Wednesday, December 09, 2009

My column in Wednesday's Oakland Press on the Granderson trade (with video).



Blogger Barry said...

Well Pat, all happy in Yankeeland, Tigers are in way and see mode and I think the Diamondbacks got the worst end of the deal unless they know something about the young pitchers they traded that we do not know. I hope the Tigers are not done dealing and get rid of some bad contracts. Tigers needed two solid left handed hitters in the line-up and they just traded one away. I am also surprise that Larish is being given away, he has outstanding eye at the plate. At least, it makes up his below batting average. He is good defensively too. I think they could trade Maggs if they are willing to eat over half of his salary. I would like to see the young player Raburn, Thomas and the new Jackson get more playing time. They are not going to hurt you in the field.

11:31 AM 
Anonymous Phil Edmunds said...

I'm tired of the cliche "it's a business." I'm tired of "moneyball." Sure, pro sports teams are a business but they're also selling things like community and a sense of place and identity. Guys that you like and want to root for and buy your kid a shirt of and point to as a good example. Not sure how that should get factored in alongside payroll, contract clauses, or things like on-base plus slugging or WHIP that I don't really give a damn about. I'm just a simple fan who watches games and enjoyed watching Curtis make great catches, turn a doubles into a triples, and represent the team and the city so well off the field. And the fact that he was sold to the Yankees also makes me sick. Baseball is just like everything else in this country these days, something that is geared toward the wallets of a handful of obscenely rich people like the ones who can afford the ridiculously expensive tickets to the new Yankee Stadium. I'm left to wonder: why should I care about it? This guy should've been a Tiger for life like Tram.

12:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, I agree with your feeling about trading Curtis Granderson. It is sickening. He had an obvious off-year at the plate, which isn't all that rare for good hitters. That makes him a prime candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. That would have been one way the Tigers could have improved over last year. They instead are burdened with multiple question marks. Will Scherzer make a positive adjustment to the AL? Will the lefty reliever from the Diamondbacks ever get command or be another Matt Anderson? Will Austin Jackson be able to hit big league pitching? I can't help but pull for the Tigers, but I feel an uncommon apathy about 2010. They will probably lose as much at the gate as they save in salary. Dave

12:27 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Amen Phil Edmunds, I feel exactly the same way.

6:12 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Granderson didn't hit for a high average last average last season, but don't be surprised if that changes. It's not like he is on the decline - as some are saying. And he's averaged 25 home runs per full season. He has power. A lot of extra base hits.

2:38 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Phil Edmunds,
I hear you. I mean, the Tigers drafted and developed Granderson. He was ingrained as a Tiger. Likely less than halfway through his career, when he is in his prime, they traded him. For what?

2:40 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

How bad a season did Granderson really have last season? It wasn't awful. Tigers will take Granderson's numbers from last season from Austin Jackson this season, that's for sure.

2:42 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Phil and you expressed what I am sure many Tiger fans are feeling right now.

2:42 PM 

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