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Everything posted by IdahoBert

  1. I remember watching games where I knew, everybody in the ballpark knew, and children in diapers knew the pitcher was going to implode and Brad would stick with him. If it’s a 95% chance that the guy in there right now it’s going to fail you might as well go to relief pitcher where there’s a 75% chance they’ll fail. But Brad wouldn’t do it.
  2. I can’t imagine a truly good pitcher with options elsewhere coming to Detroit where they’ll get only three runs per games run support and the whole season will be a death march for at least the first year.
  3. In the short term, the philosophy of this team is to get guys to do the little things right when they’re unable to do the big things right. But it’s fruitless to tie your shoes better if you can’t run to begin with. We can go on thinking that we have players with great untapped potential and/or that analytics will help disclose that potential but we’re probably trying to put lipstick on a pig.
  4. So does this mean all the coaching changes have been made? There goes the hot stove conversation for the next two or three months. Now they just need to sign a few guys with low OBP who can fail to all fields. Could somebody wake me up at the beginning of March?
  5. What is Wisconsin doing playing Kent State this late into the season? I would think this should be one of those tune up games played 4 weeks ago. They're favored by 37 points. Are they doing this instead of having a bye week?
  6. I hope the Tigers can draft someone like Pete Alonso with their second pick while their first pick is even better. Something like this would really improve my mood.
  7. I know. I felt bad using it but it was so tempting I just couldn’t resist. I feel like I should call him Gramps even though he’s younger than me.
  8. Analytics is an undeniably brilliant, proven tool but our team seems to be betting the farm on it as a one-size-fits-all answer because what they actually must do is a lot harder: getting rid of inept scouting and instructIonal personnel and replacing them with better people. The entire organization has to be rebuilt from the ground up and that’s sort of like rebuilding an engine while you’re hurling down I-75 and in no position to stop. “We’re going out in search of college people…” Wow. Do they wear lab coats and have slide rules and Blackberries? It sounds like they’re taking a butter knife to a street fight.
  9. I don’t have a solution. I don’t think Avila is necessarily the problem. I think Avila might be able to do more if he were allowed to do more. I think ownership should be guillotined.
  10. It sounds like a PowerPoint we’ve seen before. Starting the race well behind the other runners, the Tigers are going to analytically innovate their way out of 30th place into 28th place. I don’t know how much blood they can squeeze out of the turnup that this team is. They’re still going to play Punch and Judy baseball and they’re not going to spend money. Their problems may be beyond the abilities of analytics to correct.
  11. It’s disgraceful to realize how far behind the curve they are. Is this because they could rely on Mr. I’s money to buy them out of every problem, or so they assumed?
  12. I think more analytics with this team may simply mean “doing it on the cheap.“ I hope I’m wrong. If they spend that $35 million the same way they did last year it won’t make much difference. They don’t intend to change the hitting philosophy. And there’s a good chance the coaching staff will remain the same or in the same vein. It will be hard to duplicate the thus concluded season’s miserable record, but we don’t have much to look forward to. End of pity party rant.
  13. https://www.mlb.com/news/tigers-to-spend-on-analytics-again So they’re not going to spend money on players and they’re going to go heavy on analytics to exploit inefficiencies which other teams that have been into analytics longer have somehow not discovered? YES I’M SHOUTING.
  14. I think the pinstripe uniforms with the Sox logo spelled out are kind of cool.
  15. Wow, those for the old Ron Kittle era uniforms. I remember them from baseball cards.
  16. The cup may not yet be “half-full“ but neither will it be a vacuum today.
  17. This is something — the possibility of which — will give us many hours of entertaining torture during the off-season. “Is Miggy back?”
  18. I guess the weather finally “heated up enough“ for Cabrera to start hitting homeruns.
  19. I wonder if Victor Reyes refused to be pulled from the lineup to keep his batting average above .300 the same way Ted Williams refused to be pulled from the lineup to keep his batting average at .3995?
  20. I truly do want them to win this game. I actually still care. But I’m not sure I care enough to follow it pitch by pitch.
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