All Tigers coaches invited back except Van Slyke

Jason Beck / MLB.com

The Tigers have invited back all but one of their coaches for next season, including hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and pitching coach Rick Knapp. Third-base coach Gene Lamont, bullpen coach Jeff Jones and infield coach Rafael Belliard are also invited back. The one coach not returning is first base coach and outfield instructor Andy Van Slyke, who “has decided to pursue other opportunities,” according to a Tigers press release.

Van Slyke was one of manager Jim Leyland’s first hires when he took over the Tigers. He said Friday he might return to a job in radio and television, either back home in St. Louis or nationally.

“I don’t actually have a game plan yet,” Van Slyke said, “but I’ll come up with one.”

Van Slyke would not get into how the decision came about or who decided, calling it “irrelevant.” However, he complimented the team for his four years there.

“I’ve had a great time in Detroit, and the Tigers organization has treated me well,” Van Slyke said.

Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday that while it “has not been totally decided” that the current coaches will all stay in their current roles, he called it “most likely” that they’ll be looking for a first-base coach who can also coach outfield and baserunning. Manager Jim Leyland said it’s “99.5 percent certain” that they’ll hire from within the organization. If that’s the case, organizational instructor Gene Roof would be a likely in-house candidate, having handled those duties in the farm system for several years.

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I agree- NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Nooo! I love Andy. He’s like the nicest guy ever. Such a character during on-field photo days too.
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Well if it was his decision than I wish him well, but hate to see him go. If it in fact was the decision of the Tigers well then I am not happy and shame on them.

Oh great. The one guy who actually worked these guys hard and he’s the one leaving. Something is fishy here. Did Andy refuse to go along with the program?
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This organization is being run into the ground.
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–Rich

I want to add though by him saying irrelevant, it leads me to believe that it was not his choice.

GK, “has decided to pursue other opportunities” is what all businesses say when they ax someone. I’m in a merger right now and I hear this phrase every other week.
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I agree Rich I think he was let go.

That how much it goes to show ‘ya how much we “know” what’s going on in the dugout. Honest to God, this one is a real shocker. I’ve always loved VanSlyke.

The irony of it all. He’s the one guy I would have kept. The only coach who still looked like he could play the game……..or even run. The older coaches may have years of experience to draw from, but can they motivate or relate to the young players?

What got Alan Trammel released after the 2005 season? Was it that the team underachieved in that they didn’t continue to improve over 2004? Was it felt he was behind the learning curve?….that he wasn’t improving enough in his managerial skills. Was it his style or philosophy? Was he getting out managed? I know I was disappointed when he was released, because I felt like he deserved one more season anyway. I think JL was very fortunate to inherit the core of players that AT had paid his dues developing. Just wondering….2006 kind of made everyone forget what might have been.

Well, I don’t think it’s really fair to use age as a determining factor as to whether a couch can motivate or relate to the young players. After all, Bobby Cox has been doing a pretty good job all these years. Joe Torre, too. Andy did state in his interview that he might do broadcasting or he still might want to manage.

Can’t argue with that Pup. Motivation may be overrated over the team confidence that experience can bring. I just couldn’t help but wonder if the players relate better to younger coaches. They seemed to with Andy. I don’t really think Andy was released. It might have been more a case of him reaching a point where his career wasn’t going to advance here. Maybe he wanted more input. Maybe he had a somewhat different philosophy. Maybe he wants to take a step in another direction, or maybe he’s ready to test the managerial waters. Maybe I have no clue.

Marty, the best way I heard it put was this: Jim Leyland in the spring of 2006 was like a guy who finds a $50 bill on the ground. My own opinion is Pudge and Dimitri undermined Trammell’s authority and Alan obviously got no backup from his superior, who is a good friend of Leyland.
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My bottom line is that this club is being run poorly, and only Mr. Ilitch’s money has kept us as competitive as we’ve been. It doesn’t take much baseball knowledge to recognize the obvious #1 draft picks and pay more than the other clubs to draft them. Aside from that, DD’s contracts and transactions are beginning to tip the scale towards the negative side. I asked a couple of weeks ago how one judges a manager’s performance. I ask the same question about a general manager.
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If I see one more horrendously bad call by an umpire, such as the one Phil Cuzzi made in Yankee Stadium tonight, I’ll start thinking this entire sport is becoming a joke. I won’t have to describe the play, it should be all over the game stories. No excuse for this incompetence. None.
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–Rich

The going rate used to be 40 pieces of silver.
I saw it live and after many repeats, it is just impossible for Cuzzi standing on the line 15 yards away to miss the Cabrera touch and still landing fair by a foot.
The Twins were downright shafted.

