Author: Craig Calcaterra

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There’s a developer in place for the old Tiger Stadium site


Since the ballpark’s demolition, the site of the old Tiger Stadium in Detroit has been home to the actual field itself, which is maintained by the volunteer group called the Navin Field Grounds Crew. If you want to, you can go to the corner of Michigan and Trumbull and play some baseball there, on the site that Greenberg, Kaline, Trammell and Deivi Cruz once roamed.

Of course, it’s not their property, and the folks who own the property — the City of Detroit — would like to see the site developed, because that’s what cities and landowners like. There have been various proposals over the years, relevant to the public mostly insofar as the development plans provide for the preservation of the field. Some have, some haven’t.

Now it appears that a developer and a plan has finally been put in place. And yes it does provide for the preservation of the field. From the Freep:

The City of Detroit is to announce Tuesday that it has selected Larson Realty Group to redevelop the Tiger Stadium site, choosing a proposal that will not only preserve the historic playing field, but add residential and commercial space.

Two local developers, Roxbury Group of Detroit, and the Larson Realty Group of Bloomfield Hills, responded to the city’s March request for proposals with plans for a mixed-use development including retail and residential space, but multiple sources told the Free Press that Larson had been selected.

Renderings of it can be seen here.

I grew up going to that ballpark. And, a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of playing catch and taking some basic BP at Tiger Stadium. I know nostalgia can be toxic and future marches ever-onward, but I do hope that that site can be maintained in some way that allows for others to experience, in some way, all the good stuff I was fortunate enough to experience there.

The Marlins are close to signing Mike Morse


Ken Rosenthal reports that the Miami Marlins are close to signing outfielder Mike Morse. Others are reporting that it’s a two-year deal.

Morse spent 2014 with the Giants, hitting .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI, playing outfield and some first base and helping the Giants to the World Series title. He spent the 2013 season with the Mariners and Orioles.

In Miami he’ll probably play first base given that Christian Yellich plays in left.

The Braves release a stadium rendering showing a game in which the Braves are losing

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If there is one place where you can show your team in a good light with impunity it’s in artist’s renderings of your new ballpark. In the pictures, you can show your stadium all clean and shiny and sold out. You can show your team victorious. But the Braves decided it’d be way better to show them losing to the Washington Nationals 6-3, with the Braves having committed an error:

Closeup of the scoreboard, via SB Nation:



In other news:

Get ready for . . . “The Selig Experience”

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This morning we heard that there was going to be a fan experience thing at Miller Park honoring the legacy of Bud Selig. I made some jokes about what it would be like if it was a Bud Selig-themed bar. The reality is way better:

Ooohkay. One would think that a statue and a plaque would be enough, but hey, let us not deprive the kids of “The Selig Experience.”