Thursday, August 11, 2005

Baseball stuff

I was watching the Dodgers-Phillies game last night and I heard that Jose Cruz Jr. has 187 career home runs. That got me thinking that he has a chance at reaching 300 career home runs. I'm pretty sure that Cruz would be the worst player in baseball history to reach 300 home runs. I looked up the list and here are the candidates.

Jay Buhner
Ron Cey
Ron Gant
Greg Vaughn
Gary Gaetti
Ruben Sierra
Roy Sievers

Cleary, all of those players are better than Jose Cruz Jr. Jeromy Burnitz and Reggie Sanders will reach 300 soon. I think Reggie Sanders would immediately earn the title of "worst player ever to reach 300 home runs." Although, Sanders has been far from a bad player.

On a different note, I think Alan Trammell will be fired soon. I don't have any inside information but the Tigers are falling fast. There was so much excitement about the direction of this team early in the season. After it seemed as though the Tigers weren't going to contend, it seemed that people were happy that they would at least have a shot at finishing above .500. Now, there's really no hope of anything. The whole team is in a tail spin and this is precisely when the head coach gets the axe. I would expect Tram to be let go if, and when, the Tigers get below 10 games under .500. I suppose it's possible that Dombrowski has made up his mind that Trammell will be back next season for sure but I have a hard time believing that Dombrowski would take that stance. Dombrowski can't let the pessimism surround this team get any worse. Don't be surprised if Tram is shown the door very soon.


Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but notice that as soon as you started tracking Bonderman's 20-win chase, the roof collapsed. I think you were hesitant to do this because it may jinx stuff.

I think the blame for the Tigers' tailspin falls clearly on the shoulders of the Motown Sports Revival folks

Anonymous said...

That post by Bill is pretty entertaining.

Tram is a Tiger modern legend and I respect him as a player and as a coach. But he just doesn't have this team at all. They have slipped into an abyss of almost ready and unwilling to go any further. Obviously they need another frontline starter from outside the organization, and they need power at 3B and in LF. They also need someone, anyone to come up with a big hit or a big pitch. Whoever thinks Inge is the future is a fool. He has no power and his fielding is suspect and there is no reason to get him more seasoned at a place they need power.

Eric Shelton, Fernando Rodney, getting Polanco, and Bonderman have been the bright spots. Logan, Monroe, the bullpen lately, and any type of clutch hitting have been disappointing. Granderson should be the guy in CF next year and they better find someone who can get a hit with two outs and two on. They have blown so many games by just not getting runners home with no outs, one out, well...outs. This includes the big guys.

I'm still not sold on Shelton but he has been pretty good. But if they can get a big hitting firstbaseban I think they could DH Shelton because his fielding skills are marginal.

I am extremely disappointed in this team. Between them and the Seahawks performance last year I have a new ulcer and drink allot more. My goal was for a .500 season and they aren't going to get there. Last year it was acceptable. The Blue Jays, Indians, and Rangers are going to finish with better records and that is hard to swallow.

Anonymous said...

Royals have lost 13 straight. This would be a good time to win one of three from a hot team! Can they do it? Go Tigers!

Jake said...

You hit it on the head Bill. Ever since I put that "Bonderman Watch" up there, the Tigers have been abysmal. I even took it down at one point and then they started winning again. At this point, we can put on our Lions hats and hope for the highest draft pick possible.


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