Decided to pursue other opps and he doe not know what they are? Yeah, let go because he did not agree and spoke up about the manager! Doe anyone else see that we got a new pitching coach and we began to pitch? If we got a new hitting coach could we hit? If we got a new manager could we……….There is some young talent on this team and I just do not understand why we extened the managers contract. If we waited until the end of the year based on results, well? I wish I got my bonus because we had a good first half and we lost money in the second half but I am still rewarded! DD has made some good moves but some of the contracts, I don’t know. One last thought, how is the commish going to address the bad umping?

I guess I take a whole different view on the umpiring. the Twin blogs are crying sour grapes over the Cuzzi call last night. They had no problem with the hbp missed call on Inge Tuesday night. in playoff baseball, the calls have to be right ,even at the price of instant relay. I don’t know if we would have matched up any better(I think Verlander could have won one for us), but i do know that the Twins at least go the chance to play. And the Inge call was for more important. Biased! You bet! Sorry for the Twins! Not a chance! They bit us on the butt all year long, and payback is fine with me.
Greg

I have to say as unfortunate as it is, and as much as I don’t really want to see the Yankees win it all- I do feel a tinge of “serves you right” about the bad call against the Twins. At least they have a chance to win another game- the Tigers did not. I know that’s sour grapes on my part, but I’m only human.
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I would hate to see instant replay in baseball, but since the world sees it anyways on TV and the internet- I think it’s going to have to come to that- at least in the playoffs when every game is crucial. And I include tie-breakers as the playoffs, even though the TBS announcers must have said 50 times Tuesday night that this was still the regular season.
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Tracey

The call that was missed in NY was horrible they have an extra ump out there to get it right and he still got it wrong, unbelievable. OH wait a minute it isn’t, it happened the other night to us? Turnabout is fair play. That being said I hate seeing the Yankees win.
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I guess I don’t belong to the I hate Jim Leyland club that has formed here. Do I agree with everything he does or says – NO, but I also think it is easy to play “Monday Morning Quarterback”. I do think that he benefited from Alan Trammels work, but so what all old managers benefit from the new. I place more liability here on DD himself, he got this team into all these bad contracts. And I am not talking about Maggs, he has done a lot for a lot of years. I am talking about Willis, giving the guy an extension before he ever threw a pitch, Sheffield (thank god that one is over), Robertson (the guy deserved a contract just not that big). We are just saddled with some biggies. Trades, Washburn, getting a guy that was already injured. That being said I love the Sean Casey trade. I guess what I am trying to say that there is a lot of blame to go around. How about we talk about players who underperformed to their abilities for a good part of the year??
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Just my opinion. Got to go to work now
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Have a good day
GK

I do not hate JL. I just do not think he is the best manager for our club. I would like to see someone who will be around for 10-20 years. I liked Trammel but everyone wanted to win NOW and they thought JL was that guy. Well, we did not win and he had his chances. Umpiring. Why not have one challange flag? You are right Tracey, they have the replay and everyone sees it over and over anyway. The Rockies and the Angels with Mike Scioscia winning. Now there is a manager.

Forgot one comment. I would love to have Torii Hunter on my team playing LF or RF.

