How the Detroit Tigers were made: A look at how each player on the roster was acquired

On Monday 25 players found themselves wearing the Old English D, standing shoulder to shoulder on the foul line as the national anthem played at Comerica Park. They came from Virginia and Venezuela, Tennessee and Cuba. How did this collection of human beings find themselves together? Some arrived via trade, others came through free agency. […]

It’s opening day: Where you can find the James Mungro Memorial Award winners

A week and a half ago we found our next James Mungro Memorial Award presented by (sponsor pending) winner in Angel Nesbitt. Last week we  examined the end for Chris Bootcheck.  Now, baseball is upon us and we have three active JMMA winners in different places. Nesbitt made history. Three days ago he got the called […]

An update on former James Mungro Memorial Award winner Chris Bootcheck: It’s finally the end

On Friday, Angel Nesbitt became the fourth baseball winner of the James Mungro Memorial Award presented by (sponsor pending). A few minutes after that was official he accepted my request to follow his private Instagram account. His reign off to a roaring start. But before he goes any further, it”s time to take a step back. Nesbitt […]

James Mungro Memorial Award update: The time has come to pick a winner; Is it Angel Nesbitt or Xavier Avery?

After two surprise and swift eliminations, we’ve reached the conclusion of this year’s chase for the James Mungro Memorial Award presented by (sponsor pending). Two competitors remain: outfielder Xavier Avery and pitcher Angel Nesbitt. Both have performed admirably and avoided the pitfuls — money, strippers, drugs, cars — that come with being a contender for the […]

Know your James Mungro Memorial Award nominee: Rafael Dolis; Is he the most JMMA of them all?

At the beginning of this week, Rafael Dolis was the most James Mungro of all of us. He came to training camp as a non-roster invitee and put up solid numbers but slid quietly through camp and this competition. The James Mungro Memorial Awardo presented by (sponsor pending) could be awarded in a matter of […]

James Mungro Memorial Award: The final four is set

(UPDATE: Omar Duran was sent to minor league camp earlier this week. So he won’t pitch again. He’s cut too.) Four men don’t know how close they are to internet immortality. They don’t know that to win it, they’ll have to beat out the same people they sit with in the clubhouse and the bench, the […]

Know your James Mungro Memorial Award nominee: Omar Duran, the anonymous one

The internet provides an inflated view of prospects. They are no longer anonymous or just names you hear about. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus and anybody who wants to can go to Montgomery or Erie or El Paso and take video of every swing or every throw a prospect has. YouTube is full of those […]


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