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Of course you want an orange and blue LP featuring Jack White interviewing Kirk Gibson

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Foam fingers? Meh.

Souvenir bats? Got, like, five of them.

Bobbleheads? Played out, man. Seriously: deader than vaudeville.

I want an interesting giveaway at a ballgame. Something I can’t just buy in the gift shop and something I’m not gonna throw in the back of a closet as soon as I get home. Something like, say, an indie rock icon interviewing a former MVP and putting it all on an orange and blue vinyl LP with some hot licks on the other side.

Thankfully, the Tigers are doing just that:

Calling all lovers of vinyl records! Purchase this package and get a ticket to see the Tigers battle the Minnesota Twins on September 24 plus an exclusive Third Man Records 7″ vinyl record.

One side of the record is the song¬†“Strike Out” by “The Brushoffs” – a group featuring Third Man Records artists Brendan Benson, Ben Blackwell, Dominic Davis and Olivia Jean. On the other side, Third Man Records founder Jack White interviews 1984 World Series Champion Kirk Gibson.

I’m struggling to think what Jack White and Kirk Gibson have to talk about, but I suppose that’s part of the draw. Also part of the draw is that part of the proceeds are going to go to the Kirk Gibson foundation. Here’s the disc:

Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris took the pictures. No word if Denny McLain plays keyboads on the Brushoffs’ track.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.