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    Detroit News sports writer Rob Parker is on the attack as usual, this time going after Dave Dombrowski. His opinions are so far out there that he has become the Jerry Garcia of Detroit sports journalists. He bashes the Jeff Weaver deal, saying that Weaver is a much better pitcher than Jeremy Bonderman, who isn't "ace" material in Parker's book. He also harps on the fact that the Tigers have lost too many games during his tenure, without any improvement whatsoever. I guess he never paid much attention to how bad they were before DD got here (and he obviously still doesn't pay attention).

    According to Parker, Verlander and Zumaya are big "ifs" and still wouldn't deliver any success to Dombrowski's tenure regardless. Parker blatantly omits several facts that would destroy his arguments, instead choosing to focus strictly on the negative aspects of the franchise. I guess acquiring Placido Polanco had no effect on the team, or the fantastic trade for Carlos Guillen. Parker doesn't mention these moves. He mentions how Carlos Pena isn't the everyday starter HE envisioned when we acquired him. He omits the fact that DD stashed away Chris Shelton for a year, then watched him develop into the future at first base. It's hilarious how rightous Parker feels when he's in attack mode. I've never read one article by him that casts anybody in a good light.

    Every franchise has good points and bad points. It is my opinion that the Tigers are currently in a better position to put a talented team on the field than they were in the Randy Smith era. Randy Smith's "5 Year Plan" set us back TEN. Our drafts are much better, and our farm system is the most successful top-to-bottom of all current clubs. That says something. That says Rob Parker is once again out of his tree.

    Here is the link to his article at DetNews.com:
    http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...129/SPORTS0104
    "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe

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    I've found Rob Parker's column to have "entertainment value" and little else. I suppose the sports world needs gadfly columnists to help keep things in perspective.

    I, too, was disappointed in the Weaver trade, but also realized at the time that the team was not about to contend for anything anytime soon. All three of the players we received in the trade are still on the roster, which is more than can be said for Weaver and the Yankees. I'm not certain of the relevance of that fact, but it might be fair to say that Weaver has also disappointed so far in his career.
    Last edited by moldyoldie; 02-17-2006, 07:41 AM.

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    • #3
      Rob Parker's kind of like Donald - good for entertainment value, but you shouldn't really read too much into whatever they say.

      I think Parker just wants some attention.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by racosun
        Detroit News sports writer Rob Parker is on the attack as usual, this time going after Dave Dombrowski. His opinions are so far out there that he has become the Jerry Garcia of Detroit sports journalists. He bashes the Jeff Weaver deal, saying that Weaver is a much better pitcher than Jeremy Bonderman, who isn't "ace" material in Parker's book. He also harps on the fact that the Tigers have lost too many games during his tenure, without any improvement whatsoever. I guess he never paid much attention to how bad they were before DD got here (and he obviously still doesn't pay attention).

        According to Parker, Verlander and Zumaya are big "ifs" and still wouldn't deliver any success to Dombrowski's tenure regardless. Parker blatantly omits several facts that would destroy his arguments, instead choosing to focus strictly on the negative aspects of the franchise. I guess acquiring Placido Polanco had no effect on the team, or the fantastic trade for Carlos Guillen. Parker doesn't mention these moves. He mentions how Carlos Pena isn't the everyday starter HE envisioned when we acquired him. He omits the fact that DD stashed away Chris Shelton for a year, then watched him develop into the future at first base. It's hilarious how rightous Parker feels when he's in attack mode. I've never read one article by him that casts anybody in a good light.

        Every franchise has good points and bad points. It is my opinion that the Tigers are currently in a better position to put a talented team on the field than they were in the Randy Smith era. Randy Smith's "5 Year Plan" set us back TEN. Our drafts are much better, and our farm system is the most successful top-to-bottom of all current clubs. That says something. That says Rob Parker is once again out of his tree.

        Here is the link to his article at DetNews.com:
        http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...129/SPORTS0104
        Number 1. Rob Parker is by far the worst sports writer in the state of Michigan.
        Number 2. Verlander and Zumaya are big "ifs", so is every prospect.
        Number 3. Don't hate Rob for being negative, hate Rob for not doing any research and being a total retard all the time.
        Number 4. Randy Smith is a worse GM than Matt Millen.
        Number 5. Having our fram system be good means nothing right now, all that matters are wins at the big league level. It is good for the future, not anything now.
        Number 6. The Jeff Weaver thing is so wrong. DD had to trade him. Weaver had a proplem with proffesionalism and another P word that rymes with lot.

        I hate Rob Parker, he sucks.

        The Tigers won't be good this year, but he is still insane.

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        • #5
          I have always disliked Rob Parker, going back several years to an minor athletic problem at the college I attended, that, thanks to Mr. Parker's help with his yellow journalism, caused at least one coach and very good person to lose her job. But many columnists don't care who they hurt, because they can hide behind the first amendment because they are only publishing their opinion, and hey, they're the bulldogs of society.

