Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
If I had to guess what percentage of Tigers fans wanted Prince Fielder’s days to be numbered in Detroit, I’d say 71.
We all reckoned from the day Fielder signed his Fielder-sized 9 year, $214 million dollar deal two Januarys ago in Detroit, that a day of immense buyer’s remorse would settle in. He didn’t play very good defense, and because of his body, his skills may erode sooner than typical Major League stars in what we thought was a post-PED era.
In the first year of the deal Fielder met my expectations. An OPS of .940, 30 home runs and 1 more walk than strikeouts. Compared to a typical Fielder year, 2013 was a dreary and forgettable one. His OPS was still acceptable at .819 but his OBP was his lowest since his first full year back in 2006. Fielder’s 75 walks were his fewest since that ’06 year, but more conspicuous to me was disparity between those walks and the 117 strikeouts. In ’11 and ’12 Fielder was +1 in BB/K. In ’10 Fielder led the NL with 114 BBs. The -40 difference is the biggest gap since 2008 when Fielder was a -50.
I’m willing to apply blame for Fielder’s porous year, not to the beginning of the inevitable skills decline, but to the troubles in his personal life.
That career .916 OPS is certainly attainable once Fielder’s personal life is settled. In fact, I think it’s reasonable to expect that type of offensive production for AT LEAST the next two years, before he turns 31.
The giant insect in the ointment is Prince’s inability to produce where the Tigers hope to be every year; the postseason. We’ve gone over this before – and there’s no hold up on sample size – but Fielder’s played 39 postseason games, had 164 PAs, and has hit just .194 with a meager OPS of .620. That’s a quarter-season sized slump. Does Fielder lack whatever courses through the veins of David Ortiz’s DNA? Assuredely. But there’s no transfusion from player to player, Fielder just has to snap out of it one of these Octobers.
If you’re the Tigers, can you risk that your $24 million dollar a year player will eventually come around? I wouldn’t. It may be next to impossible, but I’d shop Fielder’s services. The Tigers can easily put any number of players at first base – Cabrera, Martinez, Castellanos. The position is an effortless fill.
The restless people that wanted Fielder dealt during his slow start in 2012 were complete fools. He adjusted to the league and produced. And you just don’t move deals of that size. Not after a few months. Not after a solitary year.
Fielder has 7 years and $168 million left on deal. First instinct says that moving those years and that money are unreasonable, impractical and most of all, impossible.
It takes deep pockets and some inventiveness, but if the Dodgers – rich as they are – can assume over a quarter of a billion dollars in salary, then I’m open to an esoteric discussion on making Fielder an ex-Tiger.
The traits of a team that would receive Fielder look like this:
A. Need a first basemen
B. Deep, deep pockets.
The following would make for the perfect trade partner
C. American League, so he can DH.
D. Your lineup won’t get too lefty heavy.
E. Your looking for a star, or a draw.
F. You don’t plan on being October for a while. I say this somewhat jokingly.
As I’ve said more than a few times, aside from obviously not being in the AL, the Mets would appear to be the perfect trade partner for the Tigers.
Ike Davis hasn’t made it. They’re finally escaping their financial troubles. They need a player who can put butts in seats and can excite people so every now and then they can wrest attention away from the Yankees. They can also weather Fielder’s October struggles, because they need to concern themselves with April through September, before they have to watch him flail away in the postseason.
Texas, Seattle and San Francisco also make sense, to me at least.
After all this though, I want to propose THE TRADE THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
The Tigers need a left fielder, right? And if you follow me, you know I’m all about prepping this team to have someone to supplant Cabrera’s offensive genius in case the Tigers have no choice but to move on from him in two seasons.
This team got .206/.259/.370 production from its first basemen in ’13. This SI article previewing the NL Central hot stove will also mention that their prospect on the verge couldn’t even crack that hideous rotation last year.
Bleak would describe the Brewers’ situation at first base.
I’ll give you a minute.
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Yep. I wanna send Fielder back to where he came from, and had so much success. Variable #1, I don’t know if he burned bridges leaving, though I doubt it.
