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2 hours ago, Casimir said:

This offseason sucks.

Yo. We’ve been offseason champs SOOO many times over the past decade....and no WS titles. So take it for what it’s worth. Perhaps we’ll be surprised this year.

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2 hours ago, tiger337 said:

I dislike the style of play that Gardenhire sometimes promotes, but I don't necessarily think he is a bad manager.  I am also not concerned about him.  

You're banned.

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On 2/15/2018 at 1:56 PM, tiger337 said:

Henning is in the best shape of his life.   In 2-3 weeks when he's bored of baseball we'll be reading about his meals and wine selections.

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Spring Training 1985.    Does anyone remember this............

 

Young infielder Chris Pittaro was very impressive and Sparky Anderson decided to move Lou Whitaker to third base.   In fact Sparky said Lou to third was "etched in stone".    The next day the Tigers spring training game was one of the few televised and we were all excited to see the new era of Lou Whitaker at third.   Only when the lineup was announced Lou was back at 2nd base and there was never a hint of him ever moving again.     

Chris Pittaro was moved to third and on opening day he went 3 for 4 (batting 9th) with an RBI -  A star was born!    He wound up getting only 12 more hits that season in 28 games and finished the season at AAA Nashville.  He was traded the following off season to the Twins for Dave Engle.  

Lou Whitaker wound up never playing any other fielding position in his career.   2,308 games at Second,   32 as a DH.  

 

Etched In Stone  ( I swear Sparky said that)

 

Lou was a third baseman early in his Minor League career with a .923 fielding percentage.    Moving him to second was a good call.

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Alex Wilson will get the start against Florida Southern on Thursday.

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5 hours ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

Ridiculous.

**** this team.

Who gets ****** first?

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On 2/19/2018 at 8:11 PM, Motor City Sonics said:

Spring Training 1985.    Does anyone remember this.............

Spring Training 1996.  Does anyone remember this........

Rookie manager Buddy Bell is fielding what he has referred to as "open tryouts" for many positions.  A few positions that are set are left field and opening day starter, with pitcher Sean Bergman getting the nod on the mound, while free agent signee Phil Plantier will play left and bat fifth, a power bat protecting slugger Cecil Fielder in an otherwise weak lineup.  

On March 22, 9 days before opening day, everyone's favorite general manager Randy Smith inexplicably trades both Bergman and Plantier, shipping Bergman to the Padres (who else?) in one of his patented multi-player deals and receiving prospects Fausto Cruz and Ramon Fermin from the Oakland Athletics for Plantier.  Bell is left to scramble, naming as opening day starter Felipe Lira, a man who has 9 career wins to his name at the time.

Fausto Cruz will play 14 career games with Detroit, batting .237 with 9 hits and 11 strikeouts.  Ramon Fermin will never appear in a Tigers uniform, spending two seasons in the team's minor league system before being released following the 1997 season.  Sean Bergman will later be traded by the Padres to the Astros (who else?).

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51 minutes ago, BoomGaspar said:

Spring Training 1996.  Does anyone remember this........

Rookie manager Buddy Bell is fielding what he has referred to as "open tryouts" for many positions.  A few positions that are set are left field and opening day starter, with pitcher Sean Bergman getting the nod on the mound, while free agent signee Phil Plantier will play left and bat fifth, a power bat protecting slugger Cecil Fielder in an otherwise weak lineup.  

On March 22, 9 days before opening day, everyone's favorite general manager Randy Smith inexplicably trades both Bergman and Plantier, shipping Bergman to the Padres (who else?) in one of his patented multi-player deals and receiving prospects Fausto Cruz and Ramon Fermin from the Oakland Athletics for Plantier.  Bell is left to scramble, naming as opening day starter Felipe Lira, a man who has 9 career wins to his name at the time.

Fausto Cruz will play 14 career games with Detroit, batting .237 with 9 hits and 11 strikeouts.  Ramon Fermin will never appear in a Tigers uniform, spending two seasons in the team's minor league system before being released following the 1997 season.  Sean Bergman will later be traded by the Padres to the Astros (who else?).

Bad general manager generally managed badly.

xD

 

 

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IF you mean 3-1 record next Oct. in the WS, then yes.  Yes you are correct.

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