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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.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.