Notes from Gerald Laird conference call

Paraphrasing some comments from Gerald Laird during his conference call today:

  • Thoughts on the Tigers pitchers: looking forward to being on the same side as Verlander, Bonderman and other guys and catching them instead of hitting them.
  • Doesn’t really know the guys on the team that well aside from playing against them
  • Comerica is a great hitting park
  • Jimmy Leyland is one of the greatest managers in the game. Excited to pick his brain and learn.
  • Excited to play everyday. Was very frustrating in Texas not knowing whether or not he was the guy. He’s looking forward to relaxing and not looking over his shoulder.
  • Looks forward to working with a stable rotation – there was a lot of flux in Texas
  • He started getting text messages while at the Arizona Cardinal game and found out later that night
  • His priority is to get the most out of the staff and throwing guys out and making plays at the plate. The bulk of his preparation is defensive game calling.

19 Comments

  1. David

    December 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Laird now Everett

    Wood then Putz

  2. Smoking Loon

    December 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    “He’s looking forward to relaxing and not looking over his shoulder.”

    Understandable, but I hope Ryan will make him look over his shoulder, beginning in the spring.

  3. stephen

    December 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Isn’t Comerica considered a great pitchers’ park? I’d only be concerned about this knowledge gap if Laird was a catcher. Oh, wait.

  4. Chris in Dallas

    December 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    CoPa has actually been more favorable to hitters in recent years (102 park factor according to baseball-reference.com). Whether this has to do with the Tigers having better hitters on the roster these days is unknown.

  5. Dave BW

    December 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Yeah, it’s one of the bizarre flukes of the last few years. Everyone is hitting better in Comerica now, both home and away teams. Hmm… considering our recent rosters, perhaps it’s not all that bizarre.

  6. Coleman

    December 9, 2008 at 3:25 am

    Smoking Lunatique: “He’s looking forward to relaxing and not looking over his shoulder.”
    Understandable, but I hope Ryan will make him look over his shoulder, beginning in the spring

    Looking over one’s shoulder is generally a bad sign whilst catching and probably either means that Angel Hernandez is the home plate umpire or that the Tigers have been forced to use Dontrelle Willis in the rotation…

  7. rings

    December 9, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Its a good hitters park, especially for guys like him (he had no power in Texas and he’ll never homer at the Copa), because there’s more open space to hit into and the batter’s eye and backdrop is HUGE, making it easier to see the ball.

  8. Chris in Dallas

    December 9, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    FWIW, my man Keith Law was mildly critical of the Tigers in this deal, seeming to think that the 17 year old kid has tremendous upside potential. I must respectfully disagree. He’s a minimum of 4 years from making any kind of impact, and Gerald Laird will be a distant memory by that point.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....=law_keith

  9. greg

    December 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    If Keith Law is critical, that’s probably good news for the Tigers.

  10. Dave BW

    December 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Keith’s right — we totally should have picked up Zaun or Varitek for the sake of a seventeen year old who may or may not contribute in four to eight years.

  11. Smoking Loon

    December 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    From now on, we must refer to Laird as the catcher acquired in the Carlos Melo deal. I’m looking forward to 2009 parodies of the hand-wringing over JJurrjjens every time Laird disappoints.

  12. Dave BW

    December 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    He’s disappointed me already. Did you know that Melo has thrown more pitches professionally at seventeen than Laird has at 29??

  13. Smoking Loon

    December 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Shocking. Although it could be argued that Laird has simply been pitching from a different direction. He does things his way, and I like that.

  14. Dave BW

    December 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    He’s a loose cannon!

  15. Chris in Dallas

    December 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Added bonus – Laird has been known to play a mean 3B should the need arise. He’s versatile, I tells ya. He’ll also help Miguel Cabrera. How, you ask? Well with Gil’s on again/off again weight issues, having a guy whose name anagrams into A Lard Girdle can only be beneficial.

  16. Smoking Loon

    December 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Anagrams are back!

  17. Smoking Loon

    December 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    “Looking over one’s shoulder is generally a bad sign whilst catching”

    We’ve missed you, Coleman. Well, I’ve missed you, anyway.

  18. Dave BW

    December 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I’m pretty sure Inge was looking backwards at least half the time whilst catching last year.

  19. Mark in Chicago

    December 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Wait, the Tigers traded Carmelo Anthony? I didn’t even know they had him.

    who are we gonna get to play the 3 now?