Why are the Detroit Tigers in first place?
Is it a team effort? Starting rotation?
Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly in the bullpen? Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer? Their top-five payroll?
Dave Dombrowski’s offseason and in-season moves? Jim Leyland’s managing? The farm system?
What is the main reason the Tigers are the best team in baseball?
The general manager
I think it’s Dombrowski. The guy is the best executive in baseball. He doesn’t get enough credit for what he has done with this franchise. On its own delivering Cabrera to the Tigers should get Dombrowski into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dombrowski’s signing of Prince Fielder seemed big at the time the move was made. Fielder did protect Cabrera a ton in Cabrera’s run to the Triple Crown last season. The lack of power and production from Fielder the past six weeks are stunning for a player the Tigers are paying more than $200 million.
The signing of Torii Hunter was huge. Dombrowski’s trades for Cabrera Scherz...