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 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

You mean they are still playing baseball? Not here in these parts, as all the talk around here has turned to the Lions, Red Wings, Pistons, Michigan and Michigan State Football, and who will replace Leyland as Tiger's manager.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

RIP, "Amazin". Staying up later than my parents would have liked just to see if the viewer would stump him that night with a trivia question was a mainstay of my youth.

Meantime, I am happy that the Red Sox can no longer challenge the Yankees record of 14 straight World Series wins!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2013 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)



Can you imagine Yankee players being allowed to grow those long beards? George Steinbrenner would have had a faux heart attack a la Fred Sanford. If Gillette was still doing those player of the game awards how could they possibly give it to a Red Sox player? These guys haven't seen a pack of razors in ages. Some teams alter or change their uniforms and caps to sell more merchandise, the Red Sox grew General Longstreet beards. Go figure. Who can argue, I mean, these guys made it to the World Series right? The tee shirt shop sales related to this stuff must be booming in the Boston area and all the costume shops are most likely sold out of stick on beards. Whatever works I guess. $$ big grin

Well, game 2 was a lot more interesting of a game to view than that game 1 fiasco but I must admit I did a lot of channel surfing while watching last night. If the Tigers made it in I'd be a lot more interested. The Series is now tied at 1 game apiece. Quite honestly blowouts in World Series games aren't much fun to watch unless your own team is the one doing the blowing out. wink

The Cardinals and Red Sox are pretty evenly matched except for the bullpen. Boston obviously gets the advantage there. Beltran suited up and played last night for St. Louis and the rib injury looks to be a day to day thing. This is Tim McCarver's last year doing these World Series games with Joe Buck for Fox and his wit and insight will certainly be missed in the years ahead. Tim is a young 72 and could probably still have continued on for a long while. He's still always right on top of what's going on. The only other former player I've enjoyed as much broadcasting games for years is Buck Martinez. Both when he was on radio and now television. Those guys always give me the information I want to hear. Martinez is excellent and both of those guys were former major league catchers so you get that unique perspective in terms of what the pitcher might be throwing in a certain situation, location, infield and outfield defense, etc.

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2013 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The no-beard policy is a permanent fixture of the Yankees. Only once was it relaxed on goatees in 1995 for a brief period and when the team went into a giant slump, George was quick to reimpose the ban which permits only moustaches. Hal has said it will be maintained and it should since it would be as bad for the Yankee image as names on the back of the uniforms would.

I have to admit I'm glad this is the end for McCarver because the problem with him and Buck for that matter is overexposure. They have called *every* WS game since 2000 and no one wears that well on the network level when there is none of the rotation like there used to be in the 70s and 80s and like there is with the NFL. It gets back to why baseball should have stayed a two network sport and rotated like in the good old days and maybe we could have had Michaels and Costas working a WS again. For me, McCarver's best days on the network level remain his ABC years paired with Michaels and Jim Palmer. That said, I wish him the best and he will deserve induction into the broadcasters wing of the HOF with the Frick Award eventually.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2013 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Once McCarver goes, the issue will be who will they replace him with. The next person has to have the chemistry and enough presence (as McCarver does) to allow it to continue to be a strong two man booth. Two men in there is enough for baseball. If they load up they're most likely going to screw it up. Can you imagine if they replaced McCarver with both Kevin Millar and John Kruk? eek big grin The biggest mistake these networks make is putting too many ex-jocks in there who trip over each other to blurt out their comments and in turn both eventually wind up stumbling over the play by play guy. This is where TBS gets it all wrong IMO during their playoff coverage. I don't know if Fox has announced their replacement (s) for McCarver yet but I'm sure Joe Buck is going to stay put doing the play by play.Whoever it winds up being, I hope they at least stick to the formula of the two man booth.

I know with the Mets, SNY has now been splitting the time in the booth more and more between Gary Cohen and former Mets players Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez. A major improvement in focus. In the beginning, those three guys were constantly in the booth together both at home and on the road. Lately both Darling and Hernandez have more days off during the regular season so that for the most part only one of them at a time shares the booth with Cohen. Keith is often funny and off the cuff (and has gotten in trouble for it at times) but lately I get the feeling he'd rather be sunning himself beside the hotel pool rather than traveling around providing color commentary for these games. As much as I like both Keith and Ron, they could get annoying at times together constantly seesawing opinions back and forth about this and that while the game was going on. Gary Cohen is first rate as the play by play announcer, and here is another example that when you keep it to two men the flow is so much better.

