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Home Stretch

There’s fourteen more games left in the Tiger’s season. They’re off to a decent start tonight, with Mike Maroth pitching a five hit shutout through the fifth. Dmitri Young and Brandon Inge have homered to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. This is the third to last home series of the season, with the finale being next weekend against Tampa Bay. Two weeks left of Tigers baseball, so enjoy it while you can.

The 27 year old infielder, Jason Smith has turned some heads. Including today, he’s hitting .266, and more impressively, 16 of his 33 hits are for extra bases. He’s well past the point where he can be considered a prospect, but if this is any indication of what he can do, a utility infield/pinch hitting role could be in his future. With him and Brandon Inge, you have two players who can pretty much cover any position between the two of them.

Congratulations to the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Tigers A affiliate. They won the Midwest League Championship by beating the Kane County Cougars three games to two. With Erie making the playoffs (and eventually losing), it’s nice to see the Tiger’s pipeline doing well at their appropriate levels. The Tigers minor league system has been a mess for a while, and it looks like Dave Dombrowski and company have brought some respectability back to the Tiger’s minor league system.

I’m taking part in a forum on blogging over at MLB Center. You can see my post and a ton of others. It’s steering a little off course, but I was brought to the attention of a website I wasn’t aware of. The Business of Baseball is still being worked on by Maury Brown. Maury is a top notch person, and his website is impressive in it’s content. I’ll be checking this one out over the next several days to see what kind of goodies I can find.

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Home Stretch

The Tigers enter the final week of a dismal season. Regardless of whether the win the rest of their games, or lose the rest, they’re going to down in history as one of the worst teams in the history of baseball. Whether they go 5-2, and are mentioned after the both the Cleveland Spiders and the New York Mets is just a formality. This team was, and is bad, and things have to improve.

Probably the most troubling is the silence from the front office. Other then rumors of Pat Hentgen possibly coming home to play for his home town team, everyone’s mum as far as who the Tigers will pursue in the off season. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I started this blog on April 4th. Entries were scattered and haphazard (you’re probably asking yourself, what has changed) to start, and then around the all star break, I started trying to write something consistently. Sometime’s it wasn’t much, and at times I tried to do a little more. So if you’ve stopped by to read what I have to say, you’re my kind of Tiger fan, because this has been one tough year. And I plan to keep going into the off season, tackling some Tiger history, and watching things unfold from the front office, hopefully being able to proclaim improvement.

And for all of those baseball fans who have teams entering the playoffs, cherish the season. For a lot of us, our season is done, and we’re limited to watching teams we like, or have followed, not OUR team. I’m truly jealous. And if you’re team wins the World Series, cherish it even more, because you never know, it might not happen again in your life time.

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