What's Wrong with Baseball Tonight

It's like the 60's all over again.

Way back then, like now, I was a big Tiger fan, a big American league fan. But back then SI and Game of the Week treated the AL like second class citizens.

The difference between then and now is that the NL really was better. Baseball Tonight hasn't got the memo.

Seems like they way overplay NL games and stars.

But I'll give credit where it's due, they did a nice job on Jackie Robinson Day, featuring Orioles outfielder Adam Young and his efforts to bring baseball to African American youth.

Did you know only eight percent of Major Leaguers are black?

Does it matter?

You can say it's because there isn't the baseball fields in the inner city, but hey, the St. Veronica field I played on was no gem. In fact, it was so bad, we prefered to play in the asphalt parking lot. At least the grounders took a true hop.

I know Tom mentioned the stone infield at Mumford.

Does the quality of the field matter?

Football is way more expensive to outfit than baseball.

What do you think? 

The Bird is Still News

If you didn't hear it live, you'll enjoy this story about Mark Fidrych, and the news book out on him.

Sweet recollections of 1976.


That didn't take long: Tigers sign Valverde

By the Detroit News

Minneapolis — The Tigers, who blew a late lead against the Minnesota Twins in the second game of the season Wednesday, on Thursday took a step to try to resolve their bullpen issues.

They brought back Jose Valverde.

Valverde signed a minor league contract and will report to Lakeland, where the Tigers will evaluate his ability to pitch in the major leagues again.

The opt-out clause for Valverde is May 5.

The Tigers did not re-sign Valverde at the end of the 2012 season and he became a free agent but did not find any takers in the off-season. Valverde had been Detroit's closer from 2010-12.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130404/SPORTS0104/304040453#ixzz2PW3VnAUh