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Tigers fire pitching coach Knapp

Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 5:02 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Tigers have fired pitching coach Rick Knapp and replaced him with Jeff Jones, the team announced after its victory over San Francisco on Sunday.

Knapp had served as the Tigers' pitching coach since the 2009 season. Jones has been the team's bullpen coach since the 2007 season. Mike Rojas will join the team as bullpen coach.

This is Jones' first job as a big-league pitching coach. 

The Tigers entered Sunday's game 12th out of 14 American League teams with a 4.41 ERA, which was helped by Justin Verlander's 2.32 ERA. Beyond Verlander, no other Tigers starter owns an ERA better than Brad Penny's 4.43.

This is the third pitching coach change of the season. Houston fired Brad Arnsberg and Mark Connor resigned in Baltimore because of health reasons.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:04 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:39 am

Tigers fire pitching coach Knapp

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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 6:15 pm

Tigers fire pitching coach Knapp

It has certainly been a bad week for the Tiger's starters but I have been concerned about the relief staff for years.   Why Benoit and All-star Valverde need to put runners on before setttling down might be lack of preperation.  Which I guess could be laid at Knapp's feet.   Now Leyland need to learn how to manage a staff in the American League.  I am not sure that he is good at that.

Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2011 5:56 pm

Tigers fire pitching coach Knapp

Hardly a scapegoat, the numbers don't lie and it's not likely to get any worse. It's a shame that 2 of the leagues best hitters and the best pitcher in baseball are marooned on the deserted island that is the Tigers franchise. If the number of playoff teams expanded to 10 teams the Tigers would be in every year, but until that happens they will be forced to waste away great talent year after year.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 5:45 pm

Tigers fire pitching coach Knapp

If all else fails, scapegoat the pitching coach.  Great work.

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