Detroit Red Wings Will Get Flashy New Arena, But Will Venue Enjoy Bold Commitment To Winning?

detroit_red_wings_logoWhenever a move happens, usually, the important things get packed up and carried to the next location. Regardless of how different the new surroundings might be, having these important heirlooms allow those inside to feel a true sense of home and a good chance at having success.

Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings finally unveiled plans for their new arena. The announcement came with grand promises for shopping, neighborhood districts, and a new state-of-the-art facility unlike any other in the NHL with plenty of bells and whistles. It featured Chris Ilitch confidently unveiling the details, speaking both proud and sure. Continue reading

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Justin Verlander Takes Step Forward, Still Needs Consistency

Justin VerlanderJustin Verlander feels so close to making it happen – the last pitch, the last out or the last play – and despite his big start last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he has to show he can make it happen again and consistently before he can be trusted.

Verlander was about 25-feet from hitting his first career homerun and coming just so close to doing something amazing was the theme of his start last night. Detroit had a three run lead and Verlander was rolling with three straight hitless frames of baseball. It all unraveled again for him though just like it has so many times throughout the year. Arizona got one hit, then another and before you knew it, it was 3-2. So many times he had hitters down to two strikes and he just could not get the out. Even on Gerardo Parra’s game-tying shot later in the game, Verlander had two outs in the inning after getting Mark Trumbo and Miguel Montero out rather easily.  Continue reading

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Former Detroit Tiger Ryan Perry Released by the Washington Nationals

The Detroit Tigers’ former closer of the future Ryan Perry failed as a starter with the Washington Nationals and was released by the team today.

In three years with the Tigers Perry went 5-6 with a 4.07 ERA. Perry threw incredibly hard, but constantly battled control issues and walked 82 in 161.1 innings pitched and gave up 150 hits to go along with that. Ultimately he was traded for former Detroit Tigers long reliever Colin Balester. While with the Nationals Perry was converted to a starter, but that ultimately did not work either.

For anyone asking, no Perry is not a candidate to help the Tigers bullpen this season. Miraculously he is in fact worse than anyone they currently have.

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Stan Van Gundy Reportedly Tells Josh Smith Trade Rumors ‘Have Been Inaccurate’

Whether or not Stan Van Gundy actually wants to trade Josh Smith this offseason, the Detroit Pistons’ new coach recently told Smith that all rumors surrounding a Smith-to-Sacramento deal “have been inaccurate”, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.

According to Wojnarowski, Smith will be with the Pistons for training camp “barring an unexpected turn of events”, and Van Gundy relayed just such an update to his forward.

Sacramento had made calls about Smith in June, but Detroit never heard an offer that remotely interested them and never seriously engaged in discussions, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Since his hiring in the spring, Van Gundy has had productive discussions with Smith and sources say that Smith has been enthusiastic about moving forward with Van Gundy as coach.

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Detroit Tigers’ Brad Ausmus May Be Bad Manager Hiding Behind Good Team

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The Detroit Tigers’ disastrous series against the Cleveland Indians concluded Sunday night and if there is one thing the series yet again showed, it is that Brad Ausmus either isn’t ready or isn’t a good enough manager to help a team contend for a World Series.

Mismanagement of the bullpen and the starting pitching is often the hardest thing for a manager to overcome and it is sinking the Tigers right now. Friday night Anibal Sanchez flew off the rails after six shutout innings. Ausmus elected to go to lefty Ian Krol with a left handed hitter on deck, it gave Terry Francona the ability to outsmart Ausmus. The Indians pulled the lefty back and put in right handed hitter Ryan Raburn to face Krol, who doesn’t pitch well against right-handers. This allowed the inning to continue only to give-way to Al Alburquerque who got two outs before a three run bomb. Continue reading

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PHOTOS: New Images of Proposed Detroit Red Wings Arena

The Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press features an in-depth look at the Detroit Red Wings’ proposed new arena, as well as some plans for the surrounding areas.

“Detroit’s new arena and entertainmentdistrict planned by the Ilitch family for the northern edge of downtown promises to be the city’s boldest and most significant development since the Renaissance Center of the 1970s,” writes Freep business reporter John Gallagher, “creating as many as 2,000 new residential units, dozens of shops, walkable European-style streets and perhaps the nation’s most innovative multipurpose arena.”

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Detroit Pistons ‘Prepared to Bring Josh Smith Back’ if Kings Don’t Up Trade Offer, Per Report

The Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons may indeed be discussing a possible Josh Smith trade, as was reported Thursday, but any deal appears very far from the finish line.

The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis reported Friday that a source informed him there were “no legs” to the rumor, mainly because the Pistons are not trying to dump Smith.

The Kings believed that the Pistons would get rid of Smith without seeking valuable assets in return, but the Pistons have been adamant that that’s not the case, and they are prepared to bring him back for his second season in Detroit.

The Kings talked about bringing in a third team to facilitate a trade, but nothing has materialized.

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