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DET Mr Malefic

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  1. This is what I've been thinking too. If everybody knows you're trying to get rid of an asset, the value of the asset will plummet. I'm not happy or excited about this trade, but I think the naysayers doth protest too much. I also think people are being too harsh on the players the Tigers acquired. I would agree that I would've thought they could've acquired more for Fister, but these are three players 25 and under. Everyone says Lombardozzi sucks, but he had some decent hitting seasons in the minors and he's not yet reached an age where it's improbable that he would improve at the MLB level. Krol pitched well in the majors last year. Not as good as Smyly, whose role he apparently will be adopting, but well. He's in his early 20s. Ray seems to be improving and is also in his early 20s. I'm not here to convince anyone that the Tigers won this trade or even that people should be happy. I just don't see this as a calamity right now. I see the Tigers getting younger, adding two quality support players and possibly a good starter. Perhaps they should've gotten more than that for Fister, but it's one thing to get less value than you gave and it's another to get nothing. These players may end up being nothing, but there are solid, non-delusional reasons to believe that all can be helpful. I'll wait and let these players fail and draw my ire as Tigers before I get too riled up about this. This is more mystifying to me. I agree. I should hope they don't go into Spring Training with an obvious hole, but there's lots of time left. Let's be fair though, everybody pointed and laughed at Kansas City for making that trade. And they had some unique franchise circumstances pushing them to make that trade that everyone laughed at them for making. So I don't necessarily think it's fair to say that we should get something comparable to Myers because Tampa did.
  2. Teixeira trade to Braves finalized - USATODAY.com
  3. I'm very pleased about this because I've wanted to see a change for a very long time now, a time that can be measured in years (multiple). I've had enough of Leyland. I don't know that another manager can do better, but I do know that I'm ready to see if someone else can. Leyland's strength was keeping the clubhouse together. His weakness was managing baseball games. I would not mind if the Tigers hired from within their own staff as you have a full team of guys who have gotten to see Leyland's strength as clubhouse manager and perhaps could learn from him, while bringing another type of mind to the field. Overall though, I agree with Lee, that there are certain candidates like Dusty Baker that I absolutely do not want, but for the most part I'm willing to give almost anyone the benefit of the doubt due to the lack of information that I have. I do think I'd do backflips over Acta though. I find it unlikely that the Tigers would hire him, so I'm committed to just waiting and seeing.
  4. If the Tigers opt to trade Scherzer, I wonder if they could link up with a contending team that needs pitching, like Texas, to put together a prospect package to get Stanton. Of course, Stanton is so good that any team that has the prospects to get him would probably prefer to have him instead of Scherzer, but it's just a thought. If they opt to trade lower in the rotation like Fister or Porcello this thought is moot, obviously.
  5. I'd be in a similar position, though I wouldn't try to go to EVERY game. I'd attempt to go to Games 4-7 though.
  6. There is a sizable minority of people who do make that argument. I am not among them, but I've heard it expressed pretty frequently both in general conversation and on the internet.
  7. I don't know if I wrote this in the other thread or not because I've been working so much lately everything is blending together....I meant to write it though: I need you to stop posting my opinions before I come on the board to post my opinions. This is becoming absurd. Guess I'll just +1 this post too. Oh, I will add that I don't personally see steroid use as cheating in its worse possible application. I see steroid use as a minor infraction, in my mind comparable to being the "parking violation" of sports offenses: Annoying, rude, unsportsmanlike, but not the worst thing in the World. When people talk about steroids, they speak of it as if players were cutting directly from first base to third every time they played over the course of their career, like it was a brand of cheating that fundamentally altered the game of baseball itself. That's simply not the way I perceive it.
  8. This. And this. Also this, though I only have "kid" singular. DEFINITELY THIS. Sometimes I look up old Tiger games on youtube (before MLB removes them) just to hear George Kell calling a game and to be transported back to my childhood. It makes me feel weird that for some children, they probably view Mario and Rod the same way. Going after him on twitter was a little (a lot) much, though.
  9. Guillen is, by a wide margin, my favorite Tigers player since I've been an adult.
  10. Alan Trammell, age 18-19 - 277/362/372 Lou Whitaker, age 18-20 - 283/374/353 Jose Iglesias, age 20-23 - 257/307/314 Hernan Perez, age 17-22 - 255/295/345 The latter two players also play in a more offensively inclined era. I like both Iglesias and Perez, but when you start busting out the Tram and Lou comparisons you've really got to be careful. We tend to get this around here (Detroit) anytime we have two young middle infielders who are near the MLB level at the same time (remember Infanteago?). It really sort of insults just how good Trammell and Whitaker were every time this happens. Neither of them are going to the Hall of Fame, but both of them should be there and at the very least both were borderline players, who played together for a very long time. Every major league caliber group of middle infielders isn't Tram and Lou. It's highly unlikely that there will ever be another Tram and Lou. The closest to it that I can even think of is Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. And they're not really even that close. EDIT: After fact-checking my own claim, I must admit, they actually ARE kinda close. Rollins has been with Philly since 2000 and a regular since 2001. Utley has been with Philly since 2003 and a regular since 2005. Utley is better than either Tram or Lou, Rollins isn't as good as either of them but he's been pretty good, though not really at the HoF caliber. Both were key players on one championship team. Where they will fail is longevity. Utley may not last in Philly (or the majors) past this year and Rollins is also at the end of the line. They've been part of the same tandem effectively since 2005. That's 9 years. Lou and Tram doubled that.
  11. I think Carlos Guillen was a good long term option, until the very end of that term.
  12. I happen to like this trade --- Love it actually --- But I agree with the general sentiment expressed here in this post. Especially that part in bold.
  13. Yes, yes, yes! All this! I'm ECSTATIC about this trade. I think the last sentence is borne out by the fact that the Tigers have essentially been trying for three years to get a guy like Iglesias (longer if you count the Everett era) and have failed to do so time and again. Now Shortstop is done for the rest of the decade. Great job, and I mean GREAT job by DD on this one! I was lukewarm/indifferent on the Veras deal, but this.....this I like!
  14. Victor Martinez in April: 2011 - 250/292/417, 2 HR 2010 - 238/307/325, 1 HR My personal level of concern: Low I have some general concern that he's a 34 year old former catcher whose power was in decline before he missed an entire season with a serious injury, but his slow start over the first week is not the point where I start using that fact to start declaring a state of emergency.
  15. I would also add that the Tigers TV contract ends in 2017. I have no idea how long this TV money bubble will last and it may pop before then, but if it doesn't, the Tigers have the best local television ratings in the Major Leagues I believe and that would probably lead to quite a hefty contract when the time comes, which would help pay for Verlander and Fielder.
  16. I'm satisfied with what Prince provided in year 1, but I'm still dissatisfied with the unintended consequences of bringing him to the team. Bad infield defense, poor overall team versatility.....these are problems that could be solved in other ways (the acquisition of Infante being a step in the direction of solving them), but having three first basemen/DH on the roster makes it harder to solve them and as the team is currently constructed it's an almost impossible problem to solve. He had a great year, I like having him as a Tiger, but you can only have so many first basemen on a team at the same time and I liked (and like) the incumbent that preceded him better.
  17. 2008 1. Rick Porcello, P 2. Cale Iorg, SS 3. Scott Sizemore, 2B 4. Michael Hollimon, 2B/SS 5. Yorman Bazardo, P 6. Jeff Larish, 1B 7. Matt Joyce, OF 8. Danny Worth, SS 9. Francisco Cruceta, P 10. Brandon Hamilton, P Eight of those guys saw time with the Tigers, though none except Porcello made significant contributions to the team. Worth still could be the new Santiago for awhile if they deem fit. Porcello and Joyce clearly are the best of that group. Sizemore could still have a short, decent career if he ever stays healthy. 2010 1. Jacob Turner, P 2. Casey Crosby, P 3. Austin Jackson, OF 4. Andy Oliver, P 5. Daniel Schlereth, P 6. Alex Avila, C 7. Gustavo Nunez, SS 8. Wilkin Ramirez, OF 9. Daniel Fields, SS 10. Scott Sizemore, 2B To date, eight of these guys have also seen time in Detroit and two of them are now fixed, locked-in starters. None of the others have made significant contributions. Turner had a good season in Miami and may well end up meeting his #1 expectation. Crosby is still a question mark but 2013 will probably be his make-or-break year in terms of living up to his potential.
  18. I DVR'd 1990, which came on either immediately before or immediately after the 1984 one. I haven't watched it yet because now I'm watching the Dust Bowl documentary that aired on PBS last night, but I expect it to be cool. 1990 is a season that I *do* actually remember, though obviously not in great detail anymore. One of the cool things in these documentaries even in years that I lived through is that they bring back little details that I'd forgotten.
  19. I was alive in 1984 but it is outside of my memory, I'm not old enough to remember it. What I liked most about it was that it gave me a feel for what it was like to live through that season. I've probably seen the clip of Gibson hitting that World Series home run and Sparky saying "HE DON'T WANNA WALK YA!" about 30,000,000 times in my life, but that's the first time in my entire life I'd ever seen footage from the ALCS that year, for example. I've read box scores, but actually seeing the footage with narration gave me a feel for how Kansas City coming back in Game 2 could've been worrisome after the team had done so well all year and won Game 1. And how relieving it must have been when the Tigers won in extra innings. Also, the non-Tigers stuff too. I assume the Cubs curse stuff hadn't garnered as much steam then as it does now? By virtue of their playoff appearance that year the Cubs got a fairly large part of the documentary and yet there was zero mention --- Either by the narrator or by various announcers in the footage that they showed --- Of the fact that they were trying to get to their first World Series in almost 40 years and win their first title in a little over 75. I found that interesting. If the Cubs are within 3 games of first place at any point in September these days that is ALL YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT until they are mathematically eliminated from winning the National League pennant. Seeing young Davey Johnson was cool, and they gave decent time talking about the beginning of some of the late 80s up-and-coming teams that I'm familiar with from my beginnings as a baseball fan. Like the old Angels with Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson (fun fact that might make some feel old even though lots of times things happen now that make me feel old: To me, Reggie Jackson is an Angel. While intellectually I realize that he's famous for being a Yankee mostly and an Athletic a little bit, I most closely associate him with the Angels, which is who he played for in most of my memory). I have seen most of these Baseball Seasons documentaries and all of them are really good, but I liked this one even better than usual.
  20. As someone who has been saying since last Summer that he wants the Tigers to take a look at Lastings Milledge (who is currently playing in Japan), I'd say that I probably would.
  21. If the Tigers end up playing a Game 163, particularly if the opposing team is Cleveland, something has gone very wrong well before we reach this point.
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