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|1 day 12 hours ago||His contract||
says that he has to be signed to an extension during this season, up until five days after the World Series, if not extended by that date then the team must release him. MLB rules state that a player released after the season cannot sign with the team that released him until mid-May of the following season. The Tigers don't really seem to do mid season extensions and Cespedes wants to test the free agent market, and obviously he would sign with a team and not wait until a couple of weeks after the start of next season just to sign back with Detroit. By trading him the Tigers don't have to deal with that clause.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Supposively||
Cespedes likes playing for the Tigers and would like to stay here, but also understandibly wants to test the Free Agent market so he can get a good deal. I don't put a ton of stock in players making comments like that, especially when it doesn't come directly from the player but rather through his reps to the media. Last year Jason Hammel was traded from the Cubs to the A's for their playoff push and then signed back with the Cubs.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I think Simon||
should be kept for now. Just traded for him before the season and probably won't be able to recoup what was sent out to get him. He is serviceable for a number five starter but I think he would have the most value being in the bullpen.
Kinsler isn't getting any younger, but he is the type of player that I think every team needs a bunch of, and I don't think the Tigers have very many. If they can get a good return, Machado is there to fill in, but he doesn't seem to be anything special. Sure would be great if Devon Travis was around....
|1 day 16 hours ago||Cespedes||
basically has to be traded if the Tigers want to bring him back as a free agent due to his contract terms.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Probably won't get||
any almost MLB ready top prospects, but should be able to get some solid players who can play at the MLB level the last part of the season and some highly thought of players who are several years away from the big leagues but have above-average potential. And if a few teams get in a bidding war, and there very well may be one for Price, there could be a very nice return.
|1 day 16 hours ago||If he is healthy||
he would still be a great piece to have. Obviously there was a big injury risk with him considering his age and history, and with him getting hurt the contract looks really bad. The first part of the season it was clear as day that his knee was a big issue when he hit left-handed, and since coming back from the DL he has hit better, but watching his lefty swing he still doesn't seem to be generating as much torque with his lower body as he did last year. Even when he is not productive at the plate at least he is a good veteran clubhouse guy, so he isn't completely worthless.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Right decision||
The big league team doesn't need a complete rebuild, but there is a major need for some good prospects in the organization. Send out Price, Cespedes, Soria, and Davis and bring back a mix of solid, pretty much MLB-ready guys to help the team down the stretch (back end of the rotatiion starters, relievers) as well as some very high potential guys who are a couple years away still (top 3 starter/closer/of). The key being YOUNG guys, not taking on mediocre veterans.
Would like to see Soria and Cespedes brought back after this year as they have both been good here. Need to sign an ace and/or number two starter as well, but probably not going to be someone of Price's level. If Verlander and Sanchez can at least be decent next year and the team (MIggy and VMart) stays healthy, they should still be in the playoff picture going forward.
Oh, and a new manager. Ausmus is a good dude and seems like he would be a great assistant, but his managing has been mediocre at best. I can't recall a game where his strategy/decision making straight up won a game. In the late innings of games in particular he seems to make bad moves. He seems like one of those managers that fit better with a young and totally rebuilding team than one in World Series-or-bust mode.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||They have Jennings||
on a pretty cheap contract. He is still maddeningly inconsistent with his shot/decision making but started playing really well last season only to unfortunately shred his achilles. I think he is a good piece to keep around if he comes back healthy as a highly used 6th man but if the right trade comes along he can be considered surplus to requirements.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Stanley||
will hopefully be Ron Artest 2.0 without the mental instability. Jackson is solid but that is a lot of money (even considering the future cap boom) for a point guard that isn't much of a natural shooter or playmaker, could certainly do a lot worse though. Hopefully Jennings can come back fully healthy as I thought he started playing really well before he got hurt and he is still young and has talent, if he can just put it all together. I feel that the team's makeup is still a bit of a mixed bag with players whose games do not necessarily compliment each other, but it is better than previous years.
