Awkward moment ahead Wednesday

Once the Tigers and Indians get underway Thursday afternoon, Tigers catcher Gerald Laird will be squatting behind the plate to catch pitches from Rick Porcello. Jim Joyce will be calling balls and strikes.

And the words they exchanged Wednesday night over Joyce’s blown call will have to be history. That explains in part why it was awkward for Laird to discuss the call.

“I was really upset,” Laird said. “I mean, a lot of us were. You’re talking 20 in history? You’re talking history. It’s only happened 20 times and this game’s been played forever. I didn’t know what to say. I felt like I wanted to get sick, honestly. And I know Jim is a great umpire and he’s a great guy. I know no one feels as bad than he does right now when he looks at the replay. He has a lot of respect from all the players, and it was just tough to watch.”

He did not have a lot of respect in those moments Wednesday night, especially once the game finally ended. It was one of the few one-hit performance that ended with boos, as Tigers fans directed their frustration towards Joyce. He was busy, though, dealing with Tigers players Laird and Jeremy Bonderman, who were shouting at him while infield coach Rafael Belliard tried to keep them separated. Manager Jim Leyland eventually joined in.

“We probably were a little bit out of line, I’d say,” Laird said. “At the time, I’m sure he thought he made the right call. But when he goes back and looks at it, he’s going to see. It’s just more out of frustration and wanting it so bad for your teammate. That’s all it is when some of us get on him.

I’ve got all the respect in the world for Jim Joyce. He’s a great umpire. He’s always been. I’ve always had a good relationship with him. I think it’s just more the heat of the moment. That’s why we were getting on him. You just want it so bad, something of that caliber for your teammate. To be able to say you were a part of it as a teammate, to be part of a perfect game, is remarkable. And I think that’s all it was, when guys were getting on him. We were just frustrated. We know their job’s hard. But he’s our teammate and we back him and we feel bad for him.”

Laird does not expect the sore feelings to carry over.

“It won’t. It’s a new day,” Laird said. “If anyone is going to be all right, it’s going to be Jim. I’m sure he’s already looked at it and it’s on his mind. I’m just going to go back there and do the best I can for Ricky [Porcello]. I mean, I can’t go back there and be frustrated about yesterday’s game. It’s over with. Obviously we got a good boost from Galarraga tonight to get us going. We just gotta continue to roll. My job tomorrow is to go back there and catch and do the best I can. I’m definitely going to be talking to him. I talk to all the umpires. I’m sure he’s going to be the same way.”

124 Comments

There are some very reputable basebal people speaking up and saying the same; to simply overturn this call with a stroke of a pen. Hiding behind technicalities in order not to change is as much a mistake as the missed call by Joyce.
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E-Mail the Commissioner of Baseball allan.selig@mlb.com
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I sent the following to him and I suggest that others do the same in their own words:

“Mr. Selig,

I realize that baseball is steeped in tradition and rules, but those rules and traditions have changed over the years. So if you can change rules and tradition slowly then you can change them spontaneously too. This is clearly a “one off” situation that would not impact on future games. No other plays or outcome of the game would be affected. Please don’t permit this stain on the integrity of baseball. Baseball should not be so rigid and technical that it is imprisoned by it “rules”.

The umpire made a mistake and admitted it. The rules don’t allow replays but clearly they are a major component of MLB’s biggest revenue generator, TV. There is no one in the game or on this planet that would criticize MLB and you, sir, for making a “one off”, courageous and honorable decision to overrule that play and award Mr. Galarraga what he so justly deserves.

Please do the right thing and display the courage to make an historic and unprecedented decision on overturning that call. For Armando Galarraga, the fans and indeed for the game of baseball itself.

Sincerely,

Daniel Byrne
British Columbia
Canada”

:sigh: Avila keeps proving himself as a more well-rounded player than Laird. Why won’t Leyland give him the playing time to improve even more?

lets start an asterick campaign for the record books! complete with the name of the umpire and his seeing-eye dog! at least a pitcher can get his just do for such a performance in the record books.

It’s easy for me to take a more clinical view of last night’s events since I didn’t have to undergo the building tension as the game progressed. In fact, I’m kind of glad I did miss this game. Jim Joyce said all the right things, and I mean he REALLY said all the right things. He understood that the spotlight of baseball history hit him square in the face at that one moment in time, and he messed up. I know for a fact that this one thing is an umpire’s biggest nightmare. To work the game for decades only to blow it when THE time came. He already knows he’ll live with this forever.
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Don Denkinger became infamous for his call in the 1985 World Series. Don received threats on his life and that of his family, and those threats were still coming an unbelieavable 20 years later. I hope that doesn’t happen here. I think it won’t. We’re better than that.
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Meanwhile we can call Galarraga Mr. Perfect forever. Everybody knows he pulled off an amazing feat last night. And we can also continue to work on Cabrera’s decision making at firstbase.
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–Rich

Cabrera made the right decision. Both he and Santiago have done a little compensating for Carlos. This is a play Cabby and Armando have made many times. The Tigers made no mistake on that play. There was plenty of time, and plenty of space for that idiotic umpire to see Armando’s foot on the bag.

Think this call would ever go down in Boston or NY? NO! I’m joining what I hope are millions of others who will lobby Selig and MLB to reverse the dicision. Mistakes do get made in life and in games, but you are supposed to right them.

I think you right pup. It may not have been the right play in terms of retrospect. I certainly wondered about it at the time, but you have to give Cabrera a lot of credit for translating the emotion of the moment on that play into physical action. He did make that play and the batter was out. He was unselfishly determined that he would ensure perfection for his team-mate. You can’t fault him for that.
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The blame lays squarely on MLB.
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Joyce made a mistake and admitted it. MLB can arrogantly assume a pompous and pretentious stance to this incident by washing their collective hands and doing nothing.
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The truth is, they CAN do something about this very special circumstance. The Umpires Association could give them their blessing.
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Baseballs image has been tarnished by corporate greed and the commissioner has the chance to restore some of its old lustre by issuing a dignified response to this and not pretending that there is “nothing we can do”.
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Armando Galarraga shouldn’t have to explain to his children that he “really did throw a perfect game”.
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I’m glad I didn’t watch the game, too. I think I would’ve been sick, literally. Galarraga was more than perfect, he got a “28th” out after the bad call, and was a perfect gentleman afterwards. Perfect in many ways.
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Love the way Avila said he had to keep focused on getting the last out before letting the emotions out.
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I, too, don’t understand why there can be no remedy. I can see their not wanting to set a precedent, but this is an exceptional situation.
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Regardless of the official decision, amazing for all of baseball to have 3 perfect games in about a month. What an incredible season.
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JP

SI is reporting that Bud Selig will make a public statement regarding this game. athough they don’t think he will revoke the call of the game.

