Leyland: Players decide who wins jobs
The best quote from manager Jim Leyland on the performance was his first: “That’s an ugly Spring Training game. Real ugly.”
“It doesn’t matter where you play or at what level you play. You give yourself no chance if you walk [that many] guys in a Major League game. That’s just uncalled for, in my opinion. That’s uncalled for at any level, and that pretty much sums up today. No one in particular. Everybody had their part, I guess.”
That was about the extent of the evaluations. His point was that he’s going to keep sending guys out there with a chance to win a job and watch how they react.
“We’re doing what we said we were going to do: Here it is. Go show us what you can do,” Leyland said. “Guys come in trying to make the club, whether it be bullpen, fifth starter, extra player, whatever. Show us what you can do. Everybody’s certainly getting opportunities. It’s just a matter of going out, taking the bull by the horns and winning a job. You don’t win jobs for anybody when you walk [that many] people in a ballgame. It’s tough to win jobs like that. We had that problem all last year with too many walks.”
“I’ve said it many times, I think we’ve got plenty of equipment in this camp to do that. I can’t control the results. I look at the results, but I can’t control them. That’s up to the player or the pitcher. So we’ll keep putting them out there.”