Wednesday, July 28, 2010

There is no excuse for the Tigers putting minor league players in major league games

Count me among those who have given the Tigers' organization much credit this year for doing a good job of procuring minor league talent. It does speak well of general manager Dave Dombrowski and his staff that when the Tigers have brought up players from the minor leagues this season, they have generally shown they understand how to play the game.
But having said that, Dombrowski is clearly overplaying that card in recent days. These aren’t 4A players the Tigers are relying on in recent games, but Triple A players.
I'm talking about Brennan Boesch or Danny Worth or Alex Avila, but more Jeff Larish, Will Rhymes and Scott Sizemore.
And there is no excuse for putting minor league players in major league games. Not when you are two games out heading on a road trip to Tampa Bay and Boston.
Here’s a list of veteran players, granted flawed in one way or another, but who would have given the Tigers a much better chance of winning the last few days when they’ve been essentially the Detroit Mud Hens and given away games.
None are on contending teams. None would cost the Tigers virtually anything in terms of prospects.
Jim Edmonds, Geoff Blum, Adam Kennedy, Jason Michaels.

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Blogger Core Contrarian said...

First base side scream "Mud".

Third base side scream "Hens".

Don't forget the Tofts Ice Cream strikeout player of the game.

Sunday is "Kids Run the Bases" day at Fifth Third Field!

3:13 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Core Contrarian,
Decidedly sarcastic, but well said.

5:28 PM 
Blogger Rick Heitmeyer said...

You are not kidding. This Detroit Mud Hen crew is pitiful.

9:30 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Rick Heitmeyer,
I covered the Tigers as a beat writer the last 10 years Sparky Anderson managed and he'd refuse to put guys who clearly belonged in teh minor leagues on the club.

12:48 PM 

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