Found November 20, 2012 on
Taking Bad Schotz:
Yes, Miguel Cabrera won the AL MVP and deservedly so. But that doesn’t mean that Mike Trout didn’t also deserve to win the award. This year’s award is more important than who came in first. This year marks the beginning of a war. A war on WAR, or Wins Above Replacement, a new sabermetric statistic that is supposed to more thoroughly express a player’s all around impact on the game by including base running and defensive abilities in addition to the traditional Triple Crown categories, of which Cabrera led all three.
Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown, something that had not been done since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. In the eyes of the “old-school” baseball men, Cabrera should have run away with the award. But Mike Trout, the incredible rookie from the LA Angels had a 10.7 WAR making him only the second player since 1969 to have a WAR greater than 10 and not win the MVP. In the eyes of the “new-school” stat geeks, Mike Trout should have ran away with the award as well.
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The Ryan Raburn era in Detroit came to a quiet end Tuesday afternoon.
In a press release announcing that the Tigers had added pitching prospects Melvin Mercedes and Bruce Rondon to the 40-man roster, along with shortstop Dixon Machado, there was a quiet mention that the Tigers had released Raburn.
Raburn played seven seasons for the Tigers, playing six positions, but none of them...
DETROIT - Bruce Rondon will be the most intriguing Tiger when spring training begins in three months.
Even if the club trades for or acquires a free agent closer such as Ryan Madson, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski whet the appetite of fans when he addressed the media after the World Series and said, Do not discount Bruce Rondon in the role of closer on our ballclub.
– According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports, the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in short stop Jhonny Peralta, but they won't trade him until they find a better short stop than him.
– The Detroit Tigers released utility player Ryan Raburn reports Brian Britten, the Tigers' Director of Media Relations. A move that clears a spot on the 40-man roster towards the Rule-5...
DETROIT What now for the Tigers?
Signing right fielder Torii Hunter was a great start, but my guess is that there will be at least two more significant deals or signings.
Deciding what to offer pitcher Anibal Sanchez -- whose interest will heighten after top pitcher free-agent Zack Greinke signs -- and making at least one significant starting lineup move appear to be in the offing...
Late Tuesday afternoon, a second interesting clue was released as to the possible next offseason move of the Detroit Tigers. First, it was reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks were interested in Jhonny Peralta. A short time later, the Tigers were … Continue reading →
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, free agent short stop Stephen Drew is drawing interest from several clubs including the Detroit Tigers who just exercised a $6 million dollar team option on infielder Jhonny Peralta for the 2013 season.
Drew became a free agent this offseason after the A’s declined their half of a $10 million dollar mutual option though according to MLBTradeRumors...
If you believed in the MVP candidacy of Mike Trout over Miguel Cabrera, then the day since the announcement has likely been a frustrating one.
Obviously there was the vote itself, in which 22 of 28 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America said that Cabrera was the more “valuable” player in 2012 — the other six did indeed vote for Trout. But beyond the outcome...
Something has to give when a respected veteran major league player is traded to a team and the uniform number he has worn for 16 years is already on the back on one of his new teammates. Usually it ends up costing the new acquisition a nice dinner or maybe even a new car.
What happened when former Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter called his new teammate Rick Porcello...
Jim Bowden has proposed that the Arizona Diamondbacks send Justin Upton to the Detroit Tigers for Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia. Continue reading →
Let’s get something straight— Anibal Sanchez is not quite an ace. He is a great middle-of-the-rotation arm until he proves otherwise, but with that said, he is still worth ace-esque money. And ace-esque money is what suitors will seemingly be willing to pay him this off-season. Those handful of suitors are a smart bunch.
The longtime Miami Marlins player and stellar in-season...
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If you believed everything that you’ve heard, you might be under the impression that we have the next Miguel Cabrera in our system. I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but I’m not signing up for that just yet. Does that mean I don’t believe in Wilmer Flores? Quite the opposite actually – I just don’t like putting lofty expectations on young players.
Flores is and has always...
Whenever I am struggling with writer's block or just insanely bored, I like to take a look back through the traffic sources for the blog, Sometimes the keyword referrals provide me with an idea but most of the time they just provide a good chuckle, like the time someone cam across the site by Googling "is Jeff Mathis a homosexual." That was my personal favorite...