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08:13 AM ET 02.10 | Evidence mounts in the case suggesting the courtship of Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes includes only one team. What do we know about the Tigers' pursuit of [Cespedes]? The Tigers still are interested. After that, the chase lacks details. Cespedes arrived in Miami to much fanfare Wednesday, and later that day met with the Marlins and toured the new ballpark. It's unclear if the Tigers' brass met with Cespedes in South Florida after the Marlins made their pitch, though GM Dave Dombrowski did confirm Thursday that Cespedes did not visit Detroit. "Other than that," said Dombrowski, "not much else to say about his situation." Cespedes' agent, Adam Katz, told ESPN no further meetings were scheduled for Thursday.

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February 10, 2012  08:42 AM ET

It still blows my mind the contrast you have there in the Motor City. The team is spending like the NYY Jr., they've made some huge signings recently, you got Jimmy Leyland as Manager, things look good. But when you look outside the ballpark, at the dilapidated buildings, empty neighborhoods, essentially the city is a skeleton of it's former self. It's weird to me, that contrast of culture if you will, although I can't help but be a little curious how this Prince fielder thing is going to pan out.

February 10, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I can't help but be a little curious how this Prince fielder thing is going to pan out.

In an obese fashion. It's funnier that Cabrera is going to try to field ground balls at 3B.

February 10, 2012  08:49 AM ET

He'll sign either with the Marlins or the Yankees.

February 10, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He'll sign either with the Marlins or the Yankees.

Or one of several other teams.

February 10, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It still blows my mind the contrast you have there in the Motor City. The team is spending like the NYY Jr., they've made some huge signings recently, you got Jimmy Leyland as Manager, things look good. But when you look outside the ballpark, at the dilapidated buildings, empty neighborhoods, essentially the city is a skeleton of it's former self. It's weird to me, that contrast of culture if you will, although I can't help but be a little curious how this Prince fielder thing is going to pan out.

Leyland will make it work. As for as Cepedes, the give-a-**** level is similar to that of Oswalt!

February 10, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It still blows my mind the contrast you have there in the Motor City. The team is spending like the NYY Jr., they've made some huge signings recently, you got Jimmy Leyland as Manager, things look good. But when you look outside the ballpark, at the dilapidated buildings, empty neighborhoods, essentially the city is a skeleton of it's former self. It's weird to me, that contrast of culture if you will, although I can't help but be a little curious how this Prince fielder thing is going to pan out.

its not as bad as the media makes it. The area around the ballpark is nice, right across street is Ford Field, but there are some nasty areas nearby, dont take a wrong turn. Ever been to a Jags game, that place stinks and is in the slums. i could prob think of a few more pro sports teams that are near bad areas. its all about the owner, he wants a championship with the tigers, look how many he has brought to detroit with the Red wings.

February 10, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It still blows my mind the contrast you have there in the Motor City. The team is spending like the NYY Jr., they've made some huge signings recently, you got Jimmy Leyland as Manager, things look good. But when you look outside the ballpark, at the dilapidated buildings, empty neighborhoods, essentially the city is a skeleton of it's former self. It's weird to me, that contrast of culture if you will, although I can't help but be a little curious how this Prince fielder thing is going to pan out.

You could say the same for many other major cities across the US. For people who don't live here don't really realize how beautiful the metro area is with all of the nice suburbs.

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February 10, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Every big city has it's own share of inner-city blight, but most don't have it Detroit-bad ;)

February 10, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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Every big city has it's own share of inner-city blight, but most don't have it Detroit-bad ;)

ever even been there?

February 10, 2012  09:52 AM ET

This is another dude that will be a daily thread just like Oswalt. Until he is signed we wont hear the end of it. Notice these articles say nothing of Fielder anymore.

February 10, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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Every big city has it's own share of inner-city blight, but most don't have it Detroit-bad ;)

I just love MORONS that have to hide were they are from.larabazaba he has to from the HAIRLESS nuts area.

