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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. 

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DEX_MORGAN
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Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:37 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

I came to this story because I thought that was Joe Namath in drag. Seeing the most over-rated QB in the history of pro football dressed as a woman was intriguing to me… not surprising, just intriguing.




Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:36 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

"The owner looks like Lady Elaine Fairchild from the neighborhood of make believe."
I literally did laugh out loud.
He certainly does.
Good stuff, thanks for that.



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:27 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

No owner wants to win more than Illitch? LOL!!! Ahhhh, that's a good one. Yeah, the rest of them are mildly interested in winning. Tell that to Arte Moreno. He went out this offseason and bought the best player available. And, as an added measure, he splured on the best pitcher available. The total price was far more than what Illitch paid. How about Jeffrey Loria's moves this offseason? Signed an all-star closer, shortstop, and starting pitcher. Why? Because he wasn't trying to win it all? The Phillies, Yankees, Rangers, and Red Sox owners want to win less than Illitch? What an ignorant statement.



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:15 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

As a fan it is always nice to know your favorite team will pay to get top players. While all these other teams were hemming and hawing Llitch jus dropped his 12 pounder on the table and ended it. You gotta give him credit for trying but it looks like a long term mistake if these guys dont put it all together this year. It will be lots o fun watchin them swing for the fences but Fielder's addition makes this look like a slumbering infield defense.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:15 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Dude have you ever been to Detroit? They are definetly not a small market team, Detroit has the 12th biggest metro are in the nation and problably one of the biggest fan bases if not the largest sport fan base in the United States. Do your homework bro!!
 



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:14 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

The owner looks like Lady Elaine Fairchild from the neighborhood of make believe.




Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:13 pm
 

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

I'm not sure tha overspending on a chunky 1st basemen illustrates your desire to win more than other owners.  I think it just proves your ignorance.  Why did CBS include a picture of a woman with this story.


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