Tiger Woods golf clinic cancelled

As expected, news that Tiger Woods will undergo season-ending knee surgery means that his scheduled golf clinic next week at Comerica Park has been cancelled. All tickets for the clinic purchased purchased online and by phone will be automatically refunded to the credit card used to purchase them. Anyone who bought their tickets at the Comerica Park box office must be returned for a refund, either in person or by mail:

Comerica Park Box Office
Attn: Golf Clinic Refund
2100 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

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Listening to the game yesterday on XM (boy I am on the road a lot…) and the SF announcers were talking about Reteria and Cabrera don’t get along? It was funny because they were saying the main reason was Reteria was the big dog of the house, and Cabrera wanted to be it…
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Waz

They (SF boys) may have him confused with Orlando Cabrera

Renteria and Orlando have a serious feud going on

Your right Bruce Renteria has a major feud going on with Orlando Cabrera, resulting from a lot of things but a business situation, and some jealousy I read.
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Appearently those San Fran reporters and announcers are not very responsible. How did you all like what that reporter said about Ryan Raburn??? What a Jack A##.
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For those of you that didn’t hear it the guy basically said that Sanchez was not beat by one of the high salaried thumpers but a Ryan Raburn a .219 batting scrub.

I emailed the writer last night- here is his response

From: Schulman, Henry
> Subject: RE: Ryan Raburn Rocks
> To: thisjobrocks@yahoo.com
> Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 10:50 PM
> No quesiton, Tracy.
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> No offense was intended. When I wrote he hit the ball to
> Andres
> Galarraga territory, that was more of a tribute than you
> know.
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> o —–Original Message—–
> From: Tracey Huff [mailto:thisjobrocks@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 7:47 PM
> To: Schulman, Henry
> Subject: Ryan Raburn Rocks
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>
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> Henry,
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> I’m sure you meant no real offense, but Ryan Raburn is
> far from a
> “scrub”. He could probably start ahead of most of
> the Giants position
> players, save that old shortstop of yours.
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>
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> Cheerio,
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>
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> Tracey Huff
>

GK,I heard that Renteria helped to start a pro baseball league in his homeland and Orlando Cabrera bought a team,and Renteria thought that whatever Cab was doing would destroy the league,but I dont know exactly what the beef wasabout………………..I`ve been watching Pudge and I think he is swinging at the arm motion.Good hitters almost always look fastball and make adjustments.But when they get older often times they can no longer keep up with the fastball,so manytry to guess and start swinging at the arm motion instead of looking the pitch. Catchers are usually the first to spot this and will call a lot of pitches out of the strikezone.Sure looks to me like that is whats going on with Pudge,and why JL has decreased his playing time.

Bruce, that’s as good an explanation as any. It will be interesting to see if Pudge is re-enlisted for next year.
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Nice exchange there, Tracey. I thought the guy’s article wasn’t bad, he just should have substituted the word “utility man” for “scrub.” Same idea, different connotation. But then he answers you with “that was more of a tribute than you know” in regard to Andres Galarraga. Like none of us have ever heard of El Gato Grande. Oh well, we won’t be seeing the Giants again for quite some time.
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–Rich

Fun With Stats:
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Out of relievers in MLB this year with at least 20 innings pitched TJ ranks #121 in ERA ((4.10) and #125 (1.44) in WHIP (walks + hits per Innings pitched) and ranks tied for #22 with 12 saves
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Granted it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Rivera leads relievers with a 0.82 ERA and has 3 walks in 33 IP! His WHIP is a phenomenal 0.55.
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KRod leads with 28 saves.
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Carlos Marmol has 63 Ks in 43 IP in a setup role for Kerry Wood who is having a good year with the Cubs.
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Sigh!

No sigh necessary. Jones has not blown any saves. That’s the only stat that matters.

Also, you can’t lead the League in saves if you don’t get save opportunities.