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

#8000!

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2013 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Average number of posts per year, an even one thousand. By the time we reach number 9000 at the end of next year's WS, may it be a better end than this season has turned out to be. You could not possibly pick a worse finish than to see the team I hate above all others win.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2013 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The Boston Red Sox fans got another Fenway Park World Series Championship. It took a while. The last one was in 1918. Since there's no one left alive who witnessed that one I'm sure the city of Boston will be partying hard well into the night with them in mind as well. Boston wins it 4 games to 2 against St. Louis. "Big Papi" David Ortiz was named MVP of the 2013 World Series.

It's now three World Series victories for Boston in the last ten years, only this time their former GM Theo Epstein won't be there popping the corks. The Red Sox were supposed to be in a rebuilding phase in 2013 after a major player payroll dump to the Dodgers, so everyone thought at the start, and it ends with yet another World Series Championship. The Cardinals looked much as they did in game 1. Lackluster. They got behind early in game 6 tonight, left a ton of runners on base and never got the bats going against Red Sox pitching. Boston had the momentum going through most of this series and never let up. Even after losing a game due to the contoversial interference call. Every year in the WS there is always one player that lights the flame and creates excitement for his team that helps put them over the top. That player in this series was the veteran Shane Victorino for Boston.

Victorino was no stranger to postseason play having been there before with the Phillies. He bounced around a bit after being an outfield staple for years in Philadelphia and proved to be a key fit with some key hits in the Red Sox lineup. Along with the addition of veteran former Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and his bat at first base, the Victorino move turned out to be old gold for Boston. Keep in mind that at the start of the season there were some scouts and writers who thought Victorino was at or near the end. He certainly made the most of his opportunity at this stage of his career. He was popular in Philadelphia and now he's even more popular in Boston.

So.. the 2013 baseball season officially ended tonight, but as usual we'll still have lots to talk about this winter as the hot stove talk heats up once again. A lot of GM's were most definately looking on tonight seeing how this veteran Red Sox club literally rose from the dead this season to eventually hoist the big trophy. This was a result nobody predicted in April. We'll see what wheeling and dealing goes on this winter as the front offices around baseball once again gather for the annual winter meetings. It's on to hot stove baseball.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2013 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Okay, call me a sore loser all you like, I don't care but IMO I can't in good conscience hold my tongue when I have to see Ken Davidoff in the NY Post commit the crime of impersonating a writer with his nauseating love-letter to David Ortiz and his sneering diss at Yankee fans who I think have a right to be ticked off for the never-ending double standard that has existed for this one player. If ever you needed an exhibit for how the press has coddled Ortiz and protected him from being held to the same standard they've applied to *everyone* else whose name has ended up on a steroids list, this column shows it in spades right down to these points.

1-Davidoff asserts that the 2003 test that Ortiz failed isn't relevant because it was supposed to be private and then to cover himself he says that test wasn't relevant for A-Rod either. The only problem though is that he and his colleagues *prior* to Bosch were not treating Rodriguez the same way. They thundered with indignation over the fact the test was leaked in Ortiz's case, but they never held Selena Roberts feet to the fire for obtaining A-Rod's name illegally in the *same* fashion. Instead, it was all about how A-Rod was finished as a legit HOF candidate regardless of what he ever did. But Ortiz? Fuggedaboutit.

2-Davidoff yawns at the idea that maybe Ortiz's resurgence at his age is potentially a sign of steroids use again. Does anyone believe for a minute that ANYONE else Ortiz's age who suddenly turned around that late in his career in the post-Barry Bonds period would get a similar free pass? Not a chance. Evidently, journalistic skepticism of the kind that supposedly justifies keeping out of the HOF those who *never* failed a drug test from the earlier era (Clemens, Bonds and we'll also add Piazza) doesn't apply to Ortiz.

3-And we're supposed to take seriously the idea of Ortiz for the HOF? This from the same people who refuse to consider Andy Pettitte as a viable HOF candidate because of his one-time admission?

Sorry, Red Sox fans, but it's one thing to celebrate a championship which I wouldn't think of taking from you. When that becomes the occasion for journalistic malpractice of the kind Davidoff committed, that's another thing.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2013 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Let's hope we can now finally put this NON-soundtrack matter to bed!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Although there's STILL the matter of Tim McCarver's retirement and maybe Joe Buck's hair!)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2013 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Okay, call me a sore loser all you like, I don't care but IMO I can't in good conscience hold my tongue when I have to see Ken Davidoff in the NY Post commit the crime of impersonating a writer with his nauseating love-letter to David Ortiz and his sneering diss at Yankee fans who I think have a right to be ticked off for the never-ending double standard that has existed for this one player. If ever you needed an exhibit for how the press has coddled Ortiz and protected him from being held to the same standard they've applied to *everyone* else whose name has ended up on a steroids list, this column shows it in spades right down to these points.

