more time.

After the Tigers the two transition to the Detroit Lions with preseason game three is about to happen on Friday.

Max, who covers the team, talks about his impressions of Caldwell and what storylines he is watching. That discussions transitions to a discussion about Nick Fariley.

Finally both Max and Andrew give their bold roster predictions.

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2014 Michigan State Football Preview 1: Analyzing the Schedule and Predicting Results

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgOn August 29, the Michigan State Spartans kick off their 2014 season as defending Big Ten champs and Rose Bowl champs. We’re previewing their season with a two part piece. Next week, we’ll look at the roster.

Prior to 2013, most didn’t figure the Michigan State Spartans, coming off a rough 2012 season, would be able to contend for much. Many thought a nice rebound season was in order, but the team shocked by riding a wave of momentum to an amazing finish.

Not only did the Spartans win the Big Ten, they won the Rose Bowl, and had several exciting finishes along the way. Their schedule, while not exceedingly difficult, did help pave the way for a fantastic finish to the year by battle-testing the team against many different styles of football.

This season, the Spartans will try to repeat as champs, and while the schedule might still be favorable in many different spots, it does present a few significant challenge early and late that could help set the tone for the rest of the season. Here’s a 2014 schedule preview along with game-by-game predictions. Continue reading

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Detroit Pistons Rumors: Greg Monroe’s Agent Pursued Sign-and-Trade With Five Teams

Yep, the Detroit Pistons are still waiting on some resolution to Greg Monroe’s restricted free agency.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post reported that Monroe’s agent, David Falk, actively tried to find that finish line by seeking out sign-and-trade partners for the Pistons.

Monroe and his agent, David Falk, never sought an offer sheet from another team but pursued sign-and-trade proposals with at least five other teams, including Portland and Oklahoma City, according to person familiar with the discussions. Monroe denied receiving a reported five-year, $60 million offer – or anything close – from Pistons and would’ve been unlikely to accept either way.

As the only power forward in the Eastern Conference to average at least 15 points and nine rebounds last season, Monroe certainly could have commanded more on the open market; his current salary cap hold with the Pistons is $10.2 million. But his motivation has been moving on, not the money. The money lost to Monroe in the interim is the cost of his freedom, and his desire to leave Detroit makes the price tag palatable.

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VIDEO: David Price Receives Standing Ovation in Return to Tampa Bay

David Price will pitch against his old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, on Thursday. He was on the bench Tuesday night when the Rays rolled a video tribute to their former pitcher, who spent the first six-plus years of his career in Tampa.

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VIDEO: Did Joe Nathan Flip Off the Comerica Park Crowd After the Tigers’ Win Over Pittsburgh?

Detroit Tigers fans long ago lost their patience with closer Joe Nathan, who again was booed Wednesday night after walking the first two batters of the ninth inning with his team up four.

Nathan worked out of the jam by getting a deep fly out to left and a 5-3 double play. But as he walked up to exchange a fist bump with Tigers catcher Alex Avila, Nathan appeared to make an unseemly gesture toward the sellout crowd. He then turned toward the team’s congratulatory handshake line and repeated that gesture with his opposite hand.
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Detroit Pistons Might Now Be Left With No Other Good Option But To Trade Greg Monroe

pistons-logo1Some Detroit Pistons’ fans would take Tuesday’s report—that Greg Monroe would consider signing a one-year qualifying offer deal with the team—as positive news. The reality as it relates to Detroit’s future, however, is that it is not.

With the announcement, leaked early Tuesday from Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, it becomes clearer that Monroe does not want to play in Detroit long term. From that standpoint, the Pistons would be smartest to act as soon as possible to get value for their disgruntled forward. It’s been an embarrassing offseason to say the least with Monroe, full of trade rumors and confusion on what the next move might be for both parties. It seems each side has dared the other to blink first. As Goodwill admits, the clock is now ticking louder. Continue reading

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Detroit Pistons Rumors: Greg Monroe ‘Definitely’ Open to Signing One-Year Qualifying Offer, Per Report

The Detroit Pistons’ waiting game with restricted free agent forward Greg Monroe could end with Monroe signing a one-year, $5.3 million qualifying offer and then testing the market again next summer. That’s per a report from the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill, who quotes a source as saying that Monroe is “definitely” open to that idea.

While taking the qualifying offer is a risk if he gets injured — he has missed just one of his last 310 games — it’s the biggest leverage he and his agent, David Falk, have.

If Monroe signs the qualifying offer, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next summer, free to sign wherever he likes — and for the following season, he would have to approve any trade, as he likely would try to secure a long-term deal with any new team.

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Detroit Tigers Trade Rumors: Daniel Nava on the Radar as Tigers Look for Another Hitter

Update: Count Daniel Nava as the first, though certainly not the last, bat linked to the Detroit Tigers ahead of the waiver deadline. Nick Cafardo of reports that both the Tigers and Royals already are showing interest in Nava, who has not yet been placed on waivers.

Nava is a switch-hitter and batting .276 with a .360 OBP from the left side of the dish. The Tigers do not have many lefty options, especially with Andy Dirks’ status still uncertain.

The Detroit Tigers’ AL Central lead continues to dwindle and the offense continues to struggle — after putting up five runs early Sunday in Toronto, the Tigers went scoreless for the final 15 innings of that 6-5 loss.

So now, with the waiver-trade deadline approaching, GM Dave Dombrowski may be looking for another bat. (“No kidding,” said every Tigers fan at the same time.)

The Tigers have “kicked around a trade” for a hitter, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported. “[The] problem is few quality bats will be available to the Tigers in the waiver process. There also is no obvious position for the Tigers to upgrade. They are pretty much set in the outfield, and their rookies on the left side of the infield are performing right around the league average.”
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