It’s still hard to come down after the way the season ended for us. Still a lot of heartache here on the BLOG.
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As to umping, yes I too think they need to use the replay at times like this where so much is on the line. Not just for the players but for the fan’s too. They are the ones that fund this whole pheomena we know as MLB. MLB owes it to the fans that they get it right.
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I am a bit of baseball purist but when things can be so easily (and quickly) rectified then why not? Even if they use the NFL method of allowing only so many challenges.
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Anyway, in my mind the non-call on the Inge HBP could have been avoided simply by Brandon being smarte enough to have turned into the pitch and simply take one for the team. It also doesn’t excuse Laird (who had one of the worst offensive performances I have ever seen) for swinging at ball 4 with the sacks packed. Laird left some 10 runners stranded that game and besides striking out twice he hit into a DP and popped upp a critical sac bunt. It would be a little harsh to say it was a microcosm of his year. After all he did hit .225 and slammed 4 homre runs to go with his THIRTY-THREE RBIs!
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As to JL you can plant me firmly in the camp that would be exicited with the prospect of a different manager. His almost belligerent attitude with the press transmits itself to stubborness in his “managing” (I’m pretty sure too that if he keeps putting Seay in aginst LHB he will eventually get them out”). He has done a pretty decent job of dealing with the players that DD has saddled him with—I’ll give him that. But he contradicts his own philosophies far too many times. He sticks with cerrtain combinations seemingly to prove a point or to “make” it work. He misuses the talent he has. Granderson had so many opportunities to steal 2nd base and keep us out of the DP or score on a base hit from Polanco instead of having to stop at 2nd or go to 3rd (where often he would get stranded by our inability to score that runner from 3rd).
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I think a manager should have insisted that Granderson bunt more, and learn how to bunt effectively, against the LHP that rendred him as an automatic out. Even though the Tigers sacrificed more than most teams we could have benefitted more from more bunts from Inge, Polanco and Laird.
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There were the throwaway games with Willis, the inventing of Guillen as a left-fielder, the playing of Inge when he was injured (what about Huff or Raburn there)? The game where every human being on the planet who had ever heard of the name Alfredo Figaro knew he should not have started that game against the White Sox.
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There are of course the brush-offs with the media where they are told such things as the non-existence of momentum or team chemistry. Statements like those are personal insults to true baseball fans. I won’t even go into his game day managing.
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Someone noticed the facial expression of Leyland during the last days compared to Gardenhire. He definitely does not exude confidence or certitude on the bench. No one can convince me that that is not transmitted to the players.
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No, I would not be upset one iota if he was replaced. I do like the old curmudgeon (in fact I think I act like him far too much) but I don’t think he is the manager that will bring a championship to Detroit.
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I hope Bonderman can make a comeback, I would be surprised, but if he could we would have a pretty impressive starting rotation, alabeit with no southpaws.
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I suppose a guy like Bonderman could be converted to the pen as a closer if he could get his nasty slider back.
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Speaking of closers, Mariano Rivera amazes me. Here is a guy with 2 pitches (and usually just one) and all his pitches are pretty much the same velocity. Yet somehow he controls the game as well as anyone.
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I’d let Polanco go. He is the closest thing to a clutch player and a leader as we have, but his skills (and range) are diminishing, and his numbers are not going to improve as he ages another year past his prime.
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I would stop focusing so much on Guillen being a “star”. He simply is not. His hitting (even though he as a local repuattion for being a great hitter) does not justify giving him a position in the field or even as full-time DH. I believe him to be over-rated. Another aging and fading veteran I’m afraid. You have to expect more from a switch-hitter and I don’t think he can do it.
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I’d let Thames go. It just never worked the way any of us would like to see it have. Good guy, one dimensional and when that dimension ain’t working then you would be way better off with a someone who can run and catch and throw.
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As wonderful a year has Laird had behind the plate, he was equally disturbing when at the plate. To see such a big strong fellow not be able to square up on the ball is very frustrating. If he could only approach the numbers he achieved with Texas then he would be a really nice asset to have. As it is you need to have him surrounded by about 5 .300 hitters and about 4 30 HR guys. I know there is a lot of talk about Avila being “groomed” but one has to remember he is still relativley new to the catching profession.
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Might be interesting to see what Dlugach might do but the job Everett and Santiago did was workmanlike and dependable.
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I don’t know what they intend to do with Ordonez but the guy did really impress an surprise me. At least at the stick. Maybe a DH role would suit him. We do need some “real” corner outfielders that produce in order to compete. Maybe they come from within but maybe the next time DD thinks of trying to find a band-aid, reclamation project he gets a little more serious than a Stairs, a Jacque Jones or a Josh Anderson.
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Well so much for now.
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Enjoy the pos-season everyone.

