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Dave Dombrowski Deserves Credit For Detroit Tiger Success

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The Detroit Tigers are baseball's ultimate team. General manager Dave Dombrowski played it cool as the trading deadline approached this week. Dombrowski knows when to hold them, and when to fold them.

Dombrowski's Tigers boast the best record in the majors. Working from a position of strength, Dombrowski played the cards he was dealt. Instead of betting the ranch on Alfonso Soriano, Bobby Abreu or Carlos Lee, Dombrowski bet on his Tigers, the team he put together from scratch.

Dombrowski didn't blink, acquiring professional left-handed hitter Sean Casey from the Pirates for a marginal minor-league pitching prospect. Casey doesn't set off bells and whistles like Soriano or Abreu, but he has a career .304 average and comes with a cheaper price tag. This is a business, after all.

Casey is also eligible for free agency. But, unlike Soriano, he won't be nearly as costly if the Tigers retain him. And while there?s no guarantee that they will, Casey makes the Tigers' offense more formidable because he wields another quality left-handed bat.

That's why Dombrowski now deserves all the credit, the same way he used to receive all the blame. Not to mention the fact that based on what kind of team the Tigers were prior to this season, Dombrowski is the hands-down, iron-clad, lead-pipe-cinch front-runner to win baseball's top executive award.

No GM has done more to improve his team for the present, or future. No GM has been able to turn a losing culture into a winning one so quickly and so resolutely.

August 5, 2006
Posted By Tom Jones
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