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  1. I live in GR and get calls from classmates i barely knew every so often offering a great business opportunity. So great they had to reach out to someone they barely knew from 30 years ago.
  2. Good video from fangraphs of the Astros getting busted stealing signs during a game.
  3. If Avila trades Verlander at the beginning of 17 he gets a much better deal. If, as it turned out, he waits until the end of the year he gets a much better deal. He traded JV while he was struggling, and he would pitch much better the rest of the year. They didn't get Whitley or Tucker so i was disappointed. And TBF neither of those 2 have broken through yet either. Those decisions are difficult, he may have been under pressure to start unloading some contracts due to how bad the team was doing. JV's career could have ended quickly like Halliday's did and then they get nothing for him and are stuck with the rest of that contract. His decisions to trade JV quickly and hang on to Fulmer wound up being the wrong ones. And cost this team a lot of prospect capital.
  4. I wonder what the average fastball is today versus the mid seventies? I would guess 4-5 mph faster these days, maybe more. I dont' think you can't last these days with a Frank Tanana circa 1987 fastball. And there were numerous guys like him who threw maybe 84 mph. Today's power hitters have even chased all the knuckleballers away. Pitchers have to go full out for almost every hitter in today's game is my guess why SP's can't go more than 7 innings much any more.
  5. The appeal of minor league baseball is that you can stick a team in a small to mid size city and they will support them. And of course there are a lot of those around. College baseball's attendance won't increase that much. I would bet that 80% of the fans at a minor league game live within 30 miles of the park. Those cities that lose their teams will complain, but other than that it will just be the baseball junkies that notice. Although independent baseball has been dying off for a long time it will probably fill in some of the losses. I can see MLB maybe halving the amount of minor league teams. Teams, especially those that are successful at developing talent now, are not going to let that go too much.
  6. I liked Simmons too. He's like Jabrill Peppers but instead of being 5'10 210 he's 6'3 240. Could do a lot of different things with him on the field.
  7. That is DD's MO. Max out the payroll, keep the cream of the crop in the farm and trade the rest. It probably gives a team the best possible shot a winning a world series in the short term, but come with a cost. You're left with some aging players with huge contracts and an empty farm system. I think a fair criticism of him would be that that farm production seems to crater after he's in charge for a while. They were doing well in the draft with Kopech, Betts, and Bradley all taken after the first round. The international program was doing well but has stopped producing recently also. The same things happened in Detroit.
  8. Fangraphs rating system can be misleading. A 45fv could refer to a guy like Campos , a guy with no track record and a ton of potential. Or a player like Wenceel Perez, who looks like a decent bet to have a legit glove at SS but will contribute little offensively. Or a guy like Franklyn Perez, who if he stays healthy could be a rotation mainstay. Rating him a 45, which i believe they did, is a compromise basically. If he stays healthy he's a good bet to be 55fv, his injury history suggests it's unlikely however. The problem with the Tigers postional depth is most of them have low ceilings or a poor track record. And i don't know why these are bullet points.
  9. In GR I was 446 and given ballot 403. Which i assume to mean 443 democrat ballets and 43 republican. And since i arrived a little after 5 i actually had to wait about 15 minutes, which is usually not the case unless it's presidential election.
  10. Mateo is like Anthony Gose, some elite tools with a hit tool that is not developing.
  11. I didn't say building relationships don't matter. Here's a FACT, Franco was the number 1 prospect and signed for the most money. Something I'd like the Tigers to do when they are in that position. I'm sure other teams were interested but didn't offer as much or couldn't.
  12. Due to the Tigers long relationship with Spencer Torkelson they are considerd the favorites to sign him.
  13. Are you just making stuff up now? He had brothers that played in the minors for the Royals and Astros and his uncle is former Tiger Eric Aybar. Oh and his bonus was the highest in the entire class. He was well known for years.
  14. The previous poster suggested that building relationships is the key to having a successful LA pipeline. Which i took to mean the Yankees, Dodgers, Braves, etc, teams with historically strong presences down there. TB and Miami aren't really in that group IMO, and they signed the top prospects the last 2 years, with one of them being a generational type talent already. They outbid other teams for those prospects. From about 2010 through 2018 Minnesota outproduced Detroit pretty significantly with Rosario, Polanco, Sano producing in the majors today. Kepler too, although he was signed out of Germany. The Tigers basically have Saurez. Plus Minnesota has a few guys in their top ten now that are fairly close to the bigs with potential. The Tigers...do not. No doubt they have been spending more lately, a result of having larger pool money, but they still spread it around. When i looked at the LA pre-draft rankings from the last few years i saw a correlation between those ranked the highest then and their ranking today. They had the most pool money in 2018 and they signed the 18th ranked prospect. Like i said, i have no idea how the last few classes will turn out. But if they don't start developing prospects when they have the most money to spend, this rebuild will go on until there is a new regime in place that can find and develop talent.
  15. How much of getting a DR teen to sign is highest bidder or relationship building is debatable. I'm sure some of the agents down there are getting money on the side to steer prospects to certain teams. But in 2017 Tampa Bay signed the top prospect and in 2018 Miami did, 2017 was Wander Franco. And the top ten lists were fairly spread out. AA's roots are in international scouting for crying out loud, i believe he signed Miggy for the Marlins. They should be able to find a prospect every once in a while. The gap between the value Minnesota derives from July signings and what the Tigers land is huge for some time now. And perhaps they are turning a corner, we'll find out on how these recent signings progress.
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