Bunch of moves

As expected, Ramon Santiago goes on the 15-day DL with a separated left shoulder. The Tigers purchase Michael Hollimon’s contract from Triple-A Toledo to take his place.

Also as expected, Denny Bautista is recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the DL. He’s been out since May 3. He fills the spot of Aquilino Lopez, who was placed on the bereavement list.

Finally, Clete Thomas was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to Wednesday with a sprained right ankle. Brent Clevlen has been recalled from Toledo.

No word on the rotation yet.

Got all of that?

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Got it. Had it. No surprises there. Not what I would have done, as usual.
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Why is Lopez on the bereavement list?
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–Rich

Family illness I think Rich. Best wishes for him and his family.
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I’d like to re-post a comment I made on the last BLOG:
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Cabrera is not the problem. He is part of it, to be sure. But I think the real problem is the lack of leadership. It’s not there. With this collection of stars I think they assumed that leadership was unneccessary and that everyone would just go about their business and the team would win 2 ot 3 throughout the season.
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Leyland has not provided that leadership either. Hard to blame him for that as one would naturally think like the players, that with this group it would be unneccessary. And on top of that it is not an easy task to be the ‘boss” of veteran, overpaid stars.
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Leadership does not have to come in the form of a rah-rah guy. It can come in the form of confidence, determination, example, and dignity. Look at Niklas Lidstrom, Gary Roberts for the Pens.
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There really are no leaders on this team that I can recognize. Some might say Guillen, but Carlos is far too casual in the field which translates into being overly concerned about what he looks like rather than what he gets done. There is not that all-around intensity that one would need to be regarded as the leader.
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By nature of his experieince and his position one could expect Pudge to step forward but he is prone to selfishness and is unwilling to accept he has to change his game. Swinging at 2 out of every 3 ptiches that are hurled at you is not exactly setting a good example.
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This year may be a write-off already. We’ll have a pretty good idea of that by next Friday. If we have to start looking forward to next year then where will the leadership come from?
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Sheff? Not hardly. His ego is super-sized and the fact he marches to his own beat would preclude him from that role.
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Ordonez? Too one dimensional of a ball player and too self absorbed to be a leader.
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Polanco? Kinda quiet and too nice a guy.
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Granderson? Maybe in a couple of years when the confidence is incorporated into his personality.

I thiink it could come from, strangely enough, Cabrera. He will settle in, he is engaged in the game, has some youthful exhuberance, talent, physical skills, and I think can be intense enough to set an example for others. That will come with some more maturity. I think it was a bit intimidating for him to go to a team with guys like Ordonez and Guillen there. He has all this talent but has to kind of subordinate himself to perhaps his boyhood idols.
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As far as his hitting goes I really think that he will only realize his potential when he starts to pull the ball hard down the line and to left-center. He has not been aggressive on the inside part of the plate and seems to get a better look at the low outside stuff. Unfortunately, that is not his power zone.
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The game has changed a lot since the days of people like Harvey Kuenn, Ray Boone, Jim Bunning, George Kell, Kaline, Mickey Stanley, Bill Freehan, Trammell, Morris and Parrish.
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But teams still need leadership

After Byrd tonight, we’ll get three lefties in a row, even though one of them is Cliff Lee. There may be an opportunity here. That gets Larish out of the lineup, and means we can play Clevlen in left and DH Thames. I’m not at all convinced that Clevlen can hit up here, but he’s a good defender.
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I’d like to get Inge back. I’ve been bitterly complaining over his habit of checking his swing for years now, and it’s finally bitten him in the behind. We’ll really need him if JL decides to sit Grandy against one of the lefties.
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–Rich

Hessman’s own fault he didn’t get the call-up. After all, he is not on pace to set the minor leage record of Joe Bauman’s 72 HRs that was set in 1954!
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C’mon Mike—pick up your game will ya!
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It’s good to see Clevlen back though. He is smokin’ hot right now and has cut down on the strikeouts too.

‘No word on the rotation yet.’

It Sucks…

Or were we looking for something a little less blunt?

Meanwhile Marcus is wondering why, what, when and who?

Hey guys. Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile. Been writing quite a bit lately (working on what I hope will be my first book), moved over the past weekend and then my wife had surgery on Wednesday so I have been away from work and the computer.

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Anyway, this team is a total mess. Hopefully something gives by the break, but at this point who knows.