Many stories out there remind everyone that baseball is a business. The Tigers organization lost millions of dollars because of that poor decision. The sale of memorbilia, the DVR’s that would have been sold. Armando making money selling autogrpahs and appearing on TV and Sport Networks. The fans are losing interest because of mistakes like this. We live in an electronic world, now. MLB is the only professional sport that has not got with the times. They will lose more fans because it just isn’t fair and electronic replays are very normal in all sports nowadays.

I think you can still do all of those promotional things. The title of the DVD would be “Armando Galarraga – More Than Perfect” which would tie into his 28 consecutive outs and his postgame reaction to it all. The same title can go on the t-shirts and assorted memorablia. He should still get his personal appearances. Strangely enough, this perfect game was more special than the other perfect games.
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–Rich

I have to respectfully disagree with fellow Tigers’ fans who are demanding that the blown call be reversed. Doing so would create a dangerous precedent that IMO would threaten the game with endless rounds of post-game recrimination and second-guessing. That would be extremely unfortunate. The human element in baseball, from umpires with divergent strike zones to quirky pitchers and streaky hitters, is a big part of what makes the game enjoyable, albeit extremely frustrating at times like this.
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Let’s remember to focus on the positive in this: both Gallaraga and Joyce handled the aftermath of the blown call respectfully and like the gentlmen and true professionals that they are. Many other players and fans can learn an important lesson from those examples.
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Let’s also hope that last night’s experience lights a much needed spark in the right places within the team and that they convert those emotions and energy into winning games instead of giving them away.
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We all know that we witnessed history last night. Rich is right: this game may become more famous because of the way it ended. And we were all on hand to share the experience.
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AA Mark

As a law student, I want to weigh in on this idea of “dangerous precedent” or “slippery slope” that people keep bringing up. Courts make isolated decisions ALL THE TIME and refer to them as narrow holdings, specific only to the facts of the case. The court can specify that the ruling is NOT precedent. This can easily be done in this case. When one refers to a slippery slope, the implication is that those who would use their judgment in the future are not capable of understanding the context and significance of past rulings. It is a vote of no confidence for humanIf we are beholden to the rules, then we are admitting that we are not in control of the game of baseball.

Good point clearwater. It’s not often that life offers a cahnce to right a wrong or correct a mistake. Galarraga can’t go back and make a different pitch, Cab can’t go back and let Guillen field the ball, Joyce can’t go back and correct the call..
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Bud Selig CAN get off Baeball’s sanctimonious horse and fix this. Every fan in the world would commend him for it.
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This is not exactly a Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

Hello to everybody. I wish to congratulate Armando with his perfect performance ;) I hope russian television will show this game, but I’m not so sure. Despite of everything Armando is Mr. Perfect for me too. And I love this team. GO TIGERS!

With all due respect to fellow bloggers, I must disgaree with clearwater. As a 30 year practicing lawyer, a manager of a business that has has as many as 30 employees and the father of teenagers, I have to say that the slippery slope is very real. There is no such thing as a “one off decision”. If MLB were to force a reversal, every time there is any kind of arguably similar call, there will be a simlar hue and cry and the resulting incrementalism will infect the game in ways that we cannot anticipate today. Like it or not, the call is going to stand (I just saw that on the Tigers site) and doing so is for the good of the game as a whole.
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The long term good that may come from this mess may be a serious look at using replays. The toughest part of going that route IMO will be limiting the abuse of replays, maybe by somehow requiring a trade off if a call is upheld (like losing a bench player or giving up an out in your next AB).
AA Mark

How long does it take to slo-mo a play? I’t s live ball, so decisions like that can be made instantaneously.

Mark, as an attorney, surely you know what I am talking about. Care to address the fact that courts make one off decisions all the time? Or that this isn’t even a court, having no general affect on the public interest? It’s not a state action taking place here…who would be injured that it would create a slippery slope of potential damage?

With no respect for anyone whatsoever, this decision is abominable. It is a cheap trick to hide the issue under a cloak of self-serving, pompous doctrine.
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Back to this game. There were two blown umpire calls and of course a couple of bad plays.
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Didn’t look like Branyan was actually hit with the pitch. (Wish we would have got that call in game #163!) and Donald reached first “safely” on a play where Cab (again not making the 100% correct play) did tag the bag ahead of him. Tough breaks for our starting pitcher again.
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Everett NOT bunting is a travesty. Full blame to JL on that one.
Rod Allen wonders why Everett is popping up? Well for one he is swinging at the ball and two, he has a ridiculous and needless uppercut swing. What’s the point? He can’t reach the fence or get it over any OFers heads.
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No comment on Raburn. He tries but he is limited by skills and experience. He will someday be a decent player in the NL.
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Kind of frustrating these last 2 weeks.

Laird and Everett. Not exactly Parrish and Trammel.
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No way I let Everett hit even if there were 2 out.
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Come to think of it, I wouldn’t let Laird hit either.

Laird/Everett and Parrish/Trammell do not belong in the same blog post, must less the same sentence! No disrespect to those guys as people, but their talents all around are not even close to comparing.

I am only watching on gameday, but come on guys, 2 errors back to back to let them back into the game? At least Inge and Guillen got a few RBI’s to make up for it, but our number of errors is ridiculous.

Come on guys, let’s follow up last night with a win.

Geez Ajax, another heckuva hitting game today – 4/4!

Did Jackson rob a home run?

No, just made a good catch.

Magglio!!!!!!!!!

Does Maggs just need a single for the cycle?
way to go Magglio – awesome

I wish we could save some of these runs for other games, but no complaints, I love it when we get on a tear and rack the runs up. How does Miguel ever get pitches to hit at this point, what a great season so far for the heart of our lineup.

He’s got HOF credentials. I think he finally gets it.

And that’s the reason Miggy went for the ball last night.

Gameday has Branyan’s flyout over the fence. That was the reason I asked if Jackson robbed a homerun. Thanks pup.

