Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 5:34 PM EDT Mar 12, 2019 FORT MYERS, Fla. — Less than two weeks later, Daniel Norris looked and sounded as lost as ever. But after another impressive outing, he’s at least feeling more like himself than in quite some time. Norris pitched three scoreless innings against an everyday Boston Red Sox lineup, which included reigning American League Most Valuable Player Mookie Betts and former Detroit Tiger J.D. Martinez, showing by far his best stuff of the season. After making a mechanical adjustment last week, Norris’ fastball velocity ticked up once again, sitting between 90-93 mph, according to a scout in attendance, with the most life of the spring. Norris allowed four hits — all singles — struck out three batters and walked one. He threw 55 pitches, 32 for strikes. His resurgence has put him in line to make the team out of spring training, likely in a relief role, with the Tigers expected to carry eight … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers observations: Daniel Norris takes step forward
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The Detroit Tigers' decision last week to move to digital ticketing and eliminate almost all paper tickets for games at Comerica Park drew a chorus of online boos from fans and ticket collectors.It also has a street-level economic effect: Scalping tickets on the street becomes harder.Digital tickets show up on your mobile device and use a bar code that's scanned upon ballpark entry. For the Tigers, they're available for sale only via a Major League Baseball app or through official MLB resale partner StubHub's app.That means to scalp, each party now has to trade their email address with a stranger. Will fans trust the person with the "NEED TICKETS" sign around this neck on Brush Street? If they do, they can exchange information. The MLB app allows only ticket forwarding, so a street scalper could send tickets in return for cash.Street-level ticket arbitrage has long been the bête noire of teams, artists and concert promoters and promoting e-tickets within their own sales ecosystem … [Read more...] about Tigers’ digital tickets: Street scalpers’ bane?
Chris McCosky The Detroit News Published 5:30 PM EST Dec 1, 2018 Detroit — Alex Wilson won’t be out of work for long. A couple of teams have already reached out to him, less than 24 hours after news broke that the Tigers did not tender him a contract for 2019. “I think we will find a landing spot,” Wilson said Saturday in a phone conversation. “Just kind of hoping I can find a good fit. I want to win. I’m not getting any younger, so if I have an opportunity to play with a contender, that would be huge for me.” Wilson, who turned 32 in November, was still shaken by the Tigers decision to let him walk. He’d been a multi-role stalwart and leader in the bullpen for four seasons. And he was coming off a solid season. After a rocky first month, Wilson posted a 2.58 ERA, holding opponents to a .229 batting average after May 1. He allowed just one run in his final 14 appearances. Arbitration eligible, it would have taken roughly $3 million … [Read more...] about What price for leadership? In letting Wilson, McCann go, Tigers say $6 million is too much
The Detroit News Published 9:35 AM EST Dec 1, 2018 The 2018 season felt like a celebration of the 1984 Tigers, with Alan Trammell and Jack Morris entering the Baseball Hall of Fame, and later having their numbers retired at Comerica Park. The Tigers will back at it in 2019, too, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the franchise's fourth and last World Series championship. The team announced this week a special ticket package that includes five games, and features several giveaways exclusive to those who buy the ticket package. The cost is $105, which includes five game tickets, and a giveaway for each — including a limited-edition Alan Trammell-Lou Whitaker Bobblehead, featuring the double-play combo in their famous back-to-back pose first made famous on the cover of the 1979 Tigers Yearbook. The games are: ►Saturday, May 18, vs A's: 1984 World Series championship pennant. ►Saturday, June 29, vs. Nationals: Sparky Annderson Bobblehead. ►Saturday, July … [Read more...] about Tigers ’84 ticket package to include Trammell-Whitaker Bobblehead
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 3:35 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018 The Detroit Tigers, certainly, are in full rebuild mode. But there's one thing they won't soon have to upgrade — the turnstiles at Comerica Park. They didn't get much use this year. The Tigers saw a significant drop in attendance in 2018, down nearly a half-million fans from the 2017 season. The drop of 464,629 was the fourth-steepest decline in all of Major League Baseball. The Tigers, who finished the season 64-98 — fifth-worst in baseball — averaged 23,212 fans for their 81 home games, in the bottom third of MLB teams. That included 80 gates, as there was one traditional doubleheader. Their total attendance of 1,856,970 was their lowest since 2003; that was the year they lost an American League-record 119 games. Detroit only boasted one sellout this season, on Opening Day, and even that is up for debate, given there were plenty of tickets available right up until first pitch. … [Read more...] about Tigers suffer fourth-biggest attendance decline in MLB