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Kari Smith

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  1. ESPN reported that Nicholas Castellanos became the third right-handed hitter in MLB history to record at least 55 doubles and 25 homers in a season, joining Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg (1934) and Joe Medwick (1937). That's just crazy. Not that Nick did it, but only three right-hand hitters have ever done it. ~K
  2. *breathes sigh of relief* I'm glad! I mean, everyone is totally entitled to an opinion about anything and that opinion can never be wrong. But Mike Trout is as much of a sure thing as anything in this life at the moment. XOXO ~K
  3. While everyone has an opinion, I read yours as being tongue-in-cheek. I'm sure Trout's first 8 full seasons in the MLB meet or exceed any Hall of Famers'. Kirby Puckett has played only 3 more seasons and is in the Hall of Fame and nobody would say Kirby is better than Mike Trout. You really think that Mike Trout isn't "all that"? He isn't Bryce Harper! ~K
  4. One could make somewhat of a case for Tommy Bridges. He was a member of four World Series teams for the Tigers ('34, '35, '40, '45) and was 4-1 in World Series games (Verlander being 0-4 in World Series games). That being said, I think Verlander would be considered the Tigers' best pitcher in franchise history. Just a shame he couldn't win a World Series here.
  5. Miggy's struck out on 7 of his last 9 plate appearances. He also hit into a double-play. I'm sure he's never had back to back games like that, but I hope this isn't slowly becoming the new norm.
  6. Just pining away for you. /swoon I am going to tonight's Tigers game though! ~K
  7. It's threads like this that make me miss Tigerlove -- assuming he didn't make the migration from the MLB boards?
  8. Yea! I've been waiting for @bobrob2004's analysis! That's when you know we're getting closer to Tigers Baseball! >^..^< ~K
  9. The wikipedia article on Whitaker says this: Whitaker (and other players who played during the "Today's Game" era of 1988 to the present) could've been considered by the Veterans Committee in 2018, but he was not one of the ten that made the ballot. (His old Detroit teammates, Trammell and Jack Morris, did make the ballot and both were elected.) The "Today's Game" electors will meet again in 2021 and 2023. I'm not saying it's true, though. And like anyone who grew up watching Whitaker play, there's no doubt he's among the best second basemen in MLB history. ~Kari
  10. Awesome! I thought of that too when I saw @Shelton's post.
  11. In a similar vein that I posted on the MLB boards, Nick Castellanos and Hank Greenberg are the only Tigers in history to hit 35+ doubles, 10+ triples, 25+ home runs, and 100+ RBI in a season (Nick did that last year). Yes, I realize this is cherry picking stats, but given all the great hitters in Tigers history, that's still a pretty amazing accomplishment. Nick will barely be 27 at the start of baseball next season. He can be a pillar of the team for the next five years. ~K
  12. Of course. Everything is arbitrary in the context they're presented. In this case, someone (i.e. me) is going to remember a guy slashing .300/30/100 than someone narrowly missing the mark. Specifically to 2000, I remember talk about how Juan Gonzalez's presence that year allowed Higginson to have that year and on that alone, justified Juan Gone's contract offer. I think every Tigers fan agrees that the team dodged a huge bullet. ~K
  13. I know this is from years ago, but when Bobby Higginson hit .300 with 30 HR and 100+ RBI in 2000, only three Tigers had done so in the same season: Hank Greenberg, Rudy York, and Norm Cash. Prior to Higgy, Cash was the last Tiger to do that -- in his mythical season of 1961 ~K
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