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  1. jake

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    Well everyone, hope all is well . . I'll see you in another 6 months to a year.
  2. jake

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    Bingo, that's the play. Minnesota was in double play depth up the middle. Weak ground ball to Punto, he realizes he can't turn two. Cabrera assumes they are turning two and jogs home with no secondary and is thrown out at the plate. Like you said He was probably tired from running from 1st to 3rd. Mind you if he jogs instead of walks to his position all year he's probably in shape to run that 90 feet. The little things matter. It's why this team can't win in the playoffs. Did you watch the game or was it past your bedtime?
  3. jake

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    It wasn't enough was it.
  4. jake

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    I remember a certain game number 163 where Cabrera gets thrown out at the plate because he doesn't bother to get a secondary lead, jogs the first few steps and gets thrown out at home plate by Nick Punto. That was in extra innings. That play was created and we lost that game because he's allowed to walk to his position. Don't tell me the little stuff like that is stuff is meaningless. It's the difference between good teams and Chsmpionship teams.
  5. jake

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    Definitely. Would it be ok if they all walked? For 100 plus years players JOG to their position in the game of baseball? It's disrespectful to everyone who's ever played to walk. It's disrespectful to your teammates who jog. You see, jogging is part of being a good teammate. What other small rules does he ignore because he things he's too good for? Verlander doesn't run to first on a bunt. The unwritten rule for the game of baseball for over 100 years is you drop the bat and run through first base. . .he decides that doesn't apply to him. . . and we debate why the Tigers trail the sorry Royals. We have a culture of entitlement and laziness created by our superstars.
  6. jake

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    We can surely expect our players to run all the way to first on a bunt and hustle a little bit for 42 million dollars a year though . . . Am I expecting too much? It's a little hard to explain that behavior to my 9 and 11 year old. . . "You don't have to run all the way to first when you are in mlb". "I don't know why he didn't set his bat down and ran only half way". . "Yes, he should at least jog out to his position".
  7. jake

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    They play in a joke of a division. They should be winning 100 games and have at least a World Series title.
  8. jake

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    It would be crazy if you didn't see some frustration. Granted. Joe Lapointe has covered this stuff for 32 years though. He's not some young guy trying to make a name for himself. He's a respected guy. I remember him from years back at the free press. It's something to watch though. To me there is no arguing that VMart is the leader of the team. I love the relaxed happy Miggy. Let's hope he stays that way.
  9. jake

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    I would like JV and Cabrera to not act like they are bigger than the game. I would like them to be good teammates as well as good players. The writer of the article points this out about Cabrera. We as fans ignore their behavior because they are star players. Derek Jeter gets criticized by saber metric guys for being overrated. But one thing about him is he's a great teammate always . Even when he's in a slump, he's a good teammate . That should never change. This week watching JV and Cabreras behavior speaks volumes as to why this team can't win like it should. No leadership from the star players .
  10. jake

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    From the article: "A two-time defending Most Valuable Player, coming off a midsection surgery in the offseason, Cabrera has turned into a singles hitter with warning-track power. He has no extra base hits in August. Before the game, when reporters tried to interview the injured pitcher Justin Verlander, Cabrera turned up a clubhouse stereo to interfere with the professional conversation. When a Tigers media relations employee turned it back down to restore common courtesy, Cabrera defiantly turned up the sound again. But that’s backstage stuff. Under the lights of Comerica on Wednesday, everyone there and watching on television could see Cabrera bat in the fifth inning with two men on and his team down by two. He flied out to deep right-center. When the ball was caught, Cabrera threw up his hands in apparent disbelief that he had not cleared the fence. His face expressed shock and frustration. He took his sweet time leaving the field. When he arrived in the dugout, his timid teammates gradually congratulated him because his sacrifice fly had scored a run for the Tigers. It seems clear that Cabrera is playing with pain, which is valiant. If so, it is not fair to fault him for not bending for ground balls, particularly when he plays third base. But good manners and team-first body language are still acceptable from athletes of elite talent and high salary. No one is booing him, yet."
  11. jake

