Polanco Underappreciated, Underrated And A Very Good Player
I’m not sure that would be the wise move by the Tigers, even if they have prospect Scott Sizemore in the waiting.
Polanco is an extremely valuable player. It come to the forefront Sunday because he hit a game-winning home run, but it’s more on a day-to-day basis that he excels with persistent consistency.
It’s the two-out hits with runners in scoring position late in games. It’s his fielding. Polanco just doesn’t make errors, turns the double play exceptionally well and has decent range. His batting average has been down this season, but it’s been misleading. He has gotten as many key hits as ever, and is the prototypical No. 2 hitter.
- Michigan’s alleged football practice violations, as they stand alone, I don’t think are that big a deal. The NCAA will do something, but I’d be surprised if it amounts to more than a slap on the wrist. The bigger issue is the accumulation of things that have been happening to Michigan’s football program under Rich Rodriguez.
His haggling with West Virginia made the school look bad. The number of disgruntled players leaving the program made the school look bad. The Justin Feagin situation made the school look bad. Last year’s 3-9 record made the school look bad.
And the University of Michigan is not used to looking bad when it comes to football. To the contrary.
- Good for Bill Laimbeer landing a job with Minnesota as an assistant coach. Memories are long in the NBA. Laimbeer was not popular as a player, and even with his success as Shock coach, he was having trouble getting any interest from teams as an assistant. The Pistons did help him in this regard. It is possible he could someday return as the Pistons coach.
My column in Monday's Oakland Press on the Lions: http://tinyurl.com/lcra8d