1-Davidoff asserts that the 2003 test that Ortiz failed isn't relevant because it was supposed to be private and then to cover himself he says that test wasn't relevant for A-Rod either. The only problem though is that he and his colleagues *prior* to Bosch were not treating Rodriguez the same way. They thundered with indignation over the fact the test was leaked in Ortiz's case, but they never held Selena Roberts feet to the fire for obtaining A-Rod's name illegally in the *same* fashion. Instead, it was all about how A-Rod was finished as a legit HOF candidate regardless of what he ever did. But Ortiz? Fuggedaboutit.

2-Davidoff yawns at the idea that maybe Ortiz's resurgence at his age is potentially a sign of steroids use again. Does anyone believe for a minute that ANYONE else Ortiz's age who suddenly turned around that late in his career in the post-Barry Bonds period would get a similar free pass? Not a chance. Evidently, journalistic skepticism of the kind that supposedly justifies keeping out of the HOF those who *never* failed a drug test from the earlier era (Clemens, Bonds and we'll also add Piazza) doesn't apply to Ortiz.

3-And we're supposed to take seriously the idea of Ortiz for the HOF? This from the same people who refuse to consider Andy Pettitte as a viable HOF candidate because of his one-time admission?

Sorry, Red Sox fans, but it's one thing to celebrate a championship which I wouldn't think of taking from you. When that becomes the occasion for journalistic malpractice of the kind Davidoff committed, that's another thing.




I agree that Ortiz has skated past the steroid issue. I believe he's the last remaining member of that 2004 Red Sox team that reversed the curse, and for that alone like it or not Red Sox fans (and the press) look the other way. Plus (and this is a big one) he's actually managed up until now to maintain the likeable big bear family guy image, the charitable player image, traits that the bad boy skirt chasing A-Rod has never excelled at no matter how hard he tried throughout the years. Not making any excuses for Ortiz here, but these points are something to think about as they are not often brought up concerning the various reactions around baseball that revolve around these steroid tainted players. Ortiz' production fell off the map for a while big time not so long ago. The guy appears trimmer now and just as he was being written off as a slugger on the downside he had a career rebirth at an advanced age this year. Now pitchers can't get him out regularly in any sequence. Even when they continue the well worn routine of pitching him down and away to keep him from extending the arms he still frustrates them no end. Coincidence? At this point who knows, but it is indeed an eyebrow raiser that Ortiz never seemed to have a career setback or even a serious publicity issue stemming from the steroid issues.

That said, this still doesn't make A-Rod come out looking any cleaner in the wash either. I didn't read the Davidoff piece but I'll have to catch up and read it at some point before I comment on it further. I'm not a rooter for the Red Sox in the slightest as you and anyone else who has ever read this thread knows, but I do give them credit for retooling a team that was in shambles last year under a disasterous short term Bobby Valentine regime and turning things completely around the way they did in just one year.

They shipped a lot of expensive free agent busts out west to L A, quickly cleared a bloated payroll, and added some veterans with an upbeat attitude to a mix that eventually would lead them to a title. And their starting pitching and bullpen which had fallen apart under Valentine's watch was solidified. Their bullpen was outstanding. They went and got the manager they always wanted who knew the Red Sox organization, John Farrell, who was then in Toronto to replace the fired Valentine. Right off the chemistry improved dramatically. Night and day. Players who to a man despised Bobby Valentine welcomed Farrell back to their team with open arms. As I said previously some posts back, a lot of GM's around baseball are looking long and hard at how the Boston front office turned this franchise that was in decline back around in record time. Many of them are currently in the same leaky boat that Boston was in just last year. The 2013 Red Sox as a team are a case study that front offices around baseball will be analyzing for years to come.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2013 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Fair points made, Anz. I won't question the savvy of a new manager and the changes made last off-season though it has to be acknowledged that without their Powerball Lottery ticket in the form of that trade with the Dodgers which was a one in a zillion shot, they aren't in position to win and have to manage a series of bad contracts as the Mets have been forced to do.

