THE WBWF QUARTERLY WILL NOT DIE…

Given up for dead the WHEN BASEBALL WAS FUN quarterly has survived
the hangman’s noose. First our printer, DAWN STEELE of Manches-
ter, Michigan, came through with a discounted price and a group
of WBWF Angels, CAROLYN TRUCKS, JACK KEHOE, WARREN WILBERT, BOBBY
HOEFT II, CHUCK MILHEM and PAT FIELDER came through with flying colors!
The Fall Quarterly will print a front page story entitled: THE
LIFE OF A PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER. It’s going to be a corker!

So, what the bejabbers is wrong with the Tigers? The answer is
is realy quite sim;ple….,.their so-called mighty bats have turned into toothpicks. Their starting pitchers are flirting
greatness. Did you know that the bull pen have cost MAX and RICK
PORCELLO FOUR QUALITY STARTS between them. Listen to this!
THEY BOTH WOULD have SIXTEEN WINS. They both must bite the
bullit….however w/o this disgraceful fact their CY YOUNG hopes
are zall but lost as is the playoff chances for the team.
IT GETS MY GOAT….mostly because I have to grin ‘N’ bear it!!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR,,,by bobby

A SAD ENDING or NOT ?

I just finished one of the hardest chores of my life, even harder than milking
old Lulu Belle up on the farm. I finished assembling my mailing to all WBWF
subscribers announcing the END OF MY QUARTERLY: “WHEN BASEBALL WAS FUN”.A lack
of funds is the main reason !

But wait…there still is hope. I have found out from my printer that she,
DAWN STEELE of Manchester, can print it for just $170 per quarter. I already
have one lover of WBWF willing to pay for one quarter and two others who will pay for a half a quarter, $85. I just need TOUR MORE to buy a half a share for just $28 per mo or only about .93 cents a day TO SAVE THE WEBWF QUARTERLY

YOU can be one of them….I refuse to mail this heart breaking letter until all
hope is lost…if you have any questions please email me at wbwf@sbcglobal.net or call me on my cell phone @ 734-476-8569′ . USE EIHER METHOD TO JUST TELL ME,

YRS! Thanks, bobby hoeft, publisher of WBWF

UNBELIEVABLE…..

I am in a state of shock….how in the world can a team that’s
leadinmg the league in hitting go into the big apple with three
Cy Young pitchers plus one who might win it this year and almost
get shut out three times by three throw away no name pitchers? And
listen up, there’s more. The above pitchers, MAX SHERZER, JAMES
PRICE JUSTIN VERLANDER and RICK PORCELLO ALL PITCHED QJUALITY STARTS AND DON’T WIN ANY OF THEM!!!!! The Tigers won PRICES
game but he did not get credit for that 13 inning victory. And
then in the third game they score an unerarned run in the first
inning AND THEN GO SEVENTEEN INNINGS WITH ALL ZERO’S !

I’m almost speechless…but not quite. This is my final thought
on this humiliation…It’s the worst series I’ve ever seen the
Tigers play since 1940. The hitless woncdders all (except VMART)
owe the four starting pitchers a big fat apology.

Now, let’s go out and shoot down some BLUE JAYS….

by bobby written on the day after the bag of zero’s.

MAX WINS 13 th on his way to another CY YOUNG?

Will MAX SCHERZER win a second straight AL CY YOUNG Award? He has my vote.
He is down right nasty on that pitcher’s mound. Last night he won his 13th
striking out six while allowing just a few hits for another Quality Start. If
you look at the calendar he has about 12 more starts to win 7 to slide in to the coveted twenty victory slot. .

The Tigers once more scored a bunch of runs for Max and their 58th victory.
46. It kept them five games over the Royals. They scored SIX in the first and
sent 11 men to the plate. RICK CASTELLANOS banged out a three run homer to the opposite field. Later he hit a run scoring single which gave the rookie four R.B.I’S for the night. TORII HUNTER had three hits to join in the fun.

As MAX continues to shine it looks more and more like he will break the bank as he becomes a free agent during the coming off season. MIKE ILITCH will have
sell a lotta’ pizzas to keep MAX in a Tiger’s uniform. However, if I know Mike he will do his best to keep this little-big guy with two different collored eyes in Detroit. That means that VMART will go for the big bucks to
play elsehere. And here we sit with our need for left handed sticks. Please
stay with us VICTOR MARTINEZ….

filed by bobby on 7-31-14

THIS, THAT and THE NEXT THING…..

