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.
Detroit Tigers fans are again wrapped up in the drama of October madness, as the Tigers pursue another American League pennant against the Red Sox. Author John Rosengren talks with Current State's Peter Whorf about how past and recent Detroit Tiger baseball teams have provided inspiration and unity for the Motor City during trying times.
Mark Fidrych is one of the biggest stars in baseball history. In 1976, the legendary Detroit Tigers pitcher took baseball and the sports world by storm. His 19 wins brought him Rookie of the Year honors and an All-Star game appearance.
A new book "The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych" by lifelong Tigers fan Doug Wilson remembers the Tiger great, who died in 2009.
WKAR's Al Martin recently spoke with Wilson about his memory of Fidrych's baseball career.
In the spring of 1933, a young ballplayer from the Bronx named Hank Greenberg began his rookie campaign with the Detroit Tigers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Tiger legend’s first season. Greenberg's storied career is celebrated not only for his excellence on the diamond but also for the adversity Hammerin' Hank overcame during one of the world's most turbulent periods.
Matt Ludtke starts the show with Detroit Lions buzz, as they give YouTube phenomena Havard Rugland a chance to make the team, after signing David Akers. Matt gets into Masters coverage, as Tiger Woods hopes to regain his glory, and two teams fight for the college hockey championship subsequent to the Frozen Four. Detroit Tigers news and MSU Football rumblings close the show.
Matt closes out the week with NCAA Final Four Analysis and some more allegations against NCAA coaches and programs. He also breaks down the legacy of Jason Hanson, as he retires after his 21-year career in the National Football League. Finally, Matt closes the show with Opening Day baseball talk for the Detroit Tigers.
Matt and Alex welcome back former Tiger pitcher Jose Valverde with opinions and analysis, and also welcome another Pitino into a higher reigns of NCAA coaching. The duo also discuss the possibility of a female in the NBA, and the recent allegations against the Auburn football program. They end the hour discussing Detroit Tiger baseball and the future of women's basketball.
With riots, the Vietnam War, and the King and Kennedy assassinations, 1968 was a tumultuous year for the United States. In Michigan, the success of the World Series champion, the Detroit Tigers, helped people get through that difficult time.
Tim Wendel, author of "Summer of '68: The Season that Changed Baseball and America, Forever," chronicles the relationship between the events of that time and the baseball heroes of that year.
Russ and Kirk give listeners continuous score updates from MSU's second round matchup versus Valparaiso. The two also hone in on Spring Training baseball from the Detroit Tigers, and recap the unfortunate season for the Detroit Pistons. The two have open lines, for listeners to give their emotions of March Madness.
Russ White and Kirk Heinze, hosts of Greening of the Great Lakes, takes listeners through SportsTalk this week. The duo discusses the latest of MSU basketball in the NCAA tournament, and also wrap around to Detroit Tiger baseball. The two take guest callers, inviting you to give your take on sports news around the country.
Larry kicks off the show with more NFL free agency conversation, while touching on the Detroit Lions landing Reggie Bush. He then takes calls to discuss some concerns with the Detroit Tiger 2013 roster, given the release of OF Brennan Boesch. Finally, he invites Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch to give his expertise on Michigan State basketball.
Today on Current State: February's biggest news stories; a Public Poetry Announcement with local poet Diane Wakoski; a friend remembers pianist Van Cliburn; and a Detroit Tigers' season preview with Mario Impemba.
Last year, the Detroit Tigers fought their way to the World Series, only to be swept by the San Francisco Giants. This season, many of the pieces from last year's team return, including Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
Tigers' play-by-play man and MSU alum Mario Impemba assesses the 2013 Tigers and whether they have another chance at the World Series.
Terry recaps the women’s basketball 20th win, and talks about the Dick Vitale event in Florida. He then invites Detroit Tiger scout Clyde Weir to discuss the first exhibition game tomorrow, tagging along with the life of a professional baseball scout. Terry closes the show with Special Olympics director Anne Goudie, who discusses the 7300 participant polar plunge at Eagle Eye this weekend. MSU alumni out west call in towards the end of the show.