For many people, the first sign of spring isn’t the return of the robin to Michigan. It’s when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That happened last week, so baseball fans in Michigan are watching the news out of Lakeland, Florida, where the Detroit Tigers have begun prepping for the 2015 season.
It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at Cooley Law School Stadium.
As the Detroit Tigers start off their training season this year in Lakeland, Florida, fans and commentators alike are keeping an eye out for updates. This will be the Tigers 44th year at Joker Marchant Stadium for spring training.
Baseball legend Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers was the first player elected to the Hall of Fame. He played in Detroit from 1905 to 1926, and then two more seasons in Philadelphia. His career batting average of .367 produced 4,191 hits and 12 batting titles.
Cobb had a well-documented reputation as a tenacious competitor, as well as for being a nasty man. He was hot tempered, and a man who hated, in the words of ESPN’s Larry Schwartz, “northerners, Catholics, blacks, and apparently anybody else who was different from him.”
The Lansing Lugnuts -- the capital city’s minor league baseball team -- are into their 18th season playing at Cooley Law School Stadium at Michigan and Cedar, and around the Midwest League. As the end of the first half of the regular season approaches this Sunday, the Lugnuts are struggling with 31 wins and 35 losses, ranking them in fourth place in their division. But Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson asserts that it’s the second half that matters.
Fred Heumann calls upon a flurry of guests today. He kicks off the show with Lansing Catholic head coach Darren Zwick, who discusses the thrilling game last night that went into double overtime. Fred then invites MSU hockey coach Tom Anastos to discuss his trips out west. Lynn Henning chats about Tiger baseball in Florida to cap off the show.