Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Former Tigers Not Giving Up On Baseball

If you stop by here from time to time, you know that I usually keep up on former Tigers playing elsewhere in the majors. The whole "always a Tiger" thing, you know? Well, I did some looking around and couldn't believe the amount of former Tigers that are still playing ball, whether it be in Japan, Korea, Mexico, Independent Leagues, or in the minors with other teams. Plus, there's plenty that are still free agents looking for a job somewhere. These guys keep playing for the love of the game, and I can respect that. Either that, or they just don't want to sell insurance. See how many you remember.

PITCHERS

Seth Greisinger
Plays with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. Led the league in wins last year with 17.

Gary Knotts
Free agent. Last played in the Baltimore organization last year.

Jose Lima
Pitches for the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League.

Sean Douglass
Another Japan guy. Played from '06-'07 with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Signed in '08 with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Better than playing with the Spitters, from what I hear.

Dan Miceli
Plays for the Long Island Ducks in independent ball.

Freddy Garcia
In the White Sox minor league system after the Mets released him on 4/28 after he got bombed in two minor league starts.

John Ennis
After pitching for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Independent League, the Phillies signed John to a minor league deal. In his first appearance, Ennis hurt himself requiring Tommy John surgery. He'll miss the rest of the season.

Roberto Novoa
Free agent. Last played in '08 with the Giants organization.

Mike Maroth
What Tigers fan doesn't have a soft spot for Maroth? Mike's a free agent after Toronto released him in March '09.

Aquilino Lopez
Plays for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization.

Matt Ginter
In the Brewers minor league system.

Jose Capellan
In the Astros minor league system.

Dave Borkowski
Free agent. Was in the Phillies minor league system earlier this year.

Gary Glover
This one's interesting. Glover signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in January '09. He was released on 5/9. He signed a minor league deal later that month with the Marlins. He lasted less than a month and on 6/21 signed to play for the SK Wyverns in South Korea. I'd feel bad for the guy if he didn't suck so much in Detroit. Or was that Gary Knotts?

Steve Colyer
Free agent.

Andy Van Hekken
Wikipedia says he's in the Astros minor league system. Who knew? I thought he was dead.

Jason Johnson
Our ex-"ace" is in the Yankees minor league system.

Mark Redman
DFA'd by Colorado on 7/18/08. A free agent.

Jordan Tata
Released by the Tigers in April, Tata signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs 15 days later. The mighty AirHogs had seen enough by 7/1 and released him, too. Yikes. If you can't make it with the Grand Prairie AirHogs, you can't make it anywhere.

Esteban Yan
The big guy's pitching with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.

Colby Lewis
Member of the Hiroshima Toya Carp in Japan.

Jamie Walker
Free agent. Was released by Baltimore a few weeks ago. Jamie remains the nicest Tiger I've ever actually spoken to. I wish him luck.

Francis Beltran
Released by the Giants in April '09. A free agent.

Casey Fossum
Stick with me. Started this year and played a bit for the Mets. Was DFA'd. Went to the Yankees. Played in their minor league system from 5/2-6/24. Opted out of that deal. Signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on 7/3. Still sucks no matter where he pitches.

POSITION PLAYERS

Craig Monroe
Released by Pittsburgh on 7/1. Free agent. Seriously...WTF happened to Craig?

Jacque Jones
Cut by Cincinnati on 3/30, Jones is playing for the Newark Bears in independent ball.

Nook Logan
Played in '08 for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. Reportedly blames the Mitchell Report for him being unable to sign with a MLB team. And here I was thinking it was because the guy couldn't hit.

Chris Gomez
Free agent released by Baltimore on 4/1.

Hiram Bocachica
Plays for the Saitama Seibo Lions in Japan.

Timo Perez
My boy! Timo's still in Mexico with Rojos del Aguila.

Eric Munson
In the Oakland minor league system.

Damian Jackson
Plays for the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League.

Luis Gonzalez
Free agent. Played (a lot) for the Marlins last year.

Jose Macias
Played last year for Diablos Rojos del Mexico.

Raul Casanova
Another guy in Mexico. Raul plays for Broncos de Reynosa.

Robert Fick
Currently a free agent. Played for Italy in the WBC.

Damian Easley
Free agent. Played for the Mets last year. Not sure if he's STILL on the Tigers payroll, though.

Ahh...memories. See you in a few days with the August "Always A Tiger" report.

3 comments:

OldEnglish said...

Timo's always had a spot in my heart. He always played well up with the big club. Glad he's still playing, and wish him well.

Sam said...

Heh, Monroe was part of the magical '06 WS run and made us all think he was good because he could hit a few HRs ... and then, we realized what everyone else did ... he's just not that good.

Sam said...

Heh, Monroe was part of the magical '06 WS run and made us all think he was good because he could hit a few HRs ... and then, we realized what everyone else did ... he's just not that good.