Team 96: The 2001 Tigers

Posted: 9th November 2009 by Blake VandeBunte in MLB
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Year: 2001 Record: 66-96 Win Percentage: .407 Win Percentage Change: -.081 from year before Run Differential: -152 Pythagorean Record: 67-95 AL Finish: 11th of 14 Manager: Phil Garner á Best Transaction: Letting Juan Gonzalez walk Sure, this one wasnÆt up to the Tigers, but boy, did it work out. Randy Smith wanted to keep Gonzalez in Detroit. GonzoÆs first year in Detroit was a disaster, but Smith literally sold the farm to get the guy. It was widely reported that Smith offered Gonzalez an eight-year deal worth around $140M. That means Gonzalez could have been in Detroit in 2008! Good thing this one didnÆt go through. Gonzo rejected the Tigers' offer and decided to become a free agent. Gonzalez had only 1.5 good years left in the tank, and his last full ...

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