Here’s all the latest news and information regarding the Detroit Tigers for Tuesday, July 3.
• Though this season has been tough on the Tigers, the Philadelphia Phillies are in worse shape. The team is 11 games back in the standings, and contemplating dealing one of their young stars this summer, ace pitcher Cole Hamels. Mlive’s Josh Slagter ponders a possible Hamels to Detroit trade scenario revolving around top prospect Nick Castellanos, being the Phillies reportedly want to acquire a young third baseman as part of their return. —Mlive.com
• Monday, I pondered why Austin Jackson was left out of Baseball’s All-Star game this season, and argued the way players are elected needs to change soon. Jamie Samuelsen has a theory on that matter, and believes the Tigers’ first half struggles and Jackson’s inconsistent career are to blame for him getting passed over this time. Either way, Samuelsen contends the snubbing shouldn’t matter to Jackson one bit. —Freep.com
• This year, Tiger fans will have reason to tune into the annual home run derby, being that Prince Fielder will be hitting for the American League. Despite the fact that Tigers’ players never usually perform well in this event, watching Fielder, a past champion, should be a treat. —Detroit News
• Captivating Tigers’ rookie Quintin Berry has an idol that outweighs and even outhits him. It’s Tony Gwynn, his former collegiate coach at San Diego State. Berry talks about his development as a player and a person, and credits a majority of that to Gwynn, who was a father figure for him while in college. —Fox Sports Detroit
• Personnel-wise, the Tigers signed a few free agents Monday during the first day international players could sign. Infielders Domingo Leyba and Willy Adames, both just 16 years old, each came to terms with Detroit. James Schmehl has a bit more information on each player. It makes you wonder, exactly what where you doing at age 16? —Mlive.com