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The Next Big Thing

With the hurricane on the way, it will be interesting to see how many games the Tigers get off over in Tampa. With both of these teams out of playoff race, it’s very possible that the games wouldn’t be made up.

As September goes on, the 1984 Detroit Tigers Championship Diary is winding down. Later in the month, the Tigers will clinch the division, and eventually break the 1968 Detroit Tigers mark of 103 wins. Then in October, there’s the playoffs.

I’ve had a lot of fun with diary, and it was definitely a learning experience. Going into the details of their 35-5 run, and then seeing their subsequent struggles showed how a team can go from red hot to ice cold with basically the flip of a switch.

So I was thinking, what next? And I have two “nexts.” The first of which is a volunteer assignment. A good friend of mine is going to be starting a Reds Blog here soon, Reds Cutting Edge. He was on the fence for a while, but he’s now finalizing his site, and it should be up and running here soon. “Blade” as he likes to call himself, is an interesting guy. Think of a salesman on speed. And acid. But seriously, the guy trains salesmen for a living (he’s weird about remaining unknown, so that’s all I’ll really say), so he’s going to bring more of a cheerleading aspect then what you’re used to here.

What I’ll be doing there is a 1975 Cincinnati Reds diary. The Big Red Machine’s first title, and probably the greatest world series of all time, I’m looking forward to learning about the feats of Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, and Johnny Bench.

So what about Tigerblog? I’m going to be pulling double duty, which is why I’ve been trying to line up some more writers, but what I have planned is, with assistance from Baseball Almanac, a 1935 Detroit Tigers World Championship Diary. I don’t think I’ll be able to do as good of a job as I did with the 1984 diary, because I don’t have play by play data, but I have boxscores and some other additional information that should help me write an informative and interesting take on the Tigers first World Series title.

And to kick things off, over the course of the offseason, I’ll be writing brief bios on some of the key players who played on that team. I’m really looking forward to this, and I hope my readers enjoy it as well. As always, if you have a suggestion, feel free to drop me a line.

Paintball this weekend. With my son being born, it’s the first time I’ve gotten out this year. Also looking forward to the long weekend.

Speaking of which, have a nice weekend.

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