links for 2008-04-24


  1. David

    April 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Cabrera Flip-Flop

    What they should do
    2 options

    What I would do Option 1)Guillen DH, Cabrera 1st, Inge 3rd
    Shef sits

    Option 2) Shef DH, Guillen 3rd, Cabrera 1st, Inge LF


    Read that thing on “the OC” and Rent-a-ria yesterday, did not know that 1)Edgar is in the majors partly due to OC’s father, 2) Edgar is so much more well known in Colombia, considering their lifetime OPS is very similar, and OC is a much superior defender (however I assume it is because of the game 7 Edgar is more well known

    Santiago is useless, I say ride out his hot streak and send him down, I’d much rather see Thames, Raburn, Inge etc. playing

    Maroth was my favorite Tiger pitcher, too bad he had to go, considering the Tigers record with him on the mound was good to great (.500+) the last few years
    considering his ERA

    Curtis needs a nickname, I vote for superman

    I want to see Cruceta and news on Joel!


    Very cool


    Lets sweep this homestand

  2. rings

    April 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Nice sweep today.

    On the links:

    1. Curtis was electrifying during his three games in West Michigan. Guys like him are the reason kids have professional athletes as “heroes.”

    2. Not this again. Who cares what Inge thinks? He’s a utility guy. Guillen and Cabrera are vastly superior, they keep their mouths shut, and are going to be in the lineup everyday. Inge will get plenty of playing time, but a .240 hitter does not a starting third sacker make.

  3. Kathy

    April 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Ken Rosenthal just taking advantage of a story. Inge being livid is old news going back to when Cabrera and Willis were brought on and he found out Miggy was to be the new 3rd baseman.

  4. Jeff M

    April 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Yeah, I can see why this might rub Inge the wrong way, but the fact of the matter is that both Guillen and Cabrera are better than him.

    His best shot is to make the best of his utility role and try to win LF from Jones.

  5. Mike in E.L.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    It’s good to see that the Tigers are getting national recognition for how great of an organization they have.

    I’d be interested to see if any other team has climbed as fast in the rankings in the past couple of years.

  6. Kathy

    April 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Grandy is just a true treasure. Calling the Grand Rapids Public Schools himself and offering to make an appearance. The guy is one in a million and I hope he stays a Tiger forever!

  7. Jason

    April 24, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    nice quote in the franchise ranking article, billfer!

  8. billfer

    April 24, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks Jason. It was actually part of a larger paragraph where I note that Leyland gets knocked for many of his tactical moves. I also commented on Kwame but that got cut.

    As for the Inge stuff, Rosenthal didn’t have quotes. He just cited a MLB source which is about as obscure as it gets.

  9. Chris

    April 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    “Rosenthal didn’t have quotes. He just cited a MLB source which is about as obscure as it gets.”

    Actually, I was the source for this article. Ken woke me up with a 5:am phone call (pacific time) and asked me if Inge was pissed. I told him that I would be if I was the Ingemister.

    All kidding aside, I think having Inge as the odd man out is a big mistake. If anybody needs to ride the pine or be traded it is Sheffield. This team has proven to have enough offense without him in the lineup (and even when he was in the lineup, we weren’t getting much more offense). We desperately need better infield defense to help out this struggling starting rotation.

    If I were DD, I would trade Sheffield for whatever I could get. There has got to be somebody who would want his potential big bat.

  10. Mike R

    April 25, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Whether he had quotes or not, I’m tired of Brandon Inge talking. Yes, he’s elite at 3rd base. He’s also boasting a .251/.319/.420 vital line over the last 3 years which means if you’re elite in one facet of the game, and way below average in another facet, you’re basically an average ball player all things taken into consideration.

    Guillen > the average ball player.

    Cabrera > the average ball player.

    Quit whining. You banked on a fine 2006 season and you’re a fan favorite. Get over yourself. By far my least favorite Tiger. I’d rather buy Jason Grilli dinner after every lead he blows (when brought into an impossible situation by our genius strategist … note the sarcasm) then ever shake Brandon Inge’s hand. His “being livid” was old in December, and it’s especially old now.

    And how terrible is that Ken Rosenthal article? Can anyone mention that those 5 errors came in (1) cold, cold weather as Leyland CONTINUALLY ran him out to 3rd base hurt and (2) that he does have a bad quad. I’d like to see him play at 3B in a 25 game sample when he’s got healthy legs beneath him. Is his Defense going to be brutal? Yeah. Definitely. Is he 5 errors in 14 games bad? I don’t think so. That’s a pace for nearly 60 errors in a season and he’s not that bad.

  11. don

    April 25, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Someone’s probably floated this before, but I think the best solution for the tigers, as they’re currently structured, is cabrera at 1B, inge at 3B, sheff at DH and guillen in LF.

    Why the hell not? Guillen still runs well and probably could become at least average in LF pretty quickly. Sticking inge in the lineup at 3B takes advantage of his stellar defense and he would be replacing jacque jones’ bat – such as it is – in the lineup. Who’s the better player offense+defense, jones or inge? if it’s inge, which I think it is, guillen should be in left.

  12. Ken from Cincinnati

    April 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I think we need to have a little more faith in Jacque Jones, as he is starting to look more comfortable at the plate. Jacque is a career .280 hitter, so he knows what he’s doing up there, and as we saw recently, can have Granderson-like speed on the base paths. Inge is a career .250 hitter if that? Taking defense out of the equation, Jones is a more consistant and proven offensive player that will prove me right over the season by posting .30 pts higher than Inge. The OPS for both players will start to converge to similarity as well.

  13. don

    April 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    sure ken, if we just look at bats, jones probably gets the nod, but that’s not the analysis unless we’re playing fantasy baseball. inge’s glove at 3rd saves a good number of runs, especially now that we have 3 lefty starters.
    Plus, I don’t care if jones hits .280 or .300, if he only hits 5 homers again, he’s worthless in LF.

  14. Ken from Cincinnati

    April 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Wait….this isn’t fantasy baseball?? What is it, some kind of blog or something. No, I definitely see where you’re coming from. I think a lot of my opinion will depend on how well Carlos can adapt to third base. If he’s better there than he was at shortstop, then I prefer keeping Jones in left field and Brandon out of the everyday lineup. If Carlos doesn’t improve the 3rd base position moderately, then I guess I would prefer your suggesstion, but who knows what kind of drop off we could see in defense with Carlos in LF instead of Jacque.