In the past couple of weeks, every ounce of excitement directed toward the Detroit Tigers has been matched with equal amounts of criticism.
The Tigers made arguably the biggest splash of the offseason, catching the baseball world by surprise and inking star first baseman Prince Fielder to a contract lasting nearly a decade. The nine-year, $214 million deal signed by Prince will provide Detroit with endless options in the lineup and the field.
Some of those options however, aren't exactly considered to be favorable choices. Fielder's arrival will push Tigers' current superstar slugger, Miguel Cabrera, back to his original position at third base.
Perhaps the fear of facing Miggy and Prince in succession is what has critics suddenly zeroing in on just how the infield transformation could destroy Detroit's title hopes. But I sense the move has some Tigers' fans concerned as well.
Maybe the fact that Fielder and Cabrera finished dead last together in fielding percentage, among qualifying first basemen in 2011, has kept the some of the celebration at bay. Or possibly the letdown in '07 that followed a World Series appearance and the massive trade that brought Cabrera to Detroit, re-appearing in the minds of Detroit's followers.
But fear not fans, the Tigers will be just fine in 2012 and beyond. And here's why: