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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Stadium?

George Foster - April 26th, 2010
Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Park?
For romantics, the rising temperatures and emerging flowers of spring can
mean only one thing – the return of our greatest love... baseball.
Unfortunately, the 2010 Detroit Tigers team can be boiled down to one
symbol: “?” -- a giant question mark at that.
In my 50 years of following the Tigers, a season does not come to mind
when Detroit had so many key players that are either rookies or coming off
of seasons of injuries and ineffectiveness. Any result is possible for
the 2010 team, ranging from World Series winner (admittedly a long-shot)
to cellar dweller. My best guess is Detroit will win about as many as they
lose this season.
Despite being clouded in uncertainty now, the Tigers have a bright future
beginning next season. They have a great core of young pitchers including
starters Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello. Hard-throwing Ryan Perry, who
will eventually be the team’s closer for the next decade, anchors the
relief pitching.
More good news - for the first time in ages, Detroit’s minor league teams
seem to be rich with talent, ready to send several good players to the big
leagues. The best pitching prospect is 18-year-old Jacob Turner, though
he may be a couple years away from producing. Several other everyday
players in the minors will be contributing with the Tigers next season at
the latest.
The 2010 team’s two rookie starters, center-fielder Austin Jackson and
second-baseman Scott Sizemore, will have growing pains this season but
eventually be excellent players. No less authority than Johnny Damon
thinks Jackson, in particular, is destined to be a super-star.
Another reason to be more optimistic about next season is that several bad
contracts with Tigers players on the decline will be concluded this year.
Magglio Ordonez, Jeremy Bonderman, and Dontrelle Willis are being paid a
combined $43 million in 2010 alone. All can be erased from the payroll
next year with the potential of signing new players that will contribute
much more. Say goodbye to these players and several more as the team
cleans house for the future except for a small, valued core of players.
The biggest cause for hope is invested in the biggest man on the team at
6’4” and 240 pounds – Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers first-baseman signed an
8-year contract a couple of years ago through the year 2016 for an
average of almost $20 million each season. By major league baseball’s
payroll standards, that whopping price could end up a bargain for
Detroit.
While the team’s makeup endures a major shakeup over the next couple of
years, it is scary to think of the team’s prospects without Cabrera in the
lineup. Overlooked by the national media, at this moment he may be the
most feared hitter in baseball. Cabrera is off to a blazing start –
leading the team in most offensive categories and accumulating a
league-best number of RBI (runs batted in).
Miguel Cabrera is the rare hitter that hits for a high average and
tremendous power. This year it seems every home run he crushes has been in
a pressure situation that has helped Detroit win or come close to winning
a close game.
After a highly publicized incident with alcohol at the end of last season,
he seems to have made amends and be a changed man this year. If Cabrera
stays off the sauce and keeps his body in shape, he should be finally
recognized as an All-Star and future Hall-of-Famer.


 
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