MLB's new dress code for media isn't new -- if you're a professional

My two cents on a cold Thursday morning in northern Michigan...

The "new" dress code announced for members of the media who "cover" Major League Baseball games isn't new. MLB simply turned unwritten rules into written ones to account for the growing number of idiots receiving media credentials for MLB games.

The "new" dress code, which clearly includes both males and females, does not allow see-through clothing, ripped jeans, one-shouldered or strapless shirts, bare midriffs, "excessively short" skirts, dresses or shorts, visible undergarments, tank tops, flip-flops or anything with a team logo.

Thank you, MLB, for stating the obvious. Well, I thought it was obvious. Anyone with an ounce of professionalism already knew not to wear that stuff, but now that we're in the internet era – with young, "hip" (whatever) bloggers and .com-ers scoring creditials – it's long overdue. I'm so sick of seeing punks in the press box (and I don't care if I sound like a curmudgeon). It's all about professionalism, something SORELY LACKING in much of today's "media."

Something is going down... Tigers just made room on their 40-man roster... but room for whom?


DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has outrighted the contract of first baseman Ryan Strieby to Triple A Toledo.

Strieby saw action in 130 games with Toledo during the 2011 season, batting .255 (124x487) with 28 doubles, 19 home runs and 76 RBI.

Selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Strieby has hit .263 (567x2159) with 112 doubles, 10 triples, 97 home runs and 378 RBI in 588 games during his six seasons at the minor league level.

The Tigers now have 39 players on the club’s 40-man roster.

Ex-Tigers catcher Tebbetts was one tough bird

Just saw this bit of trivia about Birdie Tebbetts and thought it was amusing, so I'm sharing it...

On Sept. 27, 1940, with the Tigers in a tight race with the Indians and Yankees for the American League pennant, Detroit needed just one win to clinch the title. Bob Feller was set to start for the Indians at Cleveland, and Detroit manager Del Baker chose to start rookie Floyd Giebell. Giebell went the distance and beat Feller and the Indians, 2-0. Feller gave up only three hits, but one of the hits was a wind-blown two-run home run by Rudy York. During the game‚ unruly Cleveland fans showered the field with fruit and vegetables. Hank Greenberg was hit by a tomato, and at one point‚ a basket of green tomatoes was dropped into the Detroit bullpen, landing on Birdie Tebbetts' head and knocking him out for a few moments. Police caught the guilty "fan" and held him until after the game. While the rest of the Tigers celebrated their victory, the cops brought Tebbetts to the holding area and allowed him to punch the unruly fan in the face.

Now that's old school!