Born May 19, 1977, Brandon is a Taurus, a practical earth
sign. Appearing in a total of 79 games last season, he's patient
and dedicated. Known for his strong arm, Brandon threw out 42.3%
of runners attempting to steal-- tops among Tigers catchers.
Pitchers appreciate Brandon's focus, compiling an impressive
4.89 ERA when he is behind the plate. Mars (the planet of energy
and aggression) is a very important planet in an athlete's chart.
Brandon has Mars in fiery Aries, rousing his more laid back Taurus
nature. Mars in Aries is very strong --it embodies the warrior--
courageous and bold, with great physical and personal energy.
Combative and scrappy, sports, exercise and competition fuel
his mighty fire. Highly competitive, he enjoys a challenge or
a good fight, and can be downright pugnacious at times. Abounding
in energy and enthusiasm, the desire to blaze a trail, to do
things in a new way-HIS way-runs very deep in Brandon. A natural
adventurous streak, plus an appealing sense of innocence, allows
him to take risks and gambles. He can fervently engage himself
in exciting and daring activities with little fear, insecurity
or frustration. He's an action person, constantly in motion.
With strong faith in himself, he easily displays much courage,
inner strength, confidence and enthusiasm. However, overnight
success or instant enlightenment is not what he aims for. Self
-conscious, there's a great need for ego-affirmation and praise.
Developing self-acceptance regardless of performance is an important
life lesson. Very serious about bringing inspirations into concrete
form, there can be some occasional outbursts of brusque behavior,
but Brandon's basic core is mellow. Capable of overcoming tremendous
odds, with enormous self-discipline and focus, look for this
Taurus the Tiger to ride through any challenging times, enabling
him to triumph.
Robert was born on March 15, 1974, a Pisces, an emotional
water sign. Gentle, impressionable and receptive, Robert has
great sensitivity and empathy with others. He also has a more
cautious, careful realistic attitude towards life and is highly
responsible and disciplined with regard to his obligations and
duties. In fact, he many tend to work and struggle more than
he needs to. Strong-willed, with an ingrained sense of authority,
he has a wholehearted urge to accomplish grand things in an independent
self-displaying manner. Susceptible to nervous strain, even physical
exhaustion if he pushes too hard, it's important to schedule
reflective quiet time. Tremendously versatile thanks to Mars
in Gemini, Robert is the proverbial busy bee and eternal student
all wrapped into one lively package. Energetic, restless and
forever on the go, he craves variety, change-the baseball life
suiting him remarkably well. As Gemini is the sign of duality,
Robert is extremely versatile, playing in 4 different positions-catcher,
first base, rightfield and designated hitter. He led the Tigers
in homeruns with a total of 19 and was 5th in runs batted in
with 61 last season. He also hit a career high .272 while appearing
in 124 games. As a much-needed lefty home runs threat, Robert
will probably open the season in right field. Having a strong
sense of mission, his zeal, enthusiasm, and clarity of purpose
enables him to achieve what he aims for. Robert has a strong
will, but is usually quiet and understated about it. He's also
able to strike a fine balance between idealism, optimism, and
vision for the future on one hand, and a realistic sense of what
can actually be acheived on the other. His patience and ability
to accept limitation and frustration only strengthens his resolve.
Talented for putting fresh ideas into practice, utilizing new
ideas and methods appeal to him. September marks Robert's Saturn
return, an important astrological cycle of new beginnings.
Phil is a pragmatic Taurus, born April 30, 1949. He managed
to compile 79 wins, the fifth most for the Tigers in his first
year as manager. In his last two seasons with the Tigers, Phil
had a 145-179 record. Nicknamed "Scrapiron" by former
teammate and Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, that buzz word typifies
Phil's tempestuous spirit. He brings experience, excellent teaching
skills, and powerful strategies to the Tigers at Comerica Park
and on the road.
As Taurus is known for their stubbornness, Phil pursues his
desires tenaciously, resisting any attempts to sway him from
his purpose. Capable of working long and persistently, he can
be intensely willful, zealous, fanatical and very power conscious.
His mind operates in a very deliberate and methodical manner
and he dislikes being rushed or forced to give an opinion before
he has thoroughly ruminated and digested an idea. Taurus does
have the reputation of being a bit bull-headed, and to that extent,
Phil may be difficult to influence once his mind is made up.
However, his steadfast ability to concentrate and follow a project
though to its completion imparts a hardy stabilizing influence
to the team's efforts.
With Mars in determined Taurus, once he sets his mind on a
goal, his commitment to it is extraordinary. Pursuing his ambitions
tenaciously, he adamantly refuses to give up, or be influenced
in any way. Like Aesop's tortoise, he labors patiently and resolutely
until he achieves what he wants or until it is clear beyond a
shadow of a doubt that all is lost. He's a reliable, consistent
and productive worker, preferring a steady routine. Interested
in the bottom line, concrete results and solid, practical achievements,
there has been some indecision about players roles. His stamina
and persistence is his greatest strength, but he can also get
caught in a rut, as there is a fine line between a rut and a
groove with Taurus energy. Possessing the gifts of endurance
and perseverance, he's willing to work hard to achieve his objectives.
Self-discipline is ingrained in him and he instinctively realizes
achievement is "10% inspiration, 90% perspiration".
Andrea Mallis is an avid baseball fan and creator of Virgo
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