August 3, 2017

Episode 70: When it rains, it pours

With the excitement of the trade deadline fading this week, it's time to turn our attentions to ... anything but actual Tigers baseball. This is a time for looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past, and drinking as much Two-Hearted Ale as it takes to survive the present. Ok, that may be a bit dramatic, but seriously, let's keep our eyes on the horizon.

To help with all of that, HookSlide is joined by two special guests in this episode. "Skitch" is the most under-the-radar Tigers-based Twitter follow on the planet (follow him @SkitchP), and he brings a wealth of smart, rational, historically-rooted information to the show as we discuss the results of the trade deadline, assess the short tenure of Al Avila so far, recall a lot of players you've probably forgotten about, and try to avoid a massive rain storm.

In the 7th Inning Kvetch, we chat with Tom Reisenweber, local sportswriter for the Tigers AA affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves. Tom catches us up on the latest influx of new talent, the progress of guys like Michael Gerber, Christin Stewart, Beau Burrows, and yes, Steven Moya, and evaluates the growing value of better coaching at the Tigers' minor league levels.

Topics in this week's episode include:
-Remember Melvin Nieves? Andy Van Hekken? Tim Belcher? Humberto Sánchez?
-Playing a Fantasy Sports simulator doesn't make you smarter than a real GM
-Justin Verlander's contract is a win-win
-Why salary-dumping is a bad idea for the Tigers
-"Let the kids play" may not be a great strategy
-These are not your 2003 Tigers
-Twitter made the Alex Avila trade happen
-Two teams that need to be "disbanded and possibly executed"
-It's ok to root for the Cubs now
-The Tigers' minor league coaching is indeed getting better
-Lance Parrish: X-Factor
-Don't give up on Steven Moya just yet
-When is Michael Gerber coming back???

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