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WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers LinksDetroit Tigers News: It’s December now and not much is happeningNew ,27commentsWe look at the recent non-tenders and an almost member of the Detroit TigersByJohn MarlattDec3, 2018,8:30am ESTShareTweetShareShareDetroit Tigers News: It’s December now and not much is happeningKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsWhile much of the sports world is still decidedly focused on things like NFL playoff odds and the four teams to make the still inadequate college football playoff, true baseball fans begin to see the faintest glimpse of a light at the end of a long cold tunnel. The MLB Winter Meetings are just one short week away, and if that bizarre New York Mets deal doesn’t kickstart this market, maybe the Meetings will.While we bide our time awaiting the upcoming possibilities, let’s take a look at what is currently going on.The price of leadershipThe Detroit Tigers made two notable non-tender moves on Friday evening. One was expected in the decision to not offer James McCann a contract, but the other was a little bit of a surprise. In what the organization describes as a strictly financial move, the Tigers decided that paying $3 million dollars to keep relief pitcher Alex Wilson on the roster was a financial burden too high for this team to bare.This is Mike Foltynewicz Jersey , of course, bulls**t. Chris McCosky of The Detroit News opines about the loss of leadership at cutting these two veteran players over such a small amount. I’m not so concerned about the leadership part. I can’t speak to the levels of grit and hustle and things like “the have to”, but I’m comfortable saying McCann needed to go. On the other hand, to decide $3 million is too much for a guy who has been asolid part of the bullpen and posted a sub-3 ERA for the majority of the 218 season is a little perplexing.Buck the systemIn the video below, Buck Showalter floats a novel idea that the designated hitter should be extended to the National League. One caveat: once you replace your starter, you lose the DH spot for the remainder of the game. It’s an interesting idea to ponder. Watch below for the initial presentation, but stay for the impassioned argument for the preservation of the strategic element of the National League game. Keep in mind that the “strategic element” of pitchers picking up a bat is what makes NL baseball an inferior product.Almost a Tiger for a dayThe 41st President of The United States of America, George H.W. Bush, died over the weekend. The former leader of our nation was not just an adept politician , but also quite the baseball player, leading Yale to two College World Series berths in his days on their team. If you’re interested, you can read a bit about his past and how he almost became a Detroit Tiger for a day.Around the hornThe NL East is baseball’s most intriguing division. Adding two teams could simplify baseball’s structure. Do these offseason moves make too much sense not to happen? There’s been a lot of analysis of names like Rocco Baldelli and James Rowson. There’s been less of these."Many names have been floated for the Twins managerial opening. And while there’s been plenty of discussion about in-house candidates like James Rowson or former major leaguers like David Ross and Rocco Baldelli, some other names have received scant attention. Twinkie Town looks at the dark horse candidates and weighs their pros and cons.NAME: GrittyCURRENT OCCUPATION: Mascot, Philadelphia Flyers.PROS: High visibility, very popular on social media, hates birds.CONS: A monster of unknown provenance. Could also cause friction with longtime Twins mascot TC Bear, who does not appear to be in the running to replace Paul Molitor.Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesNAME: Sparky AndersonCURRENT OCCUPATION: Deceased.PROS: Winner of three World Series, sixth most wins in MLB history.CONS: Deceased.Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesNAME: The floaty tall man in the bowler hat from The Haunting of Hill HouseCURRENT OCCUPATION: Terrifying the Crain children Brandon McCarthy Jersey , particularly Luke.PROS: Very tall, can float.CONS: A spectral nightmare of dread and horror. The Twins already experienced this with Ray Miller.Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesNAME: Lady GagaCURRENT OCCUPATION: Singer/ActorPROS: Appears to be good at a lot of things, why not baseball too?CONS: Rumored to believe that “The Opener” is pettifogging nonsense and prefers to build around workhorse starters and traditional bullpen roles.Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesNAME: The Endless Shrimp special at participating Red Lobster restaurantsCURRENT OCCUPATION: Providing a dollar/volume value to bottomless American gullets.PROS: Shrimp is delicious, and the Cheddar Bay biscuits are also unlimited.CONS: It’s available for a limited time only.Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesNAME: The Minnesota VikingsCURRENT OCCUPATION: 3-2-1, tied for second place in the NFC North.PROS: SKOL!CONS: A history littered with postseason failure, plays different sport, can’t fit 53 extra people in a dugout, it would be super crowded with all those big fellas.
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