Monday, August 26, 2013

Five Tigers Players, Five Amazing Tigers Seasons

I have a newsflash for you guys and gals. Miguel Cabrera is really good at baseball. Bet you didn’t know that.

His first two years in Detroit, 2008 and 2009, were impressive. Then the video game numbers started. In 2010, he finished second in the MVP voting with an OPS+ of 178, 19 points higher than his career best at that point. In 2011, He upped it to 179. Then last year, all he did was win the first Triple Crown by anyone since 1967.

And he’s outdoing himself again in 2013. Look at the following stats entering Monday’s game.

2013 Miguel Cabrera

.360/.450/.685/1.135, 42 HR, 128 RBI, 202 OPS+, 7.1 WAR.

That is insane. He leads the league in average, hits, RBI, OBP, SLG, OPS, OPS+, total bases, wRC+, wOBA, and many other categories, I’m sure. This is something special. And he’s been doing it while injured to the point of not being able to run. Blood is seeping through his uniform at times. On the first pitch, he’s hitting .488 with 14 HR. With runners in scoring position, he’s batting .422. With RISP and two outs, bump it up to .455.

They can tell us that Don Kelly is Mister Heart and Hustle all they want…my vote goes to Miguel Cabrera. I hope you’re all enjoying this performance in 2013 as much as I am.

Miggy Poco’s amazing year got me to thinking about the other standout amazing individual seasons I’ve witnessed since becoming a Tigers fan in 1985. Cabrera’s 2013 ranks at the top. But I wanted to round out my Top Five with four other guys with four other years I’ll never forget.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 New York Mets

The season is winding down and the Tigers currently hold on to a six game lead in the AL Central. Injuries are mounting, though, and it remains to be seen if they can make it to the playoffs without half the team dying. Cabrera is beginning to resemble the walking dead. But the tough bastard keeps hitting...

Up next is more goofy interleague play in New York with the Mets. My apologies for completely forgetting to do this Fan’s Guide before the series began. I’m a bit of a moron.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hey, Tigers Media: Don't Feed Us Nonsense

Between Tigers games on FSD, the Tigers Live pregame and postgame shows, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, MLive, blogs like Bless You Boys, and numerous other media outlets, Detroit fans have a lot of information on our baseball team readily available. While we, and myself especially when it comes to certain writers, don’t always like the stuff we read, I think we have the opportunity to always be informed about what’s going on with the team.

I don’t ask much, in my opinion. I prefer that what I read or listen to makes sense. I’m a happy camper when information is presented with relevant statistics or data to back it up. And I want the person presenting me news or opinion to be honest.

Honesty is a big one with me. If I can’t trust my news source, what good are they? That’s why there are two instances in the past couple days that have really ticked me off. One came from television and one from a Detroit paper. Maybe this stuff isn’t a big deal to some, but it is to me.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mike Trout Leads the League in #HaaHIF, Thus Give Him the MVP

Tuesday is normally the day in which Your Party Host enters the mind of Bill Simonson and shows how Bill is completely wrong about everything using simple facts and logic. Alas, for the second straight week, Huge has not devoted his column to the Tigers. Therefore, we must seek our fun elsewhere. Darn.

What luck! It’s Yahoo to the rescue! Normally, I ignore these Yahoo Contributor Network articles because they are pretty much universally garbage. To write one, I believe an author must possess a pulse and an internet connection, with little else. Some don’t even come up with their topics themselves, as Yahoo just assigns topics it wants covered.

This one was written a week ago, but was just brought to my attention. And it is one that is just way too stupid to ignore. (Kind of like Angels fans.)

Here we go.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Test: Are You a Good Detroit Tigers Fan?

The following is a test to see if you deserve to be a fan of my favorite baseball team. I care little if you think this is fair or not. You are to go through this exam from beginning to end, no skipping ahead, with no breaks, and no looking ahead for the correct answers. This is important stuff and no tomfoolery will be tolerated in my classroom.

None of these questions should be difficult if you are a real Detroit Tigers fan and a decent person. With the team’s recent success, there are just too many bandwagon morons running around that are interfering with the enjoyment of the game for myself and other real fans. The frauds must be weeded out and it is my sacred duty to do so.

If you fail this test, I demand that you no longer support the Tigers. You are never to step foot in Comerica Park again. I further ask that you never return to this website. And I expect a full apology neatly written on proper stationery for your attempted ruse and your crimes against humanity.

Let’s begin.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Who is Still Standing from 2003?

When Jeremy Bonderman made his return to the Tigers last week, I found it odd that three members of the historically bad 2003 club had now made their way back to Detroit over the years. Bondo, of course, retired due to injury, had a cup of coffee in Seattle early this season, and is now back. Ramon Santiago was traded to the Mariners in early 2004, in one of the biggest steals ever for Carlos Guillen, before rejoining the Tigers in 2006. And Omar Infante was traded in the infamous Jacques Jones deal to the Cubs in November of 2007 before coming back in the Anibal Sanchez trade last year.

When I looked back over that 2003 roster, it actually surprised me to see that three other members of the team were still in the majors, too. Andres Torres, Fernando Rodney, and Cody Ross still draw MLB paychecks. It seemed like a lot of guys to me considering you have to be pretty talented to last a decade or more in MLB. And not too long ago, before being released by their teams, Carlos Pena and Brandon Inge were still around.

I pointed it out on Twitter that six players remained from 2003 and Matt Sussman replied that the AL’s World Series representative that year, the Yankees, also had six players still active (Rivera, Jeter, Giambi, Soriano, Pettitte, and Choate). It seemed odd to me that the worst team in AL history would have as many active players as the then-loaded Yankees ten years later. And I started wondering how they compared to the other teams in baseball.

It turns out, only three MLB teams from 2003 have more than the six that Detroit and New York still have in the game. Oddly enough, two of the three are from the AL Central. And one team, the Brewers, have no one left in MLB that was on their 2003 team.

Here’s a complete list of all the teams and who is still around, to the best of my knowledge.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Crazy Mike Puts the Band Back Together

(Detroit Tigers Headquarters, Detroit, MI)
DAVE DOMBROWSKI: (on phone) Yes. We’re quite pleased with the team’s performance as of late. Uh huh. No, I haven’t heard anything concrete about becoming the commissioner when Selig retires. But yes, I am hopeful. Fingers crossed, haha. Right now, I’m just concentrating on making the Tigers the best they can be. Mr. Ilitch? Well, he can be interesting to deal with, but no, I’m sure he’s just as happy as we all are.

/loud knocking on door

DOMBROWSKI: Hey, I have to go. Someone’s banging on my door. Yeah, it never ends. Take care. Bye now. (hangs up) Come in!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Man, This 20 Games Over .500 Team Really Sucks

Hey, kids. It’s Tuesday and you know what that means. Yes, it’s time to see what Simonson is spewing at us from his dark, dank corner of mLive. And I have to tell you, I was surprised by this week’s effort.

Was it a column filled with logic and interesting points? Ha, get real. I said “surprised”, not “violently shocked into having fourteen consecutive heart attacks”. You see, I was expecting a ridiculously overblown morality piece on how PEDs are worse than 9/11 and Hitler combined. No such luck. Luckily, CBS employs a lunatic named Scott Miller that was kind enough to write that article. No, Bill had a different plan this week.

Apparently, that plan was to write a rambling, senseless piece on the success of the Detroit Tigers in which he not only contradicts himself throughout the piece, but also contradicts what he has written in the past. I’ve known for quite a while now that Bill was a terrible writer and a liar, but even I was blown away by this week’s nonsense.

Are you ready to lose thirty IQ points? Sweet. Let’s dive in.