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Tigers a sleeper? Not a chance

While the last two World Series champs were long shots, don't count on the Tigers being a big surprise in '04.

Originally Published: February 27, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

I have a lot of good recent e-mail saved up, but today I'm going to focus just on my recent column that attempted to choose a deep sleeper for 2004 ...

Rob,

Cleveland is your sleeper? C'mon, buddy. I'm not crazy when I tell you this ... the Detroit Tigers are going to compete for the division in 2004. They were worse than horrible last year, but if you watched the games last year (which I had the honor of doing way too many times), they actually were very competitive through the seventh ...

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