Coming out of retirement

The dreadful beginning to the Tigers’ season has brought me out of retirement.  I am no longer eligible for the mlblog hall of fame, but that’s ok.

First of all, I would like to reiterate a fact that I believe to be true: Money does not buy a winning team.  I have known this for years.  If I were to build my perfect team today, it would be filled with guys you probably haven’t heard of.  And they would be great.  On the other hand, I am working on a Master’s degree in Sports Administration so I know that the big money guys are the ones that fill the seats.  Would you rather go see a Marlins team full of rookies or a 200 million-dollar Yankee team full of all-stars?  Personally, I’d rather see the Marlins because rookies do great things and nobody notices.  It’s like being in on a secret.

I’ve never really liked Dontrelle Willis.  Like many others before him, he brings alot of hype.  I don’t believe that he is an American League pitcher.  When I first heard that the Tigers traded for him, I thought it was a mistake because I’ve seen nothing but regression in his career.  He could prove me wrong, but I don’t see him winning more than 10 games this year.

Furthermore, I think it was stupid to give up all of our minor league talent.  Now we’re back to where we were in the 90s, a team lacking talent in the farm system.  Why put so much time and effort into developing these top notch prospects, and then just deal them away?  I don’t think it’s worth it.  You’re paying a ton of money hoping for a short-term gain but not thinking about what will happen in the future.  This team is trying way too hard to capitalize on the success of 2006, and I think deep down they know that the magic cannot be recreated by simply buying fancy new talent.

Hey, I could be wrong about all of this, but it’s not too likely.  Last year, I knew that the Indians would do well, and they did.  Nobody gives me credit for what I know.  I’m a woman, afterall.


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