‘But Eric, the Brewers couldn’t afford him to begin with, why would they reacquire him?’
Because, running the Tigers, I’m going to take an enormous financial burden off of their payroll.
Variable #2. I’m not certain how the fanbase feels about this guy. Do they welcome him back with forgiveness and open arms? Did he earn that? Or because he lied to Aaron Rodgers’ face, does Milwaukee want Ryan Braun on the first manned space flight to Neptune?
Prince Fielder for Ryan Braun ladies and gentlemen.
It’s a colossal risk for the Tigers. I’m like you in wondering if all Braun’s accolades were achieved via nefarious means. If his .938 career OPS tumbles a hundred and fifty points, you’re stuck with an 8 year bill at least $147 million dollars for a 30-something league average player.
But, hey the Tigers need a left fielder. And many of you, myself included, aren’t thrilled with Prince returning in 2014.
The risk might pay off.
It’s probably unrealistic to think Braun can be what he was off the PEDs, but what if he excels, even as just an .850 OPS player. With 20+ stolen base speed. On the open market, do you know how much that would cost? Probably much more than Braun’s $18 million AAV.
I warned you. This was THE TRADE THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. But it’s the Internet and if you’re a sports fan this was probably a better way to spend ten minutes than looking at porn.
Ken Rosenthal has pointed out that Max Scherzer and Washington, looking for another SP, could be a match.
For one thing, the Tigers' plans for Scherzer are not clear. At the very least, sources say, they are in the “listening, not shopping” mode. Translation: “Willing to move, for the right return.”
I've said it very clearly before, on the surface, if Scherzer is traded away the Tigers World Series hopes take a throat punch.
Not so fast.
If the Nationals offer a deal resembling former top prospect INF Anthony Rendon (Tigers would have a Ron & Ren-dohn), a choice of inexpensive RPs - Fernando Abad or Tanner Roark - and probably two of the Nats top prospects, beginning with a guy who had the best stuff of any pitcher in the 2012 draft, Lucas Golito, then I'm all ears.
Four for one?
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We can use the James Shields to KC deal as outline. Shields had two years on a deal to give KC, Max only one to whoever.
Shields + Wade Davis for impending ROY Wil Myers + prospect SP Jake Odorizzi + two other minor leaguers.
Soon-to-be-Cy Young Winner Scherzer + Perez for Rendon + inexpensive RP (Storen, Clippard are too costly) + Golito and another prospect.
Scherzer isn't being given away. Second base is filled, and so is one bullpen spot. Golita is a reinforcement for the rotation down the line AND huge savings because the Tigers would be receiving so little salary back in the deal.
Max was going to make somewhere between $13 and $16 million next year, so that money can be repurposed for other improvements on the Tigers roster. That might be nice money to pay Carlos Beltran for a year in left field.
I'm probably going to write something like this everytime a Scherzer rumor pops up. So, expect these suggested deals often.
In my first attempt at this, I went conservative and cost conscious.
No blockbuster deals, just a necessary one.
No jaw dropping signings, just freedom from financial opporession in the near future, while making another run.
In future versions of these I'll ship Fielder off, and maybe Scherzer too.
(salary increased as arb eligible)
(free agent signing)
C - Alex Avila ($4 million)
1B - Prince Fielder (23)
2B - Wilmer Flores
SS - Julio Iglesias (2)
3B - Miguel Cabrera (22)
RF - Torii Hunter (14)
CF - Austin Jackson (5)
LF - Nate McLouth (5 AAV 2 yr deal)
DH - Victor Martinez (12)
C - Bryan Holaday
LF/RF/3B/1B/DH - Nick Castellanos
UTL - Don Kelly (1.5)
INF - Hernan Perez
DH - Michael Young (5)
SP - Justin Verlander (20)
SP - Max Scherzer (16)
SP - Anibal Sanchez (15.8)
SP - Doug Fister (6)
SP - Drew Smyly (500k)
RP - Joaquin Benoit (7.5 AAV 2 yr deal w/option for 3rd)
RP - Scott Downs ( (4.5 AAV 2 yr deal)
RP - Bruce Rondon
RP - Al Alburquerque (1)
RP - Corey Knebel
RP - Jose Alvarez
My estimation is that this roster will cost in the mid 160s.
