A sixth-grader making his first visit to spring training stood along a fence outside George M. Steinbrenner Field waiting to get a glimpse of his favorite player.
“You can tell just by watching hitters’ reactions on certain pitches how nasty he’s going to be,” pitching coach Jeff Jones said.
Dombrowski told reporters about the transaction after he, Al Avila, Jeff Jones and Brad Ausmus brought Smith in to give him the news.
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave an update Thursday on first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
“When you set goals like that and … remind yourself of them constantly, it opens your eyes to see how many goals you can actually reach.”
McCann starts spring training with a new perspective. Essentially, he knows now more than ever that he belongs.
In the first season with Ausmus at the helm, the Tigers ranked seventh in the majors in stolen bases, up from 30th the previous season.
While the concept of pitch framing is nothing new, what is more recent is the quantification of it, and the Tigers have taken notice.
While the Tigers have high hopes for McCann, they also like what they have seen over a span of time with Avila and Holaday.
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus joined the public Twitter world Wednesday, posting about his Tuesday message to the team.