Friday, December 07, 2007

Sports Einstein of the week: Kenny Williams.

The Detroit Tigers hung tough in the America League Central division race in 2007 until the Cleveland Indians broke away from the pack in September. Just fourteen months removed from a World Series appearance, the Tigers mad a big splash at this year’s winter meetings by obtaining left-handed starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis and highly coveted third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Adding a phenomenal young hitter like Cabrera to a lineup that includes Magglio Ordonez (2nd to Alex Rodriguez for 2007 AL MVP), Gary Sheffield, Edgar Renteria, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen, the Tigers offensive stats may rival that of a slow-pitch softball team.

Then you have the Chicago White Sox, the team that won it all in 2005 but has been .500 ever since.

Fresh off a 90-loss season in ‘07, the Sox traded away pitcher Jon Garland (who averaged nearly 14 wins per season over the past six years) to the Los Angeles Angels for aging shortstop Orlando Cabrera. The only other move they’ve made is acquiring OF Carlos Quentin (who????) from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

So when Sox General Manager Kenny Williams was asked how he expected to contend with the Tigers in 2008, his answer was quite stupefying:

‘‘All this has done is put the Tigers in a better position to contend with us.''

I don't think there's much more I could add.


1 comment:

A Red Mind in a Blue State said...

My Mets are doing the same thing--kinda stranding in place while the baseball world wings by. Actually the two teams are pretty similar--long periods of ineptitude, with just enough of a charge every once in a while to keep you in it.

Seems for both teams, tho, that it's going to be a loooong summer-- a short season, but a looong summer.