WERE THE RAYS STEALING SIGNS?

When the 7th 8th & 9th hitters are resembling TY COBB & PETE ROSE at the plate something smells. JOE MADDON, the RAY’S skipper is a crafty old Fox straight out of old school baseball. I wouldn’t put anything past Joe. He know’s what stealing signs is all about and exactly how to do it.

Here’s how a few former Tigers are doing with their new clubs. One of our favorites, OMAR INFANTE is on K.C.’s D’L', RYAN RABURN with Cleveland is smashing that ball at .205, CARLOS PENA with TEXAS is at .128 (ouch) JOHN PERALTA with the Cards was on the bench yesterday, CURTIS GRANDERSON, a NY Met is stinging at .233 and MATT JOYCE with the RAYS is swinging the stick at .271.

Our own all star, JULIO DANIEL MARTINEZ just keeps hitting taters whether the Tigers win or lose. Yesterday he hit his 12th and on Saturday he hit number eleven. Speaking of this amazing rookie I’m still in awe. In today’s MLB market things like this just don’t happen any longer. Are you telling me that the whole lot of Houston’s scouts & talent eagles all missed out on a 26 year old FIVE STAR PROSPECT playing all Spring right there under there very own noses????And he belonged to them! AND THEY GAVE HIM HIS OUTRIGHT RELEASE. Something doesn’t add up. Let me know your opinions….Meanwhile certain Houston employees must be squirming. At least they should be after pulling one of MLB’s all time GAFFES!
filed by bobby on 7-7-14

SANCHEZ BLOWS UP IN THE 5TH…

In the fifth some deadly bug must have bitten ANABAL SANCHEZ and
before he was through ANABAL had given up seven earned runs the
most of his career. All Tiger fans hope that bug stays away from
our guy….J.D. SANCHEZ did nail his ELEVENTH homerun while AVILA
hit his Sixth. SANCHEZ threw just 5.2 innings and walked 4 ! His
ERA stayed fairly low at 3.18….while the Bengals stayed in 1st
place still 4 up on KC. Today it’s RICK PORCELLO’S turn. I’m betting the farm on him.

In 1953/54 I was stationed in Norfolk playing baseball for the
Norfolk Naval Air Station’s Flyers. It’s also where I locked horns
with WILLIE MAYS. But, that’s another story for another time (but, you can read it in my book). Anyway, not in my wildest ima-
gination would I ever dream that my wife, :P.J. would present me
with TWO SONS and they would both make their homes in the Norfolk
area !! And of course they are both crazy TIGER FANS. Both of them
believe our Cats are going to take it all especially if J.V. finds
his high hard one once more.

Now for J.D. MARTINEZ…he was born on 8-21-87 in Cuba with the
name of JULIO DANIEL MARTINEZ. Thus the J.D….After his parents fled
from Cuba J.D. had a normal USA chilhood while growing and falling in
love with baseball. The Houston Astro’s signed him and last year he played
for their AAA minor league team. This Spring he was with them for
Spring Training doing just fine….but then listen to this, WHEN THEIR
CAMP ENDED THEY GAVE HIM HIS OUTRIGHT RELEASE !!! AND THE TIGER’S POUNCED!
They hurried the big boy to Toledo where he hit .318 WHILE CLOBBERING
ELEVEN TATERS in just 17 games AND, WELL YOU KNOW THE REST. What a story.

filed by bobby on 7-6-14…..

SMYLY FALLS AGAIN…

DREW SMYLY is on the brink of driving south down I75 to Toledo unless he pulls
his act together ASAP. In just 5.2 innings before 40,622 fans pulling for him he lost his composure and the ball game to the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3. Drew simply must control his pitches. He just cannot hang his curve ball out there
especialy to MLB Hitters. They’ll kill it. The Tigers don’t give him much
support as evidenced by his low ERA of just 3.28 which should belong to a
winning pitcher but, Smyly is a losing pitcher at 3 and 6 !
Austin Jackson slipped right into his old Leadoff WOES striking out
FOUR times against a mediocre pitcher COBB. Why did this expiriment even take
place? Will these changes doom Brad Ausmus’ managerial days? The results of
IAN KINSLER, RAGAI DAVIS and TORII HUNTER setting the table for the big guys,
CABRERA and the MARTINEZ twins was working so well….WHY CHANGE IT??? CHARLES
MILHEM a WBWF correspondent thinks that this tinkering with lineup might be the
new skipper’s archilles heal. WHY FOOL AROUND WITH A WINNER? AUSTIN JACKSON
was doing so well at the bottom of the lineup….why? why? why?

