• 2014 Detroit Tigers

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (7)

    Best team in baseball right now?

    Actually, they have been a very good team for four years now (including this season).  But, if they don’t win a ring, it don’t mean a thing.

    Comments on 2014 Detroit Tigers

    1. Mr. October
      May 10th, 2014 | 8:12 pm

      Detroit is the best team in the A.L. at the moment, and might be the best team in baseball, too. David Dombrowski is one G.M. who has fielded “championship-caliber” teams for years now, and with payrolls below well below $165 million… it would be nice to have a general manager with his talent for Major League scouting, record in the trade market, or accomplishments overall upstairs in The Bronx.

      The Tigers probably should have had their third A.L. Championship ring of The Cashman Autonomy Era in 2013, but you can’t take anything away from the World Champion Boston Red Sox (two rings in The Era)…

    2. Mr. October
      May 19th, 2014 | 11:06 am

      It’s beginning to look more and more like the year 1984, or The Year of the Tiger, in the A.L. this year. And The Cashman Autonomy Era continues to look more and more like the 1980s in The Bronx: ten (10) years with most money spent on payroll, the most regular season wins, mediocre starting pitching, and only one (1) A.L. Pennant won.

    3. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2014 | 7:29 pm

      Actually, by another statistical measuring stick, Baseball Prospectus’ 3rd order WPCT, the A’s look like the best team in the AL. Theirs is .706, the Tigers is .637, so far.

    4. Mr. October
      May 19th, 2014 | 7:48 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Actually, by another statistical measuring stick, Baseball Prospectus’ 3rd order WPCT, the A’s look like the best team in the AL. Theirs is .706, the Tigers is .637, so far.

      How far behind the $85 million Oakland Athletics and the $165 million Detroit Tigers does the $211 million Team Cashman rank by Baseball Prospectus’ statistical measuring stick?

    5. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2014 | 11:51 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Actually, by another statistical measuring stick, Baseball Prospectus’ 3rd order WPCT, the A’s look like the best team in the AL. Theirs is .706, the Tigers is .637, so far.
      How far behind the $85 million Oakland Athletics and the $165 million Detroit Tigers does the $211 million Team Cashman rank by Baseball Prospectus’ statistical measuring stick?

      By 3rd order adjusted WPCT, the Yanks rank 7th in the AL at the moment.
      By what BP calls their “Adjusted Hit List Factor”, they rank 4th in the AL.
      Still almost 3/4 season left to go. Long, long way to go.

    6. Mr. October
      May 20th, 2014 | 10:34 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      By 3rd order adjusted WPCT, the Yanks rank 7th in the AL at the moment.

      After a quarter of a season has been played, the team with the highest payroll in the A.L. every year for the last nine (9) years ranks 7th in the A.L. in Year 10 (out of 15 teams). That’s great – hopefully Cashman will get a nice four-year contract extension after the season that will more than cover the $83,333.33-per month alimony payments The Smooth Operator and Skilled Swordsman did not have the last time his contract was extended; perhaps we’ll even see a second A.L. Pennant won in The Autonomy Era before 2018…

    7. Evan3457
      May 20th, 2014 | 3:43 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      By 3rd order adjusted WPCT, the Yanks rank 7th in the AL at the moment.
      After a quarter of a season has been played, the team with the highest payroll in the A.L. every year for the last nine (9) years ranks 7th in the A.L. in Year 10 (out of 15 teams).

      “a quarter of the season” being the significant part of that sentence. 3/4 season left. At the same point last season, the Dodgers were 18-25, in 5th place in the West and were 7 games out of 1st, and there were rumors that Don Mattingly was about to get fired. After 43 games last season, the A’s were 21-22 and 6.5 behind the Rangers in the AL West. This is not to say that the Yankees are going to do what the Dodgers did or what the A’s did, but it is an example of why judging the season at this point is…well…stupid. I’ll say this much for you; at least you’re consistent. You’ll twist anything, anything at all, into an attack on Cashman.

      That’s great – hopefully Cashman will get a nice four-year contract extension after the season that will more than cover the $83,333.33-per month alimony payments The Smooth Operator and Skilled Swordsman did not have the last time his contract was extended; perhaps we’ll even see a second A.L. Pennant won in The Autonomy Era before 2018…

      “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”
      Raplh Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

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