Using retrosheet play-by-play to judge historical defense. From 56-86 Whitaker was the best defensive 2nd baseman using this method – and that was only a fraction of his career. Plus Al Kaline was tops in right field.
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Dan Fox looks at those individuals who are a good candidate for a shiift (like for Big Papi, Hafner, Thome, etc). Curtis shows up on the list, but his speed and bunting threat would probably be a deterrent.
Vince in MN Yup, they definitely won't be running away with it like the last couple of years.
StorminNorman$ ...for the record, and if DD would have checked with me - I'd have signed Melky Cabrera and hung on
The approx. 75-80 games against AL Central teams will be more difficult for DET this year...as opposed to the past
Vince in MN Don Kelly is available, and he can pitch relief too.
Vince in MN Factor in that Simon is a NL pitcher and the WHIP is a wash. We'll see how this pans out
Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi Poor Little Ricky...now a Red Sox...what's next, him rooming with Kevin Youkilis???
Perhaps the Tigers must have some rapidly emerging plans
...could be an upgrade (over Porcello) - '14 WHIP = Simon 1.207 vs Porcello 1.231