Tomorrow we are going to look closer at the deal that brought JAMEY MARTINEZ,
a FIVE STAR (glove, arm, speed, hitting for ave AND power) prospect away from
the starving for talent Houston Astro’s and into the rich Tiger’s Camp? It’s
a mystery to me. DAVE DOMBROWSKI plays his cards very shrewdly. We Tiger
fans should probably appreciate him much more than we do. Am I right?

ANABAL SANCHEZ goes to the hill this afternoon for the Tigers. GO ANABAL!!

posted by bobby on 7-5-14

THREE FOR THE PRICE OF ONE….#

3 for 1 YEP, That’s what our Bengal’s did yesterday in the FIRST INNING! With
Erik Bedard on the mound for the Rays, First Kinsler drilled his 11th Homer of the year, a two run shot over the left field wall…moments later after The
Big Guy walked, VMART whacked his 21st Tater over that same left field wall. By
this time big Erik Bedard was ready to test the water in the shower. Except Torii Hunter had other plans for big Erik as he prepared his hot bat to knock one over that same left field wall for the Tiger’s THIRD ROUND TRIPPER OF THE 1st inning!! The last time that happened Jack’s cow was preparing for her moon walk. Anyway, the Tigers won in a breeze,9-3 for their 11th victory in
their last 13 games. their only losses? To Houston, one the worst teams jn
the MKB.
Why are the guys doing so well? They have balance both offesivly and defensivly. On offense currently they are the only MLB team with FOUR START-
ERS hitting over .300. KINSLER at .306, MIGGIE at .316, VMART flirting with
the MLB lead at .323 and his namesake,J.D. MARTINEZ at .320. Defensivly we have RICK PORCELLO with 11 victories and MAX with 10- big one’s.
As oi today, JULY 4th we are in FIRST PLACE, 48 / 34, five games up on KC
and playing at a .585 winning % .
Nobody is saying anything but DAVE DOMBROWSKI should be arrested again for
stealing! What else would you call the way J.D. MARTINEZ became a Tiger??
Right now he has STAR written all over him. If I were a MLB G.M. I’d refuse
taking phone calls from D.D. !
Last, but not least our family celebrates, not one but TWO birtday’s today!
PATTY HOEFT, wife of our son JAMES and resident of Chesapeak, Va, and our
daughter, TAMARA, born out in the hills of Montana, are both celebrating
firecracker birthdays today. So Happy Birthuday girls…Hope we see you soon.

filed by bobby hoeft , founder & publisher of “WHEN BASEBALL WAS FUN.”

TIGERS SWEEP OAKLAND

That’s right ! A 3 game sweep…and when you add the 2 wins in
Oakland earlier it means that we took the 7 game season series
5-2 ! That should shut up those MLB experts on the MLB Network
for awhile with all their NEGATIVE TIGER predictions !
Doug FISTER wins his 7th for the Nats and goes 7-2 for them. Might we face him in the October World Series….there’s a chance.
And big boy RICK PORCELLO wins his ELEVENTH for his first half total which means he has a great chance to hit TWENTY !! Remember
everyone HE’S STILL A BABY AT ONLY 25!!! His MLB future of another 15 years is all still in front of him and his bread N’
butter sinker….on Tuesday (JULY 1) against the A’s he WON HIS
SECOND COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT BY THROWING SEVENTEEN GROUND BALL OUTS!! Could we see FISTER & PORCELLO IN the October Classic??!

Yesterday’s 9-3 win over Oakland also featured AUSTIN JACKSON’S
return to the leadoff spot where he went 3-5….keep it up Austin
and you might make a believer out of this very unbelieving fan.
The game also featured JV’s seventh victory. Now there’s a huge
story-in-the-making. If he finally get’s his head straight and
goes back to his high hard one, the possibilitties are endless!

One more note…KINSLER with his 104 hits, VMART with his 20
Dingers and CABRERA with his 67 rbi’s are all in the race for
those MLB trophies….plus RAJI DAVIS’S Grand slam walk off
Tater is already the talk of the 2014 season MLB thrill # ONE
AWARD!

OH, OH, HERE COMES JOE AND HIS VERY ANGRY LOSING RAYS!!

IT’S TRUE…..

