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38 minutes ago, Motown Bombers said:

The Tigers swept the Yankees in the playoffs. 

Yes, ..and the Baltimore Orioles swept the Tigers in the 2014 playoffs.

Meanwhile, ..this is the 26th consecutive season the Yankees have been a plus .500 team ..and their next 5+ years projections appear to be much more optimistic than the current Tiger organization.

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1 minute ago, Tigrrfan said:

Yes, ..and the Baltimore Orioles swept the Tigers in the 2014 playoffs.

Meanwhile, ..this is the 26th consecutive season the Yankees have been a plus .500 team ..and their next 5+ years projections appear to be much more optimistic than the current Tiger organization.

Congrats for taking one part of the post and using it out of context. For about 90% of the past 26 years, the Yankees have had the highest payroll in baseball and most times not even close. That also goes past the signings on the field. Before the draft rules were changed, the Yankees also were able to pay over slot for draft picks allowing them to draft players that should have never been available to them. They also had unlimited funds to signing international players. 

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56 minutes ago, Motown Bombers said:

Congrats for taking one part of the post and using it out of context. For about 90% of the past 26 years, the Yankees have had the highest payroll in baseball and most times not even close. That also goes past the signings on the field. Before the draft rules were changed, the Yankees also were able to pay over slot for draft picks allowing them to draft players that should have never been available to them. They also had unlimited funds to signing international players. 

I could agree that one of the primary reasons the Yankees have been an elite team for so long is because their payroll has consistently been the highest in baseball.  Simply put ..they SPEND!

So how does the Tigers future success play into that?

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More fuel....

 

https://thespun.com/more/top-stories/cavs-dan-gilbert-detroit-tigers

 

American businessman Dan Gilbert, the co-owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and owner of three other professional sports franchises, is in “serious discussions” about potentially buying the Detroit Tigers, sources told The Spun.

Per sources, Gilbert is “110 percent” interested in purchasing the club, and the current owners of the Tigers are open to a possible sale, though none has been negotiated as of now.

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On 9/6/2018 at 9:11 PM, Keepleyland2 said:

Actually the vast majority are build with homegrown talent. 

And while there is no, one magic formula, shouldn't we try the one that's worked for teams since the game was invented?

I think most are built with a mix of homegrown talent and acquired talent.  I want an owner that is willing to spend a lot, but also gets a good GM and lets him build that mix.  

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As long as it entails sweeping away the vestiges of the front office, some of which have been there since 1999, I'm game. There's at least a 50-50 chance they'll be better.

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1 minute ago, Motown Bombers said:

Maybe Gilbert will hire the GM in Boston. Red Sox set a franchise record in wins this year. 

His teams never win when it counts.  

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2 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

His teams never win when it counts.  

Neither does Cleveland but they are an elite franchise. If the Red Sox GM isn't available, maybe Gilbert could hire one of his assistants? 

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5 minutes ago, Motown Bombers said:

Neither does Cleveland but they are an elite franchise. If the Red Sox GM isn't available, maybe Gilbert could hire one of his assistants? 

I was not being serious.  

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7 minutes ago, Shelton said:

What the **** is “the spun”?

I was wondering that too..... I was on my phone posting it so I couldn't really check it out.  

 

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19 minutes ago, Motown Bombers said:

Neither does Cleveland but they are an elite franchise. If the Red Sox GM isn't available, maybe Gilbert could hire one of his assistants? 

The same Indians team than finished third or worse from 2008-2015?

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3 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

The second he informed the world that he was selling his interest in the Casino business we should have known what was up. 

until he actually sells it though - this remains pretty pie in the sky.

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On one hand, it is good to see someone that has a vested interest in his hometown and someone that has shown he is fine with throwing resources at winning.

On the other hand, I just can't shake his drunken missive aimed at Lebron James and think, yeah, that's a guy that I would want owning my favorite team.

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I don’t know if I’m going out on a limb here, but given the tenor of blog posts at “the spin,” I’m skeptical that there is anything behind this story. Every headline is clickbait.

that said, I saw something about St. Louis meeting with MLS about an expansion franchise. We have not heard much about the potential Detroit mls team lately. If they aren’t interested in building that new stadium and the ford field option isn’t appealing to MLS, it could be that Gilbert is more motivated to go after the tigers than he may have been before. Who knows. 

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I don't trust many of these sources. Sounds like it's a lot of circumstantial evidence.

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I feel the MLS thing was a ruse so Gilbert could get the jail site. As soon as he secured a deal for the jail site, he decided to team up with the Ford's and make a bid he knew was going to lose. By using MLS, he could get the public behind moving the jail site.

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2 hours ago, Shelton said:

I don’t know if I’m going out on a limb here, but given the tenor of blog posts at “the spin,” I’m skeptical that there is anything behind this story. Every headline is clickbait.

that said, I saw something about St. Louis meeting with MLS about an expansion franchise. We have not heard much about the potential Detroit mls team lately. If they aren’t interested in building that new stadium and the ford field option isn’t appealing to MLS, it could be that Gilbert is more motivated to go after the tigers than he may have been before. Who knows. 

I believe it - because I believe as soon as Mike died the family was thinking of selling the Tigers - especially when they don't own the stadium . 

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Just now, Motor City Sonics said:

I believe it - because I believe as soon as Mike died the family was thinking of selling the Tigers - especially when they don't own the stadium . 

To clarify, I believe that Gilbert wants to buy the tigers based on all of the various circumstances. I don’t believe that this guy at “the spin” had any new info. 

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9 minutes ago, Shelton said:

To clarify, I believe that Gilbert wants to buy the tigers based on all of the various circumstances. I don’t believe that this guy at “the spin” had any new info. 

The problem I have with the 'rich guy wants everything naturally wants the Tigers' logic is that it is too generic an argument: you can apply it to Chris Ilitch as easily as Dan Gilbert. If something concrete happens - like Gilbert actually makes some kind of preparatory move to make himself eligible to own an MLB franchise - then the story takes on more significance. 

Either way, can't disagree that his ownership history with the Cav has to leave any Tiger fan hoping that nothing comes of all the current speculation. I mean, even Jerry Reinsdorf couldn't screw up having the best player in the NBA.

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The LeBron letter was a big mistake.  He acted like a fan there.  I think he learned from it and I don't think it would stop anyone from signing here for the Tigers. 

I understood his anger.  LeBron owed him a call at least.    I have worked for some real bastards in my life, but I always informed them in person when I was leaving.    I think both parties made mistakes with that.  

 

I hope this gets done soon because Bryce Harper would look great in the old English D for $65 Million a year !

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