With about a week of Spring Training under their belt, the Tigers are starting to loosen up. Robert Green at Tigers Central offers 5 more ways to get to know your 2007 Detroit Tigers. He also talks about the “Detroit Difference” – players who all want to stay and are hoping to be part of the 2007 squad. By all accounts, Curtis Granderson is off to an excellent start. The News also opines that national media coverage of Tiger pitcher’s fielding practice was silly, but you have to imagine that it will be a subject that the coaching staff takes very seriously.
Lakeland Local pointed us to Spring Training Goes Multimedia, a cool new feature at the Lakeland Ledger. Be sure to check out the “Sights and Sounds” video on their Detroit Tigers Spring Training Videos page.
Say Hello to Gary Sheffield
Mack Avenue Tigers has full coverage on the week’s highlight, the arrival of new Tiger Gary Sheffield. The Daily Fungo (when not distracted by the new hats) also has full coverage of Gary Sheffield: Media a-ga-ga. The Tiger’s official site offers photos and coverage of Gary’s first day on the job
The New York Times can’t let go, and writes an article about the former Yankee that rides him for his readiness to say what’s on his mind: “Everybody looked at it as a door shut for me. I looked at it as a door opened. I got three more years added to my contract and I get to do less.” (referring to his new role mainly as DH). Meanwhile, Jason Beck over at MLBlogs is happy to just sit back and admire Gary Sheffield’s swing:
Just about every player’s swing is distinctive, but there are a few around baseball that you really remember, that stand out in your mind both for how they look and how they produce. Gary Sheffield has one of those swings. Really, between that bat waggle and the sudden speed with which he turns on pitches, he might have THE distinctive swing.