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Your first question is, 'who the hell is Wilmer Flores?!' He's what I got the Tigers in return for Rick Porcello. Porcello was possibly looking at $6 to 7 million in another year of arbitration. Far too costly for a 5th starter, when Smyly is waiting, so it was time for him to go. Porcello heads to Flushing to pitch just an hour away from his hometown of Morristown, NJ.
Matt Harvey is out for 2014, Santana is not going back and there's uncertainty with Mets rotation before they can fully rely on Zack Wheeler and their other top SP prospect, Noah Syndergaard. Porcello arrives to a friendly pitcher's park, in a league with no DH, and can share that winning baseball teams DO indeed exist to the other young vets currently on the Mets staff, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese.
Wilmer Flores is currently a top 5 prospect (though that's not saying much) for the Mets. who doesn't seem to have a role moving forward in New York. He's not a good defensive player, but he can hit. Think of him as the new Jhonny Peralta, except he's playing second.
Nate McLouth isn't a splashy addition, but he's now signed for just 2 years at a reasonable price. A bit of a weakness against LHP, but against RHP, he'll make for a fine leadoff hitter, who'll take a walk a bit more willingly than Jackson, but won't strike out nearly as much. He can run too; 30 SBs in 37 attempts.
Castellanos plays in LF against LHPs, and so that he doesn't get just 4 or 5 PAs a week, he'll play a little bit everywhere else, much like Jurickson Profar did for the Rangers last year. He's in Detroit to play, not sit.
Michael Young gets another shot at a ring. He's finished in the field, but if he's accepts his role as 'hitter' off the bench, I like the addition a lot.
Hernan Perez is the newew and speedier Ramon Santiago.
Smyly finally hits the rotation, but when he's skipped as the fifth starter because of off days, he's back in his Fireman role.
Why wouldn't we bring back Benoit? As long as he can throw that changeup - not the one he threw to Ortiz - I'm as comfortable with him as the closer in '14 (setup Rondon in '15) as any free agent closer. I like the familiarity. He gets a $2.5 million dollar raise too.
All I need to tell you about Scott Downs is that in over 1,000 PAs, LHBs have hit just .219 against him with an OPS of .605. Hello to your new LOOGY.
Though just drafted in June, Corey Knebel will be 22 in November. The Tigers need to find their Trevor Rosenthal/Carlos Martinez/etc...and Knebel may be it. as the closer in A-ball West Michigan this past summer, Knebel had 15 saves, 41 K's in 31 IP and a WHIP of .77. In 6 AFL innings, Knebel's K'd 7 and allowed 4 hits. Congrats Kid, you've earned a shot at a job in Lakeland. Throw hard.
The Alvarez spot in the bullpen is fungible, though he's there as your long man.
This roster isn't perfect, but I tried to approach this construction with cost consciousness in mind. With the slew of short deals, it's not inconceivable to resign Scherzer at an affordable rate. Be wary though, to make that more likely, Fister is the next to get moved a year from now.
Pros: No insane overpays in free agency, and a lot of money goes away within 2 years to hopefully bring in reinforcements to a blossoming Castellanos and an aged core of Verlander, Sanchez, and whoever else is still around.
Flores and Castellanos may not be speed demons, nor are they Olympians, but with youth comes improved athleticism.
McLouth will have my green light to go.
Power arms in the pen with Al Al, Rondon and Knebel.
No Coke. No Dirks.
Jackson can bat 6th against RHPs. Perhaps, even against LHPs, if and it's a HUGE IF, Castellanos some how manages to be patient beyond his years at the plate. I just need the Tigers leadoff man to be on base, for the thunder behind him.
Cons: Light pen, which can be massaged throughout the year.
Flores might be a disaster defensively.
Benoit and Downs' age is a little worrisome.
No one ever called Al Al consistent.
Knebel and Rondon have to contribute.
Michael Young could be totally finished and waived before the All Star Game.
