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74-88.

Yes. You know exactly what that number means. Heck, reversing that number would have still been a disappointment heading into the 2008 season. Sure, the Tigers didn’t have the 1000 run offense that was predicted, but the 824 they did score wasn’t awful and was good for fourth in the AL. It was the 857 runs allowed, good for 3rd worst in the AL, that ultimately undid the 2008 Pre-Season Paper World Series Champion Detroit Tigers. Granted, we can look to the disastrous bullpen for a lot of the responsibility, but the terrible seasons endured by all but one of the starting pitchers can not be ignored. Can we expect things to change? I think we’re all expecting improvement, but how much improvement will likely depend on the works of this gentleman… (more…)

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April 6th isn’t too far away, it only feels like it is. To help you pass the time over the course of Spring Training, we here at The Big Tilde will do our best to get you a little more familiar with your 2009 Detroit Tigers. There have been a few changes on the roster and we’ve got some new faces in town to help our titular hero in the pursuit of a world championship. We’ll start with the pitchers, move on to the infield, hit up the outfield, and wrap up with a look at who might be lurking in Toledo and beyond to help the cause this year. And we’ll do our best to keep you abreast of any news out of Lakeland. In the meantime, I urge you to enjoy Joel Zumaya’s awesome new beard.

Zoom BGID - Eric Seals/DFP

Zoom BGID - Eric Seals/DFP

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No words…

Tilde at Spring Training - Photo by Tony Dejak/AP

Tilde at Spring Training - Photo by Tony Dejak/AP

Should have sent a poet…

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Ah yes, what is that smell in the air?

Is it fresh cut grass?

Is it the snow finally starting to leave the state of Michigan? (Glad I moved to VA a few years ago…)

Is it the steaks grilling at Joel Zumaya’s house?

Oh wait…I know what it is…. (more…)

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