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Monday, March 24, 2014

Baltimore Sun: Orioles trade IF Alex Gonzales to Tigers for Steve Lombardozzi

Okay, so NOW that whole “Doug Fister for Lombardozzi and a pitching prospect” deal suddenly makes a lot more sens—wait, what?

SARASOTA, Fla.—The Orioles added another player to their infield mix Monday, acquiring switch-hitting local product Steve Lombardozzi Jr. in a trade that sent veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez to the Detroit Tigers.

Lombardozzi, 25, who is from Fulton in Howard County and graduated from Atholton High School in Columbia, immediately becomes an option at second and third base while the Orioles fill the temporary hole created by the club’s decision to place third baseman Manny Machado on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.

“We are taking him right now with that in mind,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “We’ll see how it goes in the next couple days, but our reports are that he can play second, third and in the outfield. And he can contribute offensively from both sides of the plate. Good fundamental player.”

Esoteric Posted: March 24, 2014 at 06:51 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, detroit tigers

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fox Sports: Tigers might get short end of Fister trade, but they thought it through

Well that’s a relief.  Here I was thinking that Dombrowski had just been on a bender the entire offseason:

Because it helps explain a trade by the Tigers that left many of us baffled—right-hander Doug Fister to the Nationals for a modest pitching prospect, left-hander Robbie Ray, and two complementary parts, left-handed reliever Ian Krol and utility man Steve Lombardozzi.

My initial reaction—and the initial reaction of many in the industry—was that Tigers general manager David Dombrowski did not get enough. But Dombrowski, one of the game’s sharpest and most thorough GMs, had his reasons for making the deal—reasons he explained to me Thursday, knowing full well that this trade, like all trades, may or may not work out.

The criticism of Dombrowski was rooted in the success of Fister, who ranks ninth among starting pitchers in Wins Above Replacement the past three seasons, according to Fangraphs.com. Righty James Shields, who ranks two places below Fister, brought back two top-100 prospects, outfielder Wil Myers and right-hander Jake Odorizzi, the previous year.

Yet, as Dombrowski pointed out, that kind of return simply was not available this offseason. [...]

“You can see that young pitching right now is very difficult to acquire,” Dombrowski said. “We had a list of about 15 pitchers that we would consider in various deals. He was one of the 15. The other 14 people said no. And (the Nationals) said no at first.”

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Dombrowski’s account, saying, “Robbie Ray is a guy we were reluctant to move at the beginning. It’s why the trade took 2-1/2 weeks to consummate.”

Esoteric Posted: February 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers, regrets, i've had a few, washington nationals

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I-96 shootings suspect says he got ‘coded messages’ telling him to act

A Wixom man police say is the Interstate 96 corridor shooter who terrorized motorists in October 2012 testified Monday that he was prompted to randomly shoot at cars after receiving “coded messages” during Detroit Tiger baseball games.
[...]
Casteel said one of the shootings occurred while he was listening to a Tigers baseball game on his car radio and suffered anxiety at seeing a “long line of cars” driving in his direction.

He said he recalled listening to one pre-game broadcast discussing baseball hitters “aiming at shadows” or “shooting at shadows.”

“To me it meant shooting at cars,” he said.

Better cars than Trucks, I guess.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 05:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, detroit tigers, general, radio

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Aubrey Huff announces retirement, accepts job with Pac-12 network

“Arizona was interested in me for a bench job,” Huff said. “I really was adamant about not doing that, and they ended up signing Eric Hinske. I always told myself that [I would retire] whenever I’m not an everyday player. I’ve won some World Series, what’s the point of being on the bench anymore? I’m not going to go through all of the grind and flights and everything just to ride the pine and watch. It’s just not what I want to do.”


Does Lance Parrish deserve Hall of Fame consideration?

Pretty close, huh? The second line is Carter and the first one is Parrish. Lance hit more homers (and thus had more total bases) than Carter, but “The Kid” got on base more via a higher batting average and about 10 more walks per 162 games.

              AB     H    R   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB    SO    AVG    SLG   OBP   OPS
PLAYER A     576   145   70   25    2   26    87   50   124   .252   .440  .313  .753
PLAYER B     562   148   72   26    2   23    86   60    70   .262   .439  .335  .773
Wahoo Sam Posted: January 05, 2014 at 11:22 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball hall of fame, detroit tigers, lance parrish

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Trammell’s “good at everything” hasn’t been great enough for Hall of Fame voters

Trammell won’t be joining Ozzie Smith, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, or Luis Aparicio in the Hall of Fame, shortstops who were not his equal.

For Trammell, maybe the knowledge that he was considered very good is good enough. Maybe the comfort lies in knowing he was a man who didn’t have a glaring weakness on the diamond.

Wahoo Sam Posted: January 01, 2014 at 11:16 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: alan trammell, detroit tigers, hall of fame

Monday, December 09, 2013

Let go by the Tigers, Toby Harrah deserved better

Just one year ago, the Detroit Tigers were raving about the job that Harrah had done after joining the team in mid-season. In the first month after Harrah joined the staff, the Tigers improved their offensive output by a full run per game. Now, Harrah has been cut loose, as new manager Brad Ausmus decided not to retain him as part of his staff.

Wahoo Sam Posted: December 09, 2013 at 01:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers

 

 

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