Tag:Jim Leyland
Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: February 15, 2011 10:10 am

Morning Pepper: Plush digs in Arizona

Welcome to Morning Pepper, a roudup of news and notes from around baseball.

* Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz tweeted this photo of the team's workout room at the newest spring training facility, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Man, that place needs a nickname immediately. Anyway, the facility isn't too shabby, as you can see in this video tour with the Denver Post.

* Albert Pujols went to high school and college in Kansas City and has ties there. You don't suppose ... no, not going to happen.

* A look at the tie Stan Musial will wear today when he receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom (it seems the Cardinals are missing a good chance to at the very least make some money by selling those ties -- I'd buy one)

* The great Joe Posnanski on the most interesting winners of Gold Gloves

* Daniel Bard, who bears a strong resemblance to one of the guys in Lady Antebellum, reflects on his "Grammy win" and whether he might have to give up baseball for music.

* Grady Sizemore still shooting for opening day.

* Don't expect a quick answer to the Yankees' rotation.

* Jim Leyland looks at Patrick Leyland as a player in camp, not a son.

* Kerry Wood: I started with the Cubs, I want to end here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans and David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 1:16 pm

Tigers making big decisions on 2011

Johnny Damon I'm sure Red Sox fans will be happy to hear Johnny Damon will be available this offseason.

Damon turned down a trade to the Red Sox in August because he liked Detroit so much and wanted to stay there. Apparently the Tigers think that's mighty nice, but he can move on along now.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski talked to reporters (via Steve Kornacki of MLive.com ) before Sunday's season-finale in Baltimore and said the team wouldn't bring back Damon, catcher Gerald Laird or starter Jeremy Bonderman, although Bonderman could be invited to spring training if he doesn't find another home.

The team will also decline their $15 million option on outfielder Magglio Ordonez, Dombrowski said, but would like to bring him back at a more team-friendly price.

As for those staying, the team has offered third baseman Brandon Inge a multi-year contract and may pick up shortstop Jhonny Peralta's $7.25 million option.

Dombrowski said the team will be looking to add a middle of the order "RBI threat" with the $70.1 million coming off the team's books.

Also, manager Jim Leyland told reporters (via the Detroit Free Press ' John Lowe ) that left-hander Phil Coke will be moved from the bullpen to the rotation.

"We need a left-hander in the rotation," Leyland said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 5:40 pm

Cabrera sidelined with ankle injury

Miguel Cabrera The Tigers aren't shutting down Miguel Cabrera -- yet.

Detroit's first baseman was on crutches Tuesday and out of the lineup for the Tigers' game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

"He's not too good," manager Jim Leyland told reporters before the game. "He's hurting. He has a pretty good ankle sprain. I'm not expecting too much too soon, by any means."

Cabrera may have to rest his case for the American League MVP with his .328/.420/.622 line with 38 homers and 126 RBI. If so, that's not too bad. He leads the league in runs (111), RBI (126), OBP, OPS+ (180), total bases (341) and intentional walks (32).

Cabrera hurt his ankle Monday night when Indians catcher Luke Carlin made a pickoff throw to first and he went back to the bag awkwardly.

"I'm not a fast man. I don't know what he was thinking. I was shocked," Cabrera told MLive.com's Steve Kornacki . "I was shocked. Nobody expected that. … That's the first time anyone has thrown over like that on me. Look at me, I'm 260 [pounds]."

Cabrera says he'll take it day-by-day, but at this point of the season it's utter madness to risk Cabrera doing any further damage to his ankle by going out and playing.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 12:59 pm

Leyland happy with Tigers' fight

Armando Galarraga Armando Galarraga was the guy that was able to keep his cool as history was ripped away from him in one of baseball's all-time worst calls. On Sunday, he wasn't quite so reserved, getting into a dugout scrap with both of the team's catchers in the second inning.

Manager Jim Leyland had no concerns about his starter getting into it with Alex Avila and Gerald Laird.

"I kind of liked it," Leyland told the Detroit News . "When you're a pitcher and a catcher, every now and then you get your signals crossed."