As opposed to Thursday's What I *THINK* we learned after one Pistons game.
- Those potential spacing issues that evvvvvvvvveryone was concerned about with a front court jammed with a 6'9" guy at SF and essentially two seven footers have not been so apparent.
That's good and bad.
There's no lane clogging going on because Josh Smith has been all too happy to float out by the 3 point line. That's good (when they go in) and awfully bad (when they usually don't). Smith is firing up over 7 three points attempts per game, and shooting just 27% on those shots. It is what it's going to be, because that's his career 3 point average. He's never shot more than 2.6 per game in a season, so it's coming down from over 7, but it needs to be down, way down, and soon.
On the good side, when Smith has gotten near the lane he's be a deft passer, usually to Drummond or Monroe who quietly roamed the baseline and into layup position as defenders converged on Smith's approach to the lane.
- Monroe and Smith have had 28(!) turnovers in 3 games. Unacceptable. Lemme throw Drummond in, and your front court has you at 10 lost possessions per game. The NBA average last was about 14 a game. After the Friday night game in Memphis I longed for the return of Brandon Jennings. He was back for 31 minutes last night. Jennings, never to be confused with Tony Parker or Chris Paul, can at least be a stable offensive engineer when he's on the court. As opposed to everyone but Drummond attempting to initiate the offense. It was a careless wreck. Through 3 games, only Boston turns it over more than the Pistons' 20 per game.
- It's super early, and it doesn't take much to derail a season - especially with potentially volatile guys like Smith and Jennings - but the Pistons fought IN Memphis on Friday night like I hadn't seen in a long time. Previous Pistons teams could've easily packed it in at different points at the Grizzlies home opener. But for 48 minutes, the Pistons were equal to a top Western Conference team from last year.
- Jennings return last night came at the expense of minutes for KCP. He didn't play a second. 8 to 10 of the 44 that Bynum and Stuckey played against the Celtics have to go KCP's way. Especially since he hasn't embarassed himself too badly in his first two official professional games. Everyone is aware of the Gores playoff edict, but I don't think it's impossible to achieve THAT and get the rookie minutes.
- With the Pistons on the verge of blowing another double digit lead, this time late, and losing to the lowly Celtics, I hoped to see Billups out to settle things. Even if it was just for a possession. I know he's a defensive liability, but isn't he there to be a coach and calming influence on the court?
- I'm cool with the MOTOR CITY on the Pistons Sunday home jerseys, but the dark blue is pointless.
The headline references bringing in an experienced closer, but Dave Dombrowski's words don't use the dreaded E word, which has me a little more hopeful for PROJECT BULLPEN: REBUILD.
From Chris Iott at MLive.com...
"We're going to have a closer," Dombrowski said. "We're going to pursue somebody to pitch the back end of the bullpen. Joaquin is in that group, but there are a lot of closers out there. That's the one area where there are a lot of guys. That is one area I think we need to address with him or someone else and then we'll look at the rest of our club."
The names mentioned as potential Tigers are all ones we're familiar with; Balfour, Nathan, Rodney, Wilson and resigning Benoit.
Each of those will likely cost at least $8 million dollars for 2014. And it's unlikely any of them will accept a 1 year deal at that price. Over the last decade, only the greatest closer in history has been more reliable and dominant than Nathan. Based on talent and potential to do the job, I rank them like this.
But contracts - money AND years - disrupts the simply clarity of who's the best.
I understand that the Tigers and their fans feel like they need a veritable, proven closer because of the shaky state of the entire bullpen during these postseason runs, but I'd like to assure you it's not necessary.
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Please name the closers of the LCS participants.
Uehara, Benoit, Rosenthal and Jansen.
NONE were closers to start the year.
I think they may wind up paying a closer $10 million for 2014, but let's say it's 8 instead.
If the proper vetting and diligence are accomplished, mixed with a touch of good fortune, it's very possible for the Tigers to have an entirely rebuilt bullpen in the 8 to 10 million dollar range.
Remember, the headline said the E word, but Dombrowski did not. Though I AM skeptical that they'll follow my inexpensive blueprint for bullpen success.
