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Tigers owner not following his late father’s lead


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The Detroit Tigers were among teams whose owners refused to accept the league’s latest offer to players during collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations this week.

Tigers owner Chris Illitch was joined by his peers from the Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks in criticizing MLB for agreeing to raise its tax threshold offer on Competitive Balance (CBT) at $220 million.

This kind of behavior from Illitch is not what his father used to show when he was a landlord.

Mike Illitch owned the Tigers from 1992 until 2017, when he died.

Elder Illitch wanted to win

He really wanted his Tigers to win it all, but couldn’t see his coming true.

It wasn’t because of a lack of tries, though.

He had to endure several lost seasons from the time he bought the team until 2006.

That year, the Tigers reached the World Series and were favorites to win, but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Illitch committed to signing several high-profile free agents and expensive extensions in a bid to win.

He signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million deal in 2012, Justin Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million extension in 2013, and he also paid Miguel Cabrera big.

The Tigers won multiple division titles and were always in the thick of the action (even reaching the 2012 World Series again, this time against the San Francisco Giants, and were swept away) but couldn’t win a Fall Classic under the elder Illitch.

He honestly tried, though, as The Athletic’s Stephen Nesbitt shows us.

His son Christopher still has a long way to go to prove he has his father’s desire to win, which is what the fans want to see in the end: they can face victory and defeat, but they won’t stand someone who doesn’t try.

He handed out big contracts this offseason, but it was disappointing to see his name in the list of four opposed to the CBT increase.




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