The three players pretty much said the same thing, despite Laird nearly throwing a punch before teammates separated him and Galarraga. The spat started with Galarraga and Avila arguing and then Laird jumping into the fray.

"Just a misunderstanding," Galarraga said.

Said Avila. "We're both competing and things got a little heated. There were a few things in there, and not soley that [there were disagreements on pitches called]. It was a big deal at the moment, but it just got a little out of hand for a moment. It was just a heated conversation. It was probably a little out of character for both of us."

Laird said he was just standing up for the younger Avila.

"Alex being young, I didn't think it was right [for Galarraga] to jump on him," Laird said. "Galarraga was just int he heat of the moment and just kind of got carried away."

He also added: "We've got a bunch of athletes here who are competing. This might be the spark to get us going."

Galarraga was able to keep his cool on the mound until the fifth inning, giving up three runs and the Tigers' lead. But the Tigers were able to come back against the White Sox's bullpen and beat Chicago 13-8.

The Tigers are 10 1/2 games behind the Twins in the American League Central and 14 games out of the wild card, so any chances of this being the "spark" that leads to the playoffs are remote.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:49 am

Another ump admits he blew call vs. Tigers

Jim Leyland In what is becoming a trend, an umpire admitted to Tigers manager Jim Leyland that he missed a call.

Earlier this year it cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game, Saturday it may have cost the Tigers a victory. Leyland called Gary Cederstrom following Saturday's game-ending called third strike on a full count with bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

Replays showed Peter Moylan's pitch to Johnny Damon was well wide of the strike zone.

Leyland talked to reporters before Sunday's game with the Braves and according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News said: "You can't complain about yesterday's breakfast. But I called him after the game and I just said, 'I hope you take a look at the pitch.' He said, 'Well, I kicked it.' I knew that when it happened but watching the replay on television, it was brutal. It's not acceptable, especially in that situation. It's just not acceptable."

Following Saturday's game, Cederstrom told a pool reporter from the Detroit Free Press that he knew he missed the call immediately.

"It was a sweeping pitch, going away from Damon," Cederstrom said. "It looked good coming in, then broke late."

The umpire added: "My timing was fast. Whenever you have fast timing as an umpire, you usually get in trouble."

UPDATE: Leyland was ejected in the fourth inning of Sunday's game for arguing a call at first base. Umpire Fieldin Culbreth called out Justin Verlander at first to complete a double play and Leyland went out to argue the call and was ejected. Cederstrom was at third base and stepped between Leyland and Culbreth before walking back to the dugout with Leyland and Leyland seemed to be giving Cederstrom a piece of his mind, as well.

Replays seemed to show that, once again, the umpires missed a call against the Tigers -- atlhtough, of the three, this one was the closest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 7:13 pm

Porcello to skip next start

The sophomore slump is in full effect for Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, who will skip his next scheduled start -- Tuesday against the Nationals, the Detroit News reports .

The Tigers are off on Monday, so no other change to the rotation will be needed. Porcello will start next Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Porcello is 4-6 with a 6.09 and has struggled with his sinker.

"We have to get the sinker back. We have to go one step at a time, and that's the first step," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We have to try and slow him down. With men on base, he wants to know the result before he throws a pitch. He just gets out there too quick."
Porcello was third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting last season when he went 14-9 with a 3.96 ERA.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 10, 2010 1:11 am

Tigers place Perry on DL

The Tigers placed right-handed reliever Ryan Perry on the 15-day disabled list with bicipital tendonitis in his right shoulder and called up right-hander Enrique Gonzalez.

Perry threw a bullpen on Wednesday, but felt pain in his shoulder and was shut down, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck .

"His control has not been good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters. "And normally when you see a guy that had real good control early in the season all of a sudden kind of lost that control, there's usually a red flag there. There's usually a message there that something's not quite right."

Gonzalez, 29, was 4-5 with a 3.46 ERA as a starter for Triple-A Toledo.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Familiar surnames in draft

Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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