TigsTown Roundtable: Former Tigers in CS

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: What's your initial reaction when you see so many former Tigers playing in the championship series?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
To be honest, it's a mixed bag of emotions. I felt sort of depressed when I saw half the Giants lineup made up of former Tigers, but then remembered that some of them, especially someone like Andres Torres, is enjoying his first year of success at the ripe age of 32, so it's both hard to feel upset for a guy that battled that long to make it, and likewise hard to be frustrated with an organization that moved on from a player that didn't hit his stride until six years later. Ultimately I think where I sit is frustrated with certain players - frustrated to see Edgar Renteria succeeding for the Giants when he failed so miserably as a Tiger. Frustrated to see Aubrey Huff hitting in the three hole then being reminded of our current need for a power hitting left-handed bat, as well his complete collapse for the Tigers down the stretch in 2009, when a better showing might have meant the difference between a division crown and the second place finished they ended up with. But the others, like Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco, were conscious decisions on the part of the Tigers to move on and go younger and cheaper. They were a big part of the success the Tigers had, and for that I can never see them succeed elsewhere and feel bitter.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
It doesn't really bother me to see several Tigers players in the NLCS and ALCS. It's a function of the game of baseball these days. Players move around, particularly secondary pieces to teams. Guys like Placido Polanco, Cody Ross, Andres Torres, and many others, are really secondary pieces for these teams, and they are the guys that are going to see multiple teams over a 3-4 year span. To this day I still get a little irked about the manner in which Cody Ross was dispensed by the organization; for a strong-armed lefty in Steve Colyer, but that's neither here nor there at this point. In many cases, the point at which the Tigers opted to part ways with many of these players, was the appropriate point to do so. It's not as though they prematurely abandoned all hope with them and demonstrated impatience. They simply ran out of time and resources to sink into them, or had options they legitimately felt were better at that point. There's nothing wrong with those types of moves, because there's no evidence to suggest the Tigers would have developed and/or handled the players in the same manner had they stayed. In short, these players are water under the bridge for the Tigers, and I'm not of the belief that fans should really be discouraged or disappointed that there are numerous former Tigers in the league championship series.

Bill Ferris, Senior Associate Editor, Major League Baseball
Well there are the players you expect to see making contributions, like the Placido Polanco's and Curtis Granderson's of the world. Marcus Thames has established himself as a masher who can succeed in the right situation as well. I have no surprise or hurt feelings about those types of players in the playoffs because each was talented but timing and circumstances were such that it made sense for them to move on. There is a little bit of regret when I see Omar Infante and Andres Torres on the big stage because each had some level of prospect status before the Tigers gave up on them for a variety of reason. What is most frustrating though is seeing players like Aubrey Huff and Edgar Renteria helping a winning cause for someone else when they each failed so spectacularly in Detroit. Finally, with each Cody Ross home run I think a little bit more about Steve Colyer which is just depressing.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
It's kind of frustrating, but at the same time, many of these players have been gone from the organization for several years, and in some cases, some guys are having career years (Andres Torres for example), so I don't really dwell on it. The Giants are probably the team that sticks out the most given that two players (Cody Ross & Edgar Renteria) were part of bad trades made by Dave Dombrowski, and Aubrey Huff has enjoyed an outstanding year after contributing very little to the Tigers' stretch run last year after Detroit traded for him. Of course, Placido Polanco, Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames were big parts of the Tigers' success over the last four years, and Granderson's trade to the Yankees has worked out well thus far for the Tigers. In the end, when you see these players in the LCS, it certainly makes you wonder what might've been given what happened in the 2006 World Series, as well as the finishes to the 2007 and 2009 seasons, or had the Tigers not traded away Ross or for Renteria. It's always easy to take a hindsight look at things, but it does make you pause and think about the disappointing endings those seasons had.

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