Jon Erkkila

Jon Erkkila

Jon Erkkila is a native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan. Currently living in MLB Blackout Hell, otherwise known as Iowa. Follow him on twitter @yooper_ia

Miguel Cabrera
By Jon Erkkila On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Miguel Cabrera: April’s Thud Will Bring Summer’s Stud

“The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.”—Socrates Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers hasn’t hit a ton…yet. Defining a “slow start” in MLB is really in the eye of the beholder More...

Ian Kinsler
By Jon Erkkila On Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Detroit Tigers Want It Called “The Kinsler Trade”

“The Ian Kinsler Trade” sounds a lot better than “The Prince Fielder Trade” if things work out best for the Detroit Tigers over the long haul. Ian Kinsler has moved to Detroit in 2014 and is off to an More...

Doug Fister
By Jon Erkkila On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Detroit Tigers Underwhelm With Fister Move As Shakeup Continues

One week after putting the Hot Stove Season into full motion by dealing Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler, the Detroit Tigers have struck again (but was it a self-inflicted wound?). On Monday More...

Prince Fielder
By Jon Erkkila On Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Fielder/Kinsler Trade Sets Tigers Roster Churn in Motion

Standing pat was not an option in Detroit. Good teams aren’t afraid to churn their roster looking for ways to improve their organization and position themselves with more flexibility moving forward. The Detroit More...

Andy Dirks
By Jon Erkkila On Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Sale Cancelled! Tigers Dirks Leads Rally To Deny Sox Ace

When it’s your year…it’s your year. In the AL Central, it’s the Tigers’ year. When it’s not your year…you have a constipated look on your face like the one permanently affixed on White Sox More...

Price and Longoria
By Jon Erkkila On Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Tampa Bay Rays: A Decade Of Hits And Misses In The 1st Round

1st Round Pick Over the Past 10-years: Tampa Bay Rays The last 10-years have been quite a ride for the Rays when it comes to the Rule 4 Draft. For a period between 2004 and 2007 they struck gold while drafting More...

Justin Verlander
By Jon Erkkila On Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Detroit Tigers: A Decade Of Hits And Misses In The 1st Round

1st Round Picks over the last 10 years: Detroit Tigers The Detroit Tigers have had some rather solid success under the regime of GM David Dombrowski and his Director of Scouting David Chadd. The Tigers were known More...

Jose Abreu
By Jon Erkkila On Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Baseball Aficionada: Jose Abreu Hits Market At Perfect Time

It’s a good time to be Jose Abreu. Timing. Timing is everything. If you happen to be a slugging first-baseman on the island of Cuba that plays for relative peanuts, it has to be very interesting to hear of the More...

Doug Fister
By Jon Erkkila On Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

The Fister Factor

Doug Fister is at it again. When the discussion of “Ace” pitchers gets started it’s fairly easy to come up with the usual suspects who are going to lead that chat. Kershaw, Strasburg, Hernandez, Lee, Verlander, More...

Jose Veras
By Jon Erkkila On Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Detroit Tigers Bolster Bullpen Crew With Jose Veras

It was always in the cards. It was just a matter of who, when, and how much. Despite moving to a season high 13-games over .500 with a sweep of the woeful Philadelphia Phillies an ongoing saga that had occupied More...

Dombrowski & Leyland
By Jon Erkkila On Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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Tigers Mulling Trade Deadline Moves While Awaiting Biogenesis Fallout

The word “Biogenesis” makes many Tigers fan’s skin crawl these days. Waiting for the decisions from the offices of Commissioner Allan Selig will determine much of what the Tigers do over the next few weeks. More...

Miguel Cabrera
By Jon Erkkila On Monday, July 15th, 2013

Detroit Tigers: Mid-Season Report Card

Team: Detroit Tigers Record: 52-42 (1st Place) Biggest Surprise of the First Half: Jhonny Peralta(?) To be honest, how the season is unfolding in Detroit isn’t all too shocking on nearly any front. Most assumed More...

Max Scherzer
By Jon Erkkila On Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
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Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Meets Bo Derek At Perfect 10

Max Scherzer came to the Detroit Tigers in an off-season trade after the 2009 season that was very controversial. Many Detroit partisans were very upset to see fan favorite Curtis Granderson leave in the deal not More...

MLB Draft 2013
By Jon Erkkila On Friday, June 7th, 2013

MLB Draft: Detroit Tigers Select Jonathon Crawford 20th Overall

For the first time since 2009’s selection of Jacob Turner with the 9th overall pick in the MLB 1st Year Player Draft, the Detroit Tigers had a first round selection ready to be exercised on Thursday night. After More...

MLB All-Star Game
By Jon Erkkila On Thursday, June 6th, 2013

MLB All-Star Selections: WAR Could Bring Peace

Things you can count one. Death, taxes, and every year the MLB All-Star Game Balloting will yield questionable results or at the very least give us some crazy looking early balloting that brings into question the More...

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