As I wrote Friday, the Tigers, in my opinion, have NO bullpen right now. My suggestion is to find the bullpen bargain aisle and start picking through it. Or, with Ausmus coming from San Diego, maybe it's FINALLY time the Tigers acquire one of their relievers, I'm sure Porcello would do quite fine in the vastness of Petco Park.
Mark Melancon was on his 4th team in 5 years and coming off an ERA in Boston of over 6. He became an All Star for the Pirates at $520,000 dollars.
Other names that were among the MLB leaders in holds.
Joel Peralta, David Robertson, Tyler Clippard, Rosenthal, Jake McGee, Brandon Kintzler, Tanner Schneppers, Luis Avila, Jared Burton...and, no need to continue on.
Many of those guys were arms that moved through their parent organizations and are closers-in-waiting, some, even starters-to-be. Drew Smyly is that now for the Tigers.
How about a LOOGY or two. They're usually greying, and cheap too.
There's no need to remind me that Mr. Ilitch is will go on a financial rampage to win a World Series. I know MLB teams are enriched by TV millions, but still...
Two things to petrify you.
The Angels. They're a terrifying harbinger.
The Dodgers spent like crazy too, but they had already internal talent, Hanley Ramirez got healthy and rediscovered his greatness and then the whole Puig phenomenon.
The other warning is that while Ilitch just may empower Dombrowski to buy all the right pieces to buy a title - I wouldn't rule out Cano-as-a-Tiger - but what happens after he passes?
The next owner may not want a payroll with a sizeable luxury tax. There's also little hopeful talent in the Tigers farm system at this point.
The Angels are one painful lesson, but where the Phillies and Yankees are now another. An exorbitant payroll with players quickly descending from their prime years is a giant iceberg no team wants to flirt with, and the Tigers could make moves this year that bring Detroit a World Series, but the price they pay may wind up being a historic sunken ship.
Brad Ausmus is the new Tigers manager.
Not surprised by the selection of Ausmus - who had an NFL scouting combine- like rise to the top of MLB managerial candidates - I was in mild disbelief that Ausmus didn't have more panache in his introductory press conference.
I expected a refined orator, who was prepared with intelligent, rapid fire answers that commanded the attention of the room.
The new skipper's body language resembled that of someone who's uncomfortably stuck in the middle seat of a plane, between the self serving, bombast and 300lb guy that won't stop falling asleep on your shoulder.
How is THIS guy going to lead a locker room of 5, 10, and 20 millionaires, who've won three straight American League Central titles, and been just 10 wins from back to back World Series titles?
Ausmus clearly impressed Dave Dombrowski, his staff and Mr. Illitch. If he'd been timid during that process, as I believe he was yesterday, then there's little chance Ausmus would have received the offer from Dombrowski. Over this President and GM's reign, the Tigers are much more successful organization than San Diego, where Ausmus came from. If he was able to captivate Detroit's senior executives, then they have confidence he'll be able to corral the twenty man makeup of the Tigers.
Yesterday we may have seen the weakest tool in Ausmus' skill set - public speaking and interacting with the media.
That's something he's never had to do before in such the vice of an environment, which included a Sunday afternoon with no Lions football, meaning all eyes, ears and hopes of Motor City sports fans were centered directly at the newly annointed. first time manager.
- I think Ausmus only mentioned two players by name: Verlander and Fielder. When he was asked about the Tigers needing to hold runners better - and they do - I was surprised he kept saying 'catcher' and not Avila. I'm probably reading too much into that, but it stood out to me.
- If there was a time he did get prickly, I sensed it when he referenced the bullpen, and how he believed it needs to be managed properly. The Tigers may not have the obvious talent there, but it may be Ausmus' pet project.
- I hope he seeks input from his veteran starting pitchers on whether Jeff Jones is to return or not. I'm all for having one's own comfortable circle of trust, but one of the reasons there was fear towards bringing in an 'outsider' was the possible alienation of the steady veterans.
