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  1. Nice AB there...looks like he was just waiting on Berrios to throw that pitch
  2. Great example of the Tiger's poor concept of an at bat in this first inning today. Compare the Tiger's at bats vs the Twin's. Tiger's swinging at everything with the same approach for each pitch. The Twin's....they get behind and then cut their swing down. Tiger's strike out and Twin's get wood on the ball and get soft hits into the OF and through the IF...2 runs scored for the Twins and 0 for the Tigers.
  3. I agree here. It starts with having the right philosophy as a team about hitting and using new tools (analytics) appropriately. The they need to draft the right types of hitters and not just swingers with non-game power. Then they need to be able to develop that talent properly and finally be able to access what the opposing team is going to try to do and give the hitter a better chance to succeed. From what I have observed (granted I am no scout and why I posted this thread), they have failed on all counts. (even when they have traded for a promising prospect, they seem to stagnate once in the Tigers system)
  4. I get most of the issues are talent related and that hitting coaches cannot have a drastic impact on the swings of the hitter other than spot a flaw once in a while. I believe the hitting coach is responsible for developing the game plan and a scouting report for the days/series pitchers and that is where I think McClendon may have some issues. Yes, there is an organizational philosophy for a general way the system is supposed to go about hitting, but is McClendon not responsible for implementing that on a day to day basis? My questions was more about approach/philosophy. As we know, all the talk this spring was about cutting down on strikes, but what I am seeing is anything but trying to cut down on strikes. They are still having big swings when they have 2 strikes. They still seem like they are not adjusting to what the pitcher has been doing for several innings. If they have a scouting report on the pitcher, they are either unable to follow the report due to talent, not following the report or are given a report that is off. Yes, some of it talent, but my non-scouting eyes tell me that to a man, they are all lost at the plate. I know this is early in the season, but my question is not really just about what we have seen this season is it? This has been typical of Tiger teams with McClendon as hitting coach though both of his stints in that position.
  5. I normally watch the Tigers and Braves, but occasional other teams when the two aforementioned are not playing. It seems during McClendon's reins as the hitting coach, the hitters often appear to not have any idea what they are doing or have no plan for the pitcher that day. There seems to be long stretches of this each season. With the Braves, they may have a game or 3 that they exhibit this behavior...chalk that up to good pitching a small slump... but seem to get it straightened out quickly. Am I giving the hitting coach too much credit for his influence? Are Tiger hitters over the decade or so just VERY streaky hitters (not often streaky good)? They just seem to go into team wide hitting slumps often even in the years they had good hitters.
  6. But for which teams will they be pitching for?
  7. Don't get me wrong...We are worlds better off now than just dealing with Average, RBI and HR and saying he looks good or bad on defense. But.... Offensive analysis has been very solid the past several years and this improves on it as it was obvious to me that the older models didn't tell all of the story. The true end all of analytics is when AI can be incorporated into video of all AB. Until then, we should not lean TOO heavily on analytics as being the ONLY thing to evaluate a player. Do get me started on defensive metrics...while useful to a degree, it is still in its infancy. Again, this will not be truly useful until AI and video is combined.
  8. The only 1 I remember was 1 like many OF have had before.....running leap with arm over head...crash into wall...ball slips out of web over the wall when crash and catch happen almost simultaneously. Nothing like the famous Raburn clunker for a HR. Is there another 1?
  9. LOL...even though I don't agree he is that bad...that is a funny statement After seeing the likes of Sheffield, Delmon Young and even Ryan Raburn (his legs got em there, but the brick on his hand let him down a lot) Nick C doesn't look too bad.
  10. My opinion only.....I think that is an overstatement. He is not your ideal ball player in today's MLB, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. He would be useful to many teams. I think if he were a replacement level bat, he would not be in MLB because his defense leaves something to be desired. His offense can be tolerated, but would more tolerable in a smaller OF with 2 above average defensive outfielders around him.
  11. I am glad some of you all don't run the team lol. The consensus here underrates his offense on a team devoid of offense. He is not a team carrying player, but he is a nice cog in a lineup. In Detroit, for last year and this year, he is being asked to be something that he is not. He is not the middle of the order, carry the team on you back hitter that Cabrera in his prime type hitters can be. He is the type of hitter to be paired with the Cabrera types. He has worth to just about any team not looking to fill the "stud" role. The consensus here overkill's his defense. Sure, he is no Willie Mays out there, but he is serviceable. I get you all love defensive metrics in whatever form you like, but the information that goes into those are not empirical (heck- a player can rate great on 1 and average on another)... It's more like judging a gymnastics event or diving competition instead of refing a wrestling match (Olympic, not WWF). Sure, it's useful info, but in its analytical infancy (compared to offensive analytics) it is more useful as a guidepost than as a concrete metric. At some point in the future, with AI help, we will have truly meaningful defensive metrics that actually indicate real world defensive aptitude. Until then, I think it is folly to rely on this as the basis of true defensive aptitude for a player. Put him in a smaller outfield with 2 good to great other outfielders and you would be good to go. In Comerica park, you would need 2 Willie Mays to hide his limitations lol. Any team with an average or smaller OF that needs a nice offensive piece could use a NC.
  12. I know VMart had a very pedestrian last couple of years, but I am still glad he was a Tiger for some of his career. Last ever at-bat: Potentially last Baseball card Have a nice retirement on the ranch VMart!
  13. As this is worded....I don't like it initially. Fiers was useful for next year as well as finishing off this year with a major league arm. No problems for me if it is 2 players that have some upside, but if it is strictly cash...stupid move.
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