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.