The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone and the Tigers, as predicted, were sellers. I thought they would be and I also thought it was the right move. The Tigers’ payroll was super large and Detroit was going nowhere come October.
I realize this is a tough concept for all of us Tigers’ fans to swallow. Detroit has been a playoff staple the last four years and we all just expect the Tigers to be in the hunt for the World Series. This year, though, the hunt is over. David Price, the left-handed pitcher, is now a Toronto Blue Jay. Detroit received three left-handed pitchers in Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt. Daniel Norris was the Blue Jays No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft. I have to admit he looked pretty darn good in his Tigers debut the other day. I hope the other two lefties can shore up the bullpen or become legit starting pitchers.
The Blue Jays went from 25-1 to win the World Series to 16-1 after the Price trade. I wish David Price nothing but luck in Toronto, as he was a total class act here in Detroit, even if the stay was short. The Tigers dealt closer Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates for infielder Jacoby Jones. The New York Mets got a big bat in Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit. Detroit received Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa in the deal. Fulmer and Cessa are both right-handed pitchers. Detroit acquired some pitching for sure, but the question is how many of them will pan out? Detroit is now in a rebuild mode and it was totally the right move. They waved the white flag on 2015 and look forward to 2016 and a newly-shaped roster.
I just wonder what thoughts are going through Miggy and JV’s heads? I think we all would like to know the answer to that question. I also wonder if Brad Ausmus will still be the manager after this season. I say, no!
Running with ease
The Haskell Invitational was won by the awesome horse American Pharoah, the Triple Crown winner, who hadn’t raced since the Belmont. He won the
Haskell with ease. It was so nice to watch the Triple Crown winner run again instead of being retired to stud. This American Pharoah is a total freak on the race track. He runs with passion and I don’t think there are any horses out there right now that can defeat him. I hope he gets to run in the Breeder’s Cup come this fall. I love this horse and remember I picked him to win all three races on his way to the Triple Crown. I made a lot of money doing it, too! Giddy Up!
In the last month, the Lions have lost two great Lions alumni. Charlie Sanders, my boyhood idol when I was catching passes in the back yard, passed away a month ago. Mel Farr passed away this week. Mel was a running back drafted out of UCLA by the Lions and he played from 1967-1973 as a Detroit Lion. Mel, of course, also had car dealerships and was known as Mel Farr Superstar around the Detroit area. I can barely remember him running in the Detroit backfield but I do remember him. R.I.P. Mel and Charlie.
As I write this column on Tuesday night, Dave Dombrowski is out as general manager of the Tigers. Al Avila will take over as GM. I guess that means we are stuck with Alex Avila and his .170 batting average. I can’t see daddy trading him. Can you? I guess someone has to be the fall guy for the Tigers underachieving here in 2015. Dave Dombrowski is that fall guy. I think it’s stupid and the pizza man, Mike Ilitch, has lost his pepperonis. I will say this, though, at least Dave Dombrowski made the Tigers worth watching and put them on the baseball map again in Motown. I hate to see him go!
If you love preseason football, the Hall of Fame game will take place this weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Pro football is here, yes, but personally the preseason does absolutely zero for me. firstname.lastname@example.org