IT’S TRUE…..OR PROVE THAT IT’S NOT :

Justin Verlandder get’s the big Pizza bucks and his nose dive begins as MAX
steps in……AND TURNS DOWN THE TEMPTING HUGE GREEN STUFF…Max knows?
All VJ has to do to disprove this nasty charge is to find that mysterious
fast. ” COME OUT, COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE” “I cries the haunted former MVP Champ, ” I HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE TO MR. “I”

Now here comes MIGGIE….he is now looking an awful lot like AUSTIN at the plate….remember all that talk about more triple croswns…..forget it. He
no sooner joined JV in the millionair’s box than VICTOFR took over as team’s leading tater harvester . His days in the triple crown “best hitter on the
planet” box have become distant memories…..SAY IT’S NOT TRUE BIG GUY.

Now I know why JOE NATHAN looks so much like a river boat gambler. Because he
is one…Anyone can see that he’s driving on EMPTY>. After this year, or sooner, JOE will bdecome a high priced Players Agdent. His first client?
MAX SCHERZER, of course.

AS WE SEE IT….

From the best record in MLB to the worst in our opinion. THREE MONEYmen
should be held accoutable. Here they are: JUSTIN VERLANDER, MIGUEL CABRERA
and JOE NATHAN…and here’s why…..
Justin Verlander in 2012 won it all. Rather than run the risk of losing him
MIKE ILITCH shelled out some of good tastinmg pizza money and JV’s slide was
almost instantanious! Now that he’s become a banker his fast ball has all but
left COMERICA. It’s gone from the high ninties to the low ninties. Plus he’s
lost his roll as leader of this staff to MAX SCHERZER…and we hardly heard a
whimmper. This year he’s hardly our fifth starter!! If he doesn’t get out
of his bank roll soon HE’LL FIND HIMSELF IN THE BULL PEN, where he can count
MIKE’S pizza money in peace.
And then there’s MIGGIE who is busy at work trying to surpass Jackson’s strike-
out record. They say “HEY, LOOK AT HIS RBI’S”….SURE?! With DAVIS,
KINSLER and HUNTER on base consistantly in front of him!!! Folks he’s leaving
them on in record numbers….when he whiffs he looks worse than JACKSON. And
there goes a million lil’ ceasar’s pies down the tube. Money is not the root
of all evil IT’S THE ROOT OF ALL BASEBALL, which brings us to sorriest of
all these money-ball fanatics: JOE NATHAN. HERE’S a guy who left all of his
tricks in TWINLAND and deep in the heart of Texas. All we know for sure is
that all of those tricks left for lower slobovia as soon as he smelled those
green peppers and mushrooms.
TIGER FANS, WE’VE BEEN HAD….IF THIS TEAM PLAYS< ACS (after the Cleveland slaughter) then our hopes will fasr forward to next year W/O JV, MIGGIE and JOE who will be flying to Texas to join that other Millionair (guess who). by bobby who’s busy ducking those missiles from Toronto, Cleveland and KC….

Let’s hope USA TODAY SPORTS has it right….

USA SPORTS edition this week in their power rankings has the Tigers
in first place. To stay there they have to play a hjelluva’ lot better
than they played against the AWFUL Padres. Even their uniforms stink./
Those uniforms belong in SPORTS HALL OF SHAME and so does the two
pitchers who made Miggie and the rest of those clunkers look like
Mae West and her skid row review….OUCH. As I write this the Team
is now taking BP as they prep for tonight’s game swith those Indians
from across the Lake. No-name pitchers have always played donkey
ball with our big pussey cats. They not only can’t pin the tail on
the damn donkey they can’t even find the tail!! I cannot understand
the Tigers dilemma…but just throw an unknown character out there like
the two from the San Diego Zoo and the Tigers are lost & bewildered.
Please spare us tonight….

The Tigers have sat almost as much as they’ve played. They have sat on
their rumps for FOUR OPEN DATES and two rain outs for a total of SIX
SIT-DOWNS. They have played ten (6-4) so they’ve played only four
more …which tells us that they should have sat for those four too.

“WHEN BASEBALL WAS FUN’ is in!

We have received several hard back copies of my book: “WHEN
BASEBALL WAS>” Your name might be on one? Here’s your chance to
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Travel with him from the cow pasture diamond in Moltke, to Briggs
Stadium and the sandlots of Detroit, to Yankee & the Polo Grounds of
New York, to the beautiful parks at Great Lakes NTC and Norfolk Naval
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Go with him as he meets HANK GREENBERG , CHARLEY GEHRINGER and ELDAN
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GO with him as he carries a .312 BA and falls more in love with
the grand ole’ game of Baseball with each game (roughly 1200 games).
And who does he credit most of all for his baseball exploits, including
the writing of this book? “THANK YOU DADDY, from your son…..

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posted on 4-15-14 by himself…..
CHARLES BRONSON in Colorado Spr

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