Detroit Tigers: Closed-door meeting, tape-measured bombs, Selling

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It is no secret that the Detroit Tigers need to start winning now. With that kind of urgency, the Tigers brass felt it necessary to hold a team meeting.

But that’s all we know – that a meeting did indeed take place. Manager Brad Ausmus declined to answer any other questions about the meeting held before Tuesday’s game. Ausmus even threatened to leave his own press conference if another reporter asked about it.

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That was before the game. During the game, there was quite a bit of scoring and lots of home run, but none more impressive than the two from Nelson Cruz and J.D. Martinez. Each bomb went over 450 feet to dead centerfield. Martinez’s blast is among the longest ever hit at Comerica Park.

As the Tigers continue to trade wins and losses, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is running out of time to decide whether Detroit should be buyers or sellers at the deadline.

Shawn Windsor of The Detroit Free Press argues that in his heart, Dombrowki knows Detroit should sell, but he can’t come to grips with it due to the among of success the franchise has experienced over the last decade.

With trade deadline looming, Detroit Tigers hold closed-door meeting – James Schmehl, MLive.com

"“If I wanted you to know, I would’ve called you in and let you listen,” Ausmus said when asked about the team meeting, which lasted nearly 30 minutes a few hours before the Tigers hosted Seattle at Comerica Park.But this much Ausmus made clear before threatening to cut short his pregame meeting: Detroit did indeed hold a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon.“One more question about the meeting and we’re done,” Ausmus cautioned to reporters."

Mariners’ Cruz, Tigers’ J.D. Martinez trade tape-measure shots – Rod Beard, The Detroit News

"In the bottom of the inning, Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez raised the bar — considerably. Martinez blasted a ball of Mariners starter Taijuan Walker on top of the camera well in straightaway center field. Martinez’s hit went an estimated 466 feet — the longest at Comerica Park this season — and measured among the longest hit at in the history of Comerica Park."

Head says Tigers should sell, but heart rebels – Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press

"Owner Mike Ilitch wants that ring. He’s 86. His team has been close. His family and the front office understand that in baseball, even squeaking into the playoffs gives you a chance at a title. This isn’t the NBA.As of Tuesday night, the Tigers were four and a half games behind the last wild-card spot. That seems reasonable. Until you consider the math.Entering Tuesday, the Tigers had 70 games left. In the three seasons since Major League Baseball added a second wild card, only two teams have gotten in with fewer than 92 wins. The A’s (88 wins) and Royals (89 wins) did it last year."

Next: Detroit Tigers drop, 11-9, seesaw battle to Seattle Mariners

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