Bottom line is the team should have a better record but I expect the league to be pretty balanced except for the top few and bottom few teams and it will be a battle to make the playoffs.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Pretty cool for Delonte||
Can't say I foresaw him getting signed by a team considering his lack of playing time (and honestly his performance when he did play) but he did have a great pro day. Detroit hasn't exactly set the world on fire with their UDFA signings this year, maybe with some coaching he can grab a practice squad spot, but he would have to be considered a longshot.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Now THAT||
would likely be a really good fight. No way Floyd would agree to fight someone of Golovkin's ability at a higher weight though. Probably will be a Cotto rematch again, maybe a younger guy like Thurman gets a shot. I don't think Floyd is looking for any real challenge with his last fight.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I don't||
think that they have to charge that much, but they can because a lot of suckers buy into the hype so easily and shell out the money. This was never going to be a classic fight, maybe 6 years ago, but it ended up being a sham with both guys mailing it in a bit and plenty happy with their ridiculous payouts. Not totally surprising that two old fighters refused to push the envelope, no fire from Pacquiao and Mayweather coasted, just doing the bare minimum to win unanimously.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Well, most scams||
can be avoided by being diligent. Mayweather fights are not particularly exciting, especially at this stage in his career as a 38 year old about to retire. He has always been very defensive, he is a brilliant boxer but not in a way that casual fans find exciting. Pacquiao on the other hand is an aggressive fighter, but being past his prime he doesn't have the energy he used to, and combining that with the fact that he is smaller and facing an all time great defensive fighter he had to tone down that aggression. This was never going to be a heavyweight slugfest. Pacquiao ended up being way to conservative with his attacks in order to avoid taking any major risks and in doing so made a likely bland match even more anti-climactic.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Disappointed||
in Manny's performance, although I certainly didn't think he would win. Novices are blasting Floyd for being boring, but I think that it was Pacquiao that was boring as he lacked his usual aggression (apparently had injured shoulder + he is old). Felt like Floyd was trying to get Manny to be aggressive so he could use his counter punches, but Manny was very selective about throwing flurries and didnt take the risks necessary to have any chance of breaking through Floyd's defenses. For Manny to win this fight he should have thrown a lot more punches than Floyd, but he ended up throwing less, very surprised by that.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||House was shaking||
pretty good in Grand Rapids.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||MGoBlog||
I'm a broke college student so no donations to Brian and Co., but this is the one site I disable AdBlock, so thats something, eh?
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Illuminati||
Illuminati has the letter "m" in it.
Michigan begins with the letter "m".
The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor.
The name Ann Arbor has 2 "A"s.
The name Ace Anbender also has 2 "A"s.
What shape is seen in the letter "A"?
The Illuminati is a triangle.
What is the opposite of a triangle? A circle.
What letter is in the shape of a circle? The letter "o".
Ace Anbender works for Mgoblog. The name Mgoblog has two "o"s.
What else has two "o"s in it?
Brian Cook and Ace Anbender = Illuminati CONFIRMED
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Toronto FC||
I think I am going to start following Toronto FC now that it looks like Detroit won't have an MLS team any time soon. Definitely not supporting a Columbus or Chicago team.
Giovinco is a favorite of mine and I also like Bradley, Cheyrou, and Altidore. Should be a fun team to watch.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Nope||
Dawson played in that game. In fact looking at the box score their whole team seemed to be active. Izzo is pulling a Brian Williams.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Not a good source||
"Teddy Blanks" steals from message boards and makes educated guesses. This hire has been rumored for the last week.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||His "source"||
was premium content from message boards with his own (ultimately very incorrect) spin added to it. This kid is full of bs and the results of the coaching search proved that. He is like an optimistic Ace Williams.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Gentry is raw||
Malzone is a better passer right now, but Gentry has the physical tools that Malzone doesn't.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Would not||
be surprised if he came back to coach here in the future. Kind of got squeezed out with the presence of both Durkin and Mattison, but those two will likely only be here for a few years at most.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Incorrect||
Tom Tupa won the Super Bowl in 2002 with the Bucs.
Of course he was the punter, not a QB by that point.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I doubt it,||
after the hype wore off. His passing numbers were the result of an unstoppable rushing attack. He missed some easy throws and was helped out by Devin Smith being a beast on deep throws.
Of course it only takes one team to believe the hype though.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Where his||
passing was not anything special but his ability to bulldoze through high arm tackles was. Cardale probably would not have been a high pick after his actual passing ability was broken down on film.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||And||
in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland it is legal to sell sex, but illegal to buy sex.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||It may be legal||
and safer but there are still major problems with sex trafficking in those countries, as well as all the other problems associated with prostitution (rape, drug addictions, stds, pimps, abuse, etc.). What many of those women go through is still horribly sad.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Ah yes||
a big lowpoint in a season full of them. There was a lot of butthurt after that score, but it wasn't like MSU was doing anything special, just running power and Michigan couldn't stop it. Of course if it was Michigan scoring the touchdown we would have loved it. That moment really showed how far the team had fallen, and honestly a lot of the fanbase as well.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||If the opponent||
started shooting threes with wonky off hand form it would be a bit of a mockery of the sport. The approach you mention is fine for soccer, but I don't think it works as good for basketball and only demoralizes the team more. Skills should ideally be devoloped in practice, and it would be weird to put backups in but tell them to only use their weak hand, not shoot inside, etc.
I think the best approach is to put in benchwarmers and let them play their game and see what they can do while giving minimal coaching input.