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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Mateo is like Anthony Gose, some elite tools with a hit tool that is not developing.
  8. 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.
  9. Due to the Tigers long relationship with Spencer Torkelson they are considerd the favorites to sign him.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. You wonder what it will take for AA to get fired. His drafts consist of hitting on a top ten overall pick and missing from there on, with Skubal the notable exception. And they haven't been hitting on any July signings lately either. They really need to have some sort of success with Campos, de la Cruz, or someone else soon. I was looking at the BA's top international prospects that signed with clubs for the summer of 2018. The year the Tigers finished last and had the highest draft pool. They signed the 18th (de la Cruz) and the 38th (Reyes) rated prospects. The top ten included Marco Luciano, Noelvi Marte, and Francisco Alvarez, among others. Any of those 3 guys would slot ahead of Paredes as the teams top position prospect. They are losing out on top talent by their spread the wealth approach. I don't know how Jimmy Johnson's chart applies to international signings, but targeting top talent seems to be working for other teams. Does it make sense to trade the number one pick in the rule IV draft for pick 18 and 38?
  14. The rights love of Trump is directly proportional to the left's hatred of him. How anyone can listen to these soundbites of Trump trying to explain, anything, and not come to the immediate conclusion that he is FOS is beyond me.
  15. Whitey Herzog had a good Bob Horner story in his book. Opening day one year, everyone is excited and out on the field early loosening up for the game. Whitey comes into the clubhouse to grab something, and sees Horner sitting by his locker like a "frog on a lilly pad" and asks him why isn't out with the rest of the team. Horner tells him he's tired. Herzog throws his arms up and yells "162 games to go and the man is gassed!"
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