Evan Woodbery

Tigers beat writer


Evan Woodbery

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


Miguel Cabrera speaks out on death threats, bribes paid to protect his mom from kidnapping

Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera is speaking out more forcefully than ever before about the ongoing crisis in his native Venezuela, breaking what he said was his long-standing rule against meddling in politics. In a series of free-wheeling videos posted on Monday to the "stories" section of his Instagram account, Cabrera blasted the corruption of Venezuela's government, voiced his support for protesters and spoke of threats against his family that required him to pay vacunas, or protection money.

Brad Ausmus fumes at 'petty' umpire protest; Ian Kinsler refuses to back down

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't notice the white armbands worn by two umpires on Saturday, nor did he know there was a league-wide union protest prompted by comments from Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. But when he found out after the game, he was furious, summoning reporters back into his office to call out the Major League umpires for what he called a "petty" display.

Tigers furious at claim they intentionally hit umpire after ejections

As Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus sat in his office, listening to the Cleveland Indians broadcast in the background, he started to fume. The announcers, according to Ausmus, implied that the Tigers had intentionally hit home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott shortly after he ejected Ausmus and catcher James McCann in the third inning.

Camera footage reveals UT football staff member was detained at scene, other dialogue from party arrests

This breaking news story was based on a review of police dash cam video. A man who identified himself as an assistant strength coach for Tennessee’s football team was handcuffed and put in the back of a squad car when he tried to intervene during the arrest of football players early Sunday morning.
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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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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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Story of alleged tree poisoner Harvey Updyke adds bizarre new chapter after court appearance

The man accused of poisoning Auburn's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees told police he was attacked at a gas station Wednesday afternoon moments after leaving a routine preliminary hearing. The allegations by Harvey Updyke added another bizarre wrinkle to a case that has made national news and raised questions about the ferocity of one of the nation's most celebrated football rivalries., Birmingham News, Huntsville Times Link to Story

Antonio Goodwin jailed, faces steep prison sentence after robbery conviction

Thirteen months ago, Antonio Goodwin was a promising young player on the defending national championship football team. On Friday the former Auburn receiver was convicted of first-degree robbery after a weeklong trial at Lee County Circuit Court. He could face at least 20 years in prison. Goodwin, 21, briefly looked back at his mother but betrayed no emotion after the verdict was read and he was led away by deputies. ** This was the culmination in a full week of trial coverage that included more than a dozen online updates., Birmingham News, Huntsville Times Link to Story

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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As Jon Gruden drama ends, focus shifts to other Tennessee candidates

Tennessee fans expecting the Vols to lure former NFL coach Jon Gruden from his lucrative television gig had their hopes stamped out Friday. Gruden's longtime agent called the idea of his client taking a job at Tennessee "fantasy." A source close to Tennessee's search said the Vols had moved on to other candidates.
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NCAA hits Vols football with additional penalties; tied to Willie Mack Garza

Former Tennessee assistant coach Willie Mack Garza committed major rules violations in the recruitment of prospect Lache Seastrunk more than three years ago, the NCAA said Friday. The case brought additional sanctions for UT and reopened a chapter that many fans thought was finished.
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Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years

If Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart decides to change directions in the football program after this season, the move won't be cheap.
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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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