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Bless You Boys Podcast 94: Dave Dombrowski is a wizard

Kurt and Al cover the past week of Detroit Tigers baseball, which means they spend the vast majority of BYB Podcast 94 covering all angles of the Prince Fielder / Ian Kinsler trade and the resulting fallout.

Marc Serota

Bless You Boys Podcast 94 has a running time of 53 minutes and features Al Beaton, and of course, Kurt Mensching. HookSlide has the week off.

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  • When Prince Fielder was traded for Ian Kinsler, our first reaction was "HOLY SHIT!" The second was, "How could Dave Dombrowski trade that contract?"
  • Kurt and Al both predicted ... Fielder would not be traded. Whoops.
  • The Tigers have a Fielder-sized hole in the middle of their batting order.
  • Who plays where? Does Miguel Cabrera move to first base? Why not Jordan Lennerton at first base? Is Nick Castellanos the new third baseman? Where does Victor Martinez end up?
  • The Tigers freed up a ton of cash, but will they spend it? With some serious cash freed up and needing a bat, could the Tigers now go after Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Curtis Granderson or Carlos Beltran?
  • If the Tigers just unloaded a $24 million a season contract, why would they give out another in free agency?
  • In the eyes of Rangers fans, was Kinsler viewed in the same way as many Tigers fans viewed Fielder?
  • Prince Fielder's legacy is a mixed one.
  • Fans completely overreacted to his ALCS comments. But some in the fan base need to learn there are more important things in life than a baseball game over which you have no control. Players have a better attitude about winning and losing than many irrational fans.
  • No ifs, ands or buts about it, Dave Dombrowski is a wizard.
  • All but forgotten in the wake of the trade was the Tigers adding Omar Vizquel to the coaching staff as their first base/infield/base running coach. More interestingly, Brad Ausmus added Matt Martin to his staff, giving him the brand new position of defensive coordinator.
  • Robinson Cano might have been in Detroit, and a Twitter frenzy ensues.  Dombrowski denies all, saying, "We plan on having Ian Kinsler as our second baseman this year." But he didn't say "definitely." Hmmmm.
  • Phil Coke is coming back.

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