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|1 day 12 hours ago||Correct.||
He's worth a flier to eat up innings at the back end of the rotation for 1 year and $5 million and if it went any higher than that I wouldn't consider him. He walks a ridiculously low amount of batters so he qualifies as a control pitcher but still...86 mph fastball. If we get him super cheap fine but I doubt he doesn't get an offer higher than that from someone so it's probably a moot point. You implied it would take more than 3 years and $27 million to get him and after the year he just had that's absolutely nuts was my point.
|1 day 15 hours ago||IIRC Maybin has played less than 10 innings||
in left field his entire 9+ year major league career, so we don't really know anything regarding his defensive value in left. Rajai Davis is also a perfect example with advanced defensive stats that shows that you can be a lot better center fielder because of speed than a left fielder, which he has been markedly worse at during his time with the Tigers the last couple of years. I do think there's a chance Maybin can play left at replacement defensive level, but "good" may be an overstatement.
Edit: Sorry, swap "solid" out for "good".
|1 day 15 hours ago||Definitely a lot of money for me or you||
but this was actually far lower than he was expected to get and is almost being universally applauded by MLB pundits.
|1 day 15 hours ago||In this day in age||
Tommy John surgery is almost a right of passage with starting pitchers.
|1 day 15 hours ago||There are no more Type A/B free agents||
with the inclusion of the qualifying offer and it is just the top 10 that is protected nowadays. The Tigers just barely stunk enough last year to keep their top pick.
|1 day 15 hours ago||You're aware of the year Fister just had right?||
Most projections have him taking a one-year deal worth around $8-10 million to rebuild his value after a horrible year in which his fastball averaged about 86 mph. Unless he hated his time here and has a horrible negative bias towards Detroit, you could have him for way less than a 3/21. I personally don't think he'll ever be even close to his heyday with the Tigers the rest of his career and don't want him unless it's for like 1/5 considering the Tigers only have about $12 million of annual value left to sign at least one more bullpen arm, a fifth starter/innings eater, and possibly another outfielder. Fister is damaged goods at this point that soft tosses his fastballs nowadays in comparison to most all major league pitchers.
|4 days 9 hours ago||HEY!||
Within ~24 hours of my daughter entering this world a couple of years ago my first thought was to write a witty Hello: post to highlight her birth to the mGoBlog posters and readers. Wasn't that what you were concerned with too?
|4 days 9 hours ago||Good parenting.||
You've already got her talking about going to Michigan at 12 because of the coincidences of Michigan-related sporting achievements around the date she was born. I wish her to be a Michigan graduate someday, as much as I wish 1/50 of the shit I said I'd do when I was 12 came to fruition (astronaut Nobel Heisman winner, anyone?).
|5 days 20 hours ago||You're right.||
The 137 fans that manage to stay 'til the end of their home games would be up in arms with a non-proven head coaching hire or a slow rebuilding process, so Durkin should be off the table.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Carson Palmer||
isn't too bad. Calling him a nobody is quite the hell of a stretch.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Not true.||
I saw a something on ESPN during sportscenter in the lead up to The Game 3-4 years ago and Spielman said that Bo had him convinced him to be different than most Ohioans and come to Michigan. Spielman went home and told his dad he was going to Michigan and his dad said something to the effect of "no son of mine will be a traitor, you're going to OSU." FWIW he said the results of his decision worked out pretty damn well for him and is glad his dad told him to go to OSU. Sorry for no link to random ESPN piece hyping The Game but it came from Spielman's mouth.
|1 week 10 hours ago||I have a 2 year old daughter||
and like previous posters can't imagine what the Carr family is going through. Seeing the picture of Jason holding Chad is heart-breaking and gut-wrenching. Literally the hardest thing anyone or any family could ever have to go through, losing a young child. They are in my prayers.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Anyone that says addiction is||
Anyone that says addiction is purely psychological and not physical has never had a bad addiction and suffered withdrawals. Even if you mentally want to move on and stop whatever you're doing (anywhere from alcohol to opiates to benzos), the physical feeling of withdrawals (which are the worst fucking thing on earth) rope you back in because it's hard being able to sit the withdrawals out when most all people aren't able to take off a week or more of work to sit in bed all day feeling like you'd rather die (work is not an option with bad withdrawals unless you have a job that doesn't require physical or mental faculties). Every time I hear addiction is purely mental from someone, I know they haven't spent a second feeling withdrawals or the statement would never be made. It's a combination of the two, mental and physical, that keeps people stuck in it. And yes, I am on my 26th month of cleanliness, but almost lost EVERYTHING, so I'm a legit source for the subject matter.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The top priority up for||
The top priority up for discussion at the next Geneva Convention, no doubt about it.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't think coaches could||
I didn't think coaches could comment whatsoever on recruits until they've signed a letter of intent somewhere. Not being argumentative, just seen a few people in this thread say Harbaugh coined Taylor "Gore 2.0" and am curious as to how it wasn't an issue. I remember signing day during Rich Rod's first year and a reporter asked him about TP and all Rich Rod would/could say is "we're still recruiting the quarterback position" because name-dropping TP before he signed a letter of intent was against the rules. Someone who knows the rules better than I please educate me.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Hey he averaged||
5 yards a carry against MSU's defense last year. Not bad at all.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||They are ranked ahead||
of Dartmouth, which surprised the hell out of me. Ivy League and all I had thought Dartmouth was a great academic school. Also heard numerous members of the media bragging about how "Brad Ausmus went to Dartmouth! He's gonna manage the Tigers using the forefront of analytics and brainpower!" only to see him manage as old-school as Leyland, especially the bullpen. I doubt he would have as much of a reputation for his intelligence had he went to MSU and lo and behold, it's ranked higher than Dartmouth.