WOAH, who is going to snag all the screamin’ meanies down the first base foul territory now?

WE’LL MISS YOU ANDY!!

Enjoyed that blog Dan. You’ve never been shy about telling it like it is. And I detect you’ve even mellowed out some. I find myself agreeing with pretty much every point you’ve made. Looking at all the big contracts already in place, some of which will not be yielding any production next season, you wonder how much flexibility the team has in making any impact type changes. And with the same managing crew returning…..I don’t know. Unless the excuse is that everyone had an off year offensively, I can’t see rolling the same lineup out there next year and expecting different results. Even with our good young pitching. Hard to get excited or too hopeful.
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The sad part is, we missed a real opportunity this year.

If I hear or see 1 more comment saying a hitting coach would help this team I will scream and throw my notebook through a wall. Look at just 4 people…Inge, Everett, Thames, and Laird 1/3 of the lineup on any given night. Career stats tell you they can’t hit for avg. No hitting coach in the world will fix this. This puts enormous strain on the other 6 batters and causes them to press. Now take Granderson, will he ever hit Left handers, I say no, his avg. this year suffered because he started more games against lefty’s than he has in the past and it got him out of the his usual approach and he suffered against righty’s. Clete Thomas, way to many strike outs even after going to minors to work on this. At this point in his career if he can reinvent a shorter swing and more disciplined approach I would be surprised, he like Inge, is what he is. About Brandon Inge, how many times do we have to hear Rod say he has re-invented himself? Then after 2 or 3 games of 2 for 3 or 3 for 4 he shows up with the long striding 1 handed swing we have all come to know and love/hate. He can’t change he is what he is. Water finds it’s own level and so does a professional athlete regardless of coaching at that level. Palonco and Maggs were mysteries this year, if they would have been consistent we probably win a few more games and Leyland doesn’t make so many crazy substitutions in RF in the end of the season. Palonco will be gone, so will Thames. They need a solid lead off hitter so Granderson can be moved down, a quicker more athletic outfield, and Avila needs to be tutored by Laird for 1 more year. Next year if their is a manager better than Leyland available then pull the string, would you rather have Trammel back? Not me

I don’t think anyone’s advocating Trammell as manager, and Tram probably wouldn’t want the job if it was offered. I will say that Tram is probably a much better manager now after spending time coaching on Piniella’s staff. I would be looking for a younger manager who’s not so stuck in his ways. It’s a common failing of the semi-elderly, as I well know. I don’t think JL has the mental energy to manage 162 games to the fullest.
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Regarding instant replay in baseball, I’m dead set against it in any way, shape, or form. Manager’s challenges? And what’s the penalty if his challenge is not upheld? What’s to stop an Ozzie-like character from challenging the final strike or play of a game, just so he can spoil the winning team’s fun and put the spotlight on himself? What I want to see is better umpires, whatever it takes to accomplish that. Players raise their game for the postseason and umpires should do the same. This week has been atrocious. Umpires need more training, regardless of experience level, and more scrutiny. Remember that NFL chief official who blew the coin flip on Thanksgiving day of 2008 in Detroit? You don’t see him with the white cap anymore, do you? If an umpire has proven he has trouble with the strike zone, he should be relegated to thirdbase only. If an umpire always seems to be embroiled in controversy, he should be sent to the minors for remedial work in controlling a ballgame. I’d rather see more umpires on the field over instant replay. As it was, Cuzzi should have paused to see the play in his mind again before throwing his hands up in the air. The good ones do that.
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I think one offseason key is to re-sign Brandon Lyon as the closer. Offer him multiple years at a good salary. I’m not sure that would be enough, however, considering the ridiculous way Leyland used him, or didn’t use him, this season. Always with the L-R matchups while an excellent setup man stood in the bullpen and watched. Even in the 163rd game, Lyon should have entered to start the 7th after Miner squeaked out of the 6th. It was obvious that Zach wasn’t sharp, and Lyon could have pitched two innings and handed it to Rodney. Lyon is only the most efficient pitcher, pitch-count wise, on the entire staff. You can call this today’s example of Leyland messing things up.
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I meant to say Thanksgiving day of 1998. See what happens to old people’s minds? :-)
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The Cardinals sure went with barely a wimper. The third strike call on Pujols was downright disgraceful.
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Baseball is such a great game but its credibility will continue to diminish as other sports intelligently embrace technology into their umpiring decisions. For me, it is a no brainer giving each team 2 or 3 appeals per game as well as an umpire referral mechanism when they are not sure.
I would much prefer these minor interuptions than the meaningless plate visits of managers coming out to argue calls.
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Lyon would take a pay cut to get out of the Tigers than put up having another year of misuse under JL.
We will end up with another low cost backup signing like Lyon was this year to support Zoom Mark IV, Seay and Perry.

