The Transfer rules have always been weird. Coaches can leave programs whenever they want to seek “better opportunity” but when an athlete does it, they are “selfish” and they lack “competitiveness.” Also, unless the NCAA permits it, the athlete needs to sit out a year.
If we are being honest, all I have to do is say “yikes” and that would be my preview of this team. Just an absolutely terrible ball-club. Hard to believe that only a few years ago, the Orioles had Manny Machado, Chris Davis (when he was good) Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters. This team reached the ALCS in 2014. So how were they this past season? 47-115 and finished dead last in the AL East for the second straight year. This will be a painful process, but let’s take a look at what the Orioles will field this season.
2018 was the first year that the sense of urgency for the Indians to win a World Series was present. They were now two years removed from their World Series loss to the Cubs and were coming off a 102-win season that included a historic 21-game winning streak. The rest of the AL was getting better while the Indians were just staying put. They won 91 games and their 3rd straight AL Central crown. They were swept (destroyed) by the Astros in the ALDS. In an offseason where the rumor was that Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer were going to be traded, and where they let key players like Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, and Michael Brantley walk, they are in a weird spot. Let’s look at what the 2019 Cleveland Indians will look like.
Coming into 2018, the Panthers were three years removed from their Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. They made the playoffs last season but were defeated by the Saints in a great game. There was so much promise going into this season. For a while, it looked like the Panthers could be a contender for the Super Bowl. They ended up missing the playoffs and now their star quarterback has a potentially serious injury.
It’s hard to believe that the Tigers had Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer and never won a World Series. They never even won a World Series game (lost 4-0 to Giants in 2012.) Now, the Tigers are in a full rebuild. Cabrera is the only remaining star from those great teams and he is very quickly fading away. So what do they look like now? Let’s dig into the 2019 Detroit Tigers.