Quick Hits

Some brief notes an links as I prepare to have 14 preschoolers over for a birthday party tomorrow…

Monroe Re-ups

The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration hearings completely this year with Craig Monroe now under contract. He signed for one year and $2.8 million. A fair deal all around, and the two sides essentially split the difference from their initial offers.

Defensive Wrap-Ups

I’ve been doing quite a bit of defensive comparisons lately, and using a bunch of metrics. Coincidentally there were a couple of articles today summarizing the various measures. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts did a piece for SI outlining the quest for the perfect defensive measure.

In the same vein, David Gassko of the Hardball Times compared the various metrics in articles located here and here. (via Baseball Musings)

Granderson goes home

A nice article about Curtis Granderson visiting his middle school alma mater.

Tiger Stadium rotting and rocking

With Tiger Stadium playing host to Bud Bowl (a big party/concert) over Super Bowl weekend there have been a couple articles about it’s current state. ESPN had a long piece about the Stadium, and the lack of events held since the final game.

The Bud Bowl is one proposal that the city did approve. Rottach said Detroit is charging Anheuser-Busch $40,000 to rent the stadium. More important than the money, though, was the thoroughness of Anheuser-Busch’s proposal, which included a commitment to return the stadium to the exact specifications it had before.

Earlier in the week the Free Press ran a story, complete with pictures, about how run down the stadium had become. It included a picture of a tree growing in the stands, and part of a wall crumbling.

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  1. Ghosts of Tigers past

    February 4, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    Those pics are to painful to view.Raise your glass & toast the old girl,Thanks for the memories!

  2. hawk

    February 5, 2006 at 8:23 am

    you are not kidding!! Those pictures make me very sad!! While it is to be expected, that is not the way she should be remembered. I wish they would have just razed her early in her retirement instead of allowing her to get to this state.
    As you said, “Thanks for the memories old girl – we miss you”

  3. SJC in Detroit

    February 6, 2006 at 9:05 am

    14 pre-schoolers? And you posted the next day? Congratulations, I think I’ve done one with ten but you have me beat.

  4. Joey

    February 8, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Wow that is really sad to see. Maybe in 10 years there will be enough trees to make it a public park.