I can’t help but compare the other 29 teams with the Tigers because it helps put what our team is experiencing into perspective. It also gives us insight into how Detroit’s organization is run and where they stand in the mix of performance and strategy.
With that said, here are 10 things that have been on my radar screen as we head into the thick of summer…
1. The Evil Empire (you know the one) appears to be back and not going away anytime soon. All this after only a couple of months rebuild.
2. The Nationals, Dodgers, Angels and Red Sox are showing signs of taking a page out of the Ilitch/Dombrowski/Boras playbook about how to bet it all on a ring and come up short. Things are going to get really ugly at the end of this year for most or all of them.
3. Clayton Kershaw has pitched in only a single World Series game while Mike Trout has played in only 3 division series games and both have only 2 more years until free agency. What a waste of talent and strategy by both of their teams.
4. Teams with higher payrolls have more options when assembling their rosters. Shouldn’t it follow that teams without those means should be hiring the best Front Office talent and adding to their resource arsenal in order to balance the edge given by money?
5. The Red Sox have a recent habit of firing their GMs within 1-3 years. Dave Dombrowski’s teams have only won a single playoff game in the past 2 years with one of baseball’s largest payrolls – and he is in the third year of his contract.
6. Once again, MLB-affiliated tv and radio were mum on the firing of Chris Bosio and left it to others to do the reporting. You’d never know there is a real issue within the industry re insensitive comments and actions of a sexual, racial and cultural nature (including those highly placed within the top tiers of MLB) if you only listened to the stations officially run by MLB.
7. Any woman can tell you that long hair is really hot in the summer. So why do baseball players now voluntarily coat their entire heads in long hair and beards?
8. Baseball teams never report their actual attendance and run with the number of season tickets sold combined with no-shows and actual ticket sales. MLB attendance overall this year is down almost 7% and facing their lowest numbers in 15 years while ticket prices and food/parking costs have risen 3% on average.
9. With all their money and resources, how did MLB end up hiring a retired couple to put together 30 teams’ schedules for the past 25 years via paper and pencil? Shouldn’t they have hired a math expert who can use a super computer instead of going very cheap and very old school?
10. In a recent survey, professional baseball players believe that the PED problem is larger than believed. And the decision-makers within MLB believe it is smaller than thought. What a surprise.
Which one of these 10 observations intrigues you the most? Pick one, share your thoughts and support your argument.
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