Why Everett is still on this team is baffling. Worth is **** by trade. Everett can’t hit at all, makes far more errors than excellent plays on defense, and doesn’t seem to get the bunt down when necessary. If we can eat Dontrelle’s salary, we surely can eat Everett’s…

This such a travesty as ever in sports. The umpires do miss calls but that was not even a close call and should be overturned. They have overturned a decision before (George Brett and the pine tar bat). So if they can do it then, then why not now? Until they decide to make things right for everyone in baseball then as far as I am concerned I will no longer go to any MLB game again. I ask everyone to boycott baseball games as much as possible until MLB decides to make things right for everyone. from a very mad major league fan.

The person I’d like to hear from more is the kid. From the way he has handled himself so far, it really seems that he gets the traditions of the game, and that bad calls happen. They’re just really costly from time to time. This one cost him a certain place in baseball history. But I think there is an even better place in baseball history for this kid if he comes out and asks everyone to let it go in honor of the traditions of the game. He pitched the perfect game that wasn’t, and in response asked that the game, its history and traditions be put first, ahead of his own interest… It would be a great example to our kids.

I believe Armando and that umpire will be why the MLB goes to replays. Umpires don’t want to make mistakes like that in front of millions of people.

GMan’s perfect game will be remembered long after the after the other 20+ are forgotten.
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MLB has no choice but to get out of the mud that has slowed their thinking for eternity. When you are lucky to have a dozen games in a season without any umpire controversy, sticking with tradition is idiotic. Technology will ridicule the umpires and ultimately the game..
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It is important though that the game is not needlessly slowed down. There current use of technology giving the umpires discretion on HR calls is already a bad move as umpires will always use it if any of the 4 umpires is unsure. There are plenty of sports that have foolishly gone this way which leads to the umpires hiding behind the technology and the game needlessly slowed down.
The much better alternative is each team to have one or two appeal opportunities which they can use on any play, and which they get to reuse if successful. Tennis and cricket have taken this route with dramatic improvement with the latter subject to match fixing inuendo particularly on the subcontinent. Together with a simple pocket ******** for the home umpire when a strike is thrown will enabe technology to be integrated seamlessly into the game.

The beauty of baseball is that it parallels life but remains an escape from real life. Last night we witnessed a tragedy, but nobody died, was injured, lost their jobs or homes. None of us suffered damage from Mr. Joyce’s decision and, if any damage at all was done, it was to himself. He has to live with this bad decision. Who among us has never regretted a decision? Some things can’t be magically fixed. In the end, Galarraga, Leyland, the Detroit organization, it’s fans, and Mr. Joyce himself all behaved admirably. I actually came away from this tragedy feeling a little better.
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I would be more likely to favor a replay system if I had any confidence that “MLB” could do it correctly. I have no such confidence and will continue to be against it for that reason only.
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Dan, you and I certainly watched the same game today. We may as well have been sitting in front of the same TV sharing a beverage. I’m just glad we got the win, no matter how ugly, and can move on to KC on a positive note.
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Best line of the day came from Gerald Laird. When Porcello gave up his first hit of the day, some wag in the dugout (wish I knew who), said “There goes his Corvette.”
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–Rich

This is my niaive e-mail sent to Bud(less) Selig today:
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“Bud Selig,
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Shame on you. You took the cowardly route out of this mess and in doing so disappointed the overwhelming majority of right-minded people. You could have done the right thing and you could have helped a fellow human being, Jim Joyce, at least a little.
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Funny thing is almost everyone knew you would slither out of this.
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Disgusted,
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Dan Byrne
British Columbia”
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I just can’t buy all the guff about upholding tradition or not being able to make up rules and other such drivel. Selig had no qualms changing the rules that rainy day in October in the Series where the game was not called after 6 innings (Like the RULES say).
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The 2002 All-Star game was declared a tie. No rule permitted that at the time.
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His stance on steroid use was supect from the beginning. Or should I say that the beginning that he was aware of was far before the beginning of public awareness.
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IMO, It is indeed, A Dark Day in Mudville.

I agree with you Dan. This isn’t an easy one. It knocks us right out of our comfort zones. But it just seems like the right thing to do would be to simply declare and set the record straight based on what actually happened. What the whole baseball world saw. It stands by itself, doesn’t have to set any precedent.
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It’s a great story really. Armando has in effect, earned more notoriety and respect under the circumstances than had the game ended as it should have. Look at the national coverage. He is now nationally recognized. People sympathize and empathize with Armando.
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But the price Armando pays is the “official” recorded 21st perfect game in mlb history. And the price Selig is making Jim Joyce pay for the rest of his life is the burdening guilt of making one monumental mistake in judgement. That missed call would have meant nothing buried in the middle innings of a blowout game. But now Jim Joyce, who is respected as one of the better umpires in the game is forced to live with this mistake. So as much for Jim’s pardon as for awarding Armando with the perfect game he deserves, Mr. Selig, do the right thing. Baseball should be big enough to handle one meaningful gesture of kindness.

I never thought I would say it, but “Curtis Who?” I am so proud to have been a 51 year fan of one classy organization.
Greg

Since I found this blog in 2006, I enjoy all the comments about our Tigers. Dan, you beat me to it. How can we expect any type of decsion from a Commish that calls an AllStar game a tie? There are no ties in baseball! And to boycott baseball over this? I love the game and my local teams. Rich said it best. It is an escape from every day life. It is a game. Statman, yes, remember Armando’s game. The perfect game that wasn’t. Greg, Al Kaline, my hero, Mr. Tiger, Mr. Class. Oh, and EH, I would love to here what he would be saying. Went to the game a few Sundays ago against Boston, sat in the second row behind home plate, going next Sunday against Pittsburg. Gotta love the Olde English D. Go Tigers, 2010. –Dave

There were no surprises in this saga. Detroit and Michigan once again demonstrated what they’re all about by staging one of the most inspiring events in the history of sports. Bud Selig demonstrated what he’s all about by refusing to do the right thing.
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What a gutless dweeb.
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When has Selig ever done the right thing? One can make a case for the rain soaked WS game in 2008, but even that was brought about by Selig’s own ridiculously expanded postseason. Aside from that, Selig’s attempts to turn baseball into a summer version of the NFL have often come dangerously close to making America’s Game a complete joke. Was anyone surprised he blew this one?
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Selig will use this event to get the instant replay he so craves, and a future Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce will have it to fall back on. Meanwhile however, Galarraga is robbed and Joyce is left to twist in the wind, with only the magnanimity of the Tigers fans and Armando himself to salve the wound.
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It would be a simple thing to merely place Galarraga’s masterpiece in the record book with an asterisk that explains the circumstances. It would appear at this time that Selig can’t even bring himself to do that.
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What kind of leader is this? It’s not surprising that all of his interviews are delivered with all the defensive posturing of a suspect who knows he did the dirty deed.
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I won’t even appeal to Selig to do the right thing. The man is incapable of it.
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–Rich

