Game 2013.159: Tigers at Twins

by Kevin in Dallas on September 25, 2013 · 102 comments

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92-66, 1.

Since this won’t be my last post this season, I won’t feel bad about a short one on a busy day.

You know that a win tonight, or a Cle loss, will clinch a third straight division title. That’s the first time since…ever. They did win three straight pennants from 1907-1909, but they have never won 3 straight division titles. Please keep that in mind as you shake up a can of frustration at the first negative play tonight. If we win a WS in the near future, we’ll always remember this stretch as one of the best in club history.

21-3 just sounds so much cooler than 20-3, doesn’t it?

A few notes:

- Igelsias is rehabbing nicely, he hit off of a tee today. I think they’ll keep him out until the playoffs start.

- Peralta is eligible to start in LF on Friday.

- Rondon may not be quite as alright as we were hoping. Leyland says his arm condition is “not good.”

Tonight’s Central Division Clinching Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Dirks, LF
7. Infante, 2B
8. Avila, C
9. Santiago, SS

 
 

{ 102 comments… read them below or add one }

judpma September 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm

lets close it out …NOW!!

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Coleman September 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I would prefer that the Tigers hit into fewer double play.

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Tigers fuond out they were only second in GIDP so they are doing their best to catch up!

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Mumbles will never think of this but Fielder actually runs pretty well, but is sandwiched between the two slowest of all the slow Tigers . I would switch Fielder and Cabrerra in the order v because no extra base hit by Fielder can score Cabrerra, but an extra base hit by Cabrerra could score Fielder.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Good thought. I would bat Fielder in front of Cabrera to begin with, even with Cabrera heathy.

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Coleman September 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Just bad luck that they run into Cy Correia.

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Coleman September 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Just a reminder: Oakland just put up 31 runs on these guys.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Oakland is deranged. They can’t be used to gauge anything.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Oakland is deranged. And we have to start the postseason by playing them, in Oakland.

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:11 am

Let us pray for their sanity, and for the Mariners.

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Vince in MN September 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Strike ‘em out throw ‘em out. Wow, that must be the first time this year they’ve done that.

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

the Tiger offense is past pathetic…..it borders on disgusting!

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Kevin in Dallas September 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Harsh words for what is, by most objective accounts, the 2nd best offense in all of baseball.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Feast or famine can drive you nuts, though.

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

sure glad Miggy plays everyday!!!!

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

objectively they rank 32nd in hits with RISP….that doesn’tseem like the second best offense in baseball to me!!!

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm

cuse’ me 30th!!

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PHToy in HK September 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Why all the negativity?

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:12 am

Yeah! I hate negativity! Wait a minute…

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

how in the world could you think Dirks wouldn’t swing and miss!!!

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Vince in MN September 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Martinez (!) caught stealing – Leyland really has lost his mumbles, I mean marbles.

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Kevin in Dallas September 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Missed hit and run. Blame Dirks.

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Vince in MN September 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hit and run with Martinez? You’ve got to be kidding.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Captain Marbles!

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Give Max credit…not his best control…but excellent job anyway!!!

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Let the real ballgame begin!!!l

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Jackson..bug time play!

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I like “bug time.” We just need to figure out an approximate definition.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Hernan Perez is the team bug.

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:13 am

Quintin Berry used to be the bug. Kinda bugs me that he’s gone.

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Coleman September 27, 2013 at 12:31 am

They should handicap the playoffs like they do stakes races in horse racing–the guys on the teams with the best records should have to use heavier bats. Who would you rather have batting 4th on your team: Ortiz with a 36 oz. bat, or Fielder with a 34 oz. bat, or Santana with a 32 oz. bat?

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm

oops ..another big time play

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I didn’t mind the hit and run play with Martinez, you have nothing going all game, but not with Dirks, Avila, or Jackson..they swing and miss way too much!

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Vince in MN September 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm

With a slow runner, the probability of him getting past second on a hit is low anyway. If you just want to move the runner up, or stay out of the double play, then a good contact hitter is necessary, and as you said, not with Dirks. So it was a bad idea on two counts.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

The idea with a Martinez-on hit and run is to “unclog the bases,” obviously. Subtle genius from Captain Marbles.

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Coleman September 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm

On the bright side, when the playoffs roll around the offense will be DUE.

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Vince in MN September 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm

A week of extra batting practice for all might be worth a go.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

They might spend all the pent-up offense in Miami and end up back where they started. Just a cheery thought.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I’m predicting a Verlander 3-run homer.

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

I’m not sure if Verlander has ever put a ball in play. What the in-play outs were would make a good trivia question, if he has.

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Smyly…h*ll ya!!!

I know Mumbles doesn’t want to do this but I could care less about Benoit in Miami!!! today baby!!!

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Kevin in Dallas September 25, 2013 at 11:15 pm

What are you guys thinking for the Division clinching celebration? I may go import.

