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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 CBSSports.com, 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 CBSSports.com. 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
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Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:47 am
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

As a fan, you have to appreciate his willingness to take the monetary risk in order to put a competitive product on the field.
galf-  O's could use that type of owner. Wink Those final 3 years  of Fielder's contract could be tough.





Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:43 am
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Going to disagree with you on the very wealthy suburbs. Troy is one of the wealthiest counties/cities in America. Just saying. 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:38 am
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Actually, statistically, the late 20s to early 30s are the most productive of a power hitters carreer. I mean if statistics matter in baseball that is. As for the classless comment... well clearly you haven't travelled much. It may be an economically depressed city, but the people are incredibly friendly, upbeat and proud. Nope I dont live there, but work takes me through there an awful lot and I always look forward to it. 



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:09 am
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

use spellcheck please


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:18 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:13 am
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Agree w/Michigan D... Detroit fans are crazy over their teams ALWAYS... Hell even the Lions sold out almost every home game during their long playoff drought. Tigers 3 Million plus every year. Michigan and MSU sell out ALL games and Red Wings the same thing,,,, This year the Pistons are way down, but I think a lot of it is the success of all the other teams and the lock out...Detroit isn't Cleveland where the fans come AFTER the team starts to win and then bail on the teams when they are down..



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:12 am
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Red wings have made the playoffs for 20 straight years. They are the Yankees of hockey.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:08 am
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

What's the difference between those teams you mention and Detroit? NY? Anaheim (LA)? Philly? Boston? Those are major markets you ignoramus! On the other hand, Detroit is a dying city. Illitch is putting up his own money and the Tigers have lost more money than any team in baseball in the last two years...over $50M. Why do you thing the Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs for 20 straight years? (answer: Mike Illitch)


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:53 pm
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Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:47 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Hey Dex, if you're suggesting the Twins' "bandbox" is hitter-friendly, you're not with it.


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