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Tigers players react to death of Mike Ilitch with tributes

If you want to know how Detroit Tigers players felt about their late team owner Mike Ilitch, look no further than their social media channels.Multiple current and former Tigers players honored Ilitch, who died on Friday at the age of 87, with tributes on Twitter.From current stars Justin Verlander and J.D. Martinez to former players like C.J. Nitkowski and Ian Krol, Ilitch was praised...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerald Laird rejoins Tigers as minor-league manager

DETROIT (AP) -- Former major-league catcher Gerald Laird is now a minor-league manager.The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that Laird will manage at Class A Connecticut this coming season. The 37-year-old Laird last played in the major leagues in 2015, when he appeared in one game for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played for the Tigers from 2009-10 and again in 2012.Mike Rojas will...
Via Associated Press
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Laird named manager in Detroit's minor league system

DETROIT (AP) Former major league catcher Gerald Laird is now a minor league manager. The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that Laird will manage at Class A Connecticut this coming season. The 37-year-old Laird last played in the major leagues in 2015, when he appeared in one game for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played for the Tigers from 2009-10 and again in 2012. Mike Rojas...
Via Associated Press
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks activate C Laird, designate him for assignment

CINCINNATI (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks activated catcher Gerald Laird from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment on Thursday. The 35-year-old had been on the disabled list since April 9 with lower back spasms. He hit .308 with four RBIs in 10 games during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno.
Via Associated Press
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Veteran catcher Laird gets minor-league deal with D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks have signed veteran catcher Gerald Laird to a minor-league contract, and he'll be in the mix for a catching spot on the major-league roster. Laird, 35, a Valley resident, has 12 years of major league experience and has played for four teams. He hit .204 with no home runs and 10 RBI in 53 games for Atlanta last season, his second with the Braves. The D...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

D-Backs agree to minor league deal with catcher Laird

PHOENIX (AP) Veteran catcher Gerald Laird has agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Laird will compete for playing time with a team that has a severe shortage at the position after trading Miguel Montero to the Chicago White Sox. Tuffy Gosewisch, last year's backup, appears to be the front-runner for the everyday catcher's job. The 35-year-old Laird played...
Via Associated Press
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Caray: Thoughts on La Stella, Laird's importance, state of NL East

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSOUTH.COM: Fans had been clamoring for the debut of Tommy La Stella and he looks as advertised, with the plate discipline he displayed in the minors. Can he be that consistent bat the team has needed at second base? CHIP CARAY: I think we should put him in the...
Via Fox Sports South
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: New Change-Ups in Atlanta

“It’??s the second-best pitch in baseball after the fastball”? said Braves catcher Gerald Laird, when talking about the change-up. The arm action is the same as a fastball, the seams come out looking the same, there’??s not many release point clues that it’??s coming, and then “??the ball is just not there.”? For the first […]
Via Fangraphs
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves' Teheran takes loss, impresses in Opening Day start

Last season, Gerald Laird sat in front of his locker in the Atlanta Braves' clubhouse and discussed rookie pitcher Julio Teheran's improving defense, but his comments eventually hit on some all-inconclusive points concerning the pitching profession. The veteran catcher has caught plenty of excellent pitchers in what is now his 11th season in the major leagues, and he had an idea...
Via Fox Sports South
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: New home plate rules, Braves news and notes

When asking Braves veteran catcher Gerald Laird about the then-prospective new rules regarding catcher-runner relations and home plate collisions last Wednesday, it became immediately obvious that any decision made by baseball would not come without second guesses. Those rules, including mandates on when a runner can collide with an opposing catcher and how much of the plate that...
Via Fox Sports South
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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