In 45 years of watching baseball, Galarraga pitched the most effortless game I have ever seen. He was a strike machine and shows what he can do using the corners. Until what should have been the 27th out, he only required two non-routine plays, the ball off his foot and the Jackson grab. He never struggled and it was not tense watching it until the 9th. He knows he pitched a perfect game, I saw a perfect game, but from the moment the umpire blew the call it could never be a perfect game in baseball record history.
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There are ways to expand replay and that was one call that should be reviewable. A broad use of replay ends up with someone having to make judgements that will be questioned. For example a hit down the line that on replay is ruled fair, is it a single, double or triple? It takes out the element of the base runners and the opportunity to throw out a runner. Please do not go over board with replay.
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What about the week Cabrera and Maggs have had with the bat. Triple crown talk is not over blown for Cabrera. He did make the play and get the out, but on slow hit grounders he should go to the bag.
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Nice to see the rookies bats come alive again.
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Valverde has been great and a 0.41 ERA at this point in the season is unheard of in the AL.
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Mark

Well, sometimes I do not mention our managers name. But Jim Leyland, for as mad as you were on the field, you said some good things in your interview. I will not mention the commissioner’s name ever again. I was glad I got to watch that game after my kids left around 8 pm. Great article in the freep by Mitch, as always. –Dave

Well I haven’t said much about this whole thing – frankly I am still digesting it. I went to the game yesterday and it was very nice and touching for both men. While there were a smattering of boos (I know on TV it sounded like more) but there were more people clapping than booing. I just think that the boos drowned out the sound of clapping.
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I am proud the way Armando has handled this. I think that the way he has handled it makes us all feel better about what happened (or didn’t happen in this case). I just can’t help thinking while he has to behave like a human being (who also has flaws) it is like some people would think less of him if he were actin more human. He has a right to be angry and disappointed.
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My point is really that Bud Selig has the opportunity to do what is right for Armando, for Mr. Joyce and for baseball history. Because in fact it was a perfect game and to be known as anything less is a diservice to all involved and our intellegence. Armando shouldn’t have to be the bigger man here, he was the one who was harmed in all of this and Bud Selig is showing what kind of man he is not.
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All this talk about setting precedence and slippery slopes, to me that is bull crap. Life is about adjusting and life is about change, and life should be about doing the right thing.
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GK

I’m still infuriated!!!!!!

Good one GK,
I talked to people all over the country as I buy seafood.
My Boston person is will open a can of worms. What?
Whatever! Yeah commish, be a man (squeak squeak)! –Dave

I love Albom’s writing, but I think he missed the point here (baseball isn’t Mitch’s greatest area of expertise). Replay was already coming. Just as sure as the sun spends it’s afternoons hanging out in the west, replay is coming. What happened Wednesday will only kick start its arrival. I don’t think I’d want replay named after me, but that’s just me.
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As I see it, the point was lessons learned. Lessons on how to behave, how to carry one’s self, and how to take the high road. The entire thing couldn’t have been scripted better if it had been a movie. There’s only one person left who has yet to step up onto that high road, and that’s the coward in the high office. This little man could put a perfect capper onto the entire business.
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I’m a team oriented sort, and if given the choice, I’d rather have seen that HBP on Inge in game 163 overturned.
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Enough beating a still breathing horse. The story will fade over the weekend. The Mariners shut down the Twins cold the past three nights and now we have a division race again. Now is the time to make a run. There can be none of these struggles with the Royals. Our lineup is about as sound as anyone’s and our rotation is rounding into shape. We need better concentration on defense and we’re good to go.
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It would be nice to have the Galarraga game become known as the beginning of the run to the division title in 2010.
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Time for a new thread Jason. Great writing as always. Let’s sweep KC and then Armando is pitching in Chicago. –Dave

We will get a better idea tonight ifthey hit again but I thought the glorious moment would kick start the team and get them out of the team batting slump apart from Miggs and Maggs.
All teams have them but with a skip that doesn’t believe in team chemistry, ours seem to go longer than normal.

JL punishing Carlos for his careless throws? Raburn at 2B is certainly no upgrade.
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I think if the ump hadn’t squeezed the strike zone so tight on Scherzer, this would still be a scoreless tie.
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He’s not calling strikes at the knees at all. That’s hurt Max and forced him to come up in the strike zone.
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Anything short of a presidential decree is not going to have any impact on this buffoon in the commissioner’s office.

rod allen is a ******* *******,can he suckup to the opposing teams anymore sick of it

Carlos isn’t playing because he hit a pitch off his toe and it’s sore.

Everret is bating 182 but he is a reliable glove. Raburn is batting 190 and he is an error machine. When he will be DFA?

Iinge has more RBIs than Damon

Today, I had to shut off MLB Network because they had a special showing of Halladay’s perfect game. Made a big deal about it. Do you honestly think Selig would have told the Yankees or Boston that the perfect game their pitcher just pitched and the umpire muffed the last play of the game, that he wouldn’t reverse the call. The whole eastern side of the US would explode with rage.

Se ‘ya later, alligator! Brennan!!!

Looks like we’re takin’ it on the Chen.

Do you see how important a perfect game is when you watch a game like this?

what the hell is leyland waiting for

2 batters to late *******

Perry belongs to aaa

JL’s timing of moves with Perry over his last three or so starts have definitely messed the kid up.

What I want for a present – PLEASE SEND PERRY DOWN TO AAA. You cannot continue to throw him out there in key situations to blow it up. He was good at the beginning but guess what he lost whatever he has. Why is it that nobody in charge in this organization can see that. It is ridiculous.
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Back in the game for two freaking minutes and WHAM.
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By the way what happened to the Damon that we are used to he isn’t doing squat.
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Another pitiful performance by the Tigers at the plate.

JL has favourites. Raburn and Perry seem to be 2 of them.
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Perry is not sharp. His breaking ball is not fooling hitters and his fastball must be straight on. It is time to send him down to polish his game. He has cost this team the last 3 games he has been in I believe.
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Podsednik and Kendal, come to think of it Butleer and DeJesus Callaspo and often Guillen seem to feas ton Tiger pitching.
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KC seem very confident when they play the Detroit Tigers.
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Down with Bud Selig.

