Around the Bases 8.28.06: Andrew Miller Gets the Call

  • That’s right, folks. Before the Tigers head into the Bronx to face the Evil Empire, they’ll call up this June’s first round pick, Andrew Miller. “He’ll be used in the bullpen. Our minor-league people say Miller has thrown the ball in outstanding fashion and can help us right now,” said Dave Dombrowski. Well, if there’s any test to see whether a young player is ready for the big leagues or not, it would be Yankee Stadium. But still, he’s coming up from Lakeland. Single-A! I just can’t get over it. [ESPN]
  • Also in the same article by ESPN, Jim Leyland says that Mike Maroth will be put into the bullpen. “We’ll put him in the bullpen,” he said. “I’m not planning on Mike Maroth being in the rotation the rest of the year.” Wil Ledezma was already scheduled for Wednesday’s start, which also means that Zach Miner could still see a spot start or two for the Tigers. [ESPN (again)]
  • I’ve already mentioned the ridiculously high ticket prices Mike Ilitch expects us to pay for the playoffs. So I’ll mention it again. [DetNews]
  • Oh, look, right on time ESPN. “Price of success: World Series tix prices up 35%.” That’s right, that regular box seat that cost $185 in the World Series last year now costs an average of $250. The top price for tickets has more than tripled since 1998. Funny, I haven’t seen my income more than triple… I thought baseball was always going to be the people’s game. Lazy afternoons and evenings with affordable tickets — apparently things aren’t supposed to be consumer oriented once summer ends. [ESPN]
  • Playoff roster eligibility? Never heard of it. Isn’t it a little early to be thinking about that? Apparently not. [Detroit Tiger Weblog]
  • Columbus, Georgia, won the Little League World Series. [FSN]
  • I’m not going to quote that ESPN article again. Brent Clevlen was sent back to Erie, and Colby Lewis went back to Toledo. The Tigers also called up Alexis Gomez for a left-handed bat in the outfield, as well as Miller. [Det Tiger Weblog]

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