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Everything posted by 1776

  1. I saw Ledezma start against the O’s in Baltimore years back. But the real stud on the field that day was Nook Logan.
  2. My take on AA again... He hasn’t exhibited any reason to convince me he is a good GM to this point. He looks good on draft day each year because his team sucked louder than anyone else in the league the year prior. I will say his best draft was this year. But, he has top pick options on draft day because he still has the crappiest team in the league. He’s still signing ‘plug the hole’ players in my opinion. I’ll give him a mulligan for this season. Although I believe the team should have shown some improvement either way. Last place is still last place. We’ve read about the orgs endeavor into analytics. This means nothing until there are meaningful results being obvious through competition. To date, I’m not seeing it. This rebuild is three years old. Tigers finish last again. Top tier picks in the draft three years running. Miggy is the only dead contract on the books. Time for this team to be consistently competitive. Anxious to see who AA chooses a a manager. This will be a huge decision.
  3. You’re on a roll, keep going. Your last several posts are exactly where I am on Illitch and Avila. I don’t have a bit of confidence in Avila, never have. I didn’t do MLB audio subscription for first time in years and haven’t been nearly as interested in the game as I have in past years. I miss baseball, but not this show. Maybe next year.
  4. Great trivia question. They really were the good old days.
  5. Could not agree more. To Casimer’s point, I don’t know that he’d take a one year deal or not. If he would, I’d think it would be a great move for Detroit. The fans would love it. A one year commitment for a top of the line pitcher isn’t out of line in the forever rebuild.
  6. Ron Perranoski passed away last night. He was 84 years of age. This stuff is getting crazy!
  7. He’d been dealing with pancreatic cancer for some time. The Cards are having a tough go of it this year with the loss of Brock as well. RIP Mr, Gibson.
  8. Denny McClain is going to auction off lots of stuff including his late father-in-law’s (Lou Boudreaux) memorabilia.
  9. We haven’t had a TV in about 10 years now. Reading is far more rewarding and much less stressful.
  10. As I recall, he was outright released. Didn’t even require a trade.
  11. In other words, he was complicit in the cheating and no better than the worst of the bunch. Hinch was an enabler by allowing it. He was the freaking MANGER and knew full well his team was cheating and didn’t have the balls to stop it. He wasn’t some towel attendant with nothing else to do. Any responsible commissioner would have ended his career.
  12. It would really be nice if Avila would be gone after this year. It won’t happen and the Tigers will continue to suck.
  13. I believe the player that said he is more bothered by it now than then is Bob Gibson. I believe I read that a while back. Sadly, he is suffering with pancreatic cancer.
  14. I listened to a fair amount of Cardinals games when he was in St. Louis and as I recall the guys in the booth weren’t impressed with his arm strength. I admit, I was glad to see the Cards let him go. I hated the Cardinals traded P Zac Gallen for him to begin with.
  15. To begin with, I believe he’d want a contract he couldn’t live up to. I have a good friend that follows the the Cardinals religiously. He’s a native of St. Louis. He convinced me that Ozuna is a less than desirable defensive player. I do remember the one play he totally destroyed in left field with the Cardinals that made Delmon Young look like a gold glove guy. I’d prefer the org look elsewhere.
  16. I wouldn’t touch Ozuna and Tork will be ready.
  17. Wilmington, DE would make sense moving to the Eastern League. Currently Wilmington is the outlier in the Carolina League. Potomac, MD’s franchise moved to Fredericksburg, VA after last season. This move puts Wilmington even further out of the core of the Carolina League footprint. The initial elimination list identified Frederick, MD as the only team in the CL to go. Things are in flux as the article points out so I don’t know where things stand now with them.
  18. He’ll never own a pair of cargo shorts.
  19. Next year, if MLB is able to return to normal scheduling and the like, it will be interesting to see what attendance numbers look like. After the 1994 season ended like it did I really lost interest for a couple of years. In some regard, I have never been the fan I was prior to 1994. I was probably too much about the game at the time. We had literally done a road trip to Tiger Stadium in 1991, Fenway in 1992, and Camden Yards in 1993, all to see the Tigers. This season starts with the hangover of the Houston WS fiasco that changed the attitude of a lot of fans, myself included. Then the public circus of owners vs players as to how and when a season would be played. Now teams are voting to not play. This season has been a mess from day one. As a fan, I am losing interest in MLB. It’s not a conscious effort at all. It’s a culmination of a lot of things. I’ve never lived in a city with a MLB franchise so maybe I don’t have that local connection to override all the other distractions. This year has been even worse with the absence of MiLB. The attitude of owners toward minor league franchises has been another set back for my interest in the MLB game. Tough summer so far.
  20. Joe Maddon is accomplishing a rare feat this year. He’s making Ausmus look better every game.
  21. This has been my point exactly. Any empty suit can watch his team finish last every year and then grab one of the top picks. Avila’s gotten pretty good at it. In fact, he did really well this year and I’m impressed. Outside those top draft picks over the past several years, the Tigers really don’t have anything to get excited about. Avila is going to have to start earning his money soon through trades and FA signings. I don’t have much confidence in the guy when it gets to that point.
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