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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Detroit News: Henning: Problems mount for Trammell

Lynn Henning breaks down some of the problems with the Tigers…

Pudge Rodriguez was missing from the Tigers clubhouse Friday, entangled by “personal business” and a supposedly fogged-in flight in the country of Colombia.

Alan Trammell, meanwhile, hardly needed a Rodriguez problem as one more crisis for the tail-spinning Tigers and more ammunition for the issue of whether he should be retained as manager.

Thanks to TP

Repoz Posted: August 14, 2005 at 12:27 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark

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   1. Madison Posted: August 14, 2005 at 01:25 PM (#1545043)
Aside from leaving Spurling in too long and possibly being too "genial," what are the specific complaints against Trammell? The writer mentions fans' frustration with "Trammell's ways" but doesn't elaborate.
   2. ian Posted: August 14, 2005 at 05:24 PM (#1545213)
Aside from leaving Spurling in too long and possibly being too "genial," what are the specific complaints against Trammell? The writer mentions fans' frustration with "Trammell's ways" but doesn't elaborate.

He rests Pudge Rodriguez on the Sunday afternoon game following the Saturday night game. Pudge being 33 and a catcher for 14 years doesn't matter to them. He also is occasionally forced to rest two starters on the same day. Polanco, Guillen, Ordonez, Rondell White, and Pudge all require regular rest or are injury risks but no one seems to care.

The 'genial' nature of Trammell is used to explain why the individuals on the team aren't performing better. Dmitri Young hitting .240 for two months? Must be because Trammell won't "get in his face" and stuff like that.
   3. Urban Faber Posted: August 14, 2005 at 05:28 PM (#1545229)
What kind of personal business does one have in Colombia?
   4. sweet lou Posted: August 14, 2005 at 08:02 PM (#1545548)
The problems I see with this team are failures to meet expectations. A lot of players aren't where Tiger fans expected them to be (perhaps unfairly). Specifically, Pudge and Dmitri's reduced production is discouraging. It is also beginning to look like 2004's production was a fluke for Inge and Infante and that's disappointing.

I think a further problem is that when you compare the White Sox and the Tigers posistion by position (at least in the eyes of Average Joe fan), the Tigers aren't all that far behind. Yet, the White Sox have the best record in the league and the Tigers are struggling for .500.

Nonetheless, this seems to be a bit of sports-writer