- Ausmus is a risk. But so too would have been McClendon, Rick Renteria, Lamont, Barry Larkin(???), and Tim Wallach. There's risk with everything. This is now onDombrowski to fbuild a less worrisome bullpen, get a genuine leadoff hitter and decide on second base. All while maintaining a core to play under Ausmus for many years. There sits my biggest worry.
The Tigers declined their 2014 option on Jose Veras?!
In the summer I wrote this first , (in trying to add arms to the pen) Jose Veras, Astros. On his 6th team, fashiong more than 10 K's per 9 IP, and a WHIP just over 1. If you'll buy line drive percentage, he's been sensational this year in avoiding squared up balls, with his LD% at 12% (average is 20). I also like this because if he's acquired and any good, he's potentially the setup man next year for a reason $3.2 million dollar option.Not cheap, but maybe verrrrry worth it.
Then this, as the acquisition occurred.
Tigers get a reliever who was on my not-Papelbon list from a few weeks back. Porcello for Kendrick is still something I'd consider. Good deal for a non-elite prospects, with a chance for Veras to pitch his way into a very cheap closer role next year. I'm assuming the Tigers keep the option to retain Veras for $3.25 million.
The Tigers just pushed away an extremely inexpensive, but more to the point, productive reliever.
Keep in mind Benoit is free agent, Smyly may or may not be moving to the rotation, or off the team completely, and there's no other pitchers in the bullpen at this moment who could be deemed reliable.
I realize Rondon is there and still possesses the closer in waiting tag, but last we heard he was struggling with elbow issues. That's a serious concern for me. And while he improved with more Major League innings, there's no certainty he was going to be an effective successor to Benoit Day 1 in Lakeland.
Will they give 2013 draft pick Corey Knebel the chance to win a job this spring? His numbers in the AFL would offer that he's borderline unhittable.
This is absolutely stunning. Dave Dombrowski must've decided he was exhausted by his bullpen not living up to the others his team has frequently flailed against in October.
Veras in '13 had 60 K's in 62 innings and owned a WHIP barely over 1. Was it a poor postseason created this baffling decision? In two words, probably not. Five innings, nine strikeouts and a ERA of 3.60.
In the MLive article above from James Schmehl, we share the same speculation that the Tiges could resign Veras, though it would surely be for more than $3.25 million dollars OR to a long term deal, which would be unwise considering the volatility of year to year performance from most relievers.
Perhaps in coming hours or days we'll get an explanation to this confounding direction the Tigers have chosen to go in. Until the, I'll be the guy dragged his jaw on the floor.
If anything Veras was healthy and inexpensive. Now he's just gone.
I wrote this in September. What if Gotham played football?!
This is the submission. Afterwards, I’ll post the site’s feedback.
I need to be honest, I didn’t have a f*%king clue who Deadpool was until 2006 when I decided to spend too many hours playing Ultimate Alliance on PS2.
Short aside to set the scene. I’d been fired from my Monroe, MI/Toledo, OH job on 9/11/06. I decided to take my unemployment and relax for the first time since I’d moved away from home in June 1999 to start my career in radio. Aside from the aside, I applied for a job I didn’t want, got it, and it went OK. My dad and brother come from Philly to help me move my stuff back home.
The TV was a beast.
It was an older prior-to-flat, and lighter, screens came around. Ohhhh, but it was a flat screen, 50 some inches, and at least 6,000lbs, that took up all of the back of my Honda Pilot driving from Monroe to Philly. It took three people to get it from the car to the dining room where it habitated in a corner, diagonal to the lengthy table and corned by the giant armoire. I wouldn’t watch TV there, it was there to for PS2 purposes only. That TV basically kept Thanksgiving from happening as it annually had at the residence.
Every night, I’d make my drive hour drive home from Allentown, PA to Philly, and after the gym I’d settle into that corner – watching the dogs walk by me each time they had to go out (GTF out of the way!) – and play Ultimate Alliance. Endlessly.
Who was this Deadpool guy?! He was obliterating everyone! He was a part of all of my best foursomes (stop giggling you sex machine). If you put Wolverine and Deadpool in the same playing group there’d essentially be blood all over your TV. Real blood, on real TV. Mom hated that. Not really. To either. It was my TV anyway.
