Friday, February 19, 2010

On Tiger, The Olympics And Johnny "Enough Already" Damon

Sure, I will watch the Tiger Woods news conference today. Even if it isn't a news conference - because he won't answer questions. It's impossible not to wonder what he has to say.

- Goaltending is always hockey's biggest "X" factor. Jonas Hiller of Switzerland vs. Canada Thursday night was more proof. Oh, Switzerland came oh-so-close to knocking Canada off its high horse. Then again, it might serve as a wake up call for the Canadians.

- Seems like most of the American favorites to win gold medals are actually winning gold medals.

- Considering how massive Canada is in terms of land space, and how cold most of the country is at this time of the year, why are they hosting the winter games in a city where the temperature is so mild? Bizarre.

- Enough of Johnny Damon, already. Let him go to the White Sox.

Note: I will be doing live chats at theoaklandpress.com every Tuesday at 11:30 am.

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Blogger Barry said...

Pat, I agree with when it comes to Damon. Beside, there could be number of outfielders near the trade deadline. For example, if the Rays are not in it wouldn’t C Crawford be available among others? I just saying the Tigers can do better if they are patient. Tigers need to draft better. Drafting all these reliever in 08 was quite dumb because you can pick up set-up guys for less than $5 million. Too bad Tigers can’t draft like they did in 75 and 76. What a haul those years were. They even won World Series with the picks from 75 and 76.

9:31 AM 
Anonymous Jeff H said...

Quite agreed on Johnny Damon, but I still think he will end up with the Tigers because Boras always sends his clients where the money is the biggest. Should be a really interesting reaction at the home opener when he is introduced. I know if I get tickets I'd boo his backside the entire game.

9:40 AM 
Anonymous Marty said...

Pat,

I know that I don't want the Tigers to get Damon either. A DH without power doesn't make much since, and a left fielder in Comerica Park that can't throw makes even less since. At the same time it could make Carlos Guillen a permanent DH, and he has been one of the most consistent and clutch hitter for the Tigers for years. Without the additional risk of injury from fielding, he might stay in the lineup more often.

What do you think of the Ashlee Palmer signing from the Lions. He looks like a good Gunner for special teams. Does this mean that Detroit is considering letting Kalvin Pearson go, or more an indication that they want to play Zack Follet more at LB this year?

-Marty

10:10 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Barry,
I'm with you on that. Hold the money - and if you are in contention spent it. I am of the opinion, Damon would not be a major differencemaker for Tigers.
Caputo

3:03 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Jeff H,
I think he'll get cheered in Detroit. Fans will buy into it. He is a name. There is a "why not" sign him attitude. It's just when you think about the big picture, signing Damon doesn't make sense. And the agent stuff is bordering on ridiculous.
Caputo

3:05 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Marty,
Honestly, don't know that mjuch about Palmer yet. Just what you probably read. I do know they must have had a least a dozen gunners last season. Like Follet. Showed functionally football speed. Might be able to play linebacker. Very good on special teams.
Caputo

3:07 PM 
Anonymous Marty said...

Pat,

I agree that they tried a lot of people at gunner on special teams last year, but the only two players who were any good at it were Kalvin Pearson and Zach Follett. I could see this as adding depth to that position, since it is sorely needed. (Plus it is one of the positions that has the highest injury rate)

I do not see this as anything but a move to strengthen Special Teams though. I don't think the Lions are looking at Palmer with the thought that he will do much as an actual linebacker. That doesn't mean that he won't or that he doesn't have the ability; I just don't think this signing has anything to do with the Lions view of Palmers defensive potential.

-Marty

4:31 PM 
Blogger Core Contrarian said...

Agreed on Damon. Unfortunately it looks like he is coming.

Our last hope may be his wife who reportedly does not want to come to such an "uncosmopolitan" city like Detroit so says Ken Rosenthal.

Johnny, listen to your wife and not Boras and things will be just fine.

12:42 PM 
Blogger Adam said...

Pat Come on man Damon should here! If not him why not Dye?

6:20 PM 
Anonymous Jeff Klenner said...

Regarding Johnny Damon, here's my response to what I heard you talking about on the radio yesterday, Pat, with regard to Dave Dombrowski's off-season moves:

http://detroiter.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/02/assessing-the-tigers-off-season-moves.html

My belief is that DD was using the "payroll cutting" excuse as a means of luring trade partners (ultimately the Yankees & Diamondbacks) into a deal. I think his ploy (and my hope) is that, in a few years time, the Curtis Granderson/Edwin Jackson deal will look great from the Tigers perspective and not so good from either the Yankees or Diamondbacks end of things.

Obviously, time will tell... But Dombrowski was not acting erratically. He had a plan all along...

Jeff

4:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damon makes sense .. Tigers need a left handed hitter on the top ... don't know if I would have spent all that money but whatever Illich thinks that works?

But I worry about the defense in this trade.

9:27 PM 
Blogger Adam said...

Hey Pat is it out of the question to go after Manny next year? We will have more money freed up and Manny I bet would love to DH. Its not like he has a love for the outfield.

8:04 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Adam,
I would thing so, but Ilitch does have this thing for big-name players. That is a big-name player.
Caputo

12:13 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Anonymous,
We'll see what Damon brings to the table offensively. Do see the Twins, who are very aggressive base runners, taking advantage of his arm.
Caputo

12:14 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Adam,
Sorry, missed the previous post. Think the difference between Damon and Dye is that Damon is a left-handed hitter who can hit near the top of the (1st or 2nd). Why they pursued him, but not Dye.
Caputo

12:15 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Jeff Klenner,
Dombrowski said at his news conference announcing Damon that he had hit budget for payroll, but Ilitch made exception for Damon. That's why he was signed.
Caputo

12:16 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Core Contrarian,
I didn't like that part, either. Like this town isn't cool enough for him and his family or something. Did ask him that question when I interviewed him - he said it wasn't true. Blamed media falsehoods.
Caputo

12:17 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Marty,
Pearson is a really good player in a certain way, but as a backup and special teammer. Struggles when used on every down. Would guess it will come down his salary.
Caputo

12:19 PM 
Blogger Adam said...

Thanks Pat for commenting back. I do agree with you about Dye now that I think about it. Also I really do think Manny could be a Tiger. Thanks for not calling me crazy!

4:44 PM 

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