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Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

Posted on: August 6, 2010 6:14 pm
Mike Ilitch
The Tigers' season is circling the drain right about now, but owner Mike Ilitch said he's unwavering in his support of manager Jim Leyland and general manager Dave Dombrowski.

“[This season] is very disappointing, "Ilitch told the Detroit Free Press, "[but] I’m staying with Dave and I’m staying with our manager. I feel that we’re going to move forward.”

With baseball's sixth-biggest payroll and a solid core, the Tigers were expected to contend this season, but injuries and disappointing performances all around (the Tigers are 10th in the American League in ERA and ninth in runs scored) have left them on the outside looking in. Detroit is in third place in the AL Central, nine games back, and seventh in the wild-card standings.

The good news is that the Tigers have as much as $60 million in salary coming off the books after the season, so there is a lot of flexibility and a chance to improve quickly. Ilitch said he has learned some tough lessons about locking up money in big contracts in the past few years.

"I’m the kind of guy that says we took some risks and they didn’t work out," said Ilitch, who also owns the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. "And I learned a huge lesson. I’ll be a little bit more careful in the future. It won’t stop us from spending, but we’ll be a little bit more careful.”

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:07 am

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

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Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2010 3:31 pm

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

Why can't we blame the players for not getting up for road games, oh yeah idiots like you give the players a pass.  Its not Leyland who sucks its every tiger player sucks yes that includes cabrera. why he sucks is he is no leader and has not stepped up to do so, so he needs to go.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2010 7:08 pm

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

Leyland is in the TMC - Terrible Manager Club - Had the Pirates in the early 90's with Bonds in Prime - Bonilla - Drabeck and Wakefield in his Prime - Andy Van Slyke - Couldn't win - Won one with the Marlins when all he did was hide in the dugout and smoke - TMC also includes Earl Weaver, Art Howe, and the WORST MANAGER EVER: JACK MCKEON - Fat Jack managed the A's in the late 70's and Charlie Finley used to call him in the dugout and yell at him - I used to yell at him from 20 feet away with the other 4200 fans - he knew nothing about baseball and won a World Series with the Marlins - Maybe we can get Earl Weaver to put his dentures back in and manage the Marlins to a title.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2010 6:39 pm

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

We may as well agree to disagree detroittigs. You have put out some well thought posts, I just dont necessarily agree Leyland is the problem. Does he make mistakes? Sure, what manager doesnt. Does he try hard? Hell yeah he does. Would anyone available manage the team better? Highly doubtful. JL has a proven track record and knows what he is doing. This team he is managing like dtownoverrated said just are not that experienced and/or talented. In hindsight we can all question a manager's decision, and we can all have varying opinions about what a manager should do in a certain situation. The book might call for something, such as not bringing your closer in to pitch 60 pitches in the top of the eighth inning the other day in a five run game, but only Leyland knows his players. Part of being a coach is to sometimes make those difficult decisions that might not necessarily be playbook but could be specifically unique to a certain player. Anyhow, thanks for the responses.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2010 4:44 pm

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

Other than Jackson and Cabrea, this team is a triple A team at best.   Think about it......

2B not carlos Guillen (or SS, 3B, OF, 1B, DH)  SS they dont have one (Peralta is an average 3B by trade)  3B, Inge has a great glove but hits at a Double A level.  LF Damon, way past his prime.  Good years behind him.  RF, Ordonez, cant stay healthy  Boesch,  Showing he got off to a hot start and is a .260 hitter.  DH  They dont have one.  SP......Verlander should win 20 games, wont win 15.  Scherzer had to be sent to Triple A.  Gallaraga started in Triple A, Bonderman is not even close to what he used to be.  Porcello isnt ready to be a big league pitcher. 

Leyland isn't to blame.  He is a major league manager, managing a triple A team that Dombrowski is puttin on the field for him. 

Dombrowski needs to go!!!!!!!!!  Not Leyland. 

Leyland can only manage the talent that is provided to him from his GM.  The GM is the person to blame with this group of Mud Hens.

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:49 am

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

How did I know you would take the Michael Curry comment and run away with it?? I was being sarcastic.

Just stop lying to yourself and admit that Leyland is part of the problem and there are better options than him.

Lol, again that has nothing to do with the manager. The manager is not out on the field making the plays, hes managing the game

That is right. But Leyland just swipes it aside like it doesn't even matter. This team will continue to play horrible fundamental baseball under Jim Leyland. How do you think every player on the Twins play great defense and know how to play baseball the right way?? Because of their managing. Gardenhire teaches it the right way...Leyland doesn't.

There are several different coaches and players that need to be sent packing...Leyland the scapegoat?? Maybe. That is just the way it is. The players don't get called out like that. But Leyland doesn't deserve to be running this team anymore. And if he is the be it.

I am sure there are hundreds of managers out there who would love to run this baseball team next year.

We have a nice core in place and a bunch of money coming off the books this offseason. There is no reason this team shouldn't be in the playoffs next year.

If I was Illitch I would pissed after spending well over 100 million for the last 3 season and getting nada to show for it. I don't know if I would give Leyland another chance in 2011. But I guess he has already decided.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2010 8:48 am

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

Leyland has nothing to do with this team throwing the ball all over the place and committing errors like some high school club?? Maybe he will do some fielding drills this upcoming spring...hopefully he can work in 1 or 2.
Lol, again that has nothing to do with the manager. The manager is not out on the field making the plays, hes managing the game. You should have seen that the tigers defense would have problems this year with the slew of rookies on the field and then to top it off throwing Guillen at second base along with damon and ordonez in the outfield. But yeah thats all Leylands fault. I'm sure its his fault every time a guy strikes out as well right?

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2010 8:44 am

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

Damn you couldnt have proved my point any better detroittigs. Why in the world would you compare Michael Curry a rookie head coach to Jim Leyland? Just because I realize Leyland isn't the problem don't automatically assume I think all coaches are good. I just realize Leyland is the best option as should you, but like I said, and you verified my point, every fan HAS to make somebody out as the scapegoat. They could never admit their team just isn't talented enough this year, as is the Tigers case.

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2010 1:01 am

Tigers' Dombrowski, Leyland to return

Leyland is the best available option BAHAHAHA

Let me probably thought Michael Curry was the best option for the Pistons, didn't ya?

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