Each October, I’m astounded to learn that Halloween is the second-largest retail holiday of the year. I’m not a fan of Halloween, though I do like the occasional, or frequent, Kit Kat.
It’s a treat to be able to watch the World Series on Halloween, though the Aubrey Huff and Edgar Renteria sightings are undoubtedly the “trick” part of the equation.
- In our highest vote-gettin’ poll of the season, Fungo readers were emphatic on what the Tigers’ next offseason move should be: target Nationals’ slugger and free-agent-to-be Adam Dunn.
Twenty-four percent (148 voters) of the 628 readers casting votes selected Dunn as their top choice. Here are the runners up:
- Sign Jason Werth (16%, 103 Votes)
- Sign Victor Martinez (15%, 97 Votes)
- Trade for a starting pitcher (14%, 88 Votes)
- Pickup Jhonny Peralta’s option (14%, 88 Votes)
- Sign Magglio Ordonez (12%, 73 Votes)
- Other (5%, 31 Votes)
Thanks to everyone who voted and a special thanks for those that left comments. It was a great discussion. Keep those comments rolling in.
Continue reading “The Non-Sequiturs: Trick or Treat Edition”
No Tigers baseball for a week, how are you managing? Here in Phoenix we’re prepping for another season of Arizona Fall League action. (More on that later.)
In the meantime, here are some odds and ends from the last week:
- If you’re still coming to grips with the notion of Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta manning the left side of the Tigers’ infield next season, here’s something I noticed that will either make you feel better or worse – and nowhere in between.
Based on this year’s stats, it appears that Inge and Peralta are practically twins:
Of Peralta, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski last Sunday said: “We don’t know what we will do with his ($7.25 million) option, but would like him back next year as our shortstop.”
I’m like many Tigers fans: skeptical, at best, about Peralta as a full-time shortstop. True, he’ll bring more pop to the position than either Danny Worth or Ramon Santiago. But that’s not saying much, is it? As for his defense, the 2010 edition of Baseball Prospectus described Peralta as “increasingly immobile.”
Gee, if we wanted an immobile shortstop, why not give the job back to Carlos Guillen?
Continue reading “Monday Mankowskis: Inge and Peralta More Alike Than You Think”
It’s not often Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski gets loose and talks at length about the club’s plans, but on Sunday in Baltimore he did just that, breaking some news and confirming a few long-anticipated decisions:
78-75, 3rd Place; 14 GB
Tigers vs. Twins | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM
Jeremy Bonderman (8-9, 4.92 ERA) vs. Carl Pavano (17-11, 3.60 ERA)
Tigers 10 – Twins 1
Continue reading “Tigers Today: September 25, 2010”
If you’ve wondered how consistent new Tigers infielder Jhonny Peralta has been in his career, here’s a sample from his Baseball Reference.com Play Index data:
It’s precisely the move we expected the Tigers to make. That is, a drip not a splash.
Not only is he the Tigers’ new and temporary third baseman until Brandon Inge returns, he’s also the new and temporary shortstop until the Tigers acquire Stephen Drew.
What’s more, you present a writing dilemma for me. Do I add “Jhonny” to my spell check dictionary and run the risk of misspelling someone who’s name is Johnny, or live with the annoying red line under “Jhonny”?
[callout title=Jhonny Peralta 101]Here’s what we know about the Tigers’ newest acquisition:
- Age: 28
- Born: May 28, 1982 in Santiago, Santiago, D.R.
- Signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent in 1999.
- 2010 Salary: $4,850,000
- 2010 Stats: .246 / 7 HR / 43 RBI / .698 OPS
- Lifetime: .264 / 103 HR / 456 RBI / .751 OPS
- Lifetime vs Tigers: .256 / 11 HR
- Lifetime vs. White Sox: .237 / 7 HR
- Lifetime vs. Twins: .238 / 11 HR
Source: Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index
This isn’t exactly like 2006 when the Tigers scrambled to find a replacement at second base for the injured Placido Polanco and made the mystifying trade for Neifi Perez. Peralta will help the Tigers a lot more than Perez, but the bar is set fairly low in that regard.
Even though the Tigers appear on the brink of collapse, they still are 9-1/2 games closer to first place than the Indians are, which means Peralta could be energized and be a big help.
Again, it’s all relative.
Perhaps the way to view this trade is how Baseball Prospectus 2010 sums up Jhonny Peralta:
Peralta has enver been the most consistent player, but given the gross similarities of his 2007-2008 seasons, any bounce back seems likely to be similar in form — good, but just barely that.
On the bright side, the Tigers have made a trade. Let’s savor it; this might be all we get.