I think I hate the Detroit Tigers

25 02 2008

The trade that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit broke many hearts in South Florida and today, thanks to ESPN.com, we get the first official images of Detroit’s newest Tigers. If you’ve opened ’08 Topps, you have already seen the cheap-looking airbrush job they pulled for the Dontrelle and Miguel base cards. This is the real thing.

So how will our two lost Marlins do in ’08? Well, for starters, Miguel Cabrera is just 24 years old and already has three 30+ home run seasons and four 100+ RBI years, all while remaining in the .300 region, including a career-high .339 in 2006. Even if he falls into a slump having to adjust to American League pitching, a 40 home run, 120 R.B.I, and .320 season is not out of the question. Oh, and if the Tigers win the division, which they are favored to do—that’s an easy unanimous M.V.P award for Miggy.

Dontrelle Willis, who won 22 games in 2005—has lost 27 in the last two seasons and has barely gotten into double digits in wins since then. He is just 25 years old and has pitched 200 innings or more in the last three seasons and his lifetime 4.17 E.R.A will be more than enough for the Tigers, who had 4 different players hit 20 or more home runs and that was without Miguel Cabrera.

Hell, unless Manny can prove that his best days aren’t behind him, Josh Beckett doesn’t miss the entire season with blisters, and Big Pappy can stay healthy…you might as well give the Tigers the American League crown and watch as they fall to the New York Mets in 7.


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26 02 2008
Mike Herman

Not so much a response to your post, which was solid (your site is one of my new favorite sites — great work, but a short story related to Manny Ramirez…

I work in northern Scottsdale, for a company with an office a block away from the resort and shopping area where the Patriots stayed for the Super Bowl. So, I decided to go walk around the shopping area (Kierland Commons) adjacent to the resort. Word was that many of the players were frequenting the high-end stores there. This was 5 days before the big game.

I didn’t get to meet any football players, but as I walked past the Barnes & Noble there, I saw a sort of mountain of a man standing at the magazine rack, by himself, reading a couple of hot rod/car mags. The covering over his dreadlocks gave him away, but I peek at his eyes to make sure it really was Manny Ramirez.

So, I walked inside, walked over to the magazine rack, introduced myself, shook hands, and told him that I was simply a fan. I asked him if he was in town for the Super Bowl, and he said no. He told me that he lives here as often as possible, and that he loves coming to that bookstore and is there all the time.

I shared that I just moved to the area and that a great job at an office down the road was enough reason for me to move — not to mention 60-80 degree sunny weather in the winter. He laughed and asked where I was fun and when I said, just outside Chicago, his eyes lit-up and he wanted to know if I was a White Sox fan or a Cubs fan.

“Actually, I cheer for both of them and attend games at both parks,” (which, by the way, is an awesome thing for baseball fans — to have two major league teams in one city. AL & NL teams are just a ticket and a short drive away. I told him that my first team was the team I grew up cheering for, the Milwaukee Brewers.

He said he was really impressed by that team, and that they’re going to be really good this year and for a lot of years.

I then shared, “I don’t want to bother you and take time away from you here at the store.” He was more than gracious and said he’ll see me around town since he’s always out and about.

That night I checked a few stories online and saw that Manny has an incredible reputation for being extremely friendly. He’ll often just go out to SkyBar or one of the other establishments and talk all evening with anyone who wants to stop and talk. It seems to energize him — which is typically the opposite of how top athletes and their fans tend to interact.

While we spoke, I saw the kid in him — it was crystal clear. He still has that spark of youth, and an appreciation of where he has been able to go in his life.

That’s my story, and that’s Manny…for what it’s worth.

26 02 2008
Mario C.

Mike, thanks for that awesome story. Manny is my favorite player since Jose Canseco retired. He was a monster a few years ago and I hope he can return to that M.V.P status in 2008.

26 02 2008
The Infamous Tatiana

I hope he will wear a uniform that fits this year and possibly stop using the “Manny being Manny” as an excuse for any stupid actions.

I like the guy, but not so sure he is very professional. He would make a great hang out buddy, I am sure.

27 02 2008
Justin

Guess who lives 10 minutes from Comerica park? Guess who can’t wait for the season to start? I am lovin’ this deal and hating the possibility of tickets being hard to come by. Sorry for stealing Cabrera, but I still wish we had Maybin too. I know Florida will love him, he’s the real deal.

18 04 2008
Bigorra

I watched Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin last year, and I can tell you that these two have what it takes to be very good players for the Marlins. Miller was dominant at times, has great movement on all his pitches, as well as a great attitude toward the game. Maybin, well he didn’t hit that well in his few weeks as a Tiger last year, but he showed a ton of skill at times, is fast as lightning, can hit the ball a mile and cover the outfield as well as any 20 year old in baseball. Again, he’s only 20. While Tiger fans are happy that Cabrera and Willis are here, we certainly feel the loss of Maybin and Miller because everyone who has seen them knows they are great players, great guys, and potential All Stars. Maybin could be another Ken Griffey. Miller, be patient because he is one of the youngest pitchers in the NL (22). He’ll learn and grow and then be scary.

1 07 2009
Shasta

would you like Willis back? You can have him. As I recall the Tigers finished in last place. I don’t think the Marlins did. Also the Marlins no hit the Tigers in a SPRING TRAINING GAME. Looks like you got a blessing in disguise.

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