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  1. Justin Verlander Traded to Astros

    3 good prospects and the #1 overall draft pick I think is a good return. And we as fans get to watch JV perform his possible magnum opus. Aaand we get to laugh at the Cubs and hopefully the Yankees for being so gun shy.
  2. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    I don't mind too much if they're ranked at in the bottom quarter as long as they're not light years behind. They just need to get to the point where the gap between them and the teams ahead is diminished.
  3. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    Verlander figured it out himself in mid to late July. There was an article then where he said as much. There could have been a small tweak or confirmation to his slider grip in Houston, but he was pitching like a Cy Young winner already in Detroit. I don't think Houston even trades for him if he wasn't.
  4. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    There's a couple of different things going on here. You have the Trackman stuff going on at the minor league stadiums, which is recent, and then you have the analytics department which it sounds like has been using more outsourced data as a temporary fix, and then you have the programming that translates the MiLB and MLB data into something non-hackers can understand. The first thing should be done and functional, the second is what impacts Ausmus and has definitely been lacking, and the third ties it together and is the long term implementation, which seemingly takes a year or two to do, but should be getting good to go for all levels soon. I don't know what Brad was specifically lacking--is he talking game strategy or batting cage/bullpen stuff,--but I don't think it's been 2 years that they've just been completely sitting on their hands. Especially since the minor league hardware has only been around this one season. At any rate, we're both speculating here. At this point I'm inclined error on the side of neutrality. I don't think it's a tire fire, but I also don't buy this analytics PR AA is embarking on, and I don't think they'll ever be nor desire to be the heaviest analytics team in MLB. Somewhere in the middle.
  5. The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    If we're allowing sweeping generalizations, the right is a bunch of nutters!
  6. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    I have no idea about that. Your post just made that question pop up in my head.
  7. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    This could actually be an interesting area of discussion for the IT department and Gardy. I think the data will probably say you shouldn't always focus on moving the runner over from 2nd to 3rd with 0 outs, depending on the batter and situation of course. But I'm sure this was a big part of 'playing the game the right way' for him in Minnesota.
  8. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    In-person scouting still has to play a role. I'm fairly certain you don't get access to Trackman data from other teams minor league parks, and I'd imagine most high schools don't have that either. I would guess a lot of colleges and amateur showcase events do tho. You will get some data on guys playing in your minor league parks, but then you have to worry about sample size. The Astros are doing a lot of their scouting by video, so you certainly don't need as many guys running around. I think they started a lot of that to save money, but it's obviously worked well for them and is probably more efficient than in-person scouting once you get it right. All in all, I think it's a fairly lengthy process. Once you have the data you still have to correlate it to on-field successes or failures. And it's certainly human nature to not trust something new until you've seen it work in practice. So even if the Tigers got all this new data this past year, they still have to find the right correlations and processes that successfully lead to on-field results. And of course they don't really have a great baseline set of data (in the minor leagues anyways), so if a guy broke out last year you won't have the control data to say why. And then of course you have to cross check that with other known data, like did JD Martinez change his swing in the off-season, did so-and-so bulk up, etc. And of course they should get video of what the Dodgers did to Chris Taylor et. al. and reverse engineer and use that process. But that's not a simple task and it's not going to give neat results. . The bottom line tho is the on-field data doesn't lie, so this is the future. Trackman will tell you exactly what a pitcher is doing and exactly how the ball comes off the hitters bat and exactly how fast a guy is running and what routes he is taking. But you still have to translate that into what makes this pitch successful, how do you get a guy to throw a pitch like that, what do you tell a better to increase his bat speed, what mechanical changes do you implement to improve his swing path. How much of that is scouting and analytics and coaching and self-coaching, I certainly don't know. But it's all of those. I think the first step is obviously to give your scouting department and coaches this data to help them see and teach, and if they can't or won't implement it then find someone else. . Getting to back to whether or not they are taking this seriously, I think the bottom bottom line is the Tigers will take it as serious as the analytical results dictate. My guess is Avila is pouring money and people into this because he knows he needs to. But I don't think he's taking the output that seriously yet because the output hasn't dictated he do so yet (tho someone suggested that some of the trades they made might have been influenced by the new trackman data gained by some prospects playing in our minor league parks). But it's just a matter of time before it produces and he takes it seriously, because the data is the data, and it only lies if it's incomplete or poorly translated.
  9. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    It's fair to be worried. I think I'm more patient in that regard because, since they are years behind, I don't expect them to completely rely on something that's not yet fully developed in comparison with other teams. I'm also not sure exactly it would/will surface. I guess you'd have to hear quotes from individual players or something about how they use it.
  10. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    Yes they are. I think nowadays they are most important in developing players (at all levels) far more than helping manage a game. Edit: christ I missed the 'not' in your original post. ******* getting old, man.
  11. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    That's not wrong, so let's not set that aside. This is how Houston and the Dodgers are so good right now. ****, probably the Yankees and Cubs too. Look at Alex Bregman, #2 overall pick. They immediately had him change his swing to generate loft. And the Dodgers are the king of player development, both in the minors and the majors. Gabe Kapler, head of player development, is big into analytics.
  12. Gun Legislation, Crime and Events

    I only used the limiting guns as an illustrative argument. I'm sure there's better ways to do it. Obviously I would not support legality of something that can fire or be modded to fire hundreds of rounds quickly. But I wouldn't be too upset if someone wants to have a dozen hand guns or shot guns or something.
  13. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    eh? Kapler rejected a job as a coach on the Dodgers staff. I don't think the Tigers ever contacted him.
  14. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    That's why I was on-board the Kapler train--he might have moved that forward several years.
  15. Gun Legislation, Crime and Events

    My first thought was sending my car down to the restaurant I like and coming back with the food I want.
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