Tag:New York Yankees
Posted on: December 9, 2009 10:49 am
Edited on: December 9, 2009 10:57 am

Thanks, Curtis.

The Detroit Tigers traded the face of their organization to the New York Yankees yesterday. In doing so, they shed the payroll they needed to lose, but lost one of the great men of baseball.

Curtis Granderson was more than a rising star in centerfield.  Granderson was one of the good guys.  Major League Baseball recognized him as the Man of the Year for his work with the GrandKids Foundation.  The foundation’s mission is “to enforce educational initiatives to youth and to help bring the sport of baseball back to the nation's inner cities.”  

In a year where his batting average dropped 20 points, his power increased dramatically.  In the process, Granderson went from being a lead off threat to a solid hitter in the 3rd spot.  Granderson was not without his faults. His strikeouts increased and he flailed against left-handed pitching.

Still, he provided Detroit fans with a stunning glove and command of the spacious Comerica Park center field.  

Detroit did not have much choice but to deal Granderson.  Granderson was scheduled to make over $5 million this year and over $8 million the next. Attendance in a season where the Tigers were contenders until the very end was down significantly.  No one blames the fans.  Unemployment in the state of Michigan exceeds 15%.  Household discretionary spending was at a premium so spending a couple hundred dollars on a trip to Comerica Park was not realistic for many families.

As a Tigers fan, I’m hopeful about the trade.  There seems to be equal amounts of outrage on all sides of this three-way swap.  Yankee fan and D-back fan are thinking they got screwed out of prospects as much as the average Tiger fan is thinking they lost the two of the best players in the franchise.

I have to give Tigers Head Honcho Dave Dombrowski some credit.  He traded for Edwin Jackson who had a career year in Detroit. Dombrowski has had the magic touch most of the time.  This fan will give him the benefit of the doubt while I hope these prospects pan out sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, I’ll be rooting for Curtis Granderson’s continued success on and off the field.  Thanks for six great years in MoTown, Curits.

Posted on: March 2, 2009 3:41 pm

An Ode to Robinson Cano

Last year I jumped on the Robinson Cano bandwagon.  Cano was the second 2B called in my newly formed dynasty auction.  I had visions of a new generation's Willie Randolph at second for the Yankees.  Surely, 2008 was the year that Cano was going to have an entire year of consistency. Many of the fantasy ball prognosticators said Cano was a diamond in the rough. So I bid.  I bid a couple dollars more than I should and I won.

When June rolled around and Cano's bat was still silent, I reassured myself that his bat was sure to get hot in the late summer.  He hit double-digit dingers in the second half of the 2006 and 2007 seasons.  It was only a matter of time before the ball sailed out of Yankee Stadium.  I knew, just knew in my heart, that when he didn't hit a homer, he would be stealing bases at a clip that would make Ricky Henderson weep.

I was wrong.  Cano ended the season hitting .271 with a whopping 2 SB and 14 HR.

And, oh yes, I am stuck with you again.  So, I dedicate B.B. King's "How Blue Can You Get?" to you, Robison.  As B.B. says, "I've been down-hearted, baby, ever since the day we met."


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