OPEN MIKE!

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Who is more responsible – Al Avila or Brad Ausmus – for the last-place performance of the bullpen?  Support your answer!

 

 

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “OPEN MIKE!

  1. I know it’s too early to panic and I’m not blaming Ausmus at this point but if the next two months look like this I don’t see him surviving the summer as manager. From a business standpoint I don’t see the Tiger management watching seats go empty without doing something.

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  2. I’m going to say “Brad”. Surprised, right? Al had slim pickings over the winter to acquire upgrades. Brad’s refusal to pull a guy when he’s choking, Sanchez for instance, and his constant “saving them for tomorrow” plays a large role in the BP’s failures.

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  3. My thoughts exactly….which one of them is responsible for this mess? Whoever it was, they need to be held responsible. In other words, who made the decision to keep KRod as closer when he obvisously didn’t have a thing left in spring training? Who made the call to trade Maybin for nothing and put the outfield in a black hole? I’m thinking it’s more on Avilas shoulders. What I saw last night was a team that could give two hoots whether they win or lose. This needs to be turned around now.

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  4. I got the impression reading Sparky’s “Bless You Boys” that once the season starts the manager’s focus is wholly on the games at-hand. If I remember right, he would tell the GM he needed a left-hander in the bullpen and it was up to the GM to go find one if there wasn’t one down on the farm. I would think during the off-season Brad would be more involved in getting specific individuals for the bullpen. With that said, I would say Avila bears the most responsibility.

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  5. I get that Brad occasionally mismanages the bullpen and Avila is the one who provided the personnel. If I have to blame anyone though, I blame the analytics people. I assume the idea originates from them that, if a pitcher is not a starter or one of the handful of “long” relievers in the league who can actually pitch up to 3 innings, then they can only pitch one inning. That is what has killed bullpens all over the league. This, and the idea that only one guy can pitch in a particular inning (6th, 7th, setup, closer). This is not unique to the Tigers. If only teams could put a reliever in after the starter struggles and then leave him in unless he struggles, bullpens wound not be such a mess. I hate to see guys come in and strike out the side only to bring in another guy the next inning to blow it.

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  6. Avila; even more to the point Dombrowski. No manager could consistently protect a lead with two Wilsons and 31 flavors of ineptitude. We have to produce some kids who can throw two major-league caliber pitches and put them where they aim it. With all the strong-armed prospects we draft, it is mystifying that none of them pan out. Clearly something is not working with the training in the minor leagues. And that is the GM’s responsibility.

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  7. AA had decades-long exposure to DD’s beliefs, methods, & policies. They did nothing more than change the nameplate on the door by appointing “Dave’s assistant of 23 yrs.” as his successor. That decision, along with retaining Brad, virtually assured the perpetuation of failed strategies & practices. Brad’s rigidity (7th, 8th, & 9th innings, VM lineup spot) continues to suffocate opportunity for improvement. IMO this is not an either/or answer. Both men share responsibility along with the person/persons who thought it expedient to promote from within & employ a learn-as-you-go manager.

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  8. Helen has all the bases covered – great job my friend. Stocking the BP is all on AA and “misusage” is on BA. Performance, assistance, corrections, recommendations all can also be blamed on our pitching coach RD. He get paid handsomely to do those things. Back to AA…you rehired Ausmus. His personnel usage system is not working. Do something….soon!

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  9. Quality of players is, clearly, on upper management, who failed to properly address a need in the bullpen. Utilization of team players is, clearly, on team manager, who has the discretion with respect to what players are put in any given situation. Rigidity in pitcher role and constantly managing for what “might be needed” for the next game has often compromised the present game situation. One way to answer Ausmus’ handling of the bullpen might be to ask, “What would Sparky do with current personnel?” Based on history…..I doubt that Sparky would hand the ball to a revolving door of relievers who cannot get the job done. He would give the ball to the pitcher(s) who would give his team the best chance of winning the game…and get out the hook if they didn’t have it that day. But, that was a different time and today’s management mentality seems to find it necessary to put seating place cards on the pitcher table and only serve the very same meal in very small portions.

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  10. The scouts have failed, these are the same people who told Avilla that Mike Pelfrey was going to be an “innings eater”, perhaps the same people that though Lowe was going to be a “nice addition” of course Avilla could have overruled them but didn’t, after having spent all that time as DD assistant he didn’t appear to have learned anything (although I guess on the plus side he hasn’t (unlike DD traded any of the “prospects”). Brad seems to have finally grown some baseballs but way too little and way too late

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