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With the wintry conditions in Michigan this past week, it was hard to understand that Spring Training is coming.
With this in mind, Tom Zahari offered a fascinating look at five times when the Tigers played in snow games or saw games cancelled because of a late season storm.
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"Snow has swamped the state of Michigan for the last week causing car pileups, delays, and closings. Even though baseball is played in the warmest months of the year, snow still finds its way into some games in the northern part of the country. It does not happen all that often, but the Detroit Tigers have been delayed and postponed due to snow and have played through the elements. Here are five times the Detroit Tigers were affected by snow: April 15, 2014 – Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Snowed Out The most recent snow postponement for the Tigers was in 2014 against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Detroit received 3.1 inches of snow that morning which was the final snow needed to break the record for most snow in one winter. The Tigers cancelled their game that night and later rescheduled the matchup as a part of a split double-header on July 29. The Tigers lost the makeup game 6-2 in Drew VerHagen’s 2014 debut with the Tigers. The winning pitcher for that game was the eventual AL Cy Young Winner, Corey Kluber. The Tigers also lost the 2nd half of the double header 5-2."
Tuesday, Dan Byrne boiled it down to see if the 2015 Tigers have the tools to succeed.
"Every season fans look forward to a revised roster. One that corrects the flaws of the previous season but keeps all the “good stuff” intact. Whether it plays out that way or not is what makes the season interesting, exciting or frustrating. Will the 2015 Detroit Tigers roster be strong enough to win a Championship? The roster this year will present some very pivotal contributions. The outfield should be good. Perhaps very good. It will be interesting to see if JD Martinez can continue to be a front-line player and also improve defensively with his shift to right field. If JD can muster 80% of his rate of production from last year he will make the middle of the line-up hateful for opposing pitchers. The key will be how things go in center field. Anthony Gose will be challenged to become an everyday player but I fully suspect he will fall short and the other road runner, Rajai Davis, will platoon with him. Back-up depth will likely be provided by Tyler Collins. He runs well, fields well, possesses home-run type power and can play any outfield position."