For those who don't remember him, I found this interesting. He was a 4 star safety from 2009 that Michigan was once recruiting. He then committed to UNC for baseball and football, but signed on with the Padres after being taken 3rd overall in the 2009 MLB Draft. He was just suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance for the second time. Buster Olney says Tate's career is in jeopardy now.
mlb.com doesn't seem to support embedding, but this link takes you to video of the reversed call from last night's game against the Jays and Jim Leyland's subsequent rant. It was surprising (and refreshing) to see Leyland this animated outside of a press conference.
It was clear Leyland was getting tossed once he started miming the chain of events. But oh so worth it!
Looking up and down the Tigers roster, you fnd many of the the players have a nickname Miguel Cabrera-Miggy, Cabby, Justin Verlander-JV, Victor Martinez- V-Mart, Jose Valverde-Papa Grande, etc. With the all-star season Alex Avila is having, I think it's time he gets a nickname as well.
14 k's in 8 innings.. that is one bad mutha
Alright, so I know not everyone here is a Tigers fan, and if you're not, feel free to ignore this thread or offer your opinion on your favorite baseball team. But what do you all think of the Tigers' chances at reaching the postseason? Personally, I have no idea. They have been so inconsistent this season that it's hard to say. When they've been good, they've been very good, but when they've been bad, they've been very bad. I'm just looking for opinions and some discussion because I'm bored at work and I'm pissed at the Tigers right now.
Personally, I think our offense is fine and our bullpen has started to come around lately (except for Schlereth, I don't know why he's not in Toledo, or even Erie right now), our starting pitching has started coming down to earth over the past month, but I don't think Scherzer is as bad as he's been pitching lately (he's also not as good as his 9 wins might indicate), and I think each of our starters has the ability to give our offense a chance to win every time out. I think our biggest deficiancy right now is on defense. I just don't see how the coaching staff expects to succeed when you're playing Kelly and Raburn on the infield (or anywhere on the field, for that matter). I've heard some people say they would love to get David Wright for third, but is he really worth it?
I think the Tigers are in an awkward position as an organization. They've tried to put themselves in a position to win now by adding cornerstone-type players (Cabrera and Martinez, to go with Verlander), and that's come at the expense of their farm system. But I think you would expect that from a team trying to win now. You do what you can to make your big league team as good as possible to try to give yourself the best chance to win. The only problem is, we're not good enough to win a World Series, or even get there. I think we can win the division, but that's more a testament to the crappiness of the division than the skill of the team. So we've got a big league team with holes and a farm system that is seriously lacking depth, and that seems like a recipe for disaster. But what do you do? Do you try to rebuild the farm system and focus on the future? You can, but then I'm assuming guys like Cabrera and Martinez won't have the patience for that process. I think Verlander would since he's been with the Tigers from day 1, but I wouldn't blame him if he didn't. Who doesn't want to win now? So if we don't want to part ways with our big-ticket items, how do we get an elite roster? Do we have the payroll to grab someone like David Wright? I don't think so. We're pretty much maxed out already. So you try a trade. But who are we going to trade? We don't really have much depth anywhere, except for our minor league starting pitchers. But those guys are really the only minor leaguers we have who have some potential. It seems pretty dreary to me. What do the rest of you think?
Just a quick congrats to Rockford's baseball team on a state title, and a big congrats to some friends of ours who've been through the ringer lately. A good read from the Freep...