          He's not worth reading. He's not good enough for the Oakland Press.
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          • #6
            The guy likes to stir up controversy even if there is none. It's part of the sport's talk radio mindset. You need to upset people and get them talking to you if you want the ratings.
            Just because a guy has a column doesn't mean what he writes is gospel.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paulmcall
              The guy likes to stir up controversy even if there is none. It's part of the sport's talk radio mindset. You need to upset people and get them talking to you if you want the ratings.
              Just because a guy has a column doesn't mean what he writes is gospel.
              Amen, Brother!

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              • #8
                Parker is trying to be a rival of Dombrowski

                What silliness! Rob Parker was dissed by Dave Dombrowski recently for an interview request, and then went on to throw a hissy-fit in his latest column. Here is the part of Rob Parker's latest Detroit News column that pertains to this:

                Apparently, Tigers president Dave Dombrowski has his own moles.

                My peeps are telling me Dombrowski, who has been sticking out his chest and granting interviews to any who want to give him credit for the Tigers' success, also is playing hardball with those who criticized his work the previous four years.

                Before the Tigers' 6-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday, Dombrowski refused to talk to this reporter. Instead, he started a loud argument in the dugout. It was so loud skipper Jim Leyland, who was on a cell phone sitting next to Dombrowski, got up so he could hear.

                Basically, Dombrowski still is mad my moles revealed his feud with Dmitri Young .

                Along with calling me a few choice words, Dombrowski did get a few extra points when he said: "My moles at The Detroit News told me why you wrote that column."
                I guess Parker believes he is entitled to an interview with the GM of the Tigers, no matter what kind of words he's printed about him in the past. I find it funny that he seems to think that DD won't grant any interviews with him because of the Dmitri Young incident, and Parker's reporting on it. That's nuts. If you read the first post of this thread, you'll find a much better reason to not grant an interview to someone. Parker has always refused to acknowledge DD's imprint on this franchise, for reasons that are beyond anyone outside of the Parker residence.

                The funniest part of his latest column, at least in my opinion, is the line about DD "sticking out his chest and granting interviews to any who want to give him credit for the Tigers' success." Help me get this straight, please: Rob Parker does nothing but rip DD from the day he gets here, refuses to back down in the face of overwhelming success by the team, then wonders why he can't get an interview with the guy. What in the world?!? He's a friggin' lunatic, that's what he is. I hope he gets himself fired, instead of what he's trying to do (which is get DD out of Motown). I heard he was already suspended once this year for something (either from the Detnews, or his radio gig, not sure what he did). Surely Detroit can find a better, more sports-knowledgable writer than this moron.
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                • #9
                  You still picking up that pornography?

                  The only reason I can see for looking at one of his columns is to see if he actually IS getting more idiotic every month.

                  Surely Detroit can find a better, more sports-knowledgable writer than this moron.
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                  • #10
                    Sounds as if this Parker fella is the Jerry Springer of Detroit journalism. However, he does generate readers, simply because we are talking about him. He seems to possess a sort of rock-band mentality; there is no such thing as bad publicity.

                    He kind of reminds me of the Ty Domie colloquialism; "I just want to be noticed!"
                    Still a long suffering TIGERS fan

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                    • #11
                      "I guess Parker believes he is entitled to an interview with the GM of the Tigers."

                      I believe he is. It's called freedom of the press. If Dombrowski wants to be in the baseball business, he needs to put his pride aside and do the interview. I don't want a child for a GM...
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                      • #12
                        Um... Freedom of the press does NOT mean you are entitled to interview whoever you wish. It DOES mean that you can write whatever you wish, provided it is within the laws that protect people from libel and slander.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TigersFanB406
                          "I guess Parker believes he is entitled to an interview with the GM of the Tigers."

                          I believe he is. It's called freedom of the press. If Dombrowski wants to be in the baseball business, he needs to put his pride aside and do the interview. I don't want a child for a GM...
                          I don't know how much Detroit media you get off there in Windsor...but Rob Parker is a flat out TOOL, that likely, talks about the things he does just to get a reaction...and heck, he caught even the discerning me. C'ome 'on...Oh, and he has a BBWAA vote....so you wanna know why the HOF is messed up???? There is one reason.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by George & Al
                            Um... Freedom of the press does NOT mean you are entitled to interview whoever you wish. It DOES mean that you can write whatever you wish, provided it is within the laws that protect people from libel and slander.
                            I realize that. I was broadening the definition though. I think if a guy wants to be the GM of a baseball team, he owes the media an interview. It doesn't matter what he thinks or feels personally; he owes the media an interview. That's the business.
                            Last edited by TigersFanB406; 09-23-2006, 06:30 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tigers527
                              I don't know how much Detroit media you get off there in Windsor...but Rob Parker is a flat out TOOL, that likely, talks about the things he does just to get a reaction...and heck, he caught even the discerning me. C'ome 'on...Oh, and he has a BBWAA vote....so you wanna know why the HOF is messed up???? There is one reason.
                              Lots of Detroit radio and tv but I don't read the Detroit paper so I'm not familiar with his writing. No matter what one is writing, they are usually writing to get a reaction. Especially in sports I believe. I think we just have a philosophical difference. I actually like writing that causes a reaction.
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