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  1. FWIW, this article by the SI staff says the Tigers are the farthest away from contention of all ten teams not in the playoff hunt now. They have the Tigers not playing in October again until 2024; they put the others on track for October in 2022 or sooner: https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/08/22/worst-baseball-teams-detroit-tigers-baltimore-orioles
  2. Players definitely don't tank. Their careers and future earning power depend on performing the best they possibly can at all times. I also don't even believe that, outside just a few exceptions, big money contracts lead players to shift down to a lower gear. Major league players are almost by definition hard-wired to compete and win at everything all the time. That's how they got to where they are. Managers may be slightly more likely to go less than all out to win in certain cases, especially if they believe there's no "there" there at the end of a season or they are butting heads with management and know they're short-timers anyway. But I think most managers, especially in this era of callow manager as tool of front office analytics, are also motivated to perform well in the eyes of management so they too can keep their jobs, or get new jobs in the future when needed. Front office personnel also have motivation to build winning resumes, especially down chart, given the revolving door nature of that side of the business. It's ownership that sign off on active tanking, especially those in catbird seat markets like Detroit. They have a steady flow of revenue from non-game sources coming in regardless of performance, a desire to cut costs to maximize profits, and no one to answer to except fans and media, and fans and media matter little if anything to them. And the best way to tank is to put cheap, minor league quality players on the roster and just let things play out.
  3. Given his Astros surge and Kershaw's recent injuries, I think Verlander has become a legitimate contender for best pitcher of the post-Pedro era. If trajectories keep going as is, it's going to be close by their careers' ends. Max is certainly up there as well.
  4. Another criterion that could be considered is the number of Top 50 seasons the pitcher had for the Tigers. Of the best 50 (actually 53, because of ties) seasons in history, by bWAR, Justin has five of them, Newhouser four, and Bridges two. So Justin wins on that count. Other notables with two apiece: Lolich; Scherzer; McLain; Dizzy Trout; Bunning; Newsom; Lary; Ed Killian. Oh, and Hall of Famer Jack Morris, Winningest Pitcher of the 1980s™? One. And his was ranked in a tie for 36th best with other one-timers like Vic Sorrell and Herman Pillette.
  5. Technically correct, but if waiving the 10-year requirement to allow entry into the Hall because his career was cut short for any god-forbid reason were a consideration for just one player, it would be for Mike Trout.
  6. This makes sense. Nearly all of these kids are playing for their careers, so every at bat and every inning counts. They don't have the luxury of jaking it just because the team is bad or the game is lost. They need to build a resume.
  7. If Victor Reyes and Harold Castro are seriously the minimum points of comparison here, that doesn't say much for Christin Stewart's potential as a difference-maker.
  8. I can't find a season schedule easily, but a quick look through newspapers.com showed the season starting on March 28 and ending on October 8. That's 200 games in 195 days, so ... yeah, I'd imagine a ****-ton of doubleheaders.
  9. How about 200 games in 1950? You'll never see a team go 100-100 ever again.
  10. Somebody's not a fan of Fenech. This might finally cost him his job, because if players refuse to speak to a major paper's beat writer and one of them calls him out publicly, then what good is the beat writer?
  11. In 1969, $18,000 for Hendrix a couple hours playing a set is pretty good pay. Here's his set list, by the way: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/jimi-hendrix/1969/max-yasgurs-farm-bethel-ny-13d6b511.html Sha Na Na at $700? That's probably pretty good pay for them in 1969, too.
  12. I’m hoping this political climate doesn't last for long under democracies like this.
  13. Donald Trump also to American Jews: You're not American.
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