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William September 25, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

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Coleman September 25, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Good call!

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Mark September 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Sierra Nevada

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Kevin in Dallas September 26, 2013 at 12:00 am

Modelo Especial is my current heartthrob. But I’m easy.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi September 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Champaigne in my Dad’s Tiger Mug that I gave him for Christmas of 1968. I only pull it out on Open Day, Championship celebrations, playoff and World Series games….I AM THRISTY!!! (I only wish my Dad was here to see this!)

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Jerry the Tiger Fan September 26, 2013 at 12:19 am

I’m a Newcastle guy myself. Now that you bring it up I think I’ll enjoy one or two before hitting the hay tonight. The Newcastle is going to taste better than usual after seeing the boys wrap a third consecutive division title.

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PHToy in HK September 26, 2013 at 12:53 am

How can it be anything but Stroh’s?

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

Stroh’s isn’t a Detroit beer anymore.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Even so.

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm

it should have been way easier than this…but this team doesn’t do anything easy!!…CONGRATS..BOYS,!!!!!!

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Vince in MN September 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Finally. Congratulations. Now please give Miggy the weekend off and everybody else take extra batting practice.

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Kevin in Dallas September 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Oakland lost tonight.

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 11:26 pm

William +3

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William September 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

terrific IPA, with a Michigan flavor.

Bell’s makes some really great beers.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

Now with Stroh’s gone, Bell’s might be the beer made closest to Detroit.

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TIGERS RULE September 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

How about Kid Rock’s beer.

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bada bing September 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

Atwater Brewery is in Detroit, right on the river. It’s a a decent brewery.

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William September 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Bell’s Oberon is another of my favorites…great for grilling or sitting by the pool in the summer.

those guys clearly know what they are doing.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Yeah…they’re making beer! How can that go wrong

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William September 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

good point

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tbran September 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm

CLINCHED!

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Vince in MN September 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

The pitching staff needs to get 8 strikeouts in the next three games to break the team record set by the Cubs in 2003.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Porcello can take of this all by himself.

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judpma September 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm

something that was kind of overlooked this year, and I know the strikeouts were part of this but, the Team Defense Improvement was remarkable!!!

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Then again, strikeouts are a great way to improve team defense.

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Kevin in Dallas September 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

The next 9 days of baseball are going to be awesome. Then it is a week or three of nausea.

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Mark September 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Well said…

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JimEggersUSMC September 26, 2013 at 12:16 am

Nausea can be emotionally very refreshing! All together now: OAKLAND SUCKS!

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

I miss the Yankees. Nothing like playoff baseball against New York!

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Jerry the Tiger Fan September 26, 2013 at 12:16 am

Well…..I gotta say that I felt kind of bad watching the postgame show on FSN-Detroit tonight. I rip on Jim Leyland (a.k.a Ol’ Smoky) a lot, I mean a ton as he continually confounds me with his lineups and in-game moves. However, to see the guy as choked up as he was in the locker room after the game was pretty cool. It shows that the guy does care and it does mean a lot to him. Despite all of Leyland’s faults I do appreciate when something means that much to the guy. You could really see the emotion pouring out of the guy as he talked about winning it for the fans. How he “hopes that we’ve given the fans their money’s worth” as he can barely speak because he is so choked up.

I’ll still probably question a bunch of his decisions in the postseason, but at least I’ll know that the guy really does care as much as I do (sometimes it doesn’t feel that way on get away days or the infamous Sunday lineups). That was raw emotion shining through tonight from Jim Leyland and I appreciated it. Maybe he isn’t as senile as I thought he was. :-)

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JimEggersUSMC September 26, 2013 at 1:02 am

Also well said…

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

And you can tell the guys love to play for him. You never see guys quit on this team, or point fingers. Last I can remember like that was Pudge, and he was shown the door.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi September 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Well said Jerry……Leyland needs to know the Fans have the Tigers back! Meanwhile what LEADERSHIP that Torii Hunter is displaying. Well done #48!

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Kevin in Dallas September 26, 2013 at 12:21 am

I’m on #3 and my second bag of chips.

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Kevin in Dallas September 26, 2013 at 12:21 am

This is how you party when you have kids.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I was asleep and missing the game. This is how you party when you’re old and sick and single. Cheer up.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Get well, Mr. Loon!

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:19 am

Thank you, Mr. Coleman. I may have to delete that post. Seeking public sympathy for a mere cold… what have I become? A Detroit Tigers relief pitcher? Oh, I guess I’ll have to leave the post there for context now.

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Coleman September 27, 2013 at 12:28 am

Yes, well I’m glad it’s just a cold. At any rate, Kevin needs a good dose of “when we were your age, they didn’t have blogs, and we had to walk to the games in the snow.”

