The 2017 season is proving to be the season a few trades and FA signings are finally biting back. Five Former Detroit Tigers that have mauled their way back onto the scene, and found their way to 2017’s All Star Game in Miami Florida at Marlins Park. That’s right I said former Tigers, considering the Meltdown in the Motor City at Comerica Park. As a Die Hard Tigers fan I refuse to make you relive any of that None sense from the first half of the season. Instead I’ve decided to take baseballs most loyal fan base back down memory lane. And Yes, This will probably be just as painful. For that I apologize to my fellow Tigers Fans
Let’s start with Southpaw Starting pitcher Robbie Ray, who in my opinion is the key player that helped inflame this pain we all endure today. In 2013 The Detroit Tigers traded away a fan favorite SP Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, and tossed himself into the NL CY talk tossing a 2,41 ERA Now At the time most Tigers fans were very upset over losing Fister, but the fact Detroit was scrambling to find a couple of young fresh arms as a safety net if the youngster Rick Porcello continued to struggle helped put fans at ease.
In return the Nationals sent their top pitching prospect Robbie Ray along with pitcher Ian Krol and Steve Lombardozzi. Seems like Detroit made all the right moves landing 3 players just for Doug Fister. Not so fast, Krol was a bust for the most part and Lombardozzi turned out to be just as disappointing. But the promising top prospect Robbie Ray a bust too? Some will say so with Robbie getting beat up in 2014 in embarrassing fashion with an ERA of 8.16 , I personally feel that Ray at the time who was the Tigers top pitching prospect never really got a fair shot in Detroit and became a Trade Chip in what’s said to be a block buster 3 team trade involving Detroit, NY Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Tigers sent the youngster LHP prospects Robbie Ray and SS Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and In return the Detroit Tigers received RHP Starter Shane Greene who is now pitching out of the BP after some struggles and a injury since arriving in Detroit, but has come around in his new role. Arizona sent SS Gregorius to the NY Yankees. Bad trade no doubt, although Greene has shown flashes of getting his stuff back. And Robbie Ray seem’s to have finally found his grove got his toes on the rubber having an exceptionally well All Star 2017 season with the D-Backs, posting a 8-4 record , 141 K’s tossing a 2.97 ERA in 106 IP and a 1.22 WHIP. DD patience is a virtue sir!
And who can forget the Detroit Tigers promising prospect OF Avisail Garcia, that some were comparing to the next coming of Miguel Cabrera and his power. And the drama with Prince Fielder involving his wife that forced a mid-season trade in the 2013 season,ultimately injuring Miggy trying to break up a club house fight between his teammates. Well now Garcia is in the midst of having a career season as well, Also making the 2017 ASG. In his young career Avisail has already played in 486 games since his MLB debut in 2012 in Detroit. In 1,726 AB Garcia has a .268 BA, 50 HR’s, 224 RBI’s and 20 stolen bases. The casualties of war in the locker room unfortunately. And we all know what happened with Prince.
Then there’s RHP Corey Knebel pitching out of the BP with the Brewers now, Yup you guessed it Knebel also having a career best season making this years All Star roster, and finishing off the National League getting the save and locking up the American Leagues win. Detroit drafted Corey 1st round with the 39th pick overall in 2013. But it was a very brief stay in Detroit for Corey who made his MLB debut in 2014 only pitching in 8 games for the Tigers before being traded. Knebel’s All Star numbers at the half way point, in 42 Innings Corey has nearly been lights out posting an ERA of 1.70 with 75 K’s , 26 walks an a 1.18 WHIP. Once Again patience is a virtue DD!
I think you get my drift by now, and this is me merely scratching the surface. It’s no secret that the Detroit Tigers team is struggling more and more as the seasons go on. IMO this is why. The ” WIN NOW” mentality zone the Tigers organization has without a doubt crippled this team, Most importantly crippling our farm teams and affiliates with stupid moves, With the few players we have taken a look into.
All Star players have come and gone, Time is running out for our future HOF veterans and STILL no World Series Title since 1984, And sadly enough Nothing to show for one the best Tigers teams ever put together year in and year out this decade. The moral of this article… WAKE UP DETROIT! And for the love of the game, Please go get some patience. And Detroit can start by firing everyone from Al Avila on down to the entire coaching staff!