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Friday, August 21, 2015

Dave Dombrowski: fired, hired this month. Would you trade your GM for him?

Met fans, come on.  Until the Washington Nationals decided to stop winning games and your team moved into first place, you were whining about everyone from the owners to the batboys, especially general manager (GM) Sandy Alderson.  Wouldn't you trade Sandy Alderson for Dave Dombrowski, recently fired by the Detroit Tigers and then hired by the Boston Red Sox?

Dave Dombrowski, May 19, 2010 by Cathleen Carrigan via Wiki Commons
We Yankee fans should consider swapping GM Brian Cashman for Dombrowski.  The Red Sox grabbed Dombrowski.  That probably makes the Red Sox better off for the next few seasons but who really knows.  Let's take a look at what Dombrowski has done with previous teams.


BornJuly 27, 1956 (age 59)
Alma materWestern Michigan University

Chicago White Sox 1978 ... moved up ... to assistant general manager 1986

Montreal Expos director of player development ... 1987 ... July 5, 1988, he became, at age 31, Montreal's general manager—the youngest in MLB at the time

Florida Marlins, recruited Dombrowski to become its first general manager; he was appointed on September 19, 1991... more than a decade in Miami ... 1997 NL pennant and world championship ... Dombrowski hired Jim Leyland as manager of the Marlins in 1996.

Detroit Tigers ... For the 2002 season ... first person to serve as both president and GM for the Tigers since Jim Campbell held both titles from 1978 to 1983...

In 2003, the Tigers lost an American League-record 119 games, one fewer loss than the modern MLB record set by the 1962 New York Mets.... the 2006 Tigers, led by manager Jim Leyland, won their first AL pennant since their championship season of 1984... In the 2006 World Series, they were defeated in five games by the St. Louis Cardinals...

In 2012, the Tigers reached their second World Series by sweeping the New York Yankees in 4 straight games. The Tigers were then swept by the San Francisco Giants in 4 straight games, losing the World Series.

On August 4, 2015, Dombrowski was released by the Tigers ... In fourteen years with Tigers organization, Dombrowski led the Tigers to five playoff appearances, four consecutive American League Central division titles, four American League Championship Series appearances, including three consecutive ALCS appearances from 2011 to 2013, and two AL pennants, in 2006 and 2012.[10] Prior to his hiring, the Tigers had missed the playoffs in fourteen consecutive seasons, and had just four playoff appearances in the 60 season stretch from 1946 to 2005.

Boston Red Sox On August 18, 2015, Dombrowski was named the President of Baseball Operations of the Boston Red Sox.


With the Marlins Dombrowski outbid the Red Sox and Dodgers to sign 16 year old Miguel Cabrera July 2, 1999.  Then with Dombrowski as Detroit GM, Cabrera:
Miller is now a one inning wonder closer for the Yankees.

Max Scherzer:
Yankee fans: Cashman did not get Granderson for Austin Jackson even up.  Dombrowski did get Scherzer.

Victor Martinez:
  • November 26, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
  • October 30, 2014: Granted Free Agency.
  • November 14, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
J.D. Martinez:
Justin Verlander:
  • June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed October 25, 2004.
Prince Fielder:
Yoenis Cespedes:
David Price:

Shane Greene:
Yanks got Gregorius but Dombrowski only gave up a couple of minor league players for Greene, who has pitched very poorly for Detroit.

Traded for nobodies by teams that quit: Price, Cespedes, Cueto, Hamels, Kazmir. Saturday, August 1, 2015

About one third of the teams have quit with one third of the season remaining.  They chose to trade key players in exchange for unproven players almost all of whom have never played in the Major Baseball League (MBL)...

David Price 2012 Cy Young award; free agent after 2015
Yoenis Cespedes 2014 All Star; free agent after 2015

What if a team that quit makes the tournament? Monday, August 3, 2015

The Detroit Tigers are 3.5 games out of a wild card tournament spot...

What if Detroit qualifies for the tournament and must play the one game do-or-die wild card game against the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto starts David Price who played one year for Detroit, basically from the 2014 trading deadline to the 2015 trading deadline? ...

Irony abounds.  In dumping 29 year old free agent to be David Price on Toronto Detroit received 22 year old Daniel Norris who in 2014 and 2015 had pitched a total of 30 innings for Toronto...

Like Price, Cespedes has been traded at the two most recent deadlines.  Also like Price, Cespedes becomes a free agent after the 2015 season.


Dave Dombrowski, Tigers GM, fired because he gave up but owner didn't. Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Detroit Tigers General Manager (GM) Al Avila on Tigers owner Mike Ilitch: 'He hasn't given up on this year'.


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