AL teams graded w/ '84 Tigers
Here is another baseball column from ESPN for you baseball fans. This guy grades the teams with members of the '84 Detroit Tigers team (because the Tiger's have the best record). Here's the link. I'm posting the AL Central I know most of you are Twin's fan (and I'm a Tiger's fan :wink: )
Detroit Tigers (57-28): Sparky Anderson
Sparky was a championship-level manager in Cincinnati. He switched leagues, came to Detroit, and made a World Series winner out of the Tigers. Jim Leyland won it all in Florida. After a few years away from the game, he's come to the AL, where he's led the upstart Tigers to the best record in baseball. If Leyland goes on to repeat Sparky's feat, credit should go well beyond Leyland's office. Dave Dombrowski has quietly engineered three all-world GM efforts in Montreal, Florida and now Detroit. Curtis Granderson might be the most underrated player in baseball. Marcus Thames ranks sixth in OPS among AL regulars. Raise your hand if you knew who Marcus Thames was before the start of the season Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ or now. Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman may battle Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano for the next 10 years. The '06 Tigers are what makes baseball great.
Chicago White Sox (56-29): Alan Trammell
The Sox look like they're just coming into the meat of a long run of excellence. That was Trammell in 1984, when he posted his second straight elite season, setting the stage for a long, outstanding career (which included a 1987 campaign in which he was arguably the best player in the league). For years Kenny Williams was a whipping boy for statheads, getting raked over the coals for questionable signings and head-scratching trades. No one's laughing now. Williams' realization that the Sox needed a lefty-hitting masher and his subsequent trade for Jim Thome was prescient, inspired and gutsy, especially after the team's first World Series in a zillion years. They'll be right there down the stretch again this year, and a real threat to repeat.
Minnesota Twins (46-37): Lou Whitaker
Consistent, underappreciated and very good year after year. That was Whitaker. That was also the Twins for three years in a row, ruling the AL Central under the radar, while their low-revenue cousins in Oakland got all the "Moneyball"-fueled attention. Santana and Liriano are the best pitching duo to come along since Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Schilling and Pedro? Schilling and Unit? Spahn and Sain? Too bad the Twins wasted so much playing time on duds like Juan Castro, Tony Batista and Rondell White, or they might be in the race instead of doomed to be a 90-win team with little shot at contention. Rondell's supporters came out in force earlier this week, arguing that the Twins' DH was an egregious snub from the No-Stars Team. Mea culpa, Minnesotans Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ he's been every bit as bad as you say.
Cleveland Indians (39-45): Larry Herndon
Herndon was a decent, but flawed player who settled for a supporting role amidst brighter lights. The Indians have had to look up at the Tigers and White Sox all season, and have recently seen the Twins zoom way ahead too. All-Star snub Travis Hafner's MVP-caliber hitting has gone to waste, with Jhonny Peralta, Cliff Lee and others having disappointing seasons. Think GM Mark Shapiro has Omar Minaya's number on speed-dial?
Kansas City Royals (30-54): Rusty Kuntz
When you're the Kansas City Royals, sometimes the best thing you can do is laugh. That's why we're bestowing the best name on the 1984 Tigers to the powder-blue wonders. Actually, Kuntz had the best season of his career in '84, proving to be a useful reserve on a loaded team. The Royals have come alive lately too, with new GM Dayton Moore rolling up his sleeves and young players like David DeJesus and Mark Teahen perking up. They're a Mientkiewicz for Pujols, Rolen and Carpenter deal away from getting back into the race.
Re: AL teams graded w/ '84 Tigers
im neither, GO MARINERS!!!