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  1. The Tigers can do what the Mariners did with Ichiro, have Martinez officially retire and move him to a front office position. That way, they still honor his contract while not being useless on the field. Since June 1, V-Mart is hitting .205/.237/.227 with a 24 wRC+. Slightly better than teammate James McCann, who is hitting .178/.217/.257 with a 25 wRC+. Speaking of McCann, does he have any options left? At what point do we just release him? His is awful at the plate and his pitch calling and framing is horrendous. He cost Fulmer on his framing in his last start. These pitchers keep blaming umpires for an inconsistent strike zone, at what point we put the blame on McCann? I get keeping an awful hitting catcher around for his defense, but McCann can't even do that. There's more to defense than throwing out runners.
  2. bobrob2004

    Lowering the bar for the Hall of Fame

    There's really no difference between looking at WAR or WAA, you're just moving the scale up from "replacement-level player" to "league average player." When comparing players, WAA isn't going to make one player look any better than just looking at WAR. Baseball-reference calculates it's WAR based on ERA while FanGraphs calculates it based on FIP. Lolich's FIP was better than his ERA, which is why his fWAR is better than his rWAR.
  3. bobrob2004

    According to WAR, the Tigers top players are...

    That's according to FanGraphs, which uses FIP in their WAR calculation. Zimmermann's ERA was worse than his FIP, which made his WAR seem better. According to Baseball-Reference, Zimmermann's WAR the past 2 years was 0.4 and 0.3, basically replacement-level.
  4. Still more useful than Victor Martinez.
  5. JD only appeared in 57 games when he was traded, with poor defense.
  6. Unmm... no. He had one bad pitch in the end. Unfortunately it was in the ALCS and contributed to a loss.
  7. Relievers are usually the last piece of the puzzle; from Willie Hernandez in 1984, to Koji Uehara in 2013, to Aroldis Chapman in 2016. Not always, sometimes it's a starter (like Verlander last year) that pushes a starter to the bullpen. And we've seen some heroic feats out of the bullpen with Randy Johnson, Madison Bumgarner, and Charlie Morton. Throw Mariano Rivera in there too. All in all, the bullpen shouldn't be ignored when trying to build a championship team. Dombrowski tried. He grabbed all these relievers to try to shore up the bullpen. All were elite relievers at some point in their career before heading to Detroit. Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit Octavio Dotel Joe Nathan Joba Chamberlain Jim Johnson Joakim Soria ------------------------ Francisco Rodriguez Mark Lowe Last 2 were Avila acquisitions, still using Dombrowski's old philosophy. All of these relievers eventually bombed in Detroit except for Benoit. Probably a bit of bad luck there. I still think the market inefficiency is targeting a failing starter and converting him to reliever, like with Andrew Miller. For years I wanted Dombrowski to sign Brandon Morrow and convert him to a reliver. He had all the tools to be an elite reliever. Finally the Padres did that in 2016 when he was just making a couple of million dollars and he's been lights out ever since. The main problem is the pitchers' mindset. Everyone wants to be a starter and if someone is offering you a contract to start and someone else is offering you a contract to relieve, you're going to take the job to be a starter. Relieving is only a last option resort. As for trading Joe Jimenez, it depends on the return. I'd take a position player who plays every day over him. Remember when the Tigers had Corey Knebel, who was one of the best relievers in 2017? I have no point here, just remembering.
  8. Most first baseman show a negative dWAR because it also includes the positional adjustment. Cabrera, though, is a bad to average defender. Since 2016, Cabrera has the worst DRS at -17 runs. https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=1b&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2018&month=0&season1=2016&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=10,d
  9. bobrob2004

    Bosio Fired

    Rick Anderson does, if you've read any of his interviews. https://www.fangraphs.com/tht/rick-anderson-and-pitching-to-contact/
  10. bobrob2004

    Bosio Fired

    Pitching to contact implies that you want the batter to put the ball in play. And if the batter puts the ball in play, you can't strike him out. What you described is throwing strikes and having command of the strike zone.
  11. bobrob2004

    Bosio Fired

    Pitch to contact was usually something associated with Rick Anderson while Chris Bosio was more willing to look at analytics (which is why it was a weird pairing with old school Ron Gardenhire). I wonder if the author mixed up their pitching philosophies or if we were misinformed this whole time.
  12. All of them are shut down.
  13. bobrob2004

    MLB Forum Refugees - Introduce yourselves

    Oh hey, you did get my e-mail.
  14. bobrob2004

    Bosio Fired

    Delmon Young made racist remarks back in 2012. All he got was a 7 game suspension issued by MLB.
  15. After last year's meltdown, I'm not sure if that's the case anymore. https://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2017/09/24/detroit-tigers-brad-ausmus-al-avila/697075001/ Also, V-Mart has accumulated -3.2 fWAR over his 4-year, $68 million contract, possibly making it the worst contract the Tigers have ever signed.