Give the video a watch as Mr. I answers questions after the Jordan Zimmermann presser yesterday…
A couple things that grabbed my attention were comments on Scherzer and DD.
First on Scherzer, I’m shocked that it took this long for Detroit to let the media know that contract talks weren’t cut off after he turned down the $144mm. What also shocked me though was Scherzer’s methods in negotiation which I can understand how it would “irk” Mr. I, but I also have to question Illitch on letting his emotions getting the best of him. What does a little bit more mean? What if it was $160 or $170 to keep Scherzer? Would that still be worth it?
On the Dombrowski front, Mr. I says that Dave knew he wasn’t coming back and wouldn’t get a contract. Maybe that’s why he was exploring his options, however from everything I heard about Dombrowski’s reactions to his families reaction, it sure doesn’t seem like that’s the case.
The other issue I have, is that Mr. I said he didn’t win with Dave and that it was time for a change. I completely understand, but I find it tough to blame a GM after one poor season (although others were disappointments) and I also find it tough to blame Dombrowski when his hands seem tied at times by Illitch when it came to signing players like Victor and making that Prince Fielder trade.
I know the response will be that it’s Mr. Illitch’s team and that all he wants to do is win a championship, but at times I wonder if his emotions get in the way of what’s best for the Detroit Tigers?
Regardless, you have to give him credit for the way that he’s spent on the team and made baseball enjoyable and agonizing at times in Detroit. I mean, can anybody remember the Tigers teams of the ’90’s and early 2000’s? It wasn’t even worth agonizing over…