Mariners Finish Off The Pace In Fielder DerbyJanuary 24th, 2012 by terrybenish
Prince Fielder lands in Detroit to play second banana to Miguel Cabrera.
$214 million for nine years, $23 million and change per year on average. Actual structure of deal could be extremely back loaded, we do not have those details yet.
MLB the network was treating this like the shocker of the deal, location etc., marveling at the late appearance of the Tigers.
To his credit, what Geoff Baker said all winter long was correct. This deal was well within M’s potential to do. It is not clear if the Mariners bid, or as some notes have popped up in the last week or so, that Fielder did not want to play here.
I did want to remark about the repetitive fatuous gushing of hall of famer Peter Gammons both today and in the duration of this Derby including his remarks about Seattle, Safeco field and then today the absolute inanity that was reached in his comments about Detroit.
I think it is possible that Fielder did not want to play in Seattle. There are a number of immediate notions to cite:
1. The team has not won and is unlikely to win this year or any time soon. If they are it will be due to players now in their minor league system.
2. The team does not have a good reputation amongst baseball people. Does not seem committed to winning.
3. The park is horrible for hitters…Gammons and others would repeat this, despite that it is not that true for left handed hitters, nor that the Mariners have scored lots of runs when they had a good lineup.
4. It is so far away from Florida…this is my favorite. Who flies home during the season?
If they were truly pursuing Fielder and had the money, I will repeat myself and say why would you ever do business with Scott Boras. It rings hollow that they have. Stupid even.
Peter Gammons today gushed about how wonderful Detroit is and what a cool downtown it is and then spoke about how wonderful the Tiger’s owner is and how charitable he is to do this. He has also said over the past weeks that Safeco is a terrible place to play and Seattle is so far away and it’s bad for hitters.
I have several rejoinders to that:
1. Downtown Detroit is the closest thing we have to Baghdad in the U.S., empty buildings, bad, bad people. A population that is a quarter of what it was in 1960. I have personally heard gun fights from my hotel in downtown Detroit on more than one occasion.
2. Comerica Park is still big.
3. Seattle according to Brian Cashman has the best park in baseball. In contrast to Baghdad it looks like Switzerland with water and mountains. It is a great place to live.
4. That the Red Sox play in a Triple A park makes the remarks of Boston homey Gammons really fatuous.
Sorry, had to do that. The more sane and sober side of me, clean of any booster-ism, says, “Whew, we dodged a bullet.” A great big guy, who might break down…blah, blah and more blah.” It has been said and does not need to be repeated.
So now it is on the rebuild with their own kids…they must dump the dead wood and not let it get in the way.