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I honestly don’t know what to think any more about this team, which is why I really haven’t been posting much lately – though I still read everyone’s comments.

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Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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My cable isn’t hooked up yet at the new place or I would actually get to see Detroit play this weekend since they are playing the Tribe. Then again, maybe it is a blessing that I won’t be able to.

I think a late inning reliever has to be a “strike on strike” pitcher. Cruceta was not. He could get strikes but often enough could not throw strikes. By that I mean getting a guy to swing and miss on something that is in the strike zone. If a hitter can be disciplined they can lay off the pitch that they know will drop out of the strike zone and in that way either coax a walk or get into a hitters’ count. It seemed Cruceta got his strikes only with the cooperation of the batter he was facing.
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I think it takes a special kind of pitcher to overpower a hitter while mastering the strike zone. Hopefully Bautista can do that. Just please someone tell him to tuck his shirt in between innings! He looked like a bit of a slob in NY!!

They don’t make uniforms small enough to fit a stick like Bautista. He’s got cloth hanging out all over the place. :-)
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Bautista has the potential to be “effectively wild.” I don’t think he’ll master the strike zone, but if he throws enough of them across the plate, it can get tough for the hitter. It seems his heater has some movement.
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For Cruceta to be effective, he needed to have that splitter look like a fastball, ala Jack Morris. Cruceta’s splitter looked nothing like a fastball, at least from my comfortable seat in the family room. :-) I kind of hope they can hang onto him, you just never know.
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I would think Marcus will at least DH Saturday through Monday. ? Unless Inge returns to thirdbase.
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I was watching the Indians the past couple of evenings (wanted to see Shelton play for Texas) and they don’t look too sharp either.
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–Rich

I’m glad Brent Clevlen is up finally. He can’t hit much worse than whoever they’ll trot out to left.. he has some big league experience and deserves a shot.

however, there is NO, ZERO, ABSOLUTELY NOT ONE excuse for Hessman not being up instead of Larish. WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO DO!? It’s not like we have a player on the big league level that can both hit decent, and play the position. Maybe someday in the same week Guillen will take a grounder to the junk that he fails to glove and Inge will break an arm falling over the foul rail and he’ll get a chance.

I don’t want to anger anyone here, but may I respectfully point out that every single one of the hitters we bring along from the minors strikes out way too much? Their individual K/W ratios are brutal. I’m including Hessman, Larish, Clevlen, Holliman and Thomas. I don’t think we should count on any of these guys to help a team with an already struggling offense.
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I realize there’s a human tendency to call for the backup quarterback to be put in the game but in reality, it solves nothing.
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I’d love to be proven wrong, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Just my opinion.
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–Rich

I’ve often contended that Hessman is one of the greatest AAA hitters of all time. Any 31 year old who could consistently hit major league pitching would be up here and not a career minor leaguer. I take nothing from his talent. He will jack a few average big league pitches, and will be handled the remainder of the time. Give him another chance; at this stage it wouldn’t make a bif difference. But I wouldn’t bet the baby on his success. If your so intent on brining up help, give it to Timo; he’s been tried, and he’s a lefty. Sean Casey would have worked just fine.

Greg

Hessman makes sense in that Clevelen and Hollimon won’t get much playing time anyway. Hessman at least would be an effective, line-up changing, message sending addition to the team. The power will come for Hessman, even in the bigs. He does not hurt you defensively.
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We have no Al Kaline types here on this roster who have ever been able to play MLB without minor league experieince. ya gotta start somewhere. Hessman is no spring chicken and this may be his last real shot. I think he may have something to prove. We could certainly use some long ball input on this team.
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Now we have Curtis batting ninth and Renteria in the lead-off slot?

As much as I admired Leyland, this has got to stop. He has to stick with a set line-up (that includes Inge at third), leave Granderson to face the left hand pitching (he’s not going to get better by benching him) and at the lead-off slot and have Thames in left with the kids spellin’ him every now and again. Guillen in left? First time? Ever? Not even in little league? Makes no sense to me.

I can’t take Inge’s check swing strike-outs either but he is the best fielding third baseman in the league and that counts for something. Enough of the tinkering. Granderson, Polanco, Guillen (@ DH), Ordonez, Cabrera, Thames (or one of the kids), Rodriguez, Renteria, Inge. Done. Win or lose. Done. When do the Lions break camp?

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