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Monday, February 05, 2018

The ‘Tank Tax’ Could Push Teams To Try Harder |

What happens when a team is incompetent?

It’s relatively simple. The same draft system continues to exist. The worst team picks first, the second worst picks second, etc., with one caveat: any team that fails to win 70 games in back-to-back seasons faces a 10-spot draft penalty.

Have one awful season (like the Giants and Tigers 64-win teams in 2017) and your club reaps the benefits of having the top picks in the draft and the larger draft bonus pool that comes with it. But if a team wins 60-something games two years in a row, they pay the penalty. Instead of drafting first again, that team would draft 11th.

And the penalty escalates. Win less than 70 games three seasons in a row and it’s a 15-spot draft penalty. Four straight seasons with less than 70 victories and the team pays a 20-spot draft penalty. Twenty spots would the be maximum penalty, so a fanbase unfortunate enough to suffer through five straight seasons of 93 or more losses would see their team face another 20-spot penalty.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:34 PM | 94 comment(s)
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Monday, October 02, 2017

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first |

1. Tigers (64-98, .395)
2. Giants (64-98, .395)
3. Phillies (66-96, .407)
4. White Sox (67-95, .414)
5. Reds (68-94, .420)
6. Mets (70-92, .432)
7. Padres (71-91, .438)
8. Braves (72-90, .444)
9. Athletics (75-87, .463)
10. Pirates (75-87, .463)

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Sunday, October 01, 2017

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first |

If you are going to be bad, you might as well be the worst.

The Tigers have selected No. 2 overall three times. In 2004, they got Justin Verlander with the second pick; in 1990, that selection netted them Tony Clark; and in 1976, they took southpaw Pat Underwood, who went 13-18 with a 4.43 ERA in four big league seasons, all with the Tigers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
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