More on Monroe

Dombrowski confirmed that he had discussions with the Orioles this morning, though he wouldn’t confirm the ESPN.com report that it involved Craig Monroe. He said the O’s came to them, not the other way around. He didn’t go into specifics on Monroe, but he said they’re not looking to change anybody in the everyday lineup. In a roundabout way, you can take that to mean (again) they’re listening, but not shopping. Dombrowski did say they’re not close on anything, and that they’re not talking about big deals at this point.

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I’m currently reading a fairly good book about Babe Ruth called “The Big Bam” by Leigh Montville. Montville offers the suggestion that the Babe was sold to the Yankees because, among other things, Ruppert, Huston, and Frazee were drinking it up during the holiday season. Interesting supposition about how deals are made, or I should say, were made in those times.

Anyway, I wanted to touch on a good point that Matt brought up earlier, that is, Granderson as leadoff. I think you hit on something there, Matt, about the Tigers not having a dire need for the classic leadoff man. As a matter of fact, with the DH, you could do quite well with a run producer in that slot. Just an interesting theory to expand on.

I also liked your comments on baserunning. We don’t necessarily need a basestealer as much as baserunners in the mold of Carlos Guillen, that is to say, smart and instinctive. Grandy, Inge, Monroe and yes, Pudge can provide that. The nice thing about this is that it’s something that can be learned.

idon’tthinkdismantlingkeepmonroetheteamisthecorrectapproachkeepmonroetoimprovingtheteam.idon’tthinktherearethatmanyavailablekeepmonroeplayersouttherethatwilldoabetterjobthanourowntigerkeepmonroe.ithinkcraig isatruetigerandwouldbeverydisappointedifthetigersdidn’tkeepcraigmonroe.that’swhatithink.isurehopemarothisatigerin2007.

The above installment was a weak attempt at subliminal suggestion. What I was trying to say is that I hope that Dombrowski was just “listening” to interest in Craig Monroe. It would be very difficult to replace a player of Monroe’s caliber. He is a true Tiger and was one of the main keys to their success. There are few players that much better than him, and even fewer that would be available. “Craig, consider it a compliment that other teams see your value.” I hope the Tigers keep Maroth, Shelton, and Thames as well. No need to dismantle even part of a World Series team in an effort to improve.

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