So it’s been a week without an update. I apologize for that. Between the Tigers stinking up the joint, the start of prep football season, working nights labor day weekend and working the morning shift (which, as I work for an afternoon paper, means starting around 4:30 a.m.) this week and trying to remember my name by noon… It’s a nightmare of a swing. Well, it’s no excuse for not updating more frequently. It just is what it is.
A few issues to comment on:
- Kenny Rogers’ struggles
It’s sad to see he’s lost it. And it’s obvious, he has lost it. He knows it. You know when a player is that age, and has had that long a career, it can just escape just like that. Kind of like Todd Jones. Of course, Jones had an injury. (Does Kenny?) But same concept. Both aging pitchers fell off the table.
Unfortunately, fan perception was not totally balanced there. I am as guilty as the next guy, admittedly, for not giving Jones the credit he deserved. But I was happy to see Rogers given proper thanks for all he did for Detroit — and let’s face it, the man was incredible in 2006, both as a mentor and pitcher, and after his performance in the playoffs I will forever think of him as a Tiger even if most remember him as a Ranger. I don’t know if that will turn out to be his last start in Detroit. Maybe not. But in case it was, I’m just so thankful we had his pouncing kitten defense antics to watch for three years.
I imagine he’d want to be closer to his family if he retired from pitching, maybe step away from baseball for a bit. I don’t know. But I hope there’s always a position with the organization in the coaching ranks if he ever wanted one.
- Todd Jones
Bonus comment: I hope Todd Jones can get a chance to step out of the dugout to a standing ovation before the season ends. Put in a pass-or-fail position where his failures were scorned and his passings were forgotten, Jones was probably the most underrated Tiger this decade.
- Miguel Cabrera
Awesome. Totally awesome. I know. That is neither a particularly analytical comment nor a surprise to anyone who has watched the Tigers the past two-three months. But holy crap. He has been… awesome. Think if he did it for a whole year. Or heck, 80% of the year. He’s going to bring home AL MVP honors while wearing the Olde English D. That trade was 100% a winner.
- Off topic, but I’m rooting for the Brewers
Funny how Brewers fans came out of the closet … kinda like Tigers hats suddenly reappeared on heads in 2004 and jerseys were in droves in 2006. But I know too many to see their baseball hopes crushed by a September swoon. So think positive thoughts for Beertown, hey!
Kind of like with Troy Percival a few years back, acting as a scout when he could not pitch. It’s nice to see the Tigers continue to be a classy organization, and to hear players like Wilson feel loyal to the club because of it.
600 fans saw the Marlins play? HUH! Can’t they move to Grand Rapids or something? I don’t care if it’s Grand Rapids, Minn. How the heck does a major league club only get 600 in attendance?
- The callups and whatnot
I haven’t actually been able to watch a complete Tigers game yet since they occured. So I have no real opinions. I’m glad Clay Rapada is back. I thought he should have been around for a lot more of the season. He deserves a real look for next year. I think it’s nice to see Mike Hessmen is up and getting regular playing time. I have a hunch he’s just a AAAA player, but hey, he’s living the dream, cheer him on. I’m curious to see how Dusty Ryan will do, because I guess Dane Sardinha just isn’t the answer as a backup catcher.
- Brandon Inge as catcher
I was talking to Ian, the voice behind Bless You Boys, on IM during the game yesterday. We were discussing how we thought Inge’s defense at catcher wasn’t the greatest and wondering if he’d improve during the offseason, knowing he is in all likelyhood “the man” for next season. And then he pulls off just a great double play, his second of the game. So you know what? I think he’ll be just find. I feel a bit uneasy, maybe, but he’s going to be just fine. I just hope he finds his bat. A full year behind the plate just has “mendoza line” written all over it. No wonder he prefers third base. . .