Dan,I think he leads the league in most pitches per inning.I heard they are thinking of putting him on a pitch count

Jason,Great piece on Marcus. Our left fielder at last

Well really the stat that matters is Team Wins. Stats aren’t just numbers they are harbingers of possible outcomes.
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You have a guy like Rivera around and you have a team that doesn’t mind scratchin’ out a run because the incentive to win is strong and a favorable outcome is likely.
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You have a guy who the defense will get charged up for. With a guy who puts so many on base you set up a situation where mistakes can happen and pressure mounts.
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I know Jones is what we have and I know he very often gets the job done. I’m just saying that this team would have a far better chance of overall success with an upper echelon closer. And I have been saying that for 3 seasons now.
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I think with the ground we have to make up, the damage to overcome with 2 of our starters gone and the uncertainty of Rodney and Zumaya, having a closer like Jones is another vulnerability.
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Jonesie has had a very distinctive career, I don’t mean to disparage that, I just personally believe that he is a very weak link for us at this stage of his career and the season.
He will be here for the year and closing will be his job unless Zumaya shows something of a remarkable recovery (which I think is more unlikely than likely). I hope TJ has zero blown saves at the end of this season. He’s a gamer and good ol’ boy.
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Sheffield went 0 x 2 tonight. He walked twice and scored twice.
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Wonder when Dontrell is gonna throw again?

Aki Lopez had 2 clean innings for Toledo with a couple of Ks. Blaine Neal got his 21st save and lowered his ERA to 1.40. 25 innings, 6 BBs, 29 Ks and 20 Hits allowed. He’s done a really nice job down on the farm. He’s one of those guys that has had a few shots in The Show but never been able to really stick.
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From Jason’s article, Leyland on Thames: “I’ll watch him close, but he’s certainly pretty much earned the left field job at this time, I would have to say.”
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I certainly pretty much believe JL when he says this, but I’ll watch him close, I would have to say. :-)
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JL is a fair BSer, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Sparky Anderson. Sparky would have said, “I’ll tell you this, and you listen to me. Marcus Thames is my leftfielder for the next five years, and I guarantee you he’ll hit 50 homers. And I don’t mean just once. Now, this guy is the real thing. I’ll be honest with you.” Then the next day he’d have Rick Leach out there.
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I agree with many of the sentiments expressed on Todd Jones. My point of view, however, is that your best pitcher needs to be the guy who comes into the middle of a situation in the 7th or 8th inning. I think closers are slightly overrated in importance. Not a lot overrated, but slightly.
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And I certainly pretty much believe that. :-)
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–Rich

Hey Brent, that’s a darned fine gift from your wife. That or she just wants you out of the house for a few days. :-) Have you been to a game in Cleveland? Good sight lines there. I’m envious of the game at Wrigley. Never done it myself. You know, I’ve gone on all different kinds of vacations, but there’s very little that can compare to a baseball trip. You’re going to have a REAL good time!
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–Rich

LOL. Rich, did he also say, “I like him, I him a lot” ?
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Boy I tell you we could have some fun with some of JL’s spin this year couldn’t we?
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Baseball is a funny game ain’t it?
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Who woulda’ thought in April that on the first day of summer:
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Verlander would be 3 and 9?
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Galarraga wold be 7 and 2?
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Sheffield would be in Lakeland Florida?
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Granderson hitting .249?
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Pudge with 1 HR?
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Marcus Thames would be playing LF regularly (kind of)?
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A guy named BoNine would be in the starting rtoation?
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Carlos Guillen would be playing thrid base?
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I guess I could go on……

Rivera saved another tonight for the resurgent Yanks. 1 inning. 3 batters 3 Ks. Yanks won 2-1

From the list, the two biggest shockers to me would be Granderson hitting .249 and Sheffield playing in Lakeland, Florida. RETIRED in Florida, I could have believed, but playing in Lakeland?
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As Yogi supposedly said, I’ve observed by watching, and baseball IS a funny game.
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–Rich

