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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: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:07 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Diebeasleydie,  your comments make no sense whatsoever.    He is just entering his prime(the last 3 years might be challenging for the size of the contract)  What gives you the right to call the Detroit Tigers one of the most overrated teams in all of sports, in the most classless city/state? Perhaps you are jealous, we have an owner trying to do anything to bring a winner back to Detroit..

Just to be clear, what you've wrote is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it.

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:42 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Yup, a 27 year old on the decline? Are you serious? He's just hitting his prime you idiot!!! Sounds like a bitter division rival?

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:27 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

An overrated team overpaid for a player entering the declining stages of his career... a player in his late 20s early 30s is always on the way down... but, that being said, at this point, for those reasons - Prince Fielder is at best a DH - Too bad, someone who once was one of the best players in baseball will now go ruin his career for one of the most overrated teams in all of sports in the most classless city/state on the face of the earth

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:16 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Mr Illitch really is an incredible owner. He wants to win, of course. As a fan, you have to appreciate his willingness to take the monetary risk in order to put a competitive product on the field.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:15 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

something tells me they will choke just like all the other teams who try to buy a world series. Hell one big injury to one of these 20 mil dollar guys seasons over. your money is spent best stay healthy cause you can't afford to buy a replacement. and if they start to suck in two years there contract makes them untradeable.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:54 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

So how again is his guy a great mr. wonderful oh we love him owner? He spends money to get talent to win champioships and hopes one day just like all Owners that the article mentions hopes he can BUY a championship.  Is it me or is this really pathetic, an aged owner is like a politician on the last year of their last term, desperate and antsy grabbing at anything willing to do anything good thing is by signing Fielder this way a couple of things are guranteed 1) Money ball spending hurts baseball franchises more in the long run from developing and sustaining being this signing is only going to cause long term misery and that's the only term fans seem to way does Fielder finish this contract in Detroit...possibly not even in baseball 4 or 5 years maybe and in that amount of time he's blocking prospects that are younger and possibly better that will mean they will never make it to the big leagues or more realistically trade them off.  So its analogous to getting liposuction for curing obesity instead of exercising and working out...short term looks great and works wonders in the long term more harm then good and 2) Shouldn't all owners be spending this kind of cash to win I mean lets face it we expect our owners to want to put together a winner and that means spending money so applauding them and singing their praises for doing what's expected well that's like applauding the McDonald's cook for being able to put cheese on a cheeseburger...sheesh.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:35 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Oakland County?

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:26 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

I agree w/ tigertowner68: It's a great signing and I'm pumped for the 2012 season, BUT... having been a Tigers fan for over 50 years, I am all too aware of how things can fall apart - and not just because of injuries.  People talk about players having "a career year", but seldom does anyone mention players who have a career OFF year - and that can happen to the best players.

If the Tigers pitching is solid again & no one gets injured, I expect Detroit can win the division easily.  But bizarre things happen to teams in every sport, so I will wait and see how the season progresses before I think about ordering my WS tickets.

Thanks, Mr. Illitch.  As a 1/2 century fan of the Tigers and Wings, your dedication to fielding competetive teams is truly appreciated.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:19 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Hey if I had the  your home team the Braves I would stop going also but now  I get to go see the " THE MIGGY AND PRINCE SHOW" EAT CROW BITCHES

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:14 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Pathetic signing ?,  You must not know much about baseball,  Prince along with Cabrera will be the best 3-4 combo in mlb.  Don't be hating because of being a A's fan.

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