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    Would you rather I just pile on Alex Avila or Brad Ausmus? The problem with this team this year is obvious. I get injuries and frustration but Cabrera and Verlander can still act like Professionals. Is that too much to ask? Is it too much to ask to not let your frustration bring down the whole team?
  12. jake

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    Did you read the part about Cabrera's behavior? It took a freelance journalist to point it out. Nobody following the team daily would dare to. The fans ignore it. When the going gets tough, our superstar players act like whiny little @&$&@&$.
  13. jake

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    http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2014/08/detroit_tigers_finally_win_mar.html#incart_most-read I'm sure nobody must have ran across this or I am sure it would have been discussed.
  14. Me too. I guess he's healthy 5 innings and unhealthy the one or two other innings. I literally think every night he's going to throw a no hitter based on his stuff and shake my head in disbelief during his blow up inning that occurs almost every outing. The other night he was flat out out of his mind from the first pitch. It was weird and I believe Ausmus had seen enough of that fiasco.
  15. His arm is probably sore. All these guys arms are sore. No excuse for the way he behaved that night. I think Ausmus sat his butt and stepped up to be the manager everyone is pining for him to be and then all the excuses came out for J.V. That's my opinion. I think he will come out after missing a start and throw the ball the way he's capable of. Not because of any physical reason but because he needs an attitude adjustment.
  16. Verlander a behavior was unprofessional from his first pitch of the game until he jogged to first on the bunt and stormed out of the dugout. My feeling is that Ausmus gave the little baby a timeout the other night and Verlander continued his tantrum. The MRI is a professional like Ausmus and the organizations way of dealing with Verlanders behavior. If he got out of the first inning and pitched 6 innings his shoulder would have gotten no play
  17. I bet 50 percent of all starting pitchers in MLB have slight shoulder inflammation in Mid August. Check JVs career numbers in August . The whole MRI thing is a smokescreen for Ausmus yanking him for pouting on the mound, whining at the ump, getting rattled by Josh Harrison at second base, and pitching with the intelligence and poise of a single A pitcher. Where was that conversation after the game on this board? Nonexistent. Ausmus was thrown out there as a red herring to the real issue.
  18. Since it seems everyone is playing the blame game let me give you two names : Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. Verlander is one of the 10 worst starting pitchers in the AL. Cabrera's OPS is down over 200 points from last season and nearly 100 points lower than his career average. Surely if they were performing up to career norms we'd have at least a comfortable lead in the division. The reason for the teams current poor performance lands right on these two guys shoulders at the moment. Two names of players on the roster is the rules for this blame game. I bet you can't beat mine for underperforming preseason projections.
  19. Amen. It couldn't be that our ace pitcher has a sub 500 record and a near 5 ERA? Or that we have a terrible bullpen manned by guys like Phil Coke and a closer who's best days are long gone. Or that our superstar first baseman and the best hitter in baseball is having his worst year since his rookie season ? Or that we traded a number 2 starter for a bag of balls for no good reason? Or we are starting a rookie SS because of injuries? It's the managers fault????? C'mon. The same people bashed Leyland for the same reasons!! How convenient.
  20. He is amazing. Looks like he's going to hit a home run every pitch right now. I have Extra Innings on Direct TV and he's fun to watch.
  21. I like to cherry pick former high round picks in the 25-28 range who haven't quite broken out yet and stash them on the bench. Both those guys fit that criterion. It will be interesting to follow the rest of the year.
  22. Maybe a Fantasy Baseball section in Motown Baseball.
  23. Norris is turning into a beast as well!!
  24. Thanks! I just checked Jurrjens was signed to a minor league deal with the Reds on May 20th. If you haven't picked up Devin Mesarauco in your fantasy leagues get him now. He's going to be a Mike Piazza type hitter. There's my fantasy baseball tip of the day.
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