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Friday, July 29, 2011

Brown: Tigers teammates Penny and Martinez argue with each other

Hi, my name is Penny! (mindless ramble to follow)

In the heat of a particularly frustrating afternoon for the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, right-hander Brad Penny and catcher Victor Martinez squabbled with each other in plain sight in front of more than 30,000 fans at Comerica Park.

The Angels roughed up Penny for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings, his worst statistical outing with Detroit, in a 12-7 victory for Los Angeles. Perhaps the ugliest detail: home fans booing their own team in the fourth inning when Penny and Martinez shouted at each other with the Tigers on defense.

Though the teammates exchanged only words, along with some hostile body language, the argument went on long enough that pitching coach Jeff Jones emerged from the dugout to calm everyone down. He even had to lightly restrain Penny from getting in Martinez’s face.

Over the long months of a season, teammates will argue with each other. It just doesn’t happen, usually, between the mound and home plate in the middle of an at-bat.

Repoz Posted: July 29, 2011 at 09:46 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, game recaps, tigers

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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 29, 2011 at 12:59 PM (#3888136)
Wise of Penny, a guy most Tigers fans are growing wildly impatient with, to pick a verbal spat with one of the more popular Tigers.
   2. DanG Posted: July 29, 2011 at 05:18 PM (#3888329)
Unfortunately, the Tigers have no good alternative. They NEED Penny to continue being a replacement-level innings eater, holding down the #4 starter spot.
   3. fhomess Posted: July 29, 2011 at 08:12 PM (#3888516)
Unfortunately, the Tigers have no good alternative. They NEED Penny to continue being a replacement-level innings eater, holding down the #4 starter spot.

Isn't the very definition of replacement level that you should be able to replace him easily?
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 29, 2011 at 08:33 PM (#3888534)
Yeah, I think "replacement-level innings-eater" is an oxymoron. That's like saying "replacement-level slugging middle infielder". There aren't very many of them. The very worst pitcher that you could describe as an "innings-eater" might be, let's say, Chris Narveson. And he is SEVERELY underpaid at $450,000 and I don't think the Brewers could easily replace him.

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