Appearently Scherzers comeback was only good for one outing because they weren’t having any problems hitting him tonight. I know that the Royals are a better hitting team than the A’s but still.
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Getting rid of the King of England was easier!!

Even the KC announcers are aware of how anemic the bottom of our lineup is and how it impact rolling over to the top part.
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Raburn, Inge, Laird, Everett. Makes you shake your head.
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Inge at least comes out of it for a brief while. I tell you one thing he is not,, a #5,6 or even 7 hitter on a contending team.
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Dombrowski has a knack of letting playes weaken so much then realizng they have also wekekend their trade value.
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Not sure anyone would want Laird other than for a defensive replacement and backup catcher. Raburn?
Inge? Everett? Wo’s interested in these guys?

Yuk I am going to bed. Don’t you feel like sometimes this team wastes your time??? That is how I feel tonight.
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GK

That looked like the Scherzer we sent down to Toledo. He did a good job of keeping the ball low but most often it was too low. Too many pitches down the middle of the plate again. Well, using these youngsters requires a lot of patience.
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Speaking of youngsters, looks like Perry will need a refresher course at Toledo also. Where is that biting slider he used to throw? 98 mph fastballs alone won’t get it done. I hope all this isn’t a result of the way JL handled him in Seattle and the following day. Do they dare bring up yet another rookie? Bonine has done nothing but pitch well since he got here.
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Not a good approach to Chen tonight. It took too long to make the adjustment to what he was doing and by then, he was gone. The entire lineup suffers without Guillen in it.
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Inconsistent strike zone, I thought.
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Looks like that run I spoke of will have to wait a day. We need to knock the Royals out of their comfort zone with us, then move to Chicago and do the same thing to those guys.
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I don’t compliment Austin Jackson enough. That kid is one helluva centerfielder.
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–Rich

Leland makes me sick. I’m going to bed. What an awful game.

So a sore toe kept Carlos out tonight. He had better always live on ground floors and get someone else to shave him the way he has so many mishaps.
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Raburn just isn’t getting it done this season and neither is Adam. Not desperation stakes yet and no point bringing up Worth to sit on the bench if they are not ready to bite the bullet at SS.
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The platooning of catcher seems to have killed both their offensive capabilities with neither seeming able to get in sync. If Avila’s recent hitting going 5 of 13 (.385) the past 5 games doesn’t continue to develop, he has to go down and play AAA everyday. St Pierre can’t do any worse that the current malaise.
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One thing we aren’t short of is AAA relievers going well with Weinhardt, Schlereth, Fien or Sborz have to be going better than Perry at the moment.

Please Jim Leyland send Perry down to AAA to straighten himself up. He needs some tweeking and he isn’t going to get it up here. He probably will wind up losing his confidence if he already hasn’t.

I think it far more likely that JL would be calling Perry in from the bullpen tonight than sending him down to Toledo. Leyland is his very stubborn self when it comes to playing some of “his” guys.
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Why on earth not bat Damon leadoff? He doesn’t hit with men on anyway.
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I think JL is misguided in not giving Boesch more reps in the OF. You don’t cultivate a 25 year old, with physical skills, speed and enthusiasm into a Designated Hitter. Presumably he may be with us a long time.
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Matt Treanor is hitting 70 points higher than Gerald Laird and is still hitting just .220
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There are 4 catchers in the bigs hitting less than Gerald. (But Laird has more ABs than all of them combined.)
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Before people get upset with me for picking on Laird (and Everett), please realize I bear no malice towards these guys I just don’t agree that if you have them on your team and you play them somewhat regularly, then how can you reallly believe that you are a contender?
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We do have viable alternatives. Santiago is not a force at short. But he is a more productive player than Everett. Is he an answer or a possible pleasant surprise? I really don’t think so, but we have a better chance with him in there. Worth? I’d like to see what he could do given the opportunity. But realistically how many rookies can you have in your lineup, again, if you consider yourself a contender?
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Avila will come around and we will love his LHB. The nice thing about him is he looks like he has developed into a pretty decent defensive catcher and game caller. He absolutely needs to play more. Whether up here or in Toledo. Using him as Leyland is doing, is counter-productive and a dis-service to Avila. Incredible as it may seem, Alex is a full 2 YEARS younger than Brennan Boesch. He needs to be playing the game. Same age as Ajax. Bright future for the Tigers.
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2 unsung heroes for the Tigers this year. Ni and Bonine. They have stabilized a bullpen which looked compromised without Miner and Seay.
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There is no alternative at 3B this year. I have long been disappointed in Inge and feel he is over-rated and over-used. But I can see him playing a part on a contender. We are stuck with him on 3rd (and it could be much worse). But we are not stuck with Laird and Everett.
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Oddly enough there is trade value in the latter 2 players mentioned. There are teams that would want to shore up their defense. A new look for Laird might get him going a bit.
Others with trade value are Raburn, Kelly and Wilkin Ramirez.
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I also think Bonderman is worth keeping. His ability to come back from major surgery has really impressed considering the limited arsenal of pitch weapons he has. He is adapting and I din’t think he would be capable of that. He may even get better as he strengthens.
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In closing, Down with Bud Selig (and Drew Sharp).

BTW, Buckner and Willis are both pitching today.

I don’t get into trade talk so I won’t address that. Unfortunately, that leaves me stuck with the current roster. Laird and Everett? Straight platoon. Avila gets the bulk of playing time by starting against all RHers. He’s earned that with his work behind the dish. Everett against RHers but less so. Adam’s PT needs to go way down since there’s no replacement outside of trade. JL seems to be leaning that way unless I miss my guess. The only ONLY positive is that when Everett and Laird play, at least the defense doesn’t suffer.
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It looks like Dan and I are driving the “Damon for Leadoff” campaign bus. It’s a good idea.
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Note that Perry entered last night’s game in the 6th inning. It appears that JL wanted to get him out there in a less crucial situation but Ryan helped lose the game anyway. Without being able to control his fastball, Perry’s slider is worthless. I don’t know if it’s mechanics or what, but he needs be sent down to work on it if need be. If it’s a confidence thing, same solution.
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It also appears that JL tried to jumpstart Damon’s bat by putting him left. Not a bad idea if it works, but why not give Maggs a game at DH too? Boesch is a rightfielder by trade. Don’t just lose the kid in the DH hole.
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I’m not yet sure if we ARE a contender. And it’s June.
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Finally, Drew Sharp needs to stick to football. Enough opinions have been posted already. While everyone hacks out the instant replay thing, I don’t see anyone discussing my suggestion, and that is to put Galarraga in the record book with an asterisk. There’s no slippery slope there, and if it’s a precedent, it’s one we might see come into play 20 times in the NEXT 100+ years. I can’t think of a single reason why that can’t be done.
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–Rich

Millions of people watched, in living color, Armando pitch a perfect game. No asterisk is necessary.