Cleveland is down 3in 8th,everybody else in central won

As far as TJ goes, I would have him anyday over K-Rod. I know closers are supposed to be overpowering, and that in my opinion is the glamor that is associated with it. Thats why we yearn for Zumaya.
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Would we want a guy who hits in the clutch and has more RBI’s or do we like the current pudge (Rich :) ?), choke when a man is on 3rd with 1 out, but hit with bases empty? Pudge has done that too often, and so has Sheff this year.
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Point is TJ is not glamorous and a bit shaky, but he gets the job done. The excitement might land us in the emergency room with but he gets us there. (Win, i mean :) ) His record is among the best in the past 3 years, for what he was hired to do, close. You give him 3 runs, and we win after giving up 2, and you give him 1 and we still win. I think he does well with runners Inherited too.
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And of course, the save opportunities are really really scarce this year.

I think yuo should bring your best strikeout pitcher with men on base

Todd is a contact pitcher.10 strikeouts in 26 innings illustrates this. I think his heart is his biggest assetHe is not afraid to throw strikes,especially 1st pitch strikes.he also has a starters arsenal 4,5,sometimes 6 pitches that he can throw for strikes.very rare indeed in this day and age.he is the epitomy of the word gamer But too choose him over K-Rod might be a stretch.Still I believe at this time he is ouronly closer.Zu got to be able to throw strikes and not just that He`s got to be able to locate off the plate.Jones is fearless and cunning,and yes a little past his prime.But he has I think the biggest heart in the bullpen and until somebody can match that,he will remain there cuz he not afraid to throw his pitch to anyone.

so, what you’re saying, is that Todd Jones isn’t afraid to throw strikes??
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lol…
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mike

True .. Thats exactly what my point is. He has done a better job than most closers currently employed with other teams. Zumaya, K-Rod and papelbon are great. love to see them pitch. But Jones has not blown a save … yet.
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He will have some eventually. But until then, he is the best :)

Todd certainly is not afraid to throw strikes. The problem is that the hitter’s aren’t afraid to hit them either. It does look like BP out there at times. JL should have a tandem protocol when he brings Jonesie in. Along comes Jones and along with him should come Inge..
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That being said, Carlos is playing a whole hell of a lot better at 3rd lately. Inge is premier though.
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Interesting article on Zumaya: http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080620/COL22/806200387/1050/SPORTS02
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BTW, does anyone here believe Zumaya wratched his shoulder like that because a “box” fell on it? That box must have been pretty heavy and begs the question as to why a box that heavy would be stored on an overhead shelf. That’s all water under the bridge but does point out the need for him to be more aware of how to take care of the Golden Goose.
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Zumaya is a hoot, and that’s why we are all so intrigued with him but he does really need to mature. When that happens, and provided his parts still work, he will be a better pitcher than we saw in 2007.

Dan,

I’d be more inclined to believe that it was probably a ATV accident (kinda like ozzy osbourne did a few years back)… Who knows. as long as he’s still able to throw the ball effectively. However his injury came about, it doesn’t matter.
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Think he’ll “debute” tonight in SD?
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SD haven’t been playing all that well this season, hopefully the day off yesterday didn’t put the tigers in lazy mode. The dodgers ‘heated’ up against the reds, sweeping them. They now play cleveland. Dodgers need to add another sweep :)
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mike

I hope the best for Zoom. He is a true character and has the intensity for the job he is in. Older and wiser and hopefully the baseball gads are giving him a second chance.
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He does seem a bit too obsessed with the radar gun but if He can throw strikes and get an off-speed pitch over too, he can throw in the mid 90’s and be very effective.
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I’m not so sure this a particularly good time for drama for Tiger fans. We really don’t want indidividual performances to obfuscate the task at hand. Indeed, the last two individual performances that were being hyped and monitored by media and fans (Willis & Rodney) have directly resulted in the only two losses in the last 12 games.
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Please Mr Leyland, ease the kid in properly and be aware of that pipedream mentality and managerial broavado that has backfired on more than one occassion.

