rjfish's Comments

Posted Tuesday April 22, 2014, About: Detroit's new attitude on the basepaths
I don't think it's "bringing a little NL baseball to the motor city", it's simply Dave Dombrowski deciding to go in another direction in hopes of finally getting that WS title.

They needed to be a more athletic team in all phases, defensively and on the basepaths, instead of a station to station, softball team waiting for the 3 run HR. They signed Rajai Davis formerly of the Blue Jays who has at least 29 SB's in each of his last 6 seasons and 3 times at least 40. Trading Prince freed up alot of payroll but also netted them Kinsler (20+ stolen bases 5 times in his 8 seasons) replacing Infante who has never reach 20 stolen bases in any season. Over the last week I've seen both Davis and Kinsler steal bases and because of errant throws to catch them, both players have been able to take another base. The Tigers were never able to take the additional base last season.

Defensively, Cabrera is much better at 1B than Fielder as well. However, The Iglesias injury really hurts them defensively, with them that infield defense would be alot better.
Posted Thursday April 17, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
How many Cups did Bourque hoist with the Bruins?
Posted Thursday April 17, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
Model franchise? It's still the Red Wings. 23 consecutive playoff appearances. Over the last 20 years Detroit has four Lord Stanley's to just one for the Bruins.

Look at all the injuries they dealt with this season. They relied on their hot shot prospects and those kids boosted them into the playoffs yet again when everybody thought they were dead after Hank was injured.
Posted Monday April 14, 2014, About: Boras blasts unnamed execs
The draft pick aspect of Morales or Drew signing doesn't fall off until after the amatuer draft in June. This is supposedly a very good draft. So teams haven't been willing to forfeit their 1st round pick.
Posted Wednesday April 09, 2014, About: Moore headed for surgery?
Wait until this winter when Scherzer gets 8 years, $200+ million.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Boo birds already jeering Granderson
Based on the first few games of the season..... it looks like an Astros vs Marlins World Series.
Posted Wednesday April 02, 2014, About: Girardi: Yankees need 95 wins
I'll take the under.
Posted Wednesday April 02, 2014, About: Slimmed-down CC walking a thin line
Sweet! only 3 seasons left on that mistake of a contract.
Posted Wednesday April 02, 2014, About: Kershaw's injury may linger long after return
He's only played less than 150 games in a season just one time in his career, going back to 2004 when he became a full time starter.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Seattle moving Franklin ... to the outfield
Kendrys Morales......uh wait, dunno
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
This is from a 2013 Crain's business article. "Many people have been commenting about the Tigers' relatively small local TV rights compared to the huge windfalls reaped in the past couple of years by the Rangers, Astros, Padres, and Dodgers. Keeping local ratings high for the next three years will likely net Detroit a huge new, long-term contract that will put them among the top teams in terms of local media revenue," said Gary Gillette, co-editor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia and president of the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.

He sees a pattern in what some fans worry is unsustainable spending by the Tigers.

"The Tigers know what they're doing; they're investing in their future and in their next TV contract while going all-out to win the World Series," Gillette said.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
With local and national TV $$$ increasing everwhere. Those contract are only going one way and it's not down.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
Even then I don't think owners will learn. It only takes one out of 30 owners to ok a mega deal and sometimes it's a team nobody thought, i.e. Seattle with the Cano deal. That new national TV contract boosts alot of salaries.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
True. They have a team set up that is strange. Two mega contracts (Verlander & Cabrera) some younger decent players who don't make a whole lot (Austin Jackson, Alex Avila) and a some aging vets like Hunter and V Mart. There long term problem is they don't have much down on the farm and that will really limit their success in a couple years. There time to win the WS is 2014 (since they still have Scherzer) and 2015 while JV and Cabrera are still close to their prime. I don't think this 2014 team is as good though, not with Iglesias likely out for the year and a bullpen that outside of Nathan is an absolute mess.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
Add CC to that as well. Also add Scherzer's deal when he signs it with whomever he signs it.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
Yes, but it depends on the age of the player when deal is signed. CC's contract extension was bad signed in 2011, adding another season at $30 million. He had 4 very good seasons and one awful year, last year. They still have him for 3 more seasons.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
Scherzer is a Boras client. Max was going to test the FA market regardless. Almost all Boras clients do and his star players (i.e. Arod not Stephen Drew) always get a mega deal. I expect someone to overpay for Max to the tune of 8 years $200+ million. He'll be 38 at the end of that deal, a worse contract than the one given to Cabrera especially when consider Max has had one only one great season (2013) and one possibly two very good season (definitely 2010 and maybe 2012).
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
I think Cabrera will continue to be very good for another 4-5 years and the last 5 will be regrettable.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
Two years ago he actually got his weight down 30 lbs when he knew he was going to played 3rd. Hopefully he keeps that weight off. Also, moving back to 1st should help prolong his production.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Detroit overpaid for Cabrera
Injury history? Since he became a full time starter in 2004, last year was the first time in his career he played less than 150 games and he played 148. There are many reasons not to like this deal, durability is not one of them especially in the AL when a guy can DH.
Posted Friday March 28, 2014, About: Aceves done in Baltimore
Tigers sign him now. Their bullpen has one proven arm, Joe Nathan.
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