Jim Joyce needs to resign. The only lesson I have learned from this whole fiasco is to say your sorry and cry and life goes on. Criminals don’t get a break like that and what he did was criminal.

Whoa pup—that’s harsh! Nice to see the emotional input though.
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Damon batting 3rd today. JL, does that make sense? More runners for him to strand?

I know I eventually will be proven wrong but Damon is stinkin’ the joint out. Those harmless one hoopers to the pitcher are getting very boring. I see he had 2 hits yesterday—I’m surprised because they sure won’t important enogh to be memorable.
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AJ could have been dropped to 3rd today. I will swear up and down to till the cows come home—I don’t think it is the best idea to heap the pressure of the leadoff role upon him. Not when you have Damon there that might thrive on the role.

Bad break thee with Ramon hitting one right back up the middle. Nice to see Avila coming around.
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Might be a fast game. Hocheaver looks tough.

Is it me or does AJ not get down the line as fast he he was earlier this year? Thee doesn’t seem to be a greater level of difficulty for infielders making a play on him as opposed to anybody else.
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Of course with 1st & 2nd and nobody out JL would not dare bunt with the enormous power potential of Brandon Inge. Of course he struck out.
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No runs for JV again. He must be getting pretty tired of this.
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We have to be one of the worst teams in baseball in successfully getting in the runner from 3rd with less than 2 out. I’d bet we are at the very bottom if not darn close.
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Horrible play by Santiago and now they have 2nd and 3rd with one out. Wanna bet they get the guy in?

My bad they had 2 out not 1.

With nobody on Damon is hitting .304 with RISP he is hitting .188
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Do you SEE this Leyland?

Sure wish we had a backup plan at 3rd.. 2 hits today vs Verlander could have been outs too. Inge made a poor throw and botched Butler’s 2 hopper

That K of Scotty Pods was very impressive. he murders the Tigrs usually.
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JV can’t afford to make any mistakes—too too often he is called upon to pitch games like this. You can’t shut this team out completley, middle of the lineup coming up for the Royals and this club (ours) has to tack on a couple here.
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For cryin’ oul loud Damon, do something this inning will ya?

Dontrelle has thrown 3 innings with no runs 3 BBs and 1 hit. Has a hit of his own to boot.

Well we sure needed those runs. Boesch getting that walk was huge as was MCab not giving away his AB. Guillen has seen the ball well at the plate all night and has stroked the ball very well today.
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Avila got robbed of his 3rd hit, vry nice play by Aviles.
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JV still in. Hope things go well for him, he deserves this one as he was willing to pitch to contact today and pulled it off quite nicley. I hope he can get himself a CG

shouldn’t they know out in the bullpen wether or not a guy is gonna be able to throw a strike?

Good game. I guess we’ll have to grind them all out. Good pitching on both sides, a nice HR by Cabrera, timely hits by the other guys. Hope Zoom is OK. And, in defense of Damon, he’s a professional hitter with a long, long track record. He’s in a little slump, but he’ll come out of it.

A win is a win. Actually, I would have enjoyed it more if we hadn’t been struggling recently. I kept waiting for a disaster that never happened. It turned out to be a good game.
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Hochevar was dealing. Good cutter. It seems that over the past couple of weeks, we’ve encountered starters with all their weapons working. That can’t continue……..can it?
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What I like most about Valverde is that he doesn’t seem to fall into the typical closer mentality. Doesn’t matter the inning, the score, or anything, he just is a very good pitcher no matter the circumstances. Someone wrote that going from Rodney to Valverde was akin to upgrading from a 56k modem to broadband. Good analogy.
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You get Avila, who can do some hitting, and Santiago, who can do some hitting, and the black hole at the bottom of the order gets some light shone on it. I’d like to stick with this predominantly for awhile and see how it goes. All of the offense tonight came from the 4-9 hitters. It even feels like there’s a better chance of winning when those two are in there. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team doesn’t get the same feeling.
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I didn’t see much of Dontrelle’s start but the numbers indicate that it was classic Willis. The NL hitters need to be patient. I did see a clip of him pitching out of a jam when the guy swung at a pitch up around his neck for strike three.
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–Rich

I’ll say this now (I tried to post when they brough him in and before he failed to do the job). I don’t have confidence in Coke. I think he will be OK but he just doesn’t ever truly dominate.
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Zumaya and his quirky injuries. The bullpen is in a little bit of a challenging situation now that Perry has shown he can’t be trusted. Zumaya injured (this is a recurring problem that finger). Coke and Thomas are not lights out. We have Valverde, Ni and Bonine going pretty good. They might be better off putting Zumaya on the 15 day DL if this is going to be an iffy situation. Not great timing but I’d rather see him get that thing fixed.
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JV had that darn trouble with hitters fouling off then the dreaded 2 strike base hit. Kendall is a scrappy guy and a good catcher. Must be nice to have a .300 hitting catcher in the lineup eh?
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JV expects a lot of himself. He is a pretty intense individual and we are very lucky to have him.
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Valverde saved our bacon today. It looked like things were pretty grim until he came in and got the DP ground ball that he wanted.
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I like Damon pup. But I think we have been seeing a veteran player on the downswing and not just in his 3rd slump of the season. I hope I am just being overly pessimistic. He is a character guy, a hustler, and a leader. Even if he doesn’t hit .300, steal 20 and score a hundred, he will still help with those attributes. But he ain’t helping much now.

Go Figure:
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Dontrelle wins and pitches pretty good.
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Meanwhile Buckner pitched 4 innings for Toledo today and gave up 8 runs on 14 hits.
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Sizemore is tearing things up in AAA. Big hitting streak going and he is hitting .380!
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No 3Bmen in the minors and Hessman is hitting .290 with 18 HRs for Buffalo.
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This thread is getting too long. Jason must be on vacation this weekend.
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Did anyone hear Keating pregame interview with JL?? Well he basically finally acknowledged that they are giving away too many innings at the bottom of the order, and that it is concerning him. Finally an acknowledgement, lets just hope he does something about it now.
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Does anyone else think that Inge isn’t getting to as many balls as he used too. I think he goes back and forward, but it seems to me he isn’t ranging left and right like he used to.??? Just me or does anyone else think that.
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I am going to start the I LOVE VALVERDE fan club. And I will add that to the GALARRAGA HAS A PERFECT GAME, club. I am getting sick of hearing certian announcers and media saying the “NEAR PERFECT GAME” NO jerk it is perfect game and I will always refer to it as that.
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GO TIGERS
GK
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Yes, gk, I’ve noticed that regarding Inge. After the surgery, I thought we might get an improved Inge, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, so far.

