Evan Woodbery

Tigers beat writer


Evan Woodbery

I cover the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball for MLive Media Group.


How rapidly shrinking Detroit Tigers payroll could speed rebuild

The crowds have been smaller than usual during a miserable September for the Detroit Tigers, the first painful glimpse of the bad baseball still to come as the team embarks on a complete rebuilding. Outgoing manager Brad Ausmus said he knows fans will be tested in 2018 after more than a decade of winning baseball.

As Junior Galette's giant bonus looms, New Orleans Saints face tough decisions

Converting Junior Galette's $12.5 million roster bonus into a signing bonus was supposed to be the easiest decision of an offseason filled with much tougher choices for the New Orleans Saints. But Galette's recent legal trouble -- and uncertainty about how the NFL will respond -- has complicated discussions of his future.
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Thursday night NFL games are grind for players, cash cow for league

When New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday, he went searching for a restaurant or a drive-through open at that late hour. It was almost midnight, but Lofton was hungry. And the clock was ticking. In eight hours, he would wake up on Monday morning and start to heal the wounds from the previous day.
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New Orleans Saints spending by position: More dollars invested in secondary in 2015

The New Orleans Saints will allocate a greater percentage of their salary cap to quarterbacks than any other team in the NFL. They'll also have more so-called "dead money" counting against the cap than any of the other 31 teams. Drew Brees' salary cap burden of $26.4 million is pricey, but most teams in the league would gladly spend as much on an elite-level quarterback.
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Tennessee football's 12 months of change, transition: Behind the scenes in Butch Jones' first year

This was a traditional "season wrap" written in narrative style using anecdotes, conversations and interviews accumulated throughout the course of the year.
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Tennessee's recruiting office following national trend in shift to NFL-style focus » GoVolsXtra

Tennessee’s football recruiting office, along with perhaps dozens of other programs, is re-imagining its role and rebuilding in the image of an NFL personnel office focused more on breaking down film and scouting prospects than administrative paperwork.
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GVX By The Numbers: Vols must build on first down progress this week vs. Georgia

Part of a weekly series of graphic-rich stories written during the football season. I used a proprietary snap-by-snap database to extract interesting storylines that might otherwise have been missed. GVX By the Numbers was premium content developed as part of our company-wide Four Platforms initiative.
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UT hopes Butch Jones will boost student attendance, but Vols fighting nationwide ticket trend

A student ID and 10 bucks was all it took to get a ticket to Neyland Stadium for a home football game last year. On most Saturdays, there also was room to bring along a few thousand friends.
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A road map for getting back: Study shows Vols' fall from glory years

The introductory story in a huge online and Sunday print recruiting package: The News Sentinel created a database of every player signed by the Vols since 1994 — 434 players from 28 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. We looked at the 19 signing classes that span the coaching tenures of Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and, most recently, Derek Dooley. We wanted to determine what had changed and what could be fixed, particularly with a new coaching staff starting from a clean slate.
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How to build Tennessee's recuiting

Sidebar companion piece to our main story in the recruiting package. Focuses on tangible conclusions to be drawn from our research.
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As UT's 2014 class connects online, Twitter ground rules aren't always clear-cut

While coaches love when recruits use social media to lure future teammates, the lines become fuzzier when current players get involved.
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UT football coach Butch Jones surprisingly savvy on Twitter

Few, if any, SEC athletic departments have a more aggressive social media strategy than UT. In Butch Jones, it got a coach who has been tweeting before most people even knew what it was.
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Evan Woodbery

I'm an experienced reporter who has spent more than a decade on high-profile sports beats.

I have previously worked for NOLA Media Group ( | The Times-Picayune), the Knoxville News Sentinel, (Birmingham News, Press-Register, Huntsville Times), The State newspaper (Columbia, S.C.) and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.



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