Long story, short. Thanks to Wikipedia I discovered that, “Eh, so this Deadpool guy was like Wolverine, but he got stuck with cancer and he cursed and talked to ME (breaking that fourth wall).”
My eyes were opened to a new Marvel character I’d never known existed. My heart melted. Those moments allowed me to briefly use a Twitter avatar (@eric_chase) of a Deadpool meme stating that I liked and knew him before he got all hipster-y with just-more-than casual comic fans. Plus, I identified to our buddy Wade because we both had screws loose. His WAY looser than mine.
Whatever the year was when the Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool rumors began – whether before or after ‘Origins’ – my enthusiasm was piqued. ‘OK, Ryan, just take the wisecracking Hannibal character from Blade 3, add a healing ability and we’ve got a STAR Marvel property!’
Fast forward to today, we’re…still…teased…with…the…actor…and…the…character.
*Note! I didn’t loathe Wolverine: Origins (put that rock down a$$hole). I know you think they botched Deadpool, but the Wade Wilson interpretation was completely on point!*
May I offer an idea on the premise that *I* will obtain a super human healing power before we ever see anything cinematically with Deadpool in a starring role.
Forget the silver screen route.
I’ll even recognize Reynolds would pass on the role if this happened.Have you heard the idea that NFL is considering selling part of its Thursday night package?
Marvel needs to sell off Deadpool.
To AMC. Or to HBO. Or something else I’m not considering.
Smallville was a success, and Arrow is blossoming into that on the CW.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lost my interest. The acting was poor and everything felt contrived. But it’s backed by heavies, and will get at least 2 seasons to fall on its campy face.
Whatever Gordon is, is coming.
We’ve heard that anything Deadpool, to be truly authentic, needs to be at least PG-13. I agree with that sentiment. The guy is totally miswired and would cause a new FCC division to be certified!
Well, you may have heard…AMC just finished off a run of one of the great violent and savage shows of the last decade (shhhhhh Breaking Bad).
To be honest (again), I don’t watch my ‘normal TV.’ I’m a sports talk host, so I watch a lot of sports. I’ll watch Elementary or Person Of Interest on my iPad when I can.
If Deadpool were to be sold off to AMC, or HBO, both of whom have produced fierce, bloody shows teeming with vulgarities, then it’s time they surfed the hundred foot wave that is superhero movie (and becoming TV) mania…by purchasing the Deadpool rights from Marvel and spawning a dark, cunning, and brutal anti-hero that finally deserves his day on the screen.
TWO emails of feedback LOL.
A - This article is poorly written. Please revise it, make it more concise, and to your point. You have to many “asides” that digress your topic like a 15 year old who’s attention is all over the place.
I get the point you are trying to make, and you are building what is referred to as a narrative. Creating a setting for your storyline. That’s great. However, you are branching away in multiple directions and the reader has no idea what you are trying to say.
Please revise and focus your content to material pertinent for the CBM website.
My response: LOL.
B. Dear eric,
This is a quick note to let you know that your article
(I’m Taking Over Deadpool.)
was removed by efcamachopmp from the site.
Reason: Atrociously written, i’m sending it back to the creator to revise. Although it read like a hyperactive, sexually charged, and wowed-by-PS2-video-game-graphics 15 year old wrote this piece. 90% of the article has nothing to do with the website and focuses on the writers move from his home and the doldrums of carrying a massively heavy TV…
I’m being very OCD about the type of articles some of the younger contributors try to throw onto the website…
The contributor will receive the article in their mailbox to rework, refocus, and tie to CBM.
The site guidelines I apparently violated.
If I’d have made that submission to The Atlantic, or Slate, I’d be more than accepting of the that particular scathing criticism. Though I’m certain the correspondence would’ve been penned more eloquently.
It was submitted to a blog about comic books! You like have nothing BUT sexually charged 15 year old minds visiting the site. Sorry, that’s excessive. I visit the site multiple times per day, and I don’t think like that.
If the site is aiming for a certain level of credibility, I’d expect, no…demand more professional decorum from the editors.