And yes, there's no question Ortiz has cultivated this nicer image than A-Rod but so too did Andy Pettitte as an upright family man, and yet he too found himself assailed by these same writers who have all but taken him off the table as a HOF candidate notwithstanding that he deserves consideration. 256 wins may not seem like enough to some but its higher than other HOF pitchers, and also consider that he put in the equivalent of a full season in postseason competition and was in effect a 20 game winner. Also, since he was on all of the Yankee pennants from 96-09 and had an extra one in Houston, he is the only player in all of major league baseball since Mickey Mantle to have played on as many as eight pennant winning teams. Yet the image of being a "phony" has dodged Pettitte a lot more than it ever did Ortiz.

I agree A-Rod shouldn't be seen as cleaner beacuse of Bosch. But if say, there had been no Bosch scandal and A-Rod's career ended with *just* the 2003 list, then there is no way you could say Ortiz deserved the HOF and A-Rod didn't under that standard.

But where my anger with the media over their coddling of Ortiz really gets me is how these writers have spent so much time running down the history of the game from the 90s on as "{tainted", they have spilled so much ink about how these players from that era disgraced the game and it has even led writers like Mike Lupica (one of the most dishonorable men in the history of the profession) to engage in campaigns to try and get Roger Clemens jailed over steroids. I mean it was unbelievable to me how this encouragement of seeing the Federal government's money wasted on a criminal trial of Clemens over what he said to Congress about using steroids was somehow considered a more important matter than what many men who have not been prosecuted by this same Justice Department have done that by all rational standards was far worse. But here, all alone, we have David Ortiz the one guy who we can't hold to the same standards and ask tough questions about. It boggles the mind.

And yes, I do believe these guys are trying to protect the sacrosanct status of Red Sox Nation and 2004 on one level. This is why the Mitchell Report was the ultimate case of the fix being in by having a Red Sox part owner head the investigation who conveniently failed to uncover the fact that Manny Ramirez was a serial user of the first order, yet who managed to give Red Sox fans their pound of flesh by outing former Red Sox who had left Boston on bad terms like Clemens and Mo Vaughn and coming up with as many names as possible who had Yankee connections to let Red Sox fans cackle for the better part of a year or two about how "tainted" the Yankee dynasty had been until the matter of Ramirez forced them to shut up on that point and once Ortiz was named you basically had the entire offensive backbone of that team called into question (the only two Red Sox players from that team I consider genuine Hall Of Famers are Schilling and Pedro Martinez. Martinez is unlike Ortiz, a case of a rival I hated but respected completely on all levels). MLB has made too much money off Red Sox Nation and 2004 to risk seeing that stigmitized for all time like the McGwire-Sosa chase (though Sosa of course is another case of a guy who never failed a test yet is considered out of the HOF)

Ortiz may or may not ever be outed as a repeat user, but if he is put in the Hall of Fame based on where he is now, then those same writers better make sure that Clemens and Bonds who were better players, get in as well or otherwise they've tainted the HOF as an institution by showing that being a pet of the writers matters more than anything else.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

There are many current writers in the association who simply will not vote for known steroid users (and even suspected ones) ever. Period. Ortiz will obviously one day get on the ballot, but he'll have to get in line and settle in for a long wait behind the other infamous names that are currently cooling their heels. Ortiz isn't even done playing yet and no one yet knows how the Hall is going to handle the star juicers that are already on the ballot. We're talking at least 10 years down the road and probably more. He'll wait just like the others, even though he'll get a rubber stamp at least from the Boston writers. The Hall Of Fame has been dragging their feet on the issue of how this is all going to be handled if even one of those guys manages to get enough votes to squeak in. But they (like us) know given the percentages so far for these players that the votes required for election are still far off down the road if they ever come at all. Surviving players of the 50's, 60's, and 70's that are already enshrined in the Hall have said repeatedly that they do not want to be represented side by side with the tainted records of players who participated in the steroid era. And who could blame them? Does Hank Aaron or Johnny Bench want Barry Bonds plaque snuggled up to theirs or even a few feet away in the Hall? And how many of the greats of the past would wind up boycotting the Hall and their yearly induction ceremonies in Cooperstown if that were to happen? It would be a PR nightmare. We shall be discussing this for quite a while.


This winter should make for some interesting hot stove discussion. It's starting already.

Interesting that Matt Williams has been named the Washington Nationals new manager replacing the retired Davey Johnson. Williams had his own issues as a player with steroid use in the past but that did not seem to hinder his consideration for that post. Washington had an off year in 2013 but the talent is obviously still there. I look for them to rebound in 2014.




