March 13th, 2007

From Vero Beach

For all the good that was written about this game in defeat, manager Jim Leyland was not entirely happy. He said a lot of positive things, but he wanted to see something more. You get the feeling that even though these games don’t count, he wants to see cleaner play and a little more fire to them.

"We didn’t do very well overall," Leyland said after the game. "We won’t tolerate that, I assure you. We won’t tolerate nonchalant play."Img004

  • For the second straight day, I had a chance to visit a spring training site that will be vacant in a couple years. But Dodgertown has an appeal completely different than St. Pete. I still feel like I’m going back in time when I make the trip, and not just for the two-lane roads it takes to get here from Lakeland. The stadium, the campus layout, the hospitality, the photos from a bygone era, it’s all classic. And I’ll miss it when the Dodgers head to Arizona.
  • One of the other nice things about the stadium at Dodgertown is that the press box is pretty much right behind home plate, maybe a dozen rows back. And from back here, Edward Campusano’s changeup looks nasty.
  • Neifi Perez left the game when the Tigers took out Robertson in the third. Apparently he was feeling dizzy under the sun and under the weather. Kevin Hooper took his place and made a great diving play on a ground ball for an out to keep the damage to one run in the fourth inning.
  • Leyland was not happy about Cameron Maybin’s steal attempt, which came with two outs and Curtis Granderson in a hitter’s count. Maybin is learning about taking leads and giving himself a better chance at a steal before he takes off. Keep in mind that he’s just 19 years old.
  • Interesting comments from Leyland on Omar Infante, whom he called a National League kind of player because of his utility positions. Infante started at second base today, moved to shortstop when Neifi Perez left, then shifted to third when Brent Dlugach pinch-ran for Brandon Inge.