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Andrew Miller, Justin Verlander and Elden Auker

The Tigers signed Andrew Miller today, and that’s huge.  The best player in this year’s draft slipped to the Tigers because of signability issues and once again, Dave Dombrowski got the job done.  Miller will probably head to Lakeland and Dombrowski said at the press conference that Miller could be part of the September call up.

Justin Verlander is going to miss a start because of shoulder fatigue.  Not good news and hopefully this is precautionary.

Elden Auker passed away today at 95 years of age.  The submarine pitcher debuted for the Tigers in 1933 and he was a pivotal part of the rotation in the Tigers’ 1934/1935 pennant winning season.  Auker finished with a career 130-101 record and he won eighteen games in 1935, the year the Tigers won their first World Series.  I think Auker was the oldest living player, so I’m not sure who takes over in that respect.

Signing Miller is beyond huge. This organization finally seems to get it. Putting a winning product on the field, and a crazed sports town will flock to see the team. That support can feed itself, and make players want to playe here. And enable the franchise to take risks on players like Miller with the extra funds in the coffers. I’d consider shutting him down, may send Miller to the Arizona fall league to get prepped for next year.

Posted by KS on August 4th, 2006 at 6:58 pm

RIP, Elden Auker.

Posted by Dan on August 4th, 2006 at 11:23 pm

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