A look back at the year that was here at Detroit Tigers Weblog:
- Debunking the theory that long grass helped Trammell’s defense
- Curtis Granderson stops by for an interview
- Talking Tigers prospects with Jonathan Mayo
- Nate Robertson gets 3 year deal
- Miguel Cabrera becomes very rich
- Jose Canseco is scum ball, Ordonez gets implicated
- A look at the best defensive seasons ever – for Tigers
- Stuff about Brandon Inge
- Multi year deals continue to flow, this one for Grandy
- We scout Dontrelle Willis with pitch f/x
- I question why Santiago is a lock for the team. Santiago later responds with career year.
- Rick Porcello makes his debut
- People are going crazy for Tigers tickets
- More stuff about Brandon Inge
- Tigers linked to crappy relievers
- What was your best day in baseball?
- Do Jeremy Bonderman’s pitches fool umpires?
- Tigers set roster
- Game On!
- And there was much losing and a lack of highlights
- Francisco Cruceta finally allowed to immigrate
- The Yorman Bazardo era ends before it got started.
- Dontrelle’s knee does weird bendy thing
- Jim Leyland has seen enough
- And musical positions starts with Miggy and Guillen switching
- Granderson returns
- Verlander has arm angle issues
- Jason Grilli traded!
- Patience is a virtue and a technique
- The Jacque Jones era ends, unfortunately after it started
- Remember when Sheffield became the full time left fielder? Or when Guillen was, the first time?
- Leyland exercises his intentional walk fetish
- Can you believe that Casey Fossum was with the team since the begining of June?
- Tigers draft Ryan Perry and every college reliever available.
- Other scouts on the Tigers
- Bonderman is toast
- And the Tigers start winning
- Inge and Pudge platoon
- Dontrelle Willis gets optioned to A ball
- Rodney gets activated and shelled
- Inge wrestles pillow, loses
- Guillen is the only All Star
- Tigers use rally kitten to beat Indians
- Tiger Stadium starts to fall
- Candidate 1 for worst game of the season
- Todd Jones out as closer
- Pudge traded for Farnsworth
- Candidate 2 for worst game of the year
- Candidate 3 for worst game of the year
- Tigers sign Freddy Garcia
- Verlander and pitch counts
- Hey, Zumaya is injured
- Robertson kicked from rotation
- The 09 schedule comes out (yeah, September was a slow month)
- Jonesy retires
- Chuck Hernandez is fired
- Cale Iorg is going to be an All Star
- Tigers increase ticket prices
- The Tigers defense and PMR
- DTW gets a redesign
- BA’s top 10 Tiger prospects
- Tigers set 40 man roster and leave Skelton unprotected
- Tigers almost trade for Jack Wilson, but don’t
- DTW Live debuts
- Tigers get Gerald Laird and Adam Everett
- Tigers trade kitten rescuer for Edwin Jackson
- Tigers WAR projections
It’s nice that every year I get to write about how the site is growing. This year saw 395,316 unique visits to the site with 728,073 page views. This included the one millionth visitor in November and the 2 millionth page view will be served up in January.
I made 650 posts this year, which is way too much for you guys to have to read. This year also marked the debut of live chats and streaming video. Both are features I’d like to continue.
On those 650 posts, all you left 29,999 comments (for real, as of 5:27 ET). Three games topped the 500 comment mark, two heart breakers against the White Sox (both were candidates for worst game of the year) and a dramatic tilt against the Indians.
As for the most prolific commentor? That would be Sean C in Illinois, aka Smoking Loon. Combining his totals across his name amounts to 3405 comments. That is more than Mark in Chicago and Dave BW combined, and they were second and third respectively.
So thanks for everyone’s support this year. Thanks to Sean Baligian and Jamie Samuelson for the repeated mentions on the WDFN airwaves and the opportunity to participate in your discussions. Thanks to the other bloggers who linked here and provided inspiration for me to write on topics I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Thanks to everyone who participated in the comments, and for those that just stopped by and read either on the site or in your feed reader. Have a great 2009.