Well, 2010 has come to an end. For our beloved Tigers anyway. Based on spring forecasts, the boys probably met expectations, but considering where we were at the AS Break, it’s hard to call 2010 anything other than disappointing (okay, maybe “frustrating’).
Now, there are a ton of fantastic Tigers topics to debate in the coming weeks, the most exciting of which is that $50M is set to come off of the payroll. Moreover, AJax and Cabrera may have their names called when postseason awards are announced…and does anyone care that Jim Leyland is 28 games under .500 over the past four seasons after the AS Break? (credit to stephen for pointing this out from time to time)
For the near future, my plan is to do a year in review, and then a position by position post every two-three days for the next few weeks (we’ll group OFers/SPs/RPs together) so that we can discuss what we have at the big league level, who’s knocking on the door, and who we may be able to convince to come over with a huge cardboard check signed by Little Caesar himself. I certainly don’t hold myself out to be billfer in terms of depth and resources, so I’ll be looking to you guys to help move the topics along. On that note, if anyone wants to substantially contribute, now or next season, shoot me an email at kmvela @ yahoo dot com and we’ll chat offline.
This should get us through the WS and lead us up to the winter meetings. For next season, my goals are the following:
1) Create a shared database to track JLs wacky moves, and other things which we can’t glean from Baseball-Reference. Too often I find ourselves asking “didn’t he get burned last time he brought in a righty to face Thome?” This can likely be done pretty easily via Google Docs.
2) Get someone to post daily (or close to it) on the minor league system. Much like billfer’s minor league wrap-ups, but in the mornings. In fact, if someone is looking to become an expert on the Tigers minor league system and get some writing experience, let me know. billfer was able to parlay his Tiger fandom and hard work into a writing job, you could be next.
3) Host a few call in sessions after games, or perhaps even during spring training. Sites like blogtalkradio.com make this a cinch.
4) Learn more about Coleman.
There are several other sites out there where readers can talk Tigers and interact, but what I really think sets this one apart from the others is the quality of our readers and your comments and analysis. (The layout helps as well). I know that we hit a lull after billfer stepped down and it took me a while to figure out how to use the back-end (not to mention the 6 game losing streak), but I’m looking forward to running the site in 2011. More to come.
A few quick notes that I saw over the weekend:
– Not that I would ever undo the deal that brought us Edwin Jackson, and eventually landed us Scherzer, AJax, Coke & Schlereth, but Matt Joyce posted an .837 OPS last season in 200 ABs, good for fourth on the Tigers roster (that includes Casper Wells who had 93 ABs).
– Juan Uribe out produced Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge. By a decent margin.
– The Twins have lost 12 straight postseason games. Is 6 division titles in 9 years enough to compensate for that?