Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I have been really hoping that the Tigers would use the savings on the Fielder deal to sign a big bat, with my preference being Choo. Today he signed with the Rangers for 7 years and $130M:
I would much rather have the Tigers not signed Nathan and Davis in order to sign Choo (even if they had to go to 7/140), even if they end up re-signing Scherzer.
I can't think of too many extensions for pitchers that worked out. Even Tim Lincecum ended up justifying the Giants decisions to go year to year with him, despire possibly the best ever pre-arb career for a pitcher.
What do y'all think?
i will be honest, i did not know who Don Lund was until today when I read a Det News article about his passing.
Don earned 3 letters each in football, basketball and baseball during his time at Michigan in the 1940s. He was drafted in 1945 in the first round of the nfl draft by Chicago as a running back but decided to play baseball, which he played 7 seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers, St Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers. After that, he coached Michigan baseball from 1959-62, winning a Big Ten championship in '62. He then went on to be the head of the Tigers' farm system until 1970, when he returned to the University of Michigan to work in the athletic department until 1992. He passed of natural causes at the age of 90.
Michigan is lucky to have had figures like this making up its rich history. We should take a second to send off a final thanks of HAIL to Don Lund, Wolverine.
for more Don Lund:
Davis, 33, hasn't played in an everyday role for the Blue Jays over the last three seasons, but has seen enough action to rack up nearly 1,200 plate appearances, recording a .252/.299/.369 slash line. The speedster has also added 125 stolen bases over that period. That batting line may not be particularly impressive, but his .297/.363/.455 line against left-handed pitchers dating back to 2011 certainly is.
Not a blockbuster signing, but I like it. He's got good speed, can hit for average, and looks to be about an average-to-below average fielder. I think this could turn out to be a good signing.
Just a day after gaining a big commit from an in-state southpaw in the 2015 class, Collin Goslin, the Michigan baseball staff this afternoon got more good news, adding the top in-state player in the 2016 class to its recruiting haul: Karl Kauffmann, a 6-1, 180-lb. right-handed pitcher out of Brother Rice H.S. Not only the #1 player in the state, Kauffmann is also ranked #6 overall in Prep Baseball Report's 2016 rankings for their 10-state region.
Here's what PBR had to say about him in an October piece about top players in each state:
A 6-foot-1, 180-pound righty that already sits in the mid 80s. Kaufmann, ranked sixth overall, pitches with poise, a smooth delivery and easy arm action. He has been up to 87 and shown an improved breaking ball this summer with tighter spin. It sits 73-75 now. He also shows smooth actions in the infield and good bat speed, but looks like more of an asset on the mound at this time. He has already received interest from nearby schools like Michigan and Michigan State, but is also on North Carolina’s radar.
In addition to North Carolina and MSU, he had also attracted the attention of Vanderbilt, indicating how highly sought after he was. Needless to say, the commitment of Kauffmann amounts to a stellar start to Michigan's 2016 class. It also shows a continued tapping of the Brother Rice pipeline, with two other future Warriors-turned-Wolverines upcoming: 2014 signee Ty Kiafoulis and 2015 commit Nick Plummer.
photo of Kauffmann from PBR profile page
The Michigan baseball coaching staff, which has been actively pursuing a number of 2015 and 2016 pitchers, today landed a big one: 6-3, 180-lb. southpaw Collin Goslin—one of the top in-state players in the 2015 class. He attends Dearborn Divine Child, so with his commitment to Michigan he's following in the footsteps of two notable former Wolverines, Alan Oaks and Patrick Biondi. Goslin also continues a strong trend from the 2014 class of the Michigan staff stockpiling left-handed pitchers; recently signing with the Wolverines in that class were lefties Michael Hendrickson, Oliver Jaskie, and Grant Reuss.
In a Chris Webb blog item posted in October, Goslin indicated that Vanderbilt, Louisville, Michigan State, and Ohio State were the main schools recruiting him, in addition to Michigan; Kentucky and Northwestern had reportedly also expressed interest. His full list of offers isn't known, but he did pick one up from OSU in October. Webb said that Goslin has "a strong three-pitch arsenal led by an upper-80s fastball," and he also notes that Goslin has played quarterback for Divine Child for the last two seasons. (Note that Goslin's Divine Child teammate, Dion Henderson, who's mentioned in Webb's post, recently committed to Kentucky.)
Here's a more detailed scouting report from Prep Baseball Report, included in an October rundown of top left-handed pitchers:
Ranked third in the state, Goslin is a strong-bodied lefty with a projectable 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame. He sat 86-88 at the Midwest Future Games and featured a mid-70s curveball that has swing-and-miss potential. He also mixes in a changeup at 78-79. He’s a good athlete with some effort to his delivery and pitches from a high three-quarter slot.
PBR has Goslin ranked #43 overall in the 2015 class.
photo of Goslin from PBR profile page
Below are the PBR overall rankings (encompassing their ten-state coverage area) for Michigan's six 2015 commits. Note that Nick Plummer was recently bumped up from #30 to #20. Plummer and Goslin are PBR's #2 and #3 players from the state of Michigan in the 2015 class, so Erik Bakich and his staff continue to do well with their in-state recruiting efforts.
- 14. Charlie Donovan 5-10 SS (Hello post)
- 20. Nick Plummer 5-10 OF (Hello post)
- 43. Collin Goslin 6-3 LHP
- 67. Ako Thomas 5-8 2B (Hello post)
- 228. Andrew David 5-10 SS (Hello post*)
- 235. Nick Azar 6-3 SS (Hello post)
*Hello post is Ace's from the front page. David will be on a football scholarship, but he evidently also plans to play baseball at Michigan.
The new FieldTurf at Ray Fisher Stadium at the Wilpon Baseball Complex has been completed and painted. It looks pretty nice. Really like the Block Ms.
I also notice the outfield wall padding with retired numbers has been removed. Perhaps they're redoing the designs to (hopefully) include all the championship years and not just put "35 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS" and then the most recent year like it was.
Alumni Field is next. Hope they paint it up nice. Maybe an M in center field.
The new HD video board being tested while the work was being done on the field. Updated logos as well. Very nice.