Dan, I agree with Marty, great post. I am glad to get things stirred up with coaching, umpires, who is going to play next year, etc. I am not saying we need a new hitting coach but look what happened with a new pitching coach. Coincedence? I do not like the word can’t. If Grandy has trouble with lefties why not bunt more? Use your speed! Who is COACHING him. Like Rich said, CG should be stealing more bases but how can you if you do not try? I have mixed emotions about Polly but am solid on signing Lyon and letting Rodney go. I have not watched very much of the playoffs, waiting for the WS.. Dave, I missed the Pujols call.

“That’s the biggest hit he’s had,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think the way we did it, in a sweep, in Game 3 with two out in the ninth, gives us momentum.”
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Come on Mike, everybody knows momentum is only as good as your next day’s pitcher. Momentum is just something for us fans and media to talk about. Next you’ll try to tell us your team has chemistry.
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Today’s JL moment: handing the media and fans a load of BS and ensuring that his team never goes on an extended hot streak.
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Nice to see the Angels get the stinking Red Soxs out of there. I knew that the Twins mojo would run out sooner or later I was just hoping it would be a little sooner. The Twins pen was becoming a problem a bit of a problem a week ago and it collapsed over the last three games. They were over worked and used.
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All I could think yesterday is that I was supposed to be getting ready to go to a baseball game. By the way does anyone know if we need to send our tickets in to get a refund or whether it is done automatically????
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GK

I believe that Andy van Slyke was the only coach out there this year that actually knew what he was doing. I am a 30 year tigers fan and have never been more ashamed of my team than this year. Dombrowski is a half-brain nit wit that doesn’t know how to run a team. Leyland is a utter moron, I could do a better job running that team and making decisions as a high school coach. McClendon has a career .220 average and is the hitting coach? What a freakin joke and don’t even get me started on Gene Lamont. This team and organization is pathetic and I will not be supporting a team that enjoys losing, supporting a person who goes out with other team’s players and disgraces the city and fans but blowing the chance of making the playoffs for some tequila the night before a game. GO INDIANS!!!

GK, as I understand it, you keep your tickets. In fact, I had my tickets mailed to me rather than printing them out for this very reason. The collector’s edition 2009 ALDS tickets don’t make a good souvenir as a computer printout. They’ll refund your money after they’ve collected some interest on it.
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The Twins ran themselves right out of the postseason with stupid baserunning. What happened to the team that makes no mistakes? I guess that’s only against Central Division foes who have played in the dome so much, they’ve become intimidated. One nauseating thing last night was listening to Chip Cary gush about Jeter’s “brilliant” play on Punto. Let’s see, you sprint to your left, take the ball on an easy hop, turn around and see Punto sprinting for home. So you……..throw home. Brilliant! Who else would have thought to do that? The Great Derek Jeter does it again! Like that commercial, brilliant! I’ve heard that Jeter is so brilliant, he can open a door without assistance. He’s something.
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Everyday, more media people are defending JL and they continue to get it wrong. They only talk about the last week of the season while we’re out here discussing his four year performance. The big picture, people, talk about the big picture. Forget the Figaro thing, would ya?

