"The way he's been swinging the bat, it's pretty hard not to play him."
-- Jim Leyland on Delmon Young, who will start in LF in the National League park
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How can a team with Miggy Cabrera (5.5 WAR), a red-hot Austin Jackson (4.2 WAR) and slugging Prince Fielder (2.9 WAR) be only 11.7 wins above replacement for hitting and defense? If you do some quick adding, you will see that just those three combine for 12.6 WAR.
Answer: When you give 456 plate appearances to Delmon Young (-1.0 WAR), 430 more to Brennan Boesch (-1.4 WAR) and 214 to Ryan Raburn (-1.9 WAR), well, you are not helping out the cause much.
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"It kind of cracks me up. If people doubt me, if people hate me, I must be doing something right." -- Brandon Inge
(I'm not sure I follow this logic.)
"I feel great at the plate," Inge said. "I consider a quality at-bat squaring it up and hitting it on the screws. I’ve done that a lot. I don’t have much to show for average, which I really don’t care about. I’ve learned -- especially after last year (when he hit .197) -- I don’t care one bit. I’m having fun playing baseball, and I will continue to have fun.
"I will never let numbers bring me down again. I’ve hit a lot of balls right at people."
" [I'm] someone who gets motivated by people who doubt me. People think I can't do things, and every time we acquire someone else, I use it as motivation: I'm better than what they think.
"After awhile, it's like, 'Man, how many times do I have to prove myself to you?'"
Danny Knobler on Oswalt and Tigers:
On Oswalt, I hear the Tigers were very interested (even had Verlander call him), but he didn't want to go to Detroit. May land in Boston