Sooner or later managment will be forced to realize that Inge’s athleticism, charm, character and work ethic all don’t add up to being a productive MLB 3rd bseman. He’s a great guy and has many fans (JL, being his biggest), but his range is limited. his BA is weak, his ability to bring in a runner from 3rd is poor and his strike-out ratio has been detiorating the las 4 years and he consistenly has years where his Ks outnumber his hits. 10 year veterans should improve this ratio not worsen it.
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Inge is on 3rd because MCab was more deficient there than expected. Guillen even played ahead of Brandon for a while. Tigers knew 3 years ago he was not an everyday player.
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Management has permitted Brandon to become a fixture at 3rd, almost entitled. Entitlement is not good. It sure wasn’t good in the case of Gary Sheffield, who in my opinion did impart a negative presence in the clubhouse. Inge obviously doesn’t do that. He is a gamer and I believe generally unselfish.
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That being said he could really help his team by shortening up on the bat and his swing. To forego the idea of blasting one to LF and learning how to make contact, move runners around, hit to right and become a tough out. We actually would benefit more from him reinventing himself more as a pest at the plate than a potential HR threat. Perhaps he can’t make that adjustment. I wish him well because he is a key factor in the success of this team.
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Sure wish JL would rethink the Damon/Jackson issue. Neither one of them is flourishing right now. A “swap” experiment might be just what both of them need.
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Jackson is doing well. Damon is showing why the Ys let him go

The umps sure have been a part of our lives lately.
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DeJesus was struck out-no question and the ump called it a ball.
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Bonderman (who needs to find a way to deal with this stuff), gets rattled and then creamed by the hitters.
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Down 3 zip and with Bannister going (well actually sometimes it doesn’t matter who’s going, does it?), we are going to have a long road back.
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The Damon mystery deepens. Throughout his lengthy career he sometimes looks really bad at the plate. Well sometimes is now becoming most times. It’s a concern.

Still has lest rbi than Inge.
Where is Perry? After an intent walk you are supposed to bring in a reliever. Perry was apt enough to allow the 2 run in excess

This blog is so active that Jason doesn’t have to do much to start a new thread, just throw out a topic and instructions to “discuss among yourselves.”
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I tuned in frequently to watch Dontrelle pitch. “Effectively wild,” as we are used to, but he gave up 0 runs. Singled his first at bat and scored the first run of the game. ironic, hey? That’s baseball. It was interesting to hear the announcers alternately worried about his control and incredulous about the shut out.
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With the number of errors the Tigers have, and the discussions here about Inge, Everett, etc., every time I see Adam Rosales of the A’s play, I think the Tigers need someone like THAT. Played 5 positions so far this year, 48 games, 0 errors, .280 average, 21 RBI. Always smiling, always hustling. Imagine if the Tigers had a back-up infielder and outfielder like that?
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Down 4-0 already? Ugh, so much for a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon vegetating watching the game. Stressed already.
It’s early so there’s plenty of time to come back.
– JP

CB Freaking Buckner and his strikezone are a bunch of crap.
As I always say if I could reach through the monitor and strangle the idiot I would. Those strikeouts to Boesch and Santiago were ridiculous.

I was excited to see our first lineup of the year without a person batting below .200 and yet they still can’t hit. Although I think that Buckners completely incompetent and tilted strikezone isn’t helping much either. God all I ask for is that it is the same and it isn’t even close

Damon LED OFF the 4th with a rare hit. Stole 2nd and scored.
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What was that we’ve been saying?

cant even watch this thing anymore

The Royals are having their way with us.
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BTW, we are going to see how good (or bad) Brad Thomas is pretty quickly. The role of the LHP middle reliever will really be emphasized now with a totally RHP rotation.
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When the Tiger team plays badl, they really stink don’t they?
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This is a team that can play just awful baseball against awful teams.

Even the game we won was poorly played.
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The prevalent losing theme on the team right now is even beyond the blame of Leyland. These guys have lost belief in themselves. It is written all over them.
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Evererett dfa while they keep Raburn and Avila remains in MLB. Wrong move

Danny going back to AAA and getting reaquainted with SS meant Adam’s days were always numbered. Ramon is always the reliable backup who can at least draw a walk and get on base.
Apart from the leadoff issue and giving Kelly a bit more playing time, JL has tinkered with the lineup reasonably well this season.

Of course it needed to happen, but it’s still sad to see Everett let go. He was one of the nicest Tigers I’ve had the chance to meet.
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I hope he’s given a chance somewhere else and is able to get it together at the plate.
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I suppose we’ve seen the first and last suicide squeeze of the season.
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Tracey

Adam would do better in the NL. He’d be handy for double switches and every pitcher his team saw wouldn’t look like the second coming of Cy Young.
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We’ve got another one coming on Tuesday. Gavin Floyd is having a lousy season but he’s shut us down everytime in the past. Sometimes it seems a miracle the Tigers ever win a game. They have trouble with Chicago, they have trouble with Minnesota, they have trouble with KC. That leaves Cleveland. You don’t win anything beating up on only one division opponent. It’s really beginning to look like this just isn’t a very good team.
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If the trend is towards the future, we may as well change managers. No point in waiting for a new season to find out if a candidate’s got what it takes. If things don’t improve, it would be a good time to test someone out. I’ll have to add, I suspect JL might be a big part of the problem. As good a guy as he is, his Detroit teams have repeated the same performances for five years now. The players change, but nothing else does. Like I said the other day, the only thing that has stopped these funks in the past is the end of the season. That’s four months away.
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Bonderman didn’t have his slider or good 2-seamer today, which doesn’t leave him much to work with. JL said he didn’t have it. Did it not occur to him to take Bonderman out of the game???
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–Rich