The only thing I see ‘brilliant” about Jim Leyland has been his ability to cultivate the notion that he IS brilliant.
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Some of us here have raged against this manager for years now. Nevertheless, the article below is very well worth reading:

http://blog.mlive.com/hugeblog/2009/10/please_no_free_passes_for_mana.html

“The Tigers had a seven-game lead in the AL Central in early September and failed to make the playoffs. Manager Jim Leyland deserves some of the blame.Why do so many people love Jim Leyland?

Is it for the September collapse of 2006 in Detroit?

Is it for his bird-brained decision making in the 2006 World Series that cost the team a ring?

Is it for his brutal sound bites and interviews that make Bobby Knight look like a guy you would want to hang out with?

Is it for the second-half collapse of 2007 when he was running out Triple-A lineups, while Cleveland was playing the same veteran lineup every day and the Tigers watched the Indians pull away?

Is it for his 2008 managing, when he became good friends with his money players and lost control of his clubhouse?

Is it for his sub .500 career record as major league manager?

Please tell me again why Leyland is so revered by some fans and members of the media. I just don’t get it.

How is he not held accountable for blowing a seven-game lead in the final month this year in the worst division in baseball? How do you not play Ryan Raburn, Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez every day the final week when you need to clinch the division?

Explain to me how the Tigers lose a three-game lead with four games to play at home? Give us a reason why Alfredo Figaro pitched on that Saturday night when he knew the Twins had won earlier in the day.

Justify to the people why he took out Rick Porcello that early in the one-game playoff against the Twins?

Tell us again how you put your playoff hopes in the arm of Zach Miner? Why a rested Edwin Jackson never pitched in that game? Why Leyland always managed like there was another game to make up for his bad decisions.

Leyland managed with some urgency the first half of 2006, as he needed to prove to the baseball world he still could lead a team after quitting on the Colorado Rockies.

From that point on, he has been a mediocre manager who was given talent and a mega-payroll that should have produced playoff teams and deep postseason runs every year he has been in the Tiger dugout.

Some act like Leyland is a genius. I think he doesn’t have a gut feeling for in-game decisions and is outmanaged in every big game. What he did the final week of the regular season this year showcased all of his flaws.

He blew it and should have been man enough to take some of the blame. Instead you get Dave Dombrowski answering the questions about the collapse and the future of the Tigers.

They won this year because they added Rick Knapp as their pitching coach. Did you ever hear Leyland give any public love to Knapp this season? There wasn’t one word.

I think this is another thing that defines this so called guru of baseball. How many current or former tigers that played under Leyland have ever went on record about the way he manages?

It looks like there will be no changes in the manager’s office and we will complain about Leyland for at least two more years. With all of the money the Tigers are stuck with player contracts, I think he manages two more years because the Tigers don’t want to pay
two salaries at the same time.

Leyland has showed us he is just like his players because every Tiger signed to long-term deals since the 2006 World Series has underperformed or struggled either on or off the field.

It is time for everyone inside the Tigers organization to show, manage and play with some urgency.

E-mail Bill Simonson: huge@grpress.com

You beat me to it dan. I was just getting ready to post the link.

Wow, that nailed a lot of it. Not all, but a good sample. Thanks for bringing it over, Dan, and thanks Pup for meaning to. I’m going to download this piece so I can use it when I have memory lapses. Such as when I forget to check MLive.com. I look at it daily in-season. This stuff needs to be taken seriously.
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One of my pet peeves is when people compare JL/DD to previous administrations. That has nothing to do with anything, and the only thing that counts right now is if this organization is living up to where it should be. I say no. And to the question of who would replace Leyland, I’m sure there are plenty of candidates and someone will dig a few up. I’m not going to bother because JL won’t leave anyway. It’s not like we get paid for our comments, as our paychecks come from elsewhere. This is all free advice to management.
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DD & JL have made a good pair protecting each others backsides for years. Both are equally culpable for engendering mediocrity and wasting the opportunity afforded by Mr I.
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Further to Rich’s comments about ‘gushing media’, commentators in all sports no longer critique games like the print and on-line media and are increasingly just extensions of sales and marketing departments intent on selling the sport to maintain ratings, crowds and revenue.
Commentators rarely tell it for what it is with ‘stars’ everywhere with baseball far from alone.
In the Presidents Cup, it looked like they held up the Leonard/Weir match on the 18th green so that Woods could putt out on the 13th green and ‘win’ the Cup. Weir then conceded Leonard who had to 2 putt from 40′ feet away to halve the match, a noble sporting jesture but also probably peeved at the situation. Stricker carried Woods for 4 of his wins but all the media were playing was Woods going 5-0 and his winning putt from 10 feet.

