Fielder inks monster deal with Detroit

January 24, 2012

> If you told me you saw this coming, I’d call you a liar.

At long last, Prince Fielder has signed a deal with a team. Was it the Nationals, like everyone expected? No. The Orioles? No. The Dodgers? No. The Rangers? No. The Mariners? No.

Then, who?

None other than the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers came flying out of nowhere in the running and inked Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million deal. That comes out to about $23.8 million per year- not much less than what Albert Pujols is making with the Angels.

But I’m happy Fielder at least signed with a team that we know is going to contend in 2012. Had he signed with a team like the Orioles, Dodgers, Mariners, etc., I would have been pretty mad, because we’d have known that it was all about the money. But, after holding out this long without a deal and finally signing with the Tigers, that shows that it was about the chance to contend.

You may be wondering why the Tigers offered Fielder this deal with an All-Star first baseman- Miguel Cabrera- already in place. It was announced last week that DH/catcher Victor Martinez will miss the whole season due to an ACL tear that he got while hitting a home run last season, ironically enough. The recovery time will force him to miss all of 2012. But I credit the Tigers for working quickly and finding a replacement for him right away.

Anyway, I guess this is it. Good-bye, Fielder. It was a good run, and we’re going to miss you here in Milwaukee. It was a great six seasons with the Crew, and I wish you the best of luck over the next nine years in Detroit.

> Tony La Russa will be managing the 2012 NL All-Star team. Guess that dink isn’t completely out of baseball yet.

> And that’s about it. I’ll update later with a link to my first post on Reviewing the Brew, which should be coming sometime tonight. But for now, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.

UPDATE- I just finished my first post on RtB. I’m not allowed to re-post it anywhere else, but here’s the link to it.

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Full 2011 All-Star Rosters

July 3, 2011

12:52p The full All-Star rosters for 2011 have been officially announced. Starters, pitchers, reserves, etc., we know them all now. So, right before the Brewer game starts, I thought I’d list all of the players who made the All-Star Game at their respective positions. (Starters are listed first.)

American League

Catchers: Alex Avila, Tigers; Matt Wieters, Orioles; Russell Martin, Yankees

First Base: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox; Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Second Base: Robinson Cano, Yankees; Howie Kendrick, Angels

Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees; Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians

Third Base: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees; Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Outfielders: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Curtis Granderson, Yankees; Josh Hamilton, Rangers; Matt Joyce, Rays; Michael Cuddyer, Twins; Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox; Carlos Quentin, White Sox

Designated Hitters: David Ortiz, Red Sox; Michael Young, Rangers

Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander, Tigers; Jered Weaver, Angels; Josh Beckett, Red Sox; James Shields, Rays; Gio Gonzalez, Athletics; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; David Price, Rays; C.J. Wilson, Rangers

Relief Pitchers: Mariano Rivera, Yankees; Jose Valverde, Tigers; Chris Perez, Indians; Aaron Crow, Royals; Brandon League, Mariners

National League

Catchers: Brian McCann, Braves; Yadier Molina, Cardinals

First Base: Prince Fielder, Brewers; Joey Votto, Reds; Gaby Sanchez, Marlins

Second Base: Rickie Weeks, Brewers; Brandon Phillips, Reds

Shortstop: Jose Reyes, Mets; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies; Starlin Castro, Cubs

Third Base: Placido Polanco, Phillies; Chipper Jones, Braves

Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Brewers; Lance Berkman, Cardinals; Matt Kemp, Dodgers; Matt Holliday, Cardinals; Hunter Pence, Astros; Justin Upton, Diamondbacks; Jay Bruce, Reds; Carlos Beltran, Mets

Starting Pitchers: Roy Halladay, Phillies; Cole Hamels, Phillies; Cliff Lee, Phillies; Jair Jurrjens, Braves; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Tim Lincecum, Giants; Matt Cain, Giants; Ryan Vogelsong, Giants

Relief Pitchers: Jonny Venters, Braves; Brian Wilson, Giants; Joel Hanrahan, Pirates; Heath Bell, Padres; Tyler Clippard, Nationals

AL Final Vote Candidates: Alex Gordon, Royals; Adam Jones, Orioles; Paul Konerko, White Sox; Victor Martinez, Tigers; Ben Zobrist, Rays

NL Final Vote Candidates: Michael Morse, Nationals; Shane Victorino, Phillies; Andre Ethier, Dodgers; Todd Helton, Rockies; Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks

So the Brewers have three All-Stars in the starting lineup, a franchise record. The Brewers did not get any reserves or pitchers, but I guess there wasn’t really a chance because Bruce Bochy (NL manager) chose three of his own pitchers (Cain, Lincecum, Vogelsong). Not to mention Wilson got a players’ vote. I was hoping Yovani Gallardo and his nine wins would get in somehow, or Marcum and his decent ERA, but you can’t really compete with Giants or Phillies. (I forgot to point out that the stars of the Philadelphia rotation- Halladay, Hamels, and Lee- all made it. I bet Roy Oswalt would have made it as well, but he’s injured.)

As far as the AL goes, it’s the typical starting lineup for them, meaning the Yankees and Red Sox took most of the positions. Every starter for them is a player of the AL East, save for Avila and Hamilton.