Obfuscate……1. To confuse, bewilder, or stupefy……It worked on me Dan :)

Unless it’s Thames’ individual performance Dan….he’s exempt since he’s still trying to prove to JL he’s the real deal. Maybe when Marcus reaches the 40 HR mark, JL will be less disingenuous in his assessment of Marcus and a little more GENEROUS.

Mike, What I`m trying to say is that Jones doesnt pich scared.I`ve watched guys that throw like Koufax in practice,but when game time comes its wham,bam,oh damn,another slam.Mike Maroth all over again.Scared pitchers get behind in the count and have to come in to the hitter.Rodney pitches scared. Robertson pitches scared(2 hit batters in 80+inn.)Jones goes to 2-0 and he doesnt care if he walks you,he is still coming with the same junk at 2-0 that he is at 0-2.50 percent of his strikes are outside the zone.Rogers the same way.They dont give in and come in fat when they are behind in the count.Zu cannot presently locate his fastball off the plate consistantly enough to be a closer yet.Good pitchers either overpower you or get you to swing at bad pitches(ballsthat are purposely balls off the plate)I would like us to have a much harder throwing closer,but one who also has guts and cunning,and knows where the pitch is going after it leaves his hand.You cant just throw 100mph across the plate.Some guys will actually hit them out.When that happens,they either pitch scared from that time on,or they learn how to pitch.I`m not a big fan of JonesI`m less of a fan of JL.But, he is smart enough to realize that he could ruin Zu`s career by putting him in a closer role before he is mentally ready to handle it.Who else is there in that pen that is mentally tough enough to hold the job.As much as it distresses me,there is probaly a reason that Jones is one of Baseballs all time leaders in games pitched.Again its not just throwing strikes, but getting strikes on pitches that would have been called balls.

Hi Marty. I’m really hoping that Clete Thomas peforms well. I think it is a foregone conclusin that Larish goes back to Toledo if Sheff returns. I know, I said “if”.
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What is the prognosis on Santiago? If he is going to be off for some serious time I would like to see them bring up their best defensive SS and let Hollimon go back down for more seasoning..
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JL’s rhetoric about Inge(ury) is almost ominous sounding. Wonder if there is more to it.
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Lakeland is NOT starting Dontrelle Willis today. What IS going on with the Dontrelle Willis story? Maybe he will relieving for the Dave Rozema Fantasy Batting Practice session in September.
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Dan I wish Inge was at 3rd every day.And I would definetly put him in when Jones comes in Todd needs all the help he can get out there.I read your posts and think you have a great baseball mind,so I`m asking you if Drabowski doesnt get another closer who would you put in and why

Well thanks. I would go with Jones until he positively shows he can no longer get by. He’s not there yet and the comment about the zero blown saves is a valid one. In the meantime I would be grooming Zumaya and perhaps looking a bit more at Dolsi for the eventual withdrawl of Jones.
Blaine Neal in Toledo has done extremely well, at that level mind you, but could be given a chance to see what he could do in a pinch.
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One thing I would like to see is more 1-2 pitches by our relievers. It seems to me there have been a number of 0-2 base hits and IMO there is an opportunity with that pitch to set up a better one that could follow.

Dan again I think you are right on.Zu in my mind is the future and Dolsi is not only a strikeout pitcher.He has a great sinker thats capable of getting the DP.Blaine has an incredible strikeout ratio,but,again atAAA

Actually, Todd Jones and Mariano Rivera are being paid to do the same job. Since Jones has been perfect this season, it’s obvious that the Tigers are getting a much better deal for their money than the Yankees are. $15 million for a closer is ridiculous, even in today’s market. Todd Jones’ WHIP and ERA mean nothing. Absolutely nothing. Except to statheads looking for solutions to problems that don’t exist. The Tigers record would not be improved if Mariano Rivera was closing in place of Todd Jones.

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