The Mets said goodbye to their former ace Johan Santana yesterday. They bought out the 25 million dollar option year of his contract and will pay him the 5 million dollar buyout and move on. A move everyone expected. Santana will best be remembered by Mets fans for pitching the long awaited first no-hitter in the Mets 50 year franchise history against the St. Louis Cardinals. I posted quite a bit here in the past about Santana's up and down years as a Met. A bittersweet result. A lot of expectations were left unfulfilled, but early on before the continuing shoulder problems took away his velocity he was a joy to watch if you love pitching. A master craftsman. Before he became a Met he was a multiple Cy Young Award winner in Minnesota on his way to being a lock for the Hall Of Fame. Now that honor is seriously in doubt. He missed a lot of time, whole seasons at a clip due to the shoulder surgeries. He still believes he can pitch and will try to catch on with another ballclub at some point. But he will be a shadow of what he once was. And what he once was was the best pitcher in baseball. I never regretted that trade with Minnesota because he gave us the fans the very best he had each and every time he stepped on the mound. I wish him well.

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2013 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

The Tigers are expected to name Brad Ausmus, one time Tiger catcher as their new manager. The announcement may be made as soon as today.

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2013 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

RIP Johnny Kucks, Yankee pitcher of the 1950s whose greatest moment was a complete game shutout of the Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series, the last "Subway Series" game until 2000.

Fewer and fewer remain from the "Golden Age".

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

The Tigers are likely not bringing back Jhonny Peralta. I think this is a mistake, despite Iglaisis playing a phenomenal SS, his hitting leaves much to be desired. Jhonny hitting in the 6th spot behind Cabrera, Fielder and Martinez was tough for opposing pitchers.


Brad Ausmus and Octavio Dotel were once teammates. Dotel finished the year on the DL which is why the Tigers "rented" Jose Veras, who they have already bid goodbye to. Apparently Ausmus speaks Spanish, to practice Brad got Dotel to agree they would only speak Spanish to each other.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)




The Mets are going to look to improving at shortstop, and will once again try to add an outfielder with some pop amongst other moves. Unless something major comes along (like bringing R. A. Dickey back from Toronto at a reduced rate wink) I think the Mets are going to go into next season with the starting rotation they already have. And it's a decent one. Minus of course, their star ace Matt Harvey who will not be available for the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery. Harvey by his very presence would have elevated that staff tremendously. But they must work within the confines of what they have in 2014. The Mets will rely once again on a rotation of Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee, with a competition in spring training for the fourth spot while they wait for the young flamethrower Noah Syndergaard to be ready to come up at some point. Torres may be in that mix, and possibly another journeyman veteran brought in from the outside.

I would not be surprised to see the Mets test the waters for Peralta's services. Shortstop is glaring need since Ruben Tejada nosedived last year. But I think even with the money that has been freed up with the contracts of Johan Santana and Jason Bay off the payroll Peralta's asking price will be too steep. Especially after his return showing in post season play this year. He increased his value dramatically in a short span of time. If I were GM Sandy Alderson, I'd steer clear of the obvious free agent outfield choices like Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury. One thing the Mets don't need is to overpay long term once again for another 31 year old outfielder who has had inflated power numbers in the past and that may be on the downside. Jason Bay's contract disaster after he departed Boston left such a bad taste behind after the Mets were forced to eat it that not even the best prescription mouthwash could remedy that situation. Alderson has just climbed out from under a lot of dead wood and he's too smart a businessman to not think things through long and hard. There will now be some money available, but he will be cautious as to how and where he spends it. Buyer beware. Many Mets fans (including myself) wanted him to pull the trigger on signing Gold Glove outfielder Michael Bourn last winter. That didn't happen for various reasons and Bourn for all the big money the Indians paid him after the Mets bowed out had a subpar year in Cleveland. As the old saying goes, sometimes the best trades (or free agent signings) are the ones you don't make at all.

