Wicked mistake: Owner admits Red Sox ‘overly relied on numbers’

FT. MYERS, Fla. – Nobody in baseball understands the value of analytics like John Henry, a billionaire because of his fluency in numbers. Henry innately gets human fallibility, made a whole career of it, and leveraged it into a fortune trading commodities and profiting off the genius of his algorithm. Henry owns the Boston Red Sox because of one simple equation: quantitative > qualitative. To hear Henry on Wednesday afternoon, then, felt like listening to someone who had undergone a soul transplant. He doffed his Panama hat, sat for his annual spring training address and proceeded to denounce the […]

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Anibal plays catch; Wilson to rest shoulder

Anibal Sanchez plays catch with pitching coach Rich Dubee on Monday morning. (MLB.com) LAKELAND, Fla. — News on the Tigers’ injury front was encouraging for Anibal Sanchez and discouraging for Alex Wilson . Sanchez, sidelined since last week with right triceps inflammation, played catch Monday morning with pitching coach Rich Dubee, stretching out to 90 feet on his throws. Sanchez said he felt fine, and manager Brad Ausmus said he looked good. Sanchez will throw from 90 feet again Tuesday, then stretch out. "He needs to get out to 120, which could happen in the next couple days, before […]

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Mets Hall of Famer Piazza in camp as guest instructor

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Newly elected Hall of Famer – and car dealership owner – Mike Piazza has some advice for New York Mets star center fielder Yoenis Cespedes. ”I see he’s been working on his collection of cars,” Piazza said, referring to the parade of custom vehicles Cespedes drove to Tradition Field this past week. ”I don’t care what you drive as long as you drive in runs. That’s the key.” Piazza, who hit the most home runs of any catcher in history, was in Mets camp as a guest instructor Sunday. Piazza played with the […]

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Tigers will get an at-bat, then tee off at spring training

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have a cool plan to open another week of spring training, hit the baseball and then hit the links. Manager Brad Ausmus has chosen to change things up at Tigers’ camp on Monday. He said instead of the usual spring training opener against Florida Southern, the tentative starters will bat once, then head off to a golf course. The minor league team will take their place and the game against the Moccasins will carry on. ”The guys are getting tired of mandatory drills,” Ausmus said Sunday. ”They can get an at-bat and […]

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Facing Tigers thrill for Kaline, Florida Southern

Florida Southern coach Colin Kaline talks with Tigers baseball video operations assistant August Sandri during BP on Monday. (MLB.com) LAKELAND, Fla. — Colin Kaline carries the last name of Tigers royalty as the grandson of Hall of Famer Al Kaline, and he played in the farm system. Yet he’ll never forget the times he played against them as an infielder for Florida Southern College. Now a hitting and infield coach at the NCAA Division II school, he told his players the same thing as they readied for Monday’s exhibition against Detroit at Joker Marchant Stadium, which the Tigers won, […]

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‘New guy’ Upton appears to fit at No. 2 spot

Justin Upton discusses how excited he is to be part of the Tigers’ impressive lineup and how welcomed he feels by the organization LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers’ lineup card had "NEW GUY" listed for the second slot in their unofficial Spring Training opener Monday against Florida Southern College, a 7-2 Tigers win. It was bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer’s way of joking with Justin Upton . Even though Upton hasn’t been a Tiger for long, there has been enough talk about where he’d hit in the order that nobody confused "NEW GUY" with Cameron Maybin or Mike Aviles . […]

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Verlander happily takes veteran mentor role

MLB.com Tigers reporter Jason Beck talks with Tim McMaster about Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann and Detroit’s outlook for 2016 "I actually had a really good conversation with Verlander in the offseason," Norris said last month. "He was like, ‘Obviously I can’t tell you that you’re going to make the team or not, but I remember you telling me about dead arm in April last year, and I think it would be a good idea for you to prepare for 200 innings rather than 25 in March.’" The tips continued when Norris arrived in Florida a few weeks ago to […]

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Ausmus stresses smarter baserunning

MLB Network’s Sam Ryan talks to Brad Ausmus, J.D. Martinez and James McCann about the high expectations for the team in 2016 LAKELAND, Fla. — Saturday was photo day at Tigers camp, so players were dressed in full uniform long before workouts began at Tigertown. Manager Brad Ausmus took advantage of the opportunity. While players waited on photo assignments, they hit the fields for a reminder on not waiting while on base. As outfielders from Minor League minicamp fielded balls, Ausmus had baserunners read their routes and decide whether to take the extra base. "It was more about reading […]

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Tigers hope tryout camp uncovers another gem

Minor League prospect Wynton Bernard talks about his 2015 Spring Training experience after coming full circle from a tryout camp last spring LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers have signed talented outfielders out of their last two spring tryout camps. They’ll look for more when they hold this year’s camp on March 7 at the Tigertown Minor League complex. The tryout is open for players ages 18-23 or players with previous pro experience with a Major League organization. Registration begins at 8 a.m. ET, with tryouts starting an hour later. There is no preregistration or participation fee. Tryout campers must […]

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Tigers’ Cabrera ranks 10th among MLB Network’s Top 100

(Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, DFP) Miguel Cabrera had a struggle of a 2015 season, much like the Detroit Tigers. But he’s still considered one of baseball’s Top 10 players, according to MLB Network . The Tigers first baseman checks in at No. 10 in the network’s "Top 100 Players Right Now!", down from No. 7 in last year’s rankings. The only other first baseman ahead of him is Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is No. 1, followed by Washington Nationals rightfielder Bryce Harper and Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. The rankings […]

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