Detroit Tigers: Long home runs, Midseason awards, Seven-game home stand


Everybody loves long home runs. Fans just watched the Home Run Derby on Monday and saw Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier put on a home-run display. The home crowd loved it.

What five home runs were longest for the Detroit Tigers in the first half of the season? Check out the video on

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The half-way point of the season is always a good time to start thinking about awards, and Tony Paul of The Detroit News has his midseason awards slideshow ready for viewers.

Finally, MCB discussed at nauseam how important the seven-game stretch of games were before the All-Star Break, but the next seven-game home stand that starts on Friday is even more important.

The Detroit Tigers will face the Baltimore Orioles for three games and then open a four-game set against the Seattle Mariners next week. If the Tigers are going to be contenders, they need to win a majority of these home games.

Long Gone: Watch the Tigers’ 5 Longest Home Runs of the First Half –

"Curious about which Detroit Tigers players hit the five longest home runs of the first half? We’ll give you a hint: One player hit three of them."

Tony Paul’s MLB midseason awards – Tony Paul, The Detroit News

"AL Most Valuable Player: Candidates – Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; Mike Trout, Angels. I’m going to make it a habit of including three candidates per category, but with this one, it’s the same, old, two-man race – between Cabrera, baseball’s MVP in 2012-13, and Trout, baseball’s MVP in 2014. It’s very close between two men who posted an OPS over 1.000, even though Cabrera missed the final week of the first half because of a calf ailment that will keep him out till August. But, remember, the objective here isn’t to project the winner at year’s end, but award a winner for the first half. In that case … WINNER: Cabrera."

Tigers have 7-game home stand to decide: Buy or sell? – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"And thus far, the Tigers have played .500. They will open the second half nine games behind the Royals in the American League Central and 31/2 games of the second wild-card spot.They will face an Orioles team in the thick of things in the AL East — they’re .500, too — and a subpar Mariners team the Tigers took two of three from last week. But they had trouble with the Orioles last season, when they were swept in the AL Division Series, and they won’t miss Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez this time."

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