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  1. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    JJ Hardy recounted the same experience when he left Minnesota for Baltimore. The Orioles told him to swing away and stop trying to move guys over one base, and he had some wonderful offensive years for Baltimore
  2. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    Brian Cashman had to defend the trade by noting that the Yankees desperately needed starting pitching depth and that is how Green and Cessa were used until Green had an out of nowhere jump in velocity. Cashman did not see Green as a high leverage reliever.
  3. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    FWIW Nats not bringing back Dusty Baker.
  4. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    If the field manager at the major league level does not support the use of analytics (which may or may not be true), what message does that send to downstream managers, coaches, and players, and the front office analytic staff?
  5. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    like so many other have said, it does not really matter who the manager is until later but I was watching the Cubs-Dodgers series, and every bullpen shot of the Dodgers showed a bullpen coach reading from a binder talking to the reliever warming up about the batters Dave Roberts was going to have him face. Sometimes they actually went over to look at the charts/data, pointing to it and having a discussion about how to pitch to certain players. This seems to be one clear way data can provide an edge to a team. Don't know how effective it is as the Dodger bullpen is really talented.
  6. Ron Gardenhire is your new Tiger manager

    Lynn Henning say not to believe Gardenhire when Gardenhire says numbers lie because Gardenhire will use analytics because he will. no amount of analytics is going to change realities that are ingrained in Detroit’s immediate baseball seasons. That, of course, is the popular critique on Gardenhire. He is old school, the folklorists insist. He is anti-algorithms. He brushes aside sabermetrics as a child knocks away a plate of brussels sprouts. And it’s Grade A-certified malarkey. The Tigers have expanded their analytics staff by 700 percent since Avila came aboard. Avila is much more into the numbers and the Tigers now are at least approaching mid-stream among big-league analytics cubicles, with more staff coming. This no doubt was a heavy part of the interview in which Gardenhire was grilled by Avila, assistant GM David Chadd, development boss Dave Littlefield, big-league scouting general Scott Bream, as well as Alan Trammell, who is an assistant to Avila. The Tigers are not building their version of a NASA lab only to see it treated casually or indifferently by a new skipper. Gardenhire will be privy to all the numbers staff’s data. He’ll be expected to incorporate it, and, knowing Gardenhire, there will not be the least hesitancy. He’ll want any edge he can get. He specialized in edges when he ran the Twins and extracted from those teams about as much baseball advantage as could be squeezed, something the Tigers remember all too painfully.
  7. I got Azocar penciled in as the 3rd OF, so yeah, a ridiculously good defensive trio
  8. Yeah he already has done 1 year and 2 months at A-. The interesting issue is Hill and Cameron should both start at Lakeland so I assume Daz will get shifted to RF.
  9. The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    WH: the check is in the mail, you disgusting media pigs
  10. Gun Legislation, Crime and Events

    in other news 5 shot, 3 fatally, and, although it was a POC, apparently he is not a Muslim, so go back to what you were doing http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/18/us/maryland-harford-county-shooting/index.html
  11. Gun Legislation, Crime and Events

    He is key to unraveling this false flag operation clearly set up during Obama's last days in office as an excuse to take away our guns.
  12. Storen will miss 2018 with TJ injury No need to start the service time clock on Christin Stewart in April
  13. If not Ausmus then who?

    I saw that too. Horrible article but good point. Who could expect Brad to coax even one playoff win in 2014 out of a pitching trio of Scherzer-Verlander-Price? Just too much to ask.
  14. If not Ausmus then who?

    Gammons: Who takes the job. One of the Red Sox executives who was in on the interviews after the 2012 season, called Ausmus’ interview the best he’d ever seen; had Farrell not gotten free of Toronto, he’d have been the manager. Brad grew up in Cheshire, Ct. a Red Sox fan. His mother grew up less than a mile from, Fenway, between the homesteads where Sam Kennedy and Theo Epstein were raised. He was hired by Dombrowski and has a good relationship with him. He calls Gene Lamont “the best baseball mind I’ve ever been around,” and Lamont, his bench coach, goes back with Dombrowski to Jim Leyland days; when Larry Lucchino hired Bobby Valentine, Lamont was runner-up and planned to make Ausmus his bench coach. David Price thinks Ausmus is the best manager for whom he’s ever played. Brad and his parents have adjoining houses in Dennis. One daughter is at Dartmouth, the other will be in college in New York next fall. His minor league manager was Brian Butterfield, one of the most important persons they have. Clayton Kershaw and A.J. Ellis credit Ausmus with changing the Dodger culture as he closed down his 18 year major league career in Los Angeles. He is very intelligent, loyal through his core, has a striking sense of humor. http://www.gammonsdaily.com/peter-gammons-moving-on-from-the-anticipated-departure-of-john-farrell/
  15. The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    the f******* moron prefers Army Rangers who aren't KIA