Veteran Marlon Byrd who was traded by the Mets to the Pirates for their playoff stretch run is a free agent and would come much more cheaply and he has shown an interest in coming back to New York. He liked his stay with the Mets and has said so numerous times. He was down on his luck and Alderson gave him a chance and Byrd ran with it. But at 36, he's still not the answer long term even though he put up career numbers between the two teams in 2013. He's at best a fall back option provided he doesn't sign elsewhere quickly. But Byrd, as he showed this season has needed power from the right side and has an adequate glove in right field and he'll probably only be seeking (and will only be offered at most) a two year deal. Curtis Granderson will get a lot of interest from teams looking for a power bat in the outfield. But like Ellsbury, he's no spring chicken either and he'll also be looking for a long term commitment at A list big money. Given his recent 40 homer production with the Yankees, Granderson will certainly garner a lot of attention. The Yankees will probably still be in the running to keep him. A key left handed power bat perfectly suited to drive the ball into the short porch in that home run hitters ballpark. His loss due to various injuries was a major cause of the power outage that was sorely felt in their lineup last year.

First base is still a question mark. I think either Lucas Duda or Ike Davis will be shopped around in trades. Both underperformed big time last year and I think one or the other will go to free up the log jam at first. Duda is best suited (if he can somehow ever harness that elusive Adam Dunn like power stroke of his) to an American League team as a DH. Somebody with an inviting right field porch will take a chance on that lefty power potential. He still strikes out way too much, and sticks out as a liability defensively wherever you put him in the field. Of the two, I think Duda is the player the Mets will likely try to move for young prospects. Davis is a solid first baseman with still a world of potential offensively as he's shown in the past but the Mets patience is wearing thin waiting for him to start jacking balls out to right and right-center again the way he did when he first arrived. The lack of production in the heart of the lineup from those two alone recently has dropped the curtain on many a potential rally.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Award season is over and despite not making the World Series, Detroit players grabbed 2 of the big post-season awards. Mad Max Scherzer grabbed the Cy Young Award, the second for a Tigers pitcher in 3 years. (Verlander received it in 2011). Miguel Cabrera landed his second straight MVP and the third in a row for the Tigers as Verlander received the 2011 MVP as well as the Cy Young Award.

Don't believe rumors that the Tigers will trade Scherzer.

 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2013 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

The Tigers trade Prince Fielder to Texas and get Ian Kinsler in return. I will miss Prince's bat, but the money allows Detroit to sign Scherzer to an extension.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2013 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)



This move is the blockbuster so far of the winter. It makes a lot more sense for Detroit beyond just the money savings that will allow them to extend Scherzer. More moves are sure to come in the shakeup to add some flexibility. Slugger Miguel Cabrera should be moved to first base, which gets him away from the hot corner which will be easier on his aging body down the line. Cabrera was never a slick fielding third baseman to begin with even going back to his younger days. But you obviously can't overlook the savings here for GM Dombrowski and the Tigers. A big reason for the trade. Instead of being on the hook for another 7 years and 168 million for Fielder, they'll now pay Ian Kinsler about 62 million through 2017. The Tigers also sent another 30 million dollars in cash to the Rangers to help seal the deal. On paper it looks like a good deal for both clubs. We'll see what 2014 brings.

Prince Fielder will have a lot to prove in Texas. He did not have a good post season, and people are already starting to talk about him being in decline. He's not even 30 years old yet, so I think that talk is premature. His weight never seemed to be an issue when he was crushing the ball on a regular basis but now it's become a point of concern. Dombrowski got out from under a long term contract for big money. Robinson Cano's agent Jay Z is attempting to get a 10 year 300 million dollar deal for his client. Good Luck. The Yankees have already said they are not interested at that price. If the owners have not learned their lesson by now about these long term deals at outlandish money for players already 30 and older I guess they never will. A-Rod or Albert Pujols contract anyone?

Interesting to see the Phillies signing 36 year old Marlon Byrd to a two year 16 million dollar deal. Last year at this time journeyman Byrd was almost out of baseball and begging teams to take a look, and the Mets looking for any help they could get in their outfield signed him for 700 thousand dollars for one year. He earned every penny of that money and had the best season of his career. The bargain of the year as it turned out. Byrd won a regular spot in rightfield on the Mets and basically turned under a million dollars to 16 million in just one breakout year. Sandy Alderson did talk briefly with Byrd's agent about bringing him back as a free agent but no way was he going to get that kind of contract from the Mets. The Mets total payroll has gone from being one of the highest in baseball to now just under 100 million. I don't anticipate any blockbuster signings this winter for the Mets, but I do believe that Alderson is being smart in trying to fill multiple needs for whatever money he now has available. He's holding his cards close to the chest. You don't always need a team of expensive superstars to win a World Series, you need a group of solid role players who gel together and know how to play the game over a long baseball season. Something the Boston Red Sox proved in 2013.

 
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