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 1:01 am

He does, and it’s all true. Why, when we were Kevin’s age, baseball wasn’t even automatic like it is nowadays, where you just sit back and watch. Back then, you had to move the players around, put the ball where you thought it would go, do things over real slow for the replay, make the crowd noise – it was all manual, don’t you know. They didn’t even have “stats” back then – a lot of us old-timers had a hard time getting used to that, as you well know y’self. Sure, there were numbers, but we used to throw ‘em out after the game on account of they might spoil without an icebox, and who could afford an icebox back in those days?

Yup. Those were some good times. Hard times, sure, but that’s why we’re The Greatest Generation.

StorminNorman$ September 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

3rd division crown in a row…impressive!

Now the “real” fun, anxiety, tension and (yes) second-guessing begins. Based on this team’s body of work this year and a few current key injury concerns, I won’t be surprised by any outcome – whether its one-and-done or WS winners… it all depends on which team shows up for each game. Strap on your seat belts and don’t forget your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Please go over the oxygen mask instructions again. I might need to breathe again before we hit the water.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

This is a must-watch: Torii carries Leyland out of his office to get his champagne bath:
http://beck.mlblogs.com/2013/09/26/torii-hunter-gives-leyland-a-lift/

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

Pretty neat. I liked the comment about Gardenhire (elsewhere). Simple truth, but funny.

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Coleman September 27, 2013 at 12:36 am

You know that thing where people take pictures of garden gnomes in unusual places? Gardenhire just has to take pictures of himself.

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:43 am

I didn’t know about that thing, but Gardenhire is absolutely a gnome. I can’t believe I didn’t recognize him as such – I’ve seen him a thousand times in Scandinavian folk art without even realizing it.

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Smoking Loon September 27, 2013 at 12:46 am

And based on what Torii said, I’ll think twice before attempting to pick up a gnome. As in “lift,” I should perhaps clarify.

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Coleman September 27, 2013 at 12:58 am

Heavy Gnome would be a good blog handle.

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TIGERS RULE September 26, 2013 at 11:56 am

1 2 3 4, what are we playin for ….. the WS Crown, as our opponents go down ….. then we can party downtown.

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StorminNorman$ September 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

http://espn.go.com/mlb/hot?id=9720918

the MLB Network guys last night had a debate on who starts game 1 for DET, and today Crasnick and Shoenfield take up the issue. As Crasnick suggests, Cabrera’s health is going to have more bearing on DET’s success than who starts game 1.

Personally, i’d start Scherzer (because he’s clearly been more consistent than JV), but if JL starts JV (or even Sanchez) I wouldn’t have a problem with it, because the pressure of the playoffs can effect players positively or negatively. Bottom line, if DET’s offense, bullpen & defense are shaky, ‘who the starting pitcher is’ might be a moot point.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I think Scherzer is a slam dunk.

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StorminNorman$ September 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9725806/robinson-cano-seeking-10-year-305-million-deal

so Cano wants 10 yrs $305M?!?!…good luck with that – he turns 31 in about 3 weeks. I guess the 8 yr $110M Pedroia deal would look like a steal compared to Cano’s asking price. He might get something close to $30M per year, but not for more than 4-5 yrs. I think NYY learned their lesson w/ARoid… and have seen other teams (LAA Pujols… DET w/Fielder?) get burdened w/long-term/high-dollar contracts that extend into a players ‘golden (injury riddled, less productive) years’

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Vince in MN September 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Every year I say “Who would be dumb enough to do a deal like that?” and every year some team does. It’s only a burden if the fans refuse to go along with the higher ticket/concession prices that support the big salary increases. That doesn’t seem to happen in most MLB cities.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

With A-Rod on his way out, baseball needs a new A-Rod.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Here’s the problem with the Cano business. There are exactly two (2) decent free agent options at 2B for next season. Cano, and Infante. Infante is hitting .315. Infante will be looking for a big long-term deal–he’s only a year older than Cano and will seem like a good option for a poor man’s version of a Cano signing. I think the Tigers will be saying good bye to Omar again. Let’s hope for a postseason worth remembering.

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Vince in MN September 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm

If we don’t win the Big One maybe Illitch will be “in” on Cano. I hope not, since ex-Yankees don’t seem to thrive in Detroit. Anyway, I doubt Cano would want to play for the Tigers – not a big enough market.

Besides, we’ll have the magical Iglesias-Perez combo to look forward to.

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Smoking Loon September 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I’ve had the thought that Infante might price himself out of reach for the Tigers. I like Omar, but I think we’ve just seen the prime of his career, pretty much.

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Coleman September 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

We may need a beer-tasting blog spinoff (DTBTW?)

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Kevin in Dallas September 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

I started to write a reply to the SL/Coleman exchange above, but it got so long that I’m going to do a whole segment on it next week. You guys will like it.

I’ve also pulled some fascinating MLB stats and will do those another day as well.

That’s called a tease.

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Smoking Loon October 2, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Worth the wait!

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