February 10, 2012  10:44 AM ET

The "D" is an awesome city. I visited in Oct and its downtown is pretty lively. Don't make a wrong turn is right but that is any city. I'm not a fan but Its good to see the Lions and Tigers back to prominence. The Red Wings history needs no explaining. Pistons.....well hope for a good lottery pick.

February 10, 2012  10:45 AM ET

I live in a Detroit suburb, and go to many Tiger games a year. Also to Greek Town, the Art Institue, etc. Like most major cities, Detroit does have a lot of nice areas. However, there are a TON of spots that you don't want to visit.

February 10, 2012  12:21 PM ET
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However, there are a TON of spots that you don't want to visit.

Thanks for the warning.

February 10, 2012  12:32 PM ET

Tigers could use as their left fielder. They need to upgrade defensively there and by all reports he is very fast, has a great arm and very good glove. Most scouts think those skills translate very at the big league level, but his bat who knows. They will be bad defensively regardless, but at least with Cespedes they could have very good OF defense with him in LF, Jackson in CF and Boesch in RF.

February 10, 2012  12:35 PM ET

"16 Year old Cepedes arrived in Miami with with beautiful 35 year old wife, and the couples two 12 year old daughters."

February 10, 2012  12:37 PM ET

Growing up in the metro area today's downtown Detroit is alot more active than it ever was during the late 80's early 90's. Back then it was limited to Greektown/Trapper's Alley....that was it. Now the area around Comerica and Ford Field has alot of restaurants and bars, Harmonie Park is nice, Campus Maritius is very active and the casinos very some great entertainment options. The neighborhoods in Detroit however are worse than ever... and they were bad to begin with.... whole blocks looked bombed out. The city sadly is broke, corrupt politicians and a city that neglected to diversify from autos sum it up. Thankfully the metro area is still very very nice.

February 10, 2012  01:35 PM ET

Everyone bangs on Detroit because they think they saw a RoboCop movie and suddenly know everythign about it.
True its been terrible there. God knows a city with a foundation in manufacturing would be so hard hit. Its a concentrated version of what alot of the whole US has gone through.

But with all the tear downs, restructering, and now alot of these tech firms flocking there form Silicone Valley they have the chance to build new, no taxes, and build the city infastructure fomr the ground up.

Let stupid people bang on it. Detroit is hurting- but they carry one. They do more with less. And they dont sit there and cry and moan about it like the rest of the nation likes to point an laugh like it makes them feel better.

Illich is a fierce owner. He doesnt mess around. He knows signing players like this sells more jerseys, sells more tickes, gives them larger market viewig, and will likely, and easily generate more than Princes contract over that nine year period. He has his money. He doesnt want to just make it- he wants to use it.

He wants to win for Detroit. Most owners want to wins. Loria isnt doing crap for his city. They paid for the park. Moreno has changed his city names all the time for larger and broader appeal. Most teams want to win for thier team. Tigers want to win for their city.

Its not the Righteous Franchise crap SI makes it out to be- but every complains, ****, points and trys to make fun at thier expence- but they are proud, stronger, and willing to do what it takes to make themselves better.

Haters can hate. Trolls can mock. We are used to it. But the truth is our owner will do what he has to if it means ending in the red here and there if he gives the people where he lives a place to go and watch a good baseball team.
A competitive team.
And one with a chance to be a great team- not the greatest. But a team that isnt missing an opportunity for lack of support form ownership.
Remind the citizens there is something special still there.
Remind the rest of the US that Detroit is still there, and is getting back up after being knocked down.
So say what you want.
Its a free country, no one will stop you.
But dont think you will stop us from taking pride in where we are from- and what we are trying to do to help...

 
February 10, 2012  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Everyone bangs on Detroit because they think they saw a RoboCop movie and suddenly know everythign about it.

Dude, they haven't made a Robocop movie in like 25 years. I promise you, no one thinks that.

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