After a couple of weeks of, I’m charged up and ready to go. Thanks for sticking around.
He also spoke about taking walks saying:
“I’m aggressive,” he continued. “I’ve been in baseball 15 years and I’m going to continue being aggressive. I’m going to walk (when?), but for me to get a walk, that’s a hard thing to do because I’m a very aggressive hitter. I hit the ball hard pretty much all the time because I’m aggressive. If I go over there to just take walks, I might not produce the way I can produce.”
I have no problem with Pudge being agressive, but he is sporting an OBA under .300 (and inexplicably has been holding down the #3 spot in the order). He is swinging at pitches that he can’t hit hard and making more outs in the process. His power numbers are down a little bit, and some regression isn’t expected out of a catcher at this point in his career. It’s the fact that his OBA is 50 points lower than his career average that is most troubling.
He went on to bash the bullpen trades, which is really old news at this point. The Tigers problem isn’t the lack of a closer – although with the trades the talent in the bullpen has been depleted making it tougher to get to the closer.
What I would have really liked to have seen is for Rodriguez to take some the responsibility. His offensive performance has been below his standards – and below what the team needs him to contribute. I’m not going to bring up his contract and say he’s not worth what they are paying him, because not a lot can be done about that. But if he wants out because he wants to win, maybe he should have taken a one or two year deal from a team that was closer to contention. The Tigers made a serious effort to add talent last year, and they did manage some upgrades. But they also are still in a position to have to overpay for guys who don’t view this as a great destination.
I want Pudge back next year, and the Tigers need him back. Even at his lower performance this year, they’d be hard pressed to find a better backstop. I’d just like to see Rodriguez share some of the responsiblity.
Well, USS Mariner took a look at all major league teams to find out how they fared in keeping pitchers healthy. Here is the link to the summary, and here is the link to the Tigers page. It turns out that the Tigers are actually in the middle of the pack according to this research with 22% of pitching prospects from 1995-2004 suffereing a major arm injury.
While I think he missed a couple surgeries (Henkel in particular) the research is pretty impressive. It also showed that the A’s pitching prospects never get injured, and Mariner prospects are most likely to be injured.
Also, credit goes out to Placido Polanco, Chris Shelton, and Curtis Granderson who spent quite a bit of time signing right before the game. I understand that players get pestered all the time, and they get put in a tough spot. I’ve seen fans yell at players after they spent ten minutes signing, just because they didn’t get their piece signed. But it is so much fun to see guys that appreciate the fact they are professional baseball players.