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  1. Somehow, after reading this thread up to this point , I am reminded of the scene from the movie Major League, where the GM asks, "What is our Team Concept ? " Wake me up in the spring of 2022.
  2. Who cares about Hinch. What I care about is if anyone on the Tigers can hit the damned cutoff man.
  3. BTW, I am not old. I am chronologically enriched.
  4. My late father in law was a radio operator in WWII on a B-24 liberator that was shot down and just managed to crash in Switzerland. He spent the remainder of the war (shot down in late 1943) in Switzerland. The immediate family knew, and they were threatened with immediate incarceration if they said anything at all to anyone. Also the number of families that lost someone in WWI and later in WWII also created a norm in which many did not show much public emotion so to protect the feelings of the members of the immediate family that were dealing with the loss of loved ones. These folks, in my estimation, were not only the greatest generation, but also knew how to be reserved to protect others. This is the silent majority that 1960's politicians talked about.
  5. Rest in Peace Mister Tiger. For those of us who saw you play at your prime, we will never gorget.
  6. Hey ,a walk and a single. Maybe a rally by the Tigers
  7. Kaline broke his collarbone racing after a ball hit by Elston Howard on May 26, 1961.
  8. I am old enough to remember Kaline breaking g his collar bone in 1961.
  9. I don't care about ******* service time. I do care about winning. Anybody who comes out of spring training this year on this team is just cannon fodder. It makes no sense to bring up guys when the Tigers do not have enough position players on the parent team and in the entire minor league team to make a run at winning. We are not going to win in 2020, or in 2021, or most likely 2022. And yes, I know that no one knows that for sure. It is not about economics. It is about having enough quality players on the field together at one time to win. And as far as Manning, Mize, and the rest of the cast that is on its way, figure that 40% will blow up their arms in the first 2 years of MLB service, and of all the position players in the entire farm system today, only one or maybe 2 will be good enough to be a starter on most MLB clubs when they are ready. The first step toward being competitive will be in spending money in 2021. At that point, folks like Manning and Mize will be ready to compete in the bigs, and after this year's debacle, any sensible thinking would spend money to improve the product. If their is anything salvageable out of the Verlander trade, in 2021 I would expect at least one of the trio of Perez, Rogers, and Cameron to at least to be a sub level player, which is about the best we can hope for. By the same token, in 2021, given the supposed "quality" prospects we could promote, and spending some money, maybe that team could be a long shot to reach 76 to 78 wins. 2020 may be the biggest year for the Tigers organizationally since the late 70's when the minors leagues had some players in them. Personally I don't give a damn if the Illitch family ends up homeless, or what other human malady that could befall them. This team is a very long way from being a modestly competitive team. I don't want to see people rushed and add ten years to the time frame when the team is respectable.
  10. Wow... It seems like on first blush, most here are more optimistic than I am. It will be interesting to see what folks think about the Tiger's chances around the end of spring training. I don't care if some of the suspects (.i.e, Beau Burrows, Funkhauser, Cameron) get a shot at the majors this year. I don't want to see service time wasted by using Manning, Mize, etc. this year.
  11. Don't worry. He will talk to Lloyd and Daz will be back in his own ways.
  12. Gardy, completely fed up, resigns 10 games into the season, is hired by Cincinnati and the Reds win the World Series.
  13. With respect to the World Series, why not play it in a warm neutral sight, like Arizona or San Juan Puerto Rico? That would solve playing in cold weather and give MLB fans to travel like NFL fans.
  14. Boyd might still be worth more in trade than as a piece to build a club around. By all appearances,with or without Boyd, the 2022 and 2023 Tigers look like a solid pitching team. Players like Turnbull, Norris, and Boyd will all be on the trading block someday.
  15. Any chance for stripper poles in the outfield?
  16. Given as grumpy as everyone on this board has been this winter, what is everyone's prediction for our beloved Tigers this year? Last year's total WAR (defensive plus offensive WAR) was negative. I think that last year they got lucky by 4 games. I think the 54-108 season that some are talking about seems to be wildly optimistic. My guess is 48-114. The reasons: 1)Defense is horrible. On an exceptional day, it might actually reach Rookie minor league level. I am praying that I actually see someone hit the cutoff man by May 1. 2) Hitting is horrible. Miggy was a replacement level player offensively speaking last year. The best we have right now might be a .7 WAR player, maybe. 3) Relief pitching is not robust. 4) Starting pitching might be the highlight of the team, and Manning, Mize, Faedo, etc., are at least a year away. Our great hopes this year when it comes to pitching lie in Funkhauer (sp) and Burrows. There is nothing that resembles Pitching, offensive or defensive help available in the minors. All this makes me wonder why I am thinking about the lofty total of 48 wins.
  17. I wonder if Brandon Inge at his current age and shape could make this team?. This year, our only hope is a catastrophe of biblical proportions.
  18. Does he have a brother nicknamed "Little Joe'? Does he live on the Ponderosa ? Can he spin a tale?
  19. Well, you can't mention Kramer in Detroit. He crossed a picket line for God's sake !! A capital offense to some,. As for the ineptitude, add Bill Munson, Karl Sweetan, Eric Hipple, Joe Reed, Bob Gagliano, and Chuck long to the inept list.
  20. This is still pretty early in the rebuild. I don't see any significant on field improvement in Detroit until 2022, with 2023 being maybe a good year. Manning/Mize et al really arrive in 2021 or later, and then add a year of experience at least. I am concerned about Perez, Rogers and Cameron. All three are most likely cup of coffee major league players at best. This is a very weak franchise from top to bottom. I am hopng the Cron and Schoop stay healthy.
  21. This is very accurate. Lugo might be salvageable as a MLB quality infielder. Jeimer at this point is "just a guy". The moment the Tigers have someone vaguely serviceable step forward. He is probably gone. On the other hand, if the Tigers continue with their Pitcher fetish in drafting players, they have no choice but to salvage Jeimer.
  22. We have another improvement with Dixon being DFA'd.
  23. Hmmm. I guess I'd better say we are 19 short, unless we think there is one MLB quality reliever on this team.
  24. Hill did do better his second half, but I do not see any of our farm system position players making the big club this year. I think both Hill and Demeritte start at Toledo.
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