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Everything posted by cruzer1

  1. Bonderman will definitely be the Tigers' #1 pitching prospect, and quite possibly their #1 prospect overall. He definitely throws harder than Baugh, and is 4 years younger minus any history of arm problems. I keep hearing people refering to future arm problems around here, when the history of arm problems is much more prescient.
  2. Be careful Ronz, my wife loves Ausmus.:rolleyes:
  3. No, its the current schedule from the current year. I have it for the PS2, and have been playing Madden for 10 years now, but this game is real tough. I've never had any difficulty playing vs. the computer, but I've also never been dealt a deck like the current Lions. For all the years I've ever played, I've always played with the Lions. Even last year I was 16-0, and won the SB. Not so with 2003. Nowhere to run, nobody blocks, nobody tackles; kinda like our current Lions.
  4. Not easy. Played about 6 games with the Lions so far, and haven't come even close. Gonna really have to take time and patience to get better at it. The fact that it is DVD-rom makes the game 100% better, and the soundtrack is good. Ford Field is the star of the show, though. The glass in the corner of the end zone looks awesome!
  5. QS, you're right about one thing, Smoltz might not even be the best relief pitcher on his own team. But I disagree about Bonds. He's been great, but Schilling has been unbelievable. How his year has been cast aside is beyond me. He's almost been perfect.
  6. I'd almost argue the Tigers might be a better team in a smaller park. They would have made different personnel moves, instead of what they have now.
  7. The fact of the matter is that in its 3d year, Comerica Park has been home to some very boring baseball. What's the most exciting play in baseball? A triple? It only leaves me hanging, wanting more, feeling a little incomplete. Its all about HOME RUNS, and thats what I want to see more. The whole configuration is screwed up, with the "sun field" and all. The wind doesn't blow right, and it doesn't look right until the lights go on. I figure they could also add some seats, and make the park like Anaheim, which after years of facelifts, now looks great.
  8. Another reason is the lack of equipment, usually a catcher would catch all of his life, with a few exceptions (Inge). Sorry about the "not even close" remark, but I disagree with that. It seems like there are just as many left-handed batters these days as wrong-handed batters.
  9. You're not stupid Rob. It's probably going to happen. He's gonna cost alot of money, and the only way to get anything out of the money is to play him, at 3d. The idea is to eventually trade him, and he has value. When he's on, he can mash with anybody.
  10. Cap, you're not even close. The reason why there isn't any lefties catching, playing 2d, SS, or 3d base is the glove position in regards to tagging. Catcher and 3d are actually somewhat possible to play, but middle infield is impossible for a lefty because of the turn to 1st base. Take this from a lefty himself.
  11. The Tigers won't make a trade that unnecessarily adds payroll.
  12. Picks not signed would be eligible for the draft next year. Not sure if the team that doesn't sign player would recieve compensation.
  13. Don't forget about 7th rounder Wilton Reynolds, a college player from Oral Roberts. He's currently hitting .274, 9 HR, and 49 RBI in 47 games!
  14. The one thing about Granderson, is that he's a self-made player. He's pretty well-built from what I understand.
  15. Curtis Granderson, drafted in the 3d round of this year's draft, went 2 for 4 on Sunday, improving his avg to .407. He might be disappointed though, since he hit .485 in his sr. year! :D
  16. 3d base and catcher are actually very similar positions defensively. Players must rely on their quickness, neither is a "speed" position. Several players have interchanged from 3d base to catcher such as Terry Steinbach and Phil Nevin. The fact of the matter is that third basemen get fewer chances than any other fielder, and with the exception of poor throws is the place where poor defense can be tolerated the most on the infield. I think Rivera could handle it fairly well, and it'd be important for the Tigers to get his stick (and Munson's and Pena's) in the lineup.
  17. This sort of thing is going to happen in that league. It's really a hitter's league. A bit alarming was the fact he also had 2 balks in the game; he's going to have to show more poise than that.
  18. I disagree about Inge offensively. He's not a finished product, but he has improved 100% from last year. He has power, and projects to be a 20 HR/year type. He's also a much better athlete than Rivera. The player who Inge always reminded me of is a young Craig Biggio. Biggio never threw the ball as well, but they're very similar otherwise. I think Inge is the best young catcher in baseball right now.
  19. Mike Rivera is a below average catcher defensively in the majors. His time to 2d base is 2.3, which is real slow. ML average is 2.0. Inge is at 1.8, which is Pudge territory. Inge is 10 times the catcher Rivera is. The Tigers could use Rivera's right-handed bat, and 3d base seems wide open. It would be a waste leaving Rivera where he's at.
  20. I'd take him back for Adam Bernero, even up. I wouldn't trade Pena OR German OR Bonderman even up for him, though. :D
  21. Neither of the two players have had real serious problems, although Wheatland did have a surgery. As far as I know, Wheatland is on a throwing program right now, and the Tigers are being very cautious with him. Baugh is probably recovering from overpitching last year in college, at one point throwing 170 pitches in one game. That's ridiculous, and his mgr at Rice needs to be fired for that alone.
  22. As far as "rushing them", alot depends on the mental makeup of the player. VanHekken seems much cooler under pressure than Cornejo, which is Cornejo's biggest weakness.
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