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No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:44 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 4:57 pm
Well, the mystery team won again. I guess we shouldn't be surprised. That makes it three mysteries solved, with Cliff Lee's $120-million Philly deal and Albert Pujols' $240-million Angels deal coming before Prince Fielder's shocker of a $214-million, nine-year Tigers deal.

We also shouldn't be surprised it was the Tigers. No owner wants to win more than Detroit's Mike Ilitch. I saw how crestfallen the Casear's pizza king was following the Tigers' defeat to the Rangers in the ALCS last year. Injuries to Magglio Ordonez and Delmon Young stripped them of their lineup power, rendering them a patsy for the stacked Texas Rangers when they looked like an equal opponent to start the series.

Yet another injury, this one to Victor Martinez, spurred this move. The fine-hitting Martinez is expected to miss the 2012 season after tearing up a knee while working out, and Ilitch didn't want to waste the 2012 season. Ilitch wants to win as badly as anyone in the game. He's the new Steinbrenner, a quieter, calmer Steinbrenner.

Word was out that the Tigers were looking at picking up Johnny Damon, Raul Ibanez, Vladimir Guerrero or Hideki Matsui, Four accomplished players winding down their careers. Instead, they got a superstar, a coreerstone player that gives them the appearance of a shoo-in for another AL Central title and another crack at the World Series title that has eluded Ilitch, despite his incredible efforts and extraordinary tolerance for spending.

The $214-million contract, which was first reported by, shouldn't shock folks. After all, Fielder is a 27-year-old slugger, a cleaup hitter and leader to build around. There is no opt-out but the salaries are said to be spread evely over the deal, making it worth exactly what it purports to be worth.

They're celebrating in Detroit. Miguel Cabrera, who will vacate first base for Fielder, is said to be thrilled to welcome Fielder, according to Danny Knobler of What surprises everyone is that Fielder didn't go to the Nationals, Orioles, Rangers or any one of the other five or six teams that was mentioned prominently for weeks, if not months.

As it turns out, the Nationals were the only one of those teams in the mix at the very end. They saw Fielder as their answer to the need for lefthanded power until Bryce Harper arrives. There is believed to have been a third team in the mix. Yes, yet another mystery team.

At this point, the only mystery is that even now no one believes the call of the mystery team. 

Category: MLB

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:13 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

No one has been more derisive about this move than Yankee fans.  It's understandable I suppose.   They have been on a steady diet of sour grapes since the Tigers sent them packing last fall.  That HAS to effect one's senses.  As for our "fatties" who can't run, I suspect it's not unlike the Yankee 3rd baseman who will surely be using a cane by the ASG as the 'roids continue take their toll.

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:15 am

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Detroit is the favorite to win the World Series if you don't count 5 other teams:

Philadelphia Phillies 9/2
New York Yankees 6/1
Los Angeles Angels 8/1
Boston Red Sox 8/1
Texas Rangers 8/1
Detroit Tigers 10/1

updated 1-25-12

Odds courtesy of listed under odds, future bets.

Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:39 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

All of this optimism for the Tigers will be gone once their fans see that you can't fit a square peg into around whole. For those on the slow side I mean the tigers will have a bunch of fatties who can't field or run. Baseball is not a one dimensional game like football (the pats) and you don't win a championship with horrible defense. NL teams will bunt all over them in inter league and the AL will follow suit. Mark my words when I say the D on their uniform will stand for disaster. This will prove to be one of the worst signings in MLB history and will leave the Tigers financially screwed for years to come. You will see his HR's drop now facing better pitching in the AL and he will be a DH in 3 years. Another mo-town mishap for a city steeped in defeat. I guess the owner is playing fantasy baseball. Go Yankees!

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:16 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

I love it when random douche Indian and Royal fan chime in on the operations of a team from a major market as opposed to their little minor league bull$hit towns where their owners couldn't spend their way out of a wet paper bag. Can't you richard lickers just be content watching your teams supply the big boys with talent after you stumble upon decent players from years of drafting in the top five. 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:38 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner


You are a joke and your comments make you look like a complete idiot.

How do you figure that Cleveland has a better pitching staff than the Tigers?

Did you forget the Tigers had Doug Fister who's ERA was 2.83 with 216 innings pitched while striking out 146 batters and only walking 37.
Thats the Tigers number 2 pitcher not even the Ace of the staff.

Now lets look at Clevelands BEST pitcher the Ace of the staff which was Justin Masterson who had a ERA of 3.21 with 216 innings pitched while striking out 158 batters and only walking 65.

So the Ace of Clevelands staff has a  ERA 0.38 higher while pitching the same amount of inning striking out 12 more batters but also walking 28 more than the Tigers number 2 pitcher.

Now lets look at the closers for both teams.

Clevelands closer is Chris Perez who had 36 saves out of 40 opportunities, a ERA of 3.32 in 59.2 innings striking out 39 and walking 26
The Tigers closer is Jose Valverde who had 49 saves out of 49 opportunities, a ERA of 2.40 in 72.1 innings striking out 69 and walking 34.

Your outfield is such a joke I am not wasting my time on them. You have a couple of very good infielders and a great catcher.

So I cant believe that you are that dumb to think Cleveland is a better team than the Tigers

Also Clevelands 1- 9 is not than Detroits 1 - 9

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:25 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Eliminating home park advantage, let's compare road stats for the two batters from last year.

.333BA .384OBP .476SLG .860OPS

.272BA .393OBP .476SLG .869OPS

So which is which?  Not much of difference is there?  Martinez is first, Fielder is second.  Identical slugging, Martinez with a huge advantage in batting average, which is what you want from a middle of an order guy (it's hard to drive in a run with a walk), and Fielder with a slight 9 point advantage in OBP and OPS.

You think a 9 point gain in OPS from Martinez to Fielder while taking a huge defensive hit in the field suddenly makes the Tigers the odds on favorite for the WS?  I think not.

Haters will always be haters but I have a question.  Why don't you people at least try and make your case by doing a little research before you type?  Comerica Park is actually a BETTER park for Fielder to hit in, so this "home park advantage" thing you made up still exists.  And why don't you take a look to see how Vmart did at home in comparison to how Fielder did at home? I'm going to make you look it up... not gonna tell you.  But I will say this much... Fielder's numbers at home DESTROY what Vmart did at home.  Count on Fielder to do the same in Detroit as he did in Milwaukee last year.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:41 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

tdaison, lol, you must be a sad person...Miggy and Fielder both in their primes...Both have proven track records...The Tigers line-up is scare alot of pitchers...

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:36 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

diebeasleydie, put down the crack pipe...Next you will tell us Bradon Inge should be in the 4 hole..

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:33 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Dex, you are a sad person...Illitch wants  to win there is know doubt about it...It is his team and his money to spend how he wants...As for your cheap shots at Miggy, maybe you are just jealous or insecure in your lack of manhood..

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:02 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Heyman is such a putz. I can't believe they this dude for his insight. Yesterday he didn't even have Fielder on the Tigers radar. One day later the Tigers owner is a man-God and the Tigers are declared the great thing since the '27 Yankees. Don't get me wrong, the Tigers will be good, but let's at least play through June to anoit them as kings. I'm sure LAA, Texas, NY, the Sawx and Rays will have something to say about this. Just who is the Heyman dude and what credibility does he have as a Baseball Insider? All I know is whatever he says is generally wrong, so don't pop the bubbly just yet Tiger fans. The actually pay this guy to write lololol.

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