Hunter, Matt and I kick things off by talking about Michael Pineda’s ten game suspension for slathering pine tar all of his neck. It was obvious and silly and he paid the price. Pineda will return under a microscope, which is too bad because he had a nice little comeback story going for him this year.
We then talk about the incomprehensible awesomeness of Albert Pujols in honor of his 500th home run. It’s good to see him healthy and hitting after suffering so badly last season with plantar fasciitis.
We talk about just how good his career has been and question why people think that Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter they’ve ever seen when all they have to do is rewind the clock five years and Albert Pujols was in his prime.
The Detroit Tigers finally cut their losses with shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Everything that led to Gonzalez playing for the Tigers was a disaster for their GM, Dave Dombrowski.
He lost a legitimate utility piece in Steve Lombardozzi, who had just joined the team in a lopsided trade for Doug Fister, making that trade even more lopsided. Still, at least Dombrowski knew when to cut his losses and not make things worse.
Then we go into tons of Kansas City Royals talk. We go over the starting lineup and the rotation one by one, projecting which players will be better, which will be worse and which will stay the same.
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