I figured I would try a blog style approach. Nothing particularly special about this topic or comment it just happened to be there when I decided to try and 'blog' about something and it is a topic (cheating in general) I get irritated by.
So, everyone knows about this cheating, but turns a blind eye to it? Hmmmm...where have we seen this before? I am sure we can look back 10 years or so and come up with SOMETHING that matches this....
PINE ada was pushing the limits of the 'blind eye' attitude. I hate the 'blind eye' attitude. Cheating is cheating. Punish those who do it, do not turn a blind eye to it because 'everyone does it'....anyone recall this:
It was 'targate' all over the place after that and because it was AGAINST the Yankees. This one is a 'nothing game' in April and the Yankees are the PERPS. It will get its due, but not for long.
Cheating is cheating people. Start getting pissed when people do it and start demanding punishment for those caught doing it and maybe one day we will get a pure game.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller is reporting that league sources believe Watkins is climbing draft boards and could emerge as a top-three pick in the 2014 NFL draft, and that the Lions are considering a move up to snag him.
With the 65th pick in the 2012 MotownSports.com Adopt-A-Tiger Draft Extravaganza, TigersFan81371 selects
Right-handed Starting Pitcher
2011 Instructional League Photos by HueyTaxi
Birthplace: Houston, TX
School: San Jacinto (TX) CC North
Drafted by the Tigers in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft.
Collier was recently revealed to be the 31st best prospect in the Tigers' organization, according to TigsTown.com. Here's the blurb from the announcement page (which is available as free content, not subscriber-only content):
He came in at #40 on MotorCityBengals.com's Top 50 Prospects List. While digging up info, I also read that he does a good job of setting up hitters and has a pretty good pickoff move.
Collier made his professional debut with the Connecticut Tigers of the (short season A) New York Penn League. You can see what each of his seven starts looked like right here. Only one of them could be described as bad. You can take a look at the overall season numbers right here. Yes, it's a small sample size, but the ERA (1.85), WHIP (.0974) and K/9 (8.1) all look nice. He only allowed one home run in 39 innings pitched.
The youngster had himself quite a debut, throwing five shutout innings on July 25th against Williamsport. Unfortunately, the C-Tigers would end up losing the game 4-3, but Collier got some nice coverage from the local paper, the Norwich Bulletin.
Collier enjoyed another exciting night on July 31st, when he faced Batavia, as noted by the Bulletin.
It didn't take Collier long to establish himself as an important part of the C-Tigers' quest for the NYPL's Stedler Division title. He pitched the biggest game of his young career on August 26th, and the Bulletin was there to cover it.
Hopefully that experience in such a key situation will serve Collier well in the future. Unfortunately, the C-Tigers fell short of their playoff goal. They finished the season tied for first with the Vermont Lake Monsters, but because the VLM won the tie-breaker (by winning six of the season's 10 head to head matchups), they advanced to the post-season while the C-Tigers went home.
Collier could find himself in the West Michigan Whitecaps' 2012 rotation, which would be cool because that means I'd be able to watch him pitch in person when the 'Caps come to Midland to take on the Great Lakes Loons (if the rotation and schedule work out that way), or maybe during a summer roadtrip to Comstock Park.
I was watching the game on TV yesterday and was absolutely incredulous that, late in the game with the Tigers trailing 3-1, Miguel Cabrera stopped at 1B on his drive up the right center field gap. Cabrera isn't a fast runner but he generally seems to be smart on the basepaths. Ordonez made it from 1B to 3B on the play.
As a result, with only one out, the Double Play was still in order. Then on a ground ball to 2B, Magglio seemed to initially hesitate off of 3B before coming home. The Angels got the force at 2B and Aybar alertly threw home in time to nail Ordonez who did his best Victor imitation as he tried to dance his way to the plate.
After watching Jacob Turner continually work of out jams with runners in scoring position, I have to say I'm very glad the Tigers didn't include this 20 year old in a trade for Jimenez (or some other rent-a-wreck pitcher). He demonstrated remarkable poise and had good movement on his pitches.
I hope he gets called back up in September and is a main cog in the Tigers starting rotation for many years to come!
It was another one of those classic second half tigers games today! Even though we lost 2 to 1 a lot can be learned from this game. Shal we go into detail on these things?
1. Jim makes poor lineup decisions. Again. - It takes one poor decision by a manager to lose a game, and Jim probably lost todays game for us. With the bases loaded and 1 man out Ryan Raburn came trotting up to the plate and struckout to kill a perfect shot at going ahead in the game. Rather than playing Brennan Boesch today like any other Jim gave Raburn who obviouslys not peforming a start. Jim lost the game for us because had Boesch been in the game he probably would have at least hit a fly ball and scored the runner.
2 The tigers offense isn't that great- Mario,Rod,analysts and Leyland can all feed you this B.S. that our offense is potent, but it isn't. We are failing to get guys in scoreing position home because we try to swing for the fences every time rather than just put the bat on the ball. Guys like Jackson should just be trying to make good contact and hit for average, but the organization hasn't fired that idiot Mcclendon yet and so Jackson keeps strikeing out like a fool rather than improveing and contributeing offensively. Don't buy what im saying about swinging for the fences? Just take a look at all the fly balls we have been hitting lately.
3. The mediocrity of our team in general. I don't know what else to say.. Dumb moves like bringing Ruffin in with the bases loaded game one and batting Raburn in a critical game are killing us. Say what you want, but im not convinced we're a playoff caliber team.
It's time, once again, for our traditional observance of this nation's independence! And of course that means Baseball! I doubt there's a more perfect way to celebrate on this day than with baseball, hot dogs, and fireworks after the game! That's about as American as you can get!! I look forward to this every summer, and today is no exception. Let's hope our Flying Tigers can defeat the Dunedin Blue Jays; after all it's USA vs Canada!!! LOL! GO FLYING TIGERS
Alright, so I'm living up to my name, and this will probably come as no surprise to many, but I only just discovered that MTS has a section for blogging. I'm a relative newcomer to MTS, having only been a member for about 3 years! Obviously I haven't spent too much time browsing the site - I usually just check out the latest Flying Tigers news or post to the Monday Random 10; which, by the way has really dropped off the radar. Too bad, because I really enjoy seeing what others are listening to on their mp3's - but I'm as guilty as anyone of not being a regular contributor.
Anyhow, now that I'm here I may make a habit of posting! The Flying Tigers in Lakeland are my "team of choice" and I catch as many games as I can in Lakeland. Fortunately we live close to three other parks besides Joker Marchant - and get to see most of the games played in Dunedin, Clearwater, & Tampa as well!
I guess that's about it for my first post. Now I have to go create a photobucket account (for the third time - don't ask me what happened to the first two - it's that blonde thing again) so I can upload pics - I really don't like that feature of MTS - why can't I upload straight from my computer? Oh well, even that can't dissuade me this time; I'm determined to make my mark in cyberspace!
Till next time.........