I shouldn’t complain too much because being busy isn’t a bad thing but I’ve been neglecting the site. No promises, but I’m hoping to reverse that and while I want to touch on a few things that have happened since I posted last, way back when, it’ll probably be incomplete because of ALL the things that have happened.
First off, Kurt Mensching at Mack Avenue Tigers picked up the DIBS (Detroit Independant Baseball Scribes) ball and coordinated a set of postseason awards for the Tigers. No surprises, but I definitely need to update my Tiger links for some of these newer (or not so new) sites.
Second, the 2010 Hardball Times Baseball Annual is out. I did my usual Business of Baseball piece but it’s another great read. I’m a little biased, but I think THT is the best free baseball website out there as far as content. If you want to help out the site, pay a few bucks more and order directly through this link because the margins are quite a bit better then if you buy through a store or via Amazon.
The Tigers got a couple of third place finishes in the award voting so far. Justin Verlander finished third in the Cy Young while Rick Porcello came in third for AL ROY. It was nice to see the voters get it right in the AL Cy Young. Greinke was hands down the best pitcher and I’m glad they looked past his win/loss total. Somebody gave Verlander a first place vote but oddly, out of the five players who received votes, he was tied for last in overall votes received.
Tom Brookens is your new first base coach. I was always a fan of Brookens back in his time with the Tigers and it’s cool seeing another past Tiger get a job with the team. Last year he coached Erie and he’s also spent time with Oneonta and West Michigan.
Jarrod Washburn and Aubrey Huff’s time with the Tigers were both short ones as the Tigers said they won’t pursue either player. Both were busts although fortunately the price tag (as far as we know) wasn’t all that great. All of the crazy trade rumors haven’t been fun but it goes with the program. The team collapsed and the Detroit economy is in the crapper so unfortunately, something has to give. It’d just be nice if it wasn’t the face of the team in Curtis Granderson.