|11 weeks 20 hours ago||Is Stafford influential||
to Michigan high school QBs? Not being facetious, I've just never thought about that before.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Wiltfong||
was predicting that Michigan would land all three in the long run to sign letters of intent. According to Wiltfong it's possible all three end up visiting tomorrow but nothing is set in stone. He surely didn't infer all three were committing this weekend because that's just not realistic whatsoever.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Rivals has||
Davis as the #2 FB recruit in the country, FWIW.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Stroh's||
backwards is Short's and from the point in time me and my high school friends realized that, we never called them Stroh's again. And trust me, my buddy's (who is in the Michigan Wangler family tree) dad's garage fridge always had a couple of shelves dedicated to stocked Short's.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||He'll only play RB||
in night games because he uses the stars for navigation, thank you very much.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Cardale Jones?||
Really? You need to step ya game up. I don't even have to click on the article to be assured that it's chock full of his cute little Twitter exploits. Glad that moved you enough to start a thread on mgoblog.
On the topic of myfavorite Buckeye, it's gotta be the Head Coach version of Luke Fickell, which is sort of ironic because my hatred for Defensive Coordinator Luke Fickell is still topped off.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Darboh and Wormley||
were both very pleasant surprises. Darboh had a quicker first step than I remember and was impressive picking up nice chunks of yardage on what amounts to long handoffs directly after the snap. Wormley moves around pretty unbelievably for someone his size and looks like he has improved his technique to the point that he can actually utilize his ridiculous athleticism for a 300 pounder.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||OR if he can||
find the hole as well that is. A couple replays showed gaping creases where Smith just runs into the back of the pile. It's all well and good that he runs tough and picks up yards after contact but its a tradeoff with other runs that could have produced way bigger chunks of yardage. What would you rather have, a guy that consistently gets a couple yards after contact with no vision and is basically bottled up to short impressive runs, or a guy that goes down a little easier overall after contact but has the vision to make the right cut and eat up big chunks of yardage? Seems to me that Smith is tailor-made for short yardage situations and clock-eating drives when we have a lead in the second half of games and the late 2014 edition of Drake Johnson exploding through holes and making impressive cuts would be the better option to get the majority of carries. I realize Drake isn't 100% and wasn't available for this game, but looking to the future I'd rather sacrifice Drake getting 2 yards on some runs instead of Smith's 4 to have the option of getting big chunks of yardage because of Drake's ability to make the right cut and be fast as hell while he's doing it.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, the DB||
was right on Perry's hip with his eyes staring into the backfield at the QB. The only way in hell that pass would have worked is if Rudock threw the ball up and away to Perry's outside shoulder and the DB had his back turned while in coverage. Didn't look like Rudock even used his eyes to make the DB think the ball was going elsewhere and telegraphed it the whole way.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Even if he just||
hits one of the open receivers for TDs it's a different game. The overthrow of Chesson at the beginning of the game really hurt, as it would've given our guys a lot of momentum and Rudock a lot more confidence. There wasn't a guy within 5 yards of him and missing that throw hurt more than just on the scoreboard. You're right about the run game, which was frustrating to watch. It seemed like either A) the running back was mauled by three guys before he could even hit the LOS or B) the line opened up a crease and the running backs were unable to make the right cut to pick up big chunks of yardage.
Hit one of the TDs and throw one less pick and it would have ranged from a neck-and-neck game going to OT to winning by 10. Just hoping he can figure it out because as bad as he looked last night he is starting for a reason and all the people calling for Morris to be inserted would have been even more disappointed IMO. We have a couple of surefire winnable games coming up that he can hopefully use to straighten himself out.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Gentry||
probably isn't in the conversation to start until his RS sophomore or junior year (2017-2018). Great athlete for his size, but raw as all get-out. Next year if Morris sticks around he will be a senior and there's no telling how much he may improve with a full year plus under Harbaugh. Morris and O'Korn will have roughly 18 months in the Harbaughffense and between the two of them we should have a servicible QB next year. 2017 is where it starts to look tantalizing with (hopefully) a RS sophomore Gentry, a RS frosh in Peters, and a senior O'Korn (IIRC), all with 2+ years in the Harbaughffense. I don't think you'll see another fifth year graduate QB brought in from this point forward. Rudock was a nice safety valve for a new coach with a thin group of QBs. None of the other QBs had been exposed to the Harbaughffense this year anyways so a fifth year guy really isn't at a disadvantage in picking up the system compared to the guys that were on the team last year. Next year I think a fifth year guy would have a hard time being a starter competing against guys Harbaugh has been grooming for over a year, and the following years will be even more difficult considering the QBs will have been in the system for 2+ years. I don't think fifth year guys typically transfer to sit on the bench or be the guy doing the hand motions from the sideline. If we see anymore transfer QBs, I'd expect them to be either frosh or sophomores like O'Korn that have the opportunity to sit a year and learn the system to have a fighting chance to start the last couple/few years of their college career. This year is an outlier because everyone was starting from scratch anyways.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Not saying he can't turn it||
Not saying he can't turn it around and be efficient, but Rudock is the difference in this game that mostly cost us. If he hits one do the three open receivers (with one WIDE open) for long TDs and smartly manages mistakes, this is a neck-and-neck ballgame. Here's hoping it was a blip and he comes out next week looking more like he did last year.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||How is Perry responsible for||
How is Perry responsible for getting his out route jumped? That's on the QB for not seeing the DB on his hip with his eyes in the backfield ready to jump the route and pick it off.