Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday Morning Manager

(my weekly take on the Tigers)

Last Week: 1-5
This Week: (5/20-22: SEA; 5/23-25: MIN)

Oh, to be a fly on the wall. Assuming that flies have great hearing; they must, for all the times people have wanted to be them.

Today manager Jim Leyland is set to meet with GM Dave Dombrowski. They have, in Leyland's words "issues" to discuss. Lots of them. The kind that normally befells teams with the worst record in their league, which the Tigers possess at 17-27.

The speculation is that some of the issues will be Dontrelle Willis (what to do with him and Armando Galarraga now that the former's minor league rehab stint is over with); Gary Sheffield (like, should we buy him out?); and Miguel Cabrera ($150 million for WHAT?).

These may be on the agenda, along with others. Regardless of what is actually talked about, wouldn't you just die to get your hands on the transcript?

Last week I wrote that the Tigers were burning through their bag of tricks like a teenager through his allowance. Players have switched positions -- both on the field and in the batting order. The manager has yelled. The manager has gently prodded. Rookies have been called up. Rookies have been sent down. Veterans have been cut. Veterans have been put into the field, then removed. Socks have been worn high. Now this -- a tete-a-tete between the manager and the GM, on the team's off day, no less.

And it's only May 19, folks.

Of course, the calendar is both a blessing and a curse. The good news is that there are still 118 games to be played. The bad news? That there are still 118 games to be played. Depends on how you look at it.

Me? I'm still holding on to my pathetic little 2007 Yankees example. You know, how the Yanks started 21-29 but still came roaring back to claim a playoff spot -- at the Tigers' expense. So if the Tigers can go 4-2 this week, they'll match that 21-29 start, and all will be OK.

Somehow I doubt that Leyland is going to try to sell that to his boss today.



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