By: Holly Horning
Spring training is a time for experimentation and implementation of new ideas. But this year, due to waiting for Miggy and VMart, there is less patience.
According to Brad, everyone is doing well and the situation is rosy. But we still don’t have a real-world view of how the Tigers may gel as a team come April. It’s like going to the movies and watching all the coming attractions while we anxiously await the start of the real show.
Today’s inspiration is based upon some of Brad’s comments to the media and some experiments tried out on the field. It all started with the comments about VMart going back behind the plate. (Not reported was the small seismic event recorded in Michigan minutes after the comment was made.)
This was followed by the suggestion that Alex Avila would be tried out as the #2 hitter in the lineup.
But this week, the comments really started to fly with several decisions, both involving Romine and Perez. First, the decision to have them experiment with catching duties followed by several statements leaning towards keeping essentially two identical players on the roster instead of the needed bat in the form of Collins.
Maybe Brad has been living in California for too long…..
So if you’re a Tiger fan – and already hesitant about Brad’s managing style – what do you do? Well, ledges and thinking evil thoughts come to mind, but I have a better idea. With all of this being said, let’s calm ourselves and work through some of these questions. It may get silly but it just seems appropriate. So here it goes:
1. So I see Brad is working out Romine and Perez for the exclusive backup catcher position. Is this a sign he hasn’t figured out how to replace Don Kelly yet?
I don’t think Brad is experienced enough to trust his gut and go with a player who has a short track record. Remember how his quotes are always about reliance on a guy’s track record? I don’t think he’s confident enough to take a chance and go with a guy who is probably a better fit but doesn’t have the stats to back it up.
2. What is the fascination with Hernan Perez?
I really have no idea other than he’s a known commodity. Could also be that there is concern over Iggy that they feel they need him. I would hope that not having any remaining options is really a factor.
3. If Tyler Collins doesn’t make the team, who’s the hitter off that bench? (And laughter can be an answer here.)
There is no hitter! I’d hate to think Brad didn’t learn his lesson after the playoffs last year.
4. All things considered, do you think Brad got the VMart catching option idea from Victor himself?
Absolutely not. I think Brad is grasping for straws and not the outside-of-the-box manager he led the Tigers to believe. He’s looking for solutions without thinking of the potential consequences.
5. Remind me, is Brad really still the manager? Who can we call?
This is the sink-or-swim year. I’d like to think yes, but I have my doubts. The strategy isn’t all laid out for him this year like last. He’s got some real issues to handle. But unlike last year, there are some qualified managers waiting for calls and a special assistant who can help keep things stable until a real transition is made.
As far as Avila batting #2? Dial tone…..