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  1. Top 10 big-game pitchers in MLB

    Jim Bowden

    On Wednesday night, baseball fans will be treated to one of the best pitching matchups of the season, as Felix Hernandez toes the rubber in Texas against Yu Darvish. These are two of the best pitchers in the game in the midst of their respective p...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  2. Astros should draft Kris Bryant

    Jim Bowden

    In their heyday during the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Houston Astros boasted a pack of "Killer B's" and routinely sat atop the National League Central. A lot has changed. Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman are long gone, the Astr...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  3. 10 bold predictions for 2013 season

    Jim Bowden

    With Friday's news of right-hander Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreeing to a record-setting contract, the drama of whether baseball's best pitcher would see free agency in two years came to an end. Some could say it was predictable in...

    Blog | March 30, 2013
  4. Make WBC participation mandatory

    Jim Bowden

    In the combined 15 years I served as general manager of both the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, I was always a huge proponent of the World Baseball Classic. Baseball is an international sport, and perhaps someday the World Series will incl...

    Blog | February 28, 2013
  5. Yanks eye potential monster 2014 FA class

    Jim Bowden

    The New York Yankees have been relatively inactive this offseason, but that doesn't mean general manager Brian Cashman hasn't been busy. Fans might wonder why their team, which has historically used free agency to fortify its roster, would limit ...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  6. Ranking the 50 World Series players

    Jim Bowden

    With the World Series upon us, the 50 players showcased on baseball grandest stage will have varied roles, boasting an assortment of strengths as well as exposing some weaknesses. The Detroit Tigers' lineup is fearsome, as are their top three startin...

    Blog | October 23, 2012
  7. 5 moves that got Tigers to World Series

    Jim Bowden

    Getting to the World Series is difficult and requires not only shrewd personnel decisions but also a little luck. For the Detroit Tigers, their moves have culminated in back-to-back AL Central Division titles and their first appearance in the Fall Cl...

    Blog | October 22, 2012
  8. First guesses: AL All-Star team

    Jim Bowden

    After two months of the season, there are already some clear and obvious choices for the 2012 All-Star Game. But there are also some not so obvious names, as well as intriguing names among as possible first-time All-Stars, too. The fans will vot...

    Blog | June 08, 2012
  9. How Prince Fielder ended up in Detroit

    Jim Bowden

    While Cecil Fielder launched home runs for the Detroit Tigers from 1990-96, legend has it his 12-year-old son, Prince, hit a home run into the upper deck of cavernous Tiger Stadium. Of course, legends are embellished, and Prince's shot merely wen...

    Blog | January 25, 2012
  10. Rangers reflect their manager's personality

    Jim Bowden

    One of the charms of Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is his rapport with his players and his ability to stay loose, even under extreme pressure. He always seems to be smiling, shaking hands or laughing. Reds manager Dusty Baker is much the same ...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  11. Keys to victory in ALCS

    Jim Bowden

    The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers followed very similar paths to the American League Championship Series. Over the last 12 months, both signed impact free agents and made shrewd trades for undervalued players in the offseason and at the July 31 tr...

    Blog | October 08, 2011
  12. Keys to Game 1 of both ALDS

    Jim Bowden

    Here's what I'll be looking for as I watch Game 1 of both American League Division Series tonight. Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees * Realistically, Detroit ace Justin Verlander has to beat CC Sabathia for the Tigers to have a chance of win...

    Blog | September 30, 2011