How It’s Playing in Arizona

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Here’s how the Tigers-Yankees-Diamondbacks trade is covered in today’s edition of the Arizona Republic. The story appears above the fold but, not surprisingly, below the Suns-Mavericks game story. Here are some other Phoenix-focused opinions on the deal:

  • The Republic‘s Nick Piecoro (who, by the by, has one of the best team blogs out there): A long, hard look at The Big Deal. A snippet:

    Before we go any further: I’m not crazy about this deal, either. I’m not sure I hate it as much as some people; I’m just not entirely on board.

  • Long-time Valley sports-radio guy Dave Burns: Breaking down the trade with pros and cons.

    Pro: You just added starting pitching to your rotation without having to pay a lot for it.

    Con: Of the four guys the D-backs have just added or subtracted, none of them have as high a ceiling as Max Scherzer does. And it ain’t even close.

  • D’backs.com/MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert: Analyzing the Jackson Deal:

    [Scherzer] still needs to improve his pitch efficiency so that he can pitch deeper in games, needs to further develop his secondary pitches and also needs to show that he can cross the 200-inning barrier.

    The D-backs must have felt that the above were real challenges for him and felt more comfortable with the combination of Edwin Jackson and Kennedy.

    As for Schlereth, the potential is there, but there have always been concerns about his command.

As for yours truly, I got over the Jason Thompson trade. I survived Kirk Gibson‘s departure. And I guess I’ll eventually move past Curtis Granderson in pinstripes.

On This Date In…

1926Ty Cobb resigned as Tigers manager after leading the team to a 79-75 record and a sixth-place finish. And how’s this for odd? Umpire and former Tigers infielder George Moriarty replaced Cobb. Moriarty is the first man to hold baseball’s four principal jobs: player, umpire, scout and manager. Cobb signed with the Philadelphia Athletics and will bat .357 during the 1927 season.
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And in 1953, Larry Darnell Herndon was born in Sunflower, Miss.

Herndon, who came to Detroit in a 1982 trade with the Giants, had a role in two clinching games for the Tigers. Most remember him catching the final out of the World Series in 1984. Three years later, his solo homer was enough for the Tigers to defeat the Blue Jays on the final day of the season and will the American League East title.

He was a member of the 1976 Topps All-Star Rookie Team along with Jason Thompson, Mark Fidrych, Chet Lemon, Garry Templeton and Willie Randolph.

Happy 55th, Hondo.

Happy Birthday, Lerrin LaGrow

The righty from Phoenix posted a record of 8-19 for the awful 1974 Tigers. But let’s step back and look at his totals:

  • 1970: 0-1, 7.03 ERA in 12 innings pitched
  • 1972: 0-1, 1.32 in 27 IP
  • 1973: 1-5, 4.33 in 54 IP
  • 1974: 8-19, 4.66 in 216 IP
  • 1975: 7-14, 4.38 in 164 IP

The Cardinals purchased his contract from the Tigers on April 2, 1976, which means poor Lerrin didn’t even get to enjoy the Mark Fidrych Era. But, by leaving Detroit when he did, his number 30 became available for Jason Thompson.

Happy 60th, Mr. LaGrow. (Click here to see what he’s up to now.)