Tagged: Gary Sheffield

Friday Night Fights

 

sheff.jpgI had a chance to see the replay of the Sheffield-Carmona fight last night from The Jake “The Prog” (huh?) . My only explanation is that it goes back to the last time that Sheff got plunked by Carmona in April.  Sheff tried to use typical ballplayer reasoning for justifying it – Cabrera hit 2 homerd off this guy so now he’s gonna hit me.  The only problem this train of thought is that pitchers typically take it out on the very next batter – which in this case was Matt Joyce.  Furthermore, Carmona did this with the second pitch in the at bat, not the first. 

My advice to player who plan to charge the mound:  be sure you can take the guy.  Sheff ended up looking like Robin Ventura when he went after Nolan back in 1993

 

Hopefully, Sheff can still get to 500 home runs this season.  That, Maggs’ pursuit of another batting title and the late offensive explosion by Cabrera are aout all Tiger fans have left to look forward to this sesson.

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:::taps heart:::

 
 The bottom of the 8th inning yesterday may have been the best half inning the Tigers have played all season.  It’s also probably as much heart as the offense has shown all year.

Renteria is FINALLY starting to hit the ball.  It only took him about 5 months to get warmed up!  Seriously though, he’s been getting some key hits when the Tigers  needed them.  BTW – his average is higher than Sheffield’s.  Go figure.  That didn’t take too long.

Speaking of Sheffield, was anybody surprised to see that nobody claimed him while he was on waivers?

Galarraga continues to impress me.  Every time he pitches, I always expect the opposing team to figure him out after their first at bats.  Hasn’t happened yet.  What a steal he was!

Cabrera has been putting up some great numbers lately.  He is slowly becoming the face of this team.  I’d like to see him and Magglio stick around for a while

Despite the anemic offense and the bullpen, Robertson had a solid outing in his last appearance.  Let’s see what he can do tonight.

I still miss Pudge and his enthusiasm…

a knee-jerk reaction to the Pudge-Farnsworth trade

Thumbnail image for pudge.jpgUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Pudge Rodriguez has been traded to the Yankees for Kyle Farnsworth.

I think this was a mistake on the Tigers’ behalf.

There’s little doubt that Pudge’s offensive skills are fading as he approaches the end of his career.  On the other hand, he is still one of the best defensive catchers in the game – a fact that defies logic, given his age and the wear and tear typically associated with playing behind the plate.

Apparently, the Tigers felt that Pudge was expendable.  His contract is up at the end of the year, so it would appear that they had no intention of re-signing him. 

Tiger fans know that Pudge was just more than a 13-time all-star catcher and future Hall of Famer.  When he signed with the Tigers following the disasterous 2003 season, it made the Tigers relevant again.  In the years that followed, big-name free agents like Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez signed here.  Trades both big and small for players like Placido Polanco and most recently  Miguel Cabrera brought Detroit an AL pennant in 06 and instantly place them in the same breath as the Yankees and Red Sox.  This stunning three-year transition, from the outhouse to the penthouse, would not have been possible without Pudge signing.

I got to hand it to the Yankees though; this trade made pefect sense for them.  With Jorge Posada out with a season ending surgery, they NEEDED a catcher.  At this point, Farnsworth was expendable.

Are the Tigers really a better team with Farnsworth than with Pudge?  Is Kyle Farnsworth REALLY the answer to the Tigers bullpen woes. (SEE LAST POST).  Is Brandon Inge ready or even willing to be the everyday catcher?  My gut says “No” to all of the above, but only time will tell.

I will miss Pudge.  For the last 4 1/2 seasons, he has been the face of the Tigers.  I hoped he would retire as a Tiger, but you never know what the future holds.  Besides, I’m just counting the days until Farnsworth get into another one of his infamous brawls…