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Everything posted by IdahoBert

  1. $20 million doesn’t get you as far as it used to.
  2. I haven't been paying much attention but haven’t seen any articles about Miguel Cabrera being once again in the “best shape of his life.“ Hopefully he won’t look heavier than at season’s end when he attends Tiger Fest. Maybe he can ask Pudge Rodriguez about the “eating disorder“ he suffered when he came to spring training much thinner and less muscular looking than ever before.
  3. These moves are probably on par with the sense of awakening experienced when the hottest cheerleader in school actually knows your first name and uses it in a class discussion, and while it’s almost certain to lead nowhere it’s still nice. I wonder if ownership has taken the pulse of fan enthusiasm and realized they’ve got to pony up and at least go through the motions of attempting to field a real team instead of waiting for it to magically congeal on its own “in the future.“
  4. They made the decision that if they couldn’t win with players like this on the team being paid big money, it would be better to not win and spend a lot less instead and it was also a way get out from under Mike’s shadow and hit the reset button. It’s like in Freud‘s short book Totem and Taboo where the sons kill the tyrannical primal father who hordes all the women and bananas, then they eat his corpse and institute a new law prohibiting anyone in the future from doing what they did to him. Stuff like this is never pretty or completely rational.
  5. If for the entire 2017 season Verlander were as dominant as he has been these last couple years, the Tigers might well have gotten something better. But other teams also knew that Detroit was desperate and that there was no reason to pay more than necessary. Add these two together and it’s a perfect storm for not getting very much.
  6. Top caliber competition is hard to come by but you do have to play against somebody. I’ve seen a ton of short-season class A games in the NWL. And even there, aside from the usual high draft picks out of college, half the guys even at that low level seem over their heads and going nowhere. In a perfect world everyone would be a true prospect and/or you could just train them in skills, but you couldn’t field much of a team and to have any kind of game experience at all over a true season there have to be a ton of filler guys that probably don’t belong there and are lucky to say that they were once drafted by a major-league team, and while it’s not rational it’s a logical accommodation of reality.
  7. This is a classic conflict between different fractions of one investor class. But there’s more to it than that. There are two machines, MLB and MiLB, and both need fuel (revenue) to keep their machines running. In the end, regardless of TV revenue etc. fan interest generates revenue and when that interest wanes — which is happening — the fuel becomes scarce. Historically, the special élan of baseball has been a wide ranging enculturation of which MiLB is a vital part. The soulless corporatism of the game is constantly trivializing it into just being another entertainment option. It makes it almost as stupid as rollerball. I think MLB has to find a way to work with MiLB on this and to recognize the cultural stakes of fan interest and not merely see it as a flow of capital and instrumental efficiency issue. I’m more of a Ken Burns romantic type of guy than a hedge fund type of guy, but in the end I think decimating MiLB is both financially short-sighted as well as culturally sacrilegious. These two machines need to find some way to get on a similar page. it’s always been a corporate thing but it’s also been more than that. When you get rid of the “more than that“ thing there’s nothing special about it which makes it literally worth less.
  8. So, in the space of about 48 hours, Manfred has gone from being angry at the existence of public negotiations to negotiating in public, angrily. As for Minor League Baseball going public itself, one Minor League Baseball owner’s comments to the Los Angeles Timesseems to sum up the thinking pretty well: Things, it seems, are going to get far worse before they get better. If, in fact, they do get better. Follow @craigcalcaterra Thank you for posting this. I’m trying to limit my time in the alternate reality of social media and news and this is something I might not have run across otherwise.
  9. Austin Romine is more than I thought this lick-spittle shadow of a team was willing to do this off-season. I like players like him the same way I like my women because both possess an unpredictable undertow of rage that may boil over with scant provocation. Thank you Al Avila for giving me hope.
  10. There were times in the last month of the 2019 season that just by the look on his face I could see he hated being there more than I hated watching these games. And I don’t blame him. Minnesota probably has a better farm system and they know how to teach fundamentals more than the Tigers do. I think he’s there to manage the game, not to teach players how to wipe their butts, tie their shoes, and zip up their flies. I think a robot without emotion would probably be the best manager for this team. Gardy is human enough for it to get to him.
  11. They voted the way boozy relics of obsolete thinking usually do.
  12. They need to hack NSA spy satellites to steal signs. Procuring or developing better players is amateur hour.
  13. This team used to be a warm blankey I would cuddle up with; now it’s just a piece of cloth riddled with smallpox given to me by the white devil while they drag our off women into servitude.
  14. I am so disinterested in this team right now. The only reason I come here is because of the people here. It’s sort of like Cheers but with no Diane or Rebecca, which is disappointing. I like to think of myself as Frasier Crane only less insecure and with doc martens instead of wingtips or penny loafers.
  15. I use baseball cube to look up college statistics.
  16. If you’re interested in a more of a documentary approach the mini documentaries on grand tour on Amazon about the history of racing are superb. But you won’t get to see a vivid depiction of Ken Miles hot English Carnaby Street era wife, which is a downside.
  17. Highly recommended. Saw it on Screen-X tonight and it was spectacular. A “man’s man” movie that doesn’t make you cringe because it’s not in the least bit shallow. A terrific story and great cinematography with unbelievably thrilling race scenes that had me shouting, slapping my hands on my cheeks going “oh my God,” and which was so loud it made the soles of my shoes vibrate. Both Matt Damon and Christian Bale are superb and Caitríona Balfe as British racer Ken Miles’ wife is worth every moment the camera focuses upon her.
  18. If I lived within a couple hours of Detroit I‘d go to a lot of games no matter what. But since I live 2000 miles away I see a game on average once every 30 years. ‘68, ‘88, 2019. By my reckoning when I see my next game I’ll be nearly 100 years old, there will be a domed stadium, and I’ll watch holograms of robots playing on the field. Tigers will probably be extinct by then. So the team will have to have a new name. Michigan MoBots, or colloquially the M&Ms. By this time they will be nearly a.500 team.
  19. I think this post is about as close to the word of God as you’re going to get on this issue. Ownership and management have effectively checkmated themselves. Pretty much every realistic move forward is useless. I would just like to see them spend a little money to make this next season alone something other than a torment. But to hear them talk even that is off the table.
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