Detroit Tigers Links: Miggy’s MVP pick, Ian Kinsler, hosts WSU HR Derby & Scott Boras opens his yap


Jul 6, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) makes a throw against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera on Ian Kinsler: ‘He’s our MVP’ – Josh Katzenstein, Detroit News

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“I think he’s one of the reasons why we’re in first place right now. He’s a guy who goes out there every day and plays hard, and we appreciate that.” Kinsler’s statistics in 2014 suggest the trade rejuvenated him a bit after spending the past eight seasons with the Texas Rangers, who received first baseman Prince Fielder in the deal. Kinsler is hitting .303 this season, which would be his highest average since 2008. He also has 11 home runs and 26 doubles, which both put him on pace to exceed his numbers from 2013.

That’s as good a choice as any. Miggy naming himself would be a very good choice as well. Even though his power numbers have dropped, his double numbers have soared and he’s consistently getting on base.

Take a look at who the staff of Motor City Bengals chose for their first-half Detroit Tigers’ MVP by clicking here. 

Ian Kinsler to host home run derby at Wayne State featuring plenty of area talent – Jared Purcell, MLive

It is one thing for a high school baseball player to be invited to a home run derby with some of your top peers. It is another thing to be invited to a home run derby hosted by an all-star Major League Baseball player. On Thursday this week, a select number of to high school sluggers will attend the Muscle Milk Heavy Hitters Home Run Derby at Wayne State University’s baseball field at 6 p.m., hosted by Detroit Tigers all-star Ian Kinsler.

Kudos to Kinsler for spending his break in Detroit to host this event. His break time was cut in half by being a late addition in the All-Star Game to sub for injured teammate Victor Martinez, but he would still get Wednesday and Thursday to head back to him home in Texas if he wanted. Instead he’ll be spending his free time in the D.

Scott Boras at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Boras says Max Scherzer is well positioned for free agency, doesn’t rule out new deal with Tigers – James Schmehl, MLive

 “You don’t ever know what the market will be until the season ends,” Boras said. “But, currently, the way it’s going, Max has positioned himself to be prominent.” The Tigers attempted to sign Scherzer to a lucrative contract this past spring, but the two-time All-Star rejected the club’s six-year, $144 million offer in March, which drew heavy criticism from Tigers fans. Boras addressed the public scrutiny Monday. “Look, when you do these things, with the type of money involved, you’re always the village idiot until the player is outside the village,” Boras said. “Believe me, I have 15 ways to explain it.

Lord, who cares what Scott Boras has to say? I wish someone would have gotten a quote from him after Max Scherzer allowed 10 runs in a game in June. Of course, he’s going to build up his client. Max is having a great year, again. Probably not Cy Young caliber, but the gamble to turn down the Tigers’ 6-year, $144 million deal will likely pay off and it’s a very good likelihood that will not be in Detroit.