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Managing & Strategy

Tigers extend Jim Leyland

19.06.2009 45 comments

The Tigers today announced the extension of Jim Leyland’s contract through the 2011 season. “We are happy to announce a two-year contract extension for Jim Leyland today,” Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. “Jim is an outstanding manager and he has done a great job for the Tigers.  We look […]

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Edwin Jackson’s 132 pitches

21.05.2009 26 comments

Edwin Jackson threw 132 pitches to help the Tigers complete a sweep of the Texas Rangers. Pitch counts and the hubbub around them are fodder for controversy. I tend to favor caution in these scenarios but am willing to consider each game on an individual basis. Who was the pitcher? What was the game state? Is there an off day coming up? How much rest is he pitching on? What is the pitcher’s injury history? And on and on. I don’t think there is a simple answer to the right number of pitches, but today Jim Leyland left Edwin Jackson in too long. I worry if this is going to be a pattern in 2009.

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Rotation shuffle

14.04.2009 6 comments

With today’s rain out, the Tigers have changed their rotation, or have they demoted Zach Miner to the bullpen? The two different stories have a different feel to be sure. First though, the upcoming pitchers are: Galarraga, Verlander, Jackson, Porcello. That’s what we know for sure. The Tigers are effectively skipping Rick Porcello this turn […]

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The one about the bullpen last night

08.04.2009 13 comments

Gut wrenching losses are good fodder for second guessing (and page views). My thoughts and perspective on what happened last night (some of these may sound like a defense of decisions made or not made, that’s not necessarily the intent). 1. Why take out Edwin Jackson, he was pitching awesome? Edwin Jackson had been pitching […]

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Oh those intentional base on balls

29.01.2009 13 comments

The Tigers struggled with walks in 2008. This is well documented and fairly obvious with the Tigers issuing more walks than every team other than Texas. It resulted in Chuck Hernandez losing his job and the Tigers bringing in a coach who built his reputation on pounding the strike zone. But a significant chunk of […]

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Tigers name Rick Knapp pitching coach

17.10.2008 71 comments

The Tigers found their pitching coach, and they poached him from the Twins. He is Rick Knapp and he’s served as the minor league pitching coordinator for the last 12 years in the Minnesota organization. I really like this move. The Twins have a tradition of producing striking throwing machines on a regular basis, and […]

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Either Jim Leyland forgot to pack his razor…

16.10.2008 9 comments

…when he left for Lakeland. Or he’s going with a new look. A beard and no Roger DeWitt (Yeah, it’s been a long week and I don’t have any analysis to post yet).

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More candid talk from the top, Leyland speaks

01.10.2008 56 comments

Manager Jim Leyland was on Mitch Albom’s show and the Free Press has the transcript in 3 parts. The links to all follow, but here are some highlights and my comments. If I was looking at the two major culprits and without pointing fingers and necessarily individuals, the two major culprits were the pitching and […]

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Position roulette, Inge and Guillen edition

28.09.2008 41 comments

I was hoping to have a chance to run some numbers, but until I do I figured it was worth posting that Inge will play third and Guillen left field next season. I won’t completely pass judgment until I can do the math on this, but for the moment I’m thinking this doesn’t actually help […]

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Dombrowski says Leyland will be back

24.09.2008 57 comments

Dave Dombrowski told Lynn Henning and the Detroit News that Jim Leyland will be managing the Tigers next year. Seeing as this wasn’t a sound bite, it’s tough to get a flavor for how ringing the endorsement was given this is the quote that Henning had: “Yes, oh yeah,” Dombrowski said when asked if Leyland […]

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This new lineup isn’t a temporary thing

14.08.2008 28 comments

The last 2 games have featured Magglio Ordonez hitting 3rd and Miguel Cabrera hitting clean-up. That’s going to last awhile, like into next season. I don’t think lineups make a huge difference, but it never felt right having a hitter like Cabrera batting below the clean-up spot. And with Leyland not liking to shuffle guys, […]

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Leyland abuses Verlander’s arm for no good reason

07.08.2008 128 comments

Jim Leyland before the game: Zumaya’s right shoulder remains a point of concern. Leyland said Zumaya reported “normal soreness” and indicated that he was able to pitch, but Leyland said that description was “not defined enough for me.” “I’m not going to have it on my plate that I got Joel Zumaya hurt, getting greedy,” […]

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