It looks as though Mr. D is up to his old tricks again, and that is just fine with me. When Dave Dombrowski took over as President, CEO and GM of the Tigers in 2002, stepping into a history of Tiger-homer-hires (read: failures and mismanagement), I admit I was skeptical. Here was this proven winner with a do-what-it-takes attitude promising a different MO for the laughingstock of the AL. Sounds good Dave, but whatcha gonna do?
Easy: Take winning formula. Apply as necessary.
Pickup proven veteran leadership, Pudge, and manager, Leyland, and free-agent steal of the ’05 offseason Magglio Ordonez (18 All Star appearances, 13 Gold Gloves, 2 Rings between them). Check. Draft responsibly. Check. Develop a system with high upside players (read: valuable). Check. Win AL. Check.
But what was next? What do we need to get over the hump? To play with the Yankees and Sox? To beat them consistently? Well, the answer just might be in the blockbuster trade Mr. D has crafted with, who else, but the Marlins.
As the Tigers re-sign The Gambler and Todd Jones (*wince*) and add Dontrelle Willis (WS Ring) and 24-year old power-hitting All-Star 3B Miguel Cabrera (WS ring) to the team, we wonder could this be it? Add in Edgar Renteria at SS and this lineup is looking downright scary. That is, if you’re a Sock or a Yank.
Now look, I’m as sad as the next longtime Tiger fan about Inge losing his job. But hey, that’s what happened. It wasn’t stolen from him. Yes, he’s my favorite Tiger, but .236 and 14 won’t do it when you are the everyday 3B on a team trying to win a World Championship. Sorry Brando, I hope you welcome your new teammates and embrace the Utility Man position you just inherited from the recently departed Omar Infante.
Detroit needed to make a statement. Now or never. Dave agreed. And so do I.
Is it Spring Training yet?