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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: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:46 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

BRAVES_ROCK1...Why, may I ask, do you really care what another dude looks like?  Maybe you should start looking at chics instead...just saying!  Look out Texas and Anaheim...DETROIT ROCK CITY IS BACK IN THE HUNT!

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:41 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

I guess you guys havent seen the son of Al Davis. Aka Dumb & Dumber

Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:40 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Wow... I don't ever remember seeing this guy... he is one ugly dude. Now that Al Davis is officially dead (who I had assumed died a decade ago and they were moving him around like a Weekend at Bernie's)... this guys is now officially the UGLIEST DUDE (hands down) who owns a pro team.

I dare anyone to name another.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:30 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Ugliest dude? or dudette? Wow that is nasty!

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:22 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:59 pm

No mystery, Tigers Ilitch is one terrific owner

Ilitch is a world class guy not only for the city of Detroit but also due to the high praise stories you hear daily from all of his players, regardless of team. He has already turned one very mediocre team, Red Wings, into a dominant force in one league and is now looking to do the same with another. He can no longer 'play the field' with the Wings as in years past but is not going to hold back on emptying the wallet for a championship for his Tigers.

Way to go Mr. Ilitch!

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