The Tigers 2010 season is over with and they finished with a nice even 81-81 record. The last time they finished exactly .500 was back in 1958 when the finished 77-77. Billy Martin played for the team that year and Al Kaline led the team in OPS with an .864. Entirely meaningless but a little bit of trivia for you there.
Dave Dombrowski announced that the Tigers won’t have Jeremy Bonderman, Johnny Damon and Gerald Laird back next year. Neither of those are huge surprises but it does open up a rotation spot that the Tigers have to fill. The Tigers could always go out and get someone but if they don’t, my money is on Andrew Oliver (as a a SWAG, but of course if he gets the spot, you heard it here first).
Of course with the season’s end, it means another post season missed. It’s hard to believe that 2006 was four years ago. I remember talking to people and we were all convinced that in the five years following the 2006 season, the Tigers would probably be in the post season at least two or three of those seasons. Of course close doesn’t count but 2007 and 2009 the Tigers made runs only to fall short. Still, the team did a lot better then most people thought they would.
Every time I think I’m going to be able to keep up with the team here, something derails my plans. I’m not giving up, I just can’t commit because I’ll go hot for a week then cold for two. I still have some personal things to resolve and until those fully play out it’s hard to plan too far ahead.