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Notes from Gerald Laird conference call

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

Posted by on December 8, 2008.

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19 Responses

  1. Laird now Everett

    Wood then Putz

    by David on Dec 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm

  2. “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.

    by Smoking Loon on Dec 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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

    by stephen on Dec 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm

  4. 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.

    by Chris in Dallas on Dec 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm

  5. 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.

    by Dave BW on Dec 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm

  6. 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…

    by Coleman on Dec 9, 2008 at 3:25 am

  7. 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.

    by rings on Dec 9, 2008 at 9:35 am

  8. 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

    by Chris in Dallas on Dec 9, 2008 at 12:12 pm

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

    by greg on Dec 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm

  10. 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.

    by Dave BW on Dec 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm

  11. 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.

    by Smoking Loon on Dec 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Dec 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm

  13. 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.

    by Smoking Loon on Dec 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

  14. He’s a loose cannon!

    by Dave BW on Dec 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm

  15. 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.

    by Chris in Dallas on Dec 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm

  16. Anagrams are back!

    by Smoking Loon on Dec 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm

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

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

    by Smoking Loon on Dec 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Dec 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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

    who are we gonna get to play the 3 now?

    by Mark in Chicago on Dec 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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