Michigan Live articles generally cut straight to the bone. They obviously don’t care about not getting invites with the toes they tread on. Good to see.

I just want to say, not that everything is over, that Carlos Guillen isn’t able to play our rather large left field. If Carlos and Mags are going to play outfield they must only play in RIGHT….and DH the rest of the time. Period. Let Raburn and Clete play in left.

Does anyone else agree?

I’m actually of the opinion that Guillen’s usefulness is at an end (too brittle), but I realize we’re stuck with him. I also subscribe to the school of thought that says RF is much tougher to play than LF, and I wouldn’t want Carlos there. Maggs, with all his physical deficiencies out there, at least knows HOW to play the position and that gets him by most of the time.
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What we really need is a new outfielder and that would have to come from outside. We probably all have opinions on what kind of hitter he should be, but I think something new is required there if we’re going to compete. If DD is serious about changing our offensive capabilities away from “big” hitters (which we don’t seem to have anyway), then this would be one way to change direction. I’m afraid, however, that next year’s team is going to look very similar to this year’s team.
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I hope Guillen can come back as a hitter and healthy and as a DH. I want to see an outfielder with speed and able to hit to all fields, with a good eye, that can bunt, and with some pop. Am I asking too much? All of us in Grand Rapids are Huge Tiger fans and we have the Whitecaps. We are not all fans of “Huge” He tends to ramble on and on and on about the same thing. I did like his article on Leyland, however. I agree about the past, we did not have the players. We went forever without a winning season, waiting for some superstars to come from the farm. We have the players now and they need to be coached. I don’t like to bring up other sports on this blog, but how long did it take to get rid of Millen?

HILARIOUS Rich – we said the same thing about how the announcers were going on and on about freaking Jeter. There were a couple of plays over the series that they made him sound like the next coming of christ, when really they were nothing more than routine or plays any shortstop should make.

I am sorry to hear about Andy not coming back, for some reason I like him. I don’t know him, don’t really know how he gets along with the players, but he seems to get the game and from what I read and hear, he works those guys on fielding. If anything, I’d like to see Lamont off of 3rd base, he has to start pushing those guys to score from 2nd on a single, every other team does it, why can’t we? Sure we are slow, but the way our hitters fail to get in runners from 3rd, why not try, the throws are not always going to be there.

From the press in Toledo, Larry Parish is terrific, am wondering if he’ll make his way to the bigs.

Good posts lately – lots of good comments and thoughts about what is needed – although probably we won’t see any of them put into play! Someone posted about keeping Maggs in the whole game, and I totally agree – he was the hottest hand that last month, you leave him in even if he can’t make it more than one base at a time, we never pull Miggy for defense or rarely for pinch runners.

Interesting you should mention Larry Parish. He spent the final month with Detroit then Van Slyke gets axed. I’m just saying.
Parish managed the Tigers in 1999, going 69-92, after taking over for Buddy Bell near the end of 1998. As a player, he was a longtime 3B and DH for Montreal and Texas with a mediocre BA while hitting some homers, walking seldom and striking out too much. That fits right into our offensive strategies.
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Did the Toledo press say what was terrific about him?
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–Rich

I’ll have to see if I can find any good articles, I can’t pinpoint anything specific said about Parrish, but the Mud Hens track record over the last 5 or 6 years has been great – this year they were about a .500 ball club, but they have won a lot of titles in the last few years and it can’t be hard when the Tigers are constantly taking your players and sending them back. I had forgotten he had managed the Tigers. another coach for the Mud Hens is their hitting coach, Leon Durham – I also have read he is a good hitting coach, am wondering if he could help out? His hitters come up from the HEns and do great for a few weeks and then they fizzle out, maybe they need him up there with them!

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