The Detroit Tigers have an old face returning to Comerica Park in 2016. Yes, Cameron Maybin is returning. Cameron, if you remember, was the Tigers’ can’t-miss prospect long ago. He was indirectly involved in the Tigers getting Miguel Cabrera to Motown in 2008. Atlanta sends Maybin to Detroit and the Tigers send Ian Krol and Gabe Speir to the Braves. This is not a blockbuster move by any stretch of the imagination! I don’t even know if I like or dislike the deal yet. I’ll get back to you on that one!
The Tigers did trade for some bullpen help, though. The new closer will be Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers. I think he will help the bullpen next season. My big fear is we have another Joe Nathan; an aging player past his prime. Rodriguez’s numbers were pretty solid last season. One more Tiger rumor has Detroit interested in Doug Fister.
And the winners are…
The National League Cy Young award went to Jake Arrieta of the Cubs. Jake was 12-1 with a 0.75 ERA in his last 15 starts of the season. He finished a solid 22-6 and was the obvious choice. The American League Cy Young award went to Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. He beat out David Price and should have. The MVPs were Bryce Harper, who received all 30 first-place votes. His 42 home runs, .330 average and defensive play won him the award. The American League MVP was Josh Donaldson. Josh had 41 home runs and 123 RBI. He is the first Blue Jay to win the award since George Bell in 1987.
New man at the top
The Lions have announced that Ron Wood, a Goodrich native, is the new President. Ron admits to knowing nothing about football. Well he at least has that in common with the Lions team on the field and coaching staff! He is a business man and will control that aspect only. The new general manager will be in control of the football side of things. It comes as no shocker that Ron Wood is a close confidant to the Ford family. The next move is the critical one for the Lions. Who will be the new GM? Stay tuned. I hope the Thanksgiving Day game is worth the watch and not a blowout loss. I have choked on enough turkey over the years! The Detroit Lions will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Turkey Day.
Sparty downs the Yuckeyes
The college football playoffs will have a new look as Ohio State loses to Sparty! The Spartans exposed the frauds from Columbus on Saturday at the horseshoe. The fact that MSU did it with a backup quarterback playing is so awesome! The Michael Geiger 41-yard field goal as time expired had Spartans’ fans screaming loudly, as he split the uprights. I have to admit, I thought without Connor Cook that the Spartans were cooked (pun intended).
Defensively, Michigan State was superb. They held OSU to five first downs, 46 yards passing, 86 yards rushing and 132 total yards of offense! I say, lights-out performance and a gutty team effort Spartans!
How about the time of possession: MSU 38:10 to OSU’s 21:50. The Spartans’ offense only attempted 16 passes, completing only eight of them. Mark Dantonio pulled off a great coaching job getting his players to believe they could win. The Spartans now have their Big Ten Championship aspirations decided by what they do over the next two weeks. What a nice position that is to be in for Sparty. What Sparty has to avoid is a letdown next week against Penn State.
The Ohio State and Michigan game will be played in Ann Arbor on Saturday. It will be Jim Harbaugh’s first game as coach against the Buckeyes. I would really like to see the Wolverines hammer them on the football field Saturday. So would Michigan State!
No NFL picks this week as our Thanksgiving week early deadlines will force no NFL picks this week. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!