Does anybody have any idea what this guy is thinking?
The Detroit Tigers went from laughingstocks to perennial contenders under the helm of wise and shrewd Dave Dombrowski as General Manager. No longer did Tigers' fans have to deal with the outrageous, short-sighted moves made by former GM Randy Smith, a man who seemed determined to trade our whole team to either San Diego or Houston. Dombrowski rode in on his Florida Marlin and ushered in a whole new attitude for the cats. Initially, all was well.
Dombrowski made waves quickly into his tenure as GM, acquiring such all-stars as Ivan Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez, and Gary Sheffield, quite the coup for a team that had lost 119 games a few seasons previously. Yes, he may have overpaid for these players, but without them there would have been no foundation for winning. Shane Halter and Robert Fick aren't exactly in the same class as Maggs and Pudge.
Dombrowksi built a stellar, young pitching staff that became the backbone of a contending Tigers team. As GM, he drafted Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, Ryan Perry and took a chance with Rick Porcello. No Nate Cornejo, no Matt Anderson or Kenny Baugh, Dombrowski was able to evaluate true talent. The Tigers were being steered in the right direction .....until the events of September 2009.
The first-place Tigers squander a 7 game lead and lose a playoff to those pesky Minnesota Twins. Then, it all went horribly wrong.
The city, the team, the organization, and most importantly Dombrowski himself, panics. He trades away a young stud in Curtis Granderson. Dombrowksi ships number 2 pitcher Edwin Jackson for a bag of beans. Worst of all, the GM allows the best second-baseman in the AL, Placido Polanco, to sign with the Phillies. He didn't even offer the gold-glover a contract.
Dombrowksi has gone from unquestioned genius to out of control maniac. The Tigers are now doomed to fail because of the desperate moves made by a desperate man.
Get ready for a few more decades of Detroit Tigers futility. Melvin Nieves would be ashamed.
Dave Dumbrowski, worst GM ever.