T.T.& T. T. Take note! DOUG FISTER won his TENTH yesterday! This from a guy
who was on the D.L. for the first month ! ! The NL Cy YOUNG ???

Young Mr. RICK PORCELLLO should have FOURTEEN VICTORIES!! His team left him down. MLB Network is missing a big story right in front of their Keesters…
.
We need left handed bats…our left handed hitters presently are : KELLY, AVILA, DIRKS (presently on D.L. ) and switch hitting VMART. The only real MLB
threat is VICTOR. As I write this I’m amazed…this is a glaring weakness.
IT MUST BE CORRECTED BEFORE THE POST SEASON BEGINS.

Arby’s hang your heads….They crow big time that if the TIGERS hit three Taters (folks do you know how often that actually happens?) they will present
us each with a teeny tiny bag of curly frieS! wow! are you kidding me. And, by the way YOU MUST HAVE PROOF to get your teeny tiny bag of curly fries.HA HA.

Keeping PHIL COKE on the payroll???? Now I know what WISHFUL THINKING means.

Ever since MIGGIE won the triple crown TIGER fans have talked about his
chances of repeating….personally I even wrote about it being possible. He
was still young and had that rare combination of being both a spray and poswer
hitter combined which is a MUST to win the HOMERUN AND the BATTING titles. Now
we must forget it. The Tigers are quiet about this but the truth is MIGGIE
has lost his pop ! His long fly balls are seldom reaching the seats. Out-
fielders are now catching them….I say that he’s still hurting. Last Fall
he was hurt more than he admits. My prediction: He will go under the knife
once more…and then MAYBE another TRIPLE CROWN will become a reality.

by bobby on 7-29-14 “One year older and deeper in debt” It’s not funny…

7 game road trip 6 quality starts only 2 wins !

What is a MLB Quality start?
A pitcher must pitch SIX COMPLETE INNINGS ALLOWING LESS THAN 3 ER…+
On JULY 21 JV qualifies and TIGERS win 4-3 over Diamondbacks
On July 22 PORCELLO< qualifies and TIGERS lose 5-4 when COKE blows it.
On JULY 23 SANCHEZ does not qualify but TIGERS win anyway 11-5
On JULY 24 SCHERZER qualifies and TIGERS beat Angels 6-4.
On JULY 25 SMYLY qualifies but TIGERS lose heartbreaker 2-1..
On July 26 JV qualifies but TIGERS lose 4-0
On JULY 27 PORCELLO qualifies but TIGERS lose another heartbreaker 2-1

Bottom lines:
RICK PORCELLO sues TIGERS offense for costing him and the TIGDERS TWO games ;
TIGERS need another left handed bat (where are you ANDY DIRKS?);
Why are the TIGERS still carrying PHIL COKE? ;
TIGERS are still in first by 5 big games;
The great center fielder of Angels hitting .001 against Tigers;
Is this the guy west coast writers and MLB network already ballyhooing for MVP?
MIGUEL CABRERA needs a wakeup call;
AND LASTLY….HERE COME THE WHITE SOX!

filed by the birthday boy….bobby I.

MAX CHALKS UP #12 in 6-4 WIN OVER ANGELS

MAX SCHERZER notched his 12th victory as the Tigers came from behind to win
it’s 57th victory and go up SEVEN games over KC . At the beginning MAX was
unhittable…settinmg down the halo’s 1-2-3 for the first three frames and going on to strike out ELEVEN. MAX reliishes whiffing Mike Trout, whom west
coast Sports Writers hail as the next COBB/RUTH/GREENBERG and, well MAX was back at it. He struck out the kid twice running his string to SIX (MAX K’D him
4 times in a row earlier at the COPA). Finally, he hit a weak grounder his 3rd
time up. SCHERZER allowed just 3 hits and only ONE EARNED RUN running his ERA
to 3.37.

The offense was handled nicely by AUSTIN JACKSON going 2 for 5 and running his
multiple hit streak to ten games! Stop it soon AUSTIN or our TV guys will end
up on the Funny Farm ! NICK CASTELLANOS banged out 2 for 4 including a two run
double which turned out to be the winning runs ! Our boy, EUGENIO SAUREZ was
2 tor 3 hitting ahead of DAVIS in the eight hole.

Now for some great news out of the bull pen….JOE NATHAN came out of his
second home in the 9th to save his 21st game while striking out the dangerous
Howie KENDRCK swinging at a 1-2 pitch. Then came DAVID FREESE, he of Cardi-
nal World Series clutch hitting fame. Never mind, JOE put him away too, swinging
also at a 1-2 pitch and missing. Not to be out done Rookie Cron did the same
thing, that is swinging and missing a 1-2 pitch. NICE GOIN’ JOE ! !!

filed by bobby

TIGERS GO 6.5 GAMES UP ON INDIANS

The Tigers went 6.5 games up in the AL CENTRAL DIVISION as they defeated KIRK
GIBSON’S Diamondbacks 11-5. ANABAL SANCHAZ picked the victory going .6./2
innings but allowed 13 hits and all 5 earned runs as his ERA went up to 3.45.
For the second game in a row ANABAL ran into trouble in the 5th inning giving
up all five runs which led Manager BRAD AUSMUS to say: “He has to correct that
nasty habit. We won’t be scoring 11 runs every time he pitches.”

But they did yesterday with the speedy RAJI DAVIS banginmg 3 for 5 as he looked good hitting in the 2nd spot. Leading off the red hot A.J. went 2 for
3 bringing his slow rising BA up to .270. Meanwhile big MIGGIE went 2 for 4
driving in 3 including a long tater. His BA is a healthy .315. It wouldn’t
surprise this writer to see him take the hitting title again along with the RBI
championship. However, the Home Run leadership is his sore spot. We believe last year’s injury is still hurting him along with the park he plays in. Comerica is not good to homerun hitters.

Tonite they face another tough four game series in Annahiem, California, home of the Angels. MAx will seek his 12th win as he once more shoots for 20 big ones !

by bobby on 7-24-14

TIGERS BEAT KIRK’S BOYS IN A HEART THROBBER…

WHOOEY, don’t look now but the 8th & 9th inning tandem of JOBA CHAMBERLAIN
and JOE NATHAN happily clicked for two nites in a row setting down the DIAMOND
BACKS in a 4-3 Tiger Victory. They did the same thing on Sunday to the Indians’
Also, for the second day in a row TORII HUNTER contiued to celebrate his birthday by hitting another two run shot into the left field seats for his
14th of the year. And A.J. continues to shine in the leadoff spot with another
two hit performance including a homerun.

Meanwhile DOUG FISTER continues to shine for the Nats notching his ninth win
of the season running his record to 9-2 . We will not pick on DAVE DOMBROWSKI
who sent PRINCE FIELDER packing for IAN KINSLER…talk about fleecings the
Rangers were FLEECED BIG TIME ON THIS ONE….

by bobby on 7-22-14

NOT THIS TIME !

DREW SMYLY beat the Tribe by pitchingh a four hit, 5-1 victory and thus avoiding a four game sweep by the Indians FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY.
WOW….I didn’t know that, did you? DREW went 7.0 innings throwing 103 pitches
with 65 strikes while whiffing six and maintaining a very nice 3.80 ERA. JOBA
CHAIMBERLIN threw a scoreless eigth inning for the 13th TIME IN HIS LAST 14…
TORII HUNTER hit a hanging curve into the left field seats for a two run shot
while AUSTIN JACKSON continued to bomb Cleveland pitching with two more hits.

Meanwhile, SMYLY, a Southpaw, continued to face a WEAKENED right handed hitting
lineup. We pointed this out yesterday and so did the TV aznnouncers. This obvious Tribe weakness has to be corrected by them if they want to remain serious AL Central Division Contenders. On the other hand, Detroit, with it’s
one left handed starter, will have to face that left handed hitting power house
for the rest of the season…help! Do we have any Southpaw help in Toledo?
Erie? W. Michigan Whitecaps?

Tonite we face KIRK GIBSON’S Diamond Backs way down there in rattle snake
infested Arizona….careful where you step boys. Justin Verlander goes for
us with his corrected arm slot ??

To show you how important that victory was yesterday…if they had been
swept Cleveland would have been just 3.5 games back. But, by winning we
pushed them back to 5.5 a two game swing! Thank you MR. SMYLY>

injected by bobby. MIKE ILITCH CELEBRATED his 85th yesterday…I do it
in one week….I can hardly wait…..