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Pudge nears the end in Detroit

Posted on: June 9, 2008 6:10 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2008 6:12 pm
 

Pudge Rodriguez seemed done with the Tigers last year, but owner Mike Ilitch went against the advice of many of his baseball people and picked up Rodriguez's $13 million option, explaining to them that Rodriguez meant too much to the team to let him go.

Now it seems safe to say that Rodriguez really is on the way out.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced today that he'll start alternating Rodriguez and Brandon Inge behind the plate. The reason is obvious: Rodriguez is 4-for-35 (.114) with no extra-base hits in his last 11 games. Leyland said that he wants to "keep (Rodriguez) fresher," and also that he wants to find out how Inge will do with more regular work behind the plate.

Rodriguez's reaction?

"I still think I can do it," he said. "I don't know if they think I can. I believe in myself."

Rodriguez is 36, but believes he can catch until he's 40. Had the Tigers not picked up his contract option last fall, he believed he would get at least a three-year contract, possibly with the Mets. Now it seems clearer than ever that he'll be headed elsewhere this fall -- if not before then.

If the Tigers fall completely out of the race in the American League Central, it's safe to assume that they would look to trade Rodriguez next month. It's harder to imagine the Tigers trading Rodriguez if they don't fall out of the race, because it would leave them with Inge as their only catcher with significant big-league experience.

The Tigers do need to find out whether Inge can be their everyday catcher next year. He has gone back and forth on his willingness to catch, but recently he has said he wants to do it.

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Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 2:37 pm
 

Pudge nears the end in Detroit

Pudge was certainly one of the top three, if not the first, catchers of all time.  Every era has its problems.  Prior to Jackie Robinson records should be denoted for the lack of inclusion of all great players, with people of any color other than white making the talent pool a farce.  In the sixties and seventies there were people doing amphetamines like candy.  That would cast shadows over the likes of Berra and Bench, because there is as much tangible evidence that they were amphetamine users as there is that Rodriguez was a steroid user.  I watched both Bench and Rodriguez play, and Bench was not as good defensively as Rodriguez.  Bench could not maintain his defensive prowress for ten years, let alone the 17 that Rodriguez has caught.  Munson was nowhere as good as Rodriguez, he had a handful of good years and a number of less than great years.  To list the greatest catchers of all time I think the single most important criteria is defensive, because that is the no. 1 priorty of catchers.  To those who say that Pudge is not able to call a good game, that comes from ignorance and intolerance.  It is the old sterotype that a latin player can't think the game as good as a caucasian, and of course that is just plain stupid.  Rodriguez has been roundly praised for both his handling of the Marlins young staff in 1997 and the Tigers in 2006, so those questions can be ignored by any one with an open mind.  The questions of steroid use are more complex, and may just depend on who your loyalties are with.  shold Mark McGuire be excluded, and his records forfeited because we think he took steroids?  Should Albert Pujols or Alex Rodriguez be consdered frauds because thier names have also been associated, fairly or not, with steroid use?  What we can do is look at each accomplishment in the era it was acheived and then appreciate it in the context it was accomplished.    The three greatest catchers of all time?  Overall I would have to say Rodriguez, Bench and Berra.  Defensively I would have to say Rodriguez, Boone (Bob), and Bench.  Offensively I would have to go with Piazza, Bench and Carter.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:47 pm
 

Pudge nears the end in Detroit

Thurman Munson 2nd?  No way.  I would put Piazza at number 2.  He can hit for power and play good defense. 


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Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 12:41 pm
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