Best of Luck to Everett. Someone will likely take a shot at him.
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Wonder if this will wake up a couple of other guys?
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Santiago, Laird, Inge and Raburn should be taking notice.
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Ramon has done a decent job in covering for Everett and he does little things that at least keep a game interesting, but the writing is on the wall for him as a regular becasue of his track record as a utility guy and also as having JL convinced he can’t play short on a regular basis.
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Leyland will be running a rookie laden team out there and when Guillen gets injured again he will call up Sizemore as well.
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Avila, Boesch, Jackson, Worth.
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I expect Avila and Worth will hit 8th and 9th respectively.
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We’re getting very close to the revelation that the club doesn’t have the tools to compete this year. This won’t be the last of the makeover.
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Well I will remember Adam for his sure glove and the clutch hits he had last year – and he did have them. I think that Rich is right he is suited better for the NL.
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Now regarding Ramone while he was better than Everett this year, has anybody looked at his number in the last month or so in which he has played a bit more?? Well his numbers are taking a bit of a dive. He has had 75 AB’s since May 1 – he has 15 hits and 11 walks and his batter average has hovered around 240. Maybe they have always been right he wears down working full time? I don’t know just a thought.
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The rea fact of the matter in my opinion is that this team just isn’t nearly consistent enough. Even Cabrera had bad day yesterday. What is it about these high ERA pitchers that just seem to send the Tigers hitters into tail spin?? Why is it that every team they play seems to be able to get some runs off of them EXCEPT the Tigers??? I actually wonder if it is McClendon that needs to go and not Leyland because this is a continuing problem.
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Glad there is a day off today.
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GK

2006 was a miracle season. The players did it with a little help from the manager. What has JL done since? What happened to Don Slaught? He was the video master of teaching to hit. Keep Brookens and let him hire a coaching staff. We beat Boston and NY. Why? Because we had good pitching. We need to hit. Our team is boring. I read that someone could not watch anymore of a certain game. I get the same way. There is so much to do this time of year, I check on the game and then try to watch the end. Got great seats for Sunday. Maybe I will get to see Dave Parker in the stands. I think I will get to see Armando pitch in person for the second time this year. Go Tigers 2010! –Dave

Worth was pretty loose last time he was up. It will be much more of a test of his mettle this time as there will be a certain amount of pressure that wasn’t there before.
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Sizemore is tearing things up at Toledo. We could have a rookie laden middle of the field this year with Worth, Sizemore, AJ and Avila. Doesn’t bode well for W-L this year but does show future promise. The brass can’t be all wet on Sizemore.
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I believe the next to go will be Raburn. He is languishing and has trade value because of his utility value and potential long ball swing. I still see the guy as a 3rd baseman. He has a good arm and a pretty good reflexes. He can be taught.
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Leyland will go the wall with Laird.
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It’s a shame that management plays some of these guys into oblivion. (That’s the point where results + salary committment diminsh trade value to nil). Can’t they see the writing on the wall before things deteriorate so far they have to be DFA’d?.
I’d be pretty unhappy about this if I were Mike Illitch.
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Well, in an article I read the other day, offense is down across both leagues. Pitching is ruling these days.
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Just watched “imperfect perfect” on MLB Network. They had a special showing of Armando’s game. They are also advertising a special coming up called “Pitcher Perfect” and will show parts of the “20” perfect games that have taken place in MLB.

It’s a real drag having such a bleak outlook so early in the season. Hopefully we’ll look back on this in a few weeks and say that “rumors of the Tigers’ demise were greatly exaggerated” to paraphrase Mark Twain. It’s just that I’ve never seen this club snap out of one of these spells.
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I’m not sure if McLendon or any major league hitting coach has much to do with the way a club hits overall. I am pretty sure that Lloyd ain’t goin’ till Leyland does. That Pittsburgh mafia is a tight knit group.
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We don’t get anything in return for the guys we cut loose. Play them into oblivion, as Dan aptly puts it. I predict Inge will fall into the same category when his time comes. One could make a team of guys we’ve let go for free, and it wouldn’t be a bad ballclub. Perhaps a .500 team. Before the trade deadline became such a media event, you might have seen trades being made at this point in the season. In fact, I remember when the deadline was June 15. Now everyone wants to wait till the deadline just like shoppers on Christmas Eve, looking for that big bargain.
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One thing is for sure. When this club’s hitting goes stagnant, they’re barely worth watching. We do nothing exciting on the field when we don’t hit. Not a darned thing.
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Damon for leadoff. Vote early, vote often.
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–Rich

Yes, that’s how many of us feel right now: bleak. We just don’t know with this team if they really want to win. They don’t look like it to me at this point in the season.

Hopefully, these players making millions of dollars over the years will have put some aside because you just don’t know how long you’ll last in the majors. We expect more for our money.

Honestly, I’m starting to worry, Beck has been gone so long. It seem like he would have told us if was taking some vacation. Hopefully, everything is OK.

I see what you are saying about a hitting coach not affecting the entire team usually, but they obviously have value or they wouldn’t exist. And I don’t see McClendon having any value to ANYONE on the team. Firing the hitting coach would be a wake up call to the players and to Leyland that giveaway at bats will not be tolerated. The Everett release will not shake up anyone on the team. The energy of another rookie coming up might. But unlikely, considering the vets aren’t getting anything done even with the exciting energy of AJax and Boesch. Regardless, Worth will be an improvement over Everett even if he hits 220 with 15 rbi the rest of the year. EVerett wasn’t playing good defense either.

Funny week in baseball. GMan’s excellence spoilt by officialdom. Humanity though brightly shone through. through.
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In the 1B count, Teixera is currently in 2nd place behind Morneau, 271,000 votes ahead of Miggs with 660,000 votes. It is comical that the All-Star event receives any credibility. But then the media is in the sports pockets anyway as they all have vested interests squeezing a buck from the fans.

I’ve been waiting for Beck to start a new blog myself. I wanted to share with all of you something in our local paper here in Illinois but was afraid it would get lost after 120 comments. Look up saukvalley.com, sports section for Saturday, June 5, the column by Will Larkin entitled “What would Armando do?” You may especially like the comment about the Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson. Not everyone here in Illinois thinks Harrelson is very good, including me.

What Would Armando Do? Well, he’d actually be able to let the umpire view the play on their handhelds or all 10 views from a computer on the field. But since only the fans have privy to that technology, he lets the facts speak for themselves. There’s nothing else he can do.

Illinois fan – I saw your post, and that is a really nice article. If nothing else, last week’s mistake has stirred up a lot of conversation and highlighted a part of the game that is lacking at times – sportsmanship. Armando’s reaction was amazing, and even he might not be sure how he handled it so well, but he did and he should be thanked a million times over for providing a great teaching tool for coaches out there right now.

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