Daily Grind 1/25

Another slugger departs the NL Central. The Blues finish the first half with a bang! And Tony LaGenious is back in the dugout.

Another Fielder in Detroit

Prince Fielder (Flickr By Steve Paluch)

From 1990-1996, Detroit Tigers fans roared for 245 Fielder bombs…Cecil, that is. Now 2012, a new Fielder will pellet Comerica Park with his moonshots.

Stunning to every baseball fan, including his father, Prince Fielder finally signed a contract yesterday with Detroit.

Tiger’s owner Mike Ilitch bucked up, giving Fielder a 9-year contract worth $214 million. Ilitch is committed to winning. 

English: Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera (Image via Wikipedia)

He has won 4 Stanley Cups as owner of the Red Wings (since 1982), and is looking for his 1st World Series trophy.

Earlier this month, the Tigers received devastating news about their All-Star catcher Victor Martinez. Martinez tore his ACL working out and will miss next season. It was a huge blow to the reigning AL Central champions.

Desperate, the Tigers hauled in a big fish. Huge actually. In seven seasons with Milwaukee, Prince hit 230 homers driving in 656 runs. Production.

Between Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, and the AL MVP/CY Young Justin Verlander, the Tigers are an exciting team, and built for a pennant run next season.

Best of Gregg Williams (1,2) and Brian Schottenheimer (3-5):

Get some …

Most coaches say the same positive fluff in their opening presser. Not Gregg Williams. The guy just doesn’t seem like fluff. He sounds like an old-school coach that wants to win. He hasn’t even watched Super Bowl XXXIV. “The agony of defeat. I don’t like to see those impressions in my mind. That was a tough loss.”

The Blues need this break…

Patrik Berglund (L) hugs teammate T.J. Oshie after scoring a goal on a penalty shot in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins (Image via williamgreenblattphotography.com)

Getting a point last night was important. Back-to-back games against Detroit and Pittsburgh is a challenging task. The ‘Note overcame a two goal deficit thanks to Patrik Berglund. He must have read Daily Grind 1/24

What an exciting finish to a hockey game. Marc-Andre Fleury robbed David Backes after David Perron fed a perfect back-door pass. Holy Jumpin!

If you listen to today’s Daily SoundBite, Ken Hitchcock is emphatic that the PP has to get going. No reason to rehash, just fix it.

The Blues have the longest All-Star break of any NHL team–a ten day break. Next Game: February 3rd at home against the L.A. Kings.

65 points at the break is a great achievement. But now is when the intensity picks up across the league. Teams start vying for those final playoff spots and each game becomes tougher to win 2 points. I’d be shocked if this team falters down the stretch. Not with the type of leadership they have.

Strange Clouds 

Isn’t it somewhat odd that Tony La Russa will manage the All-Star game next year? Your telling me he’s going to suit up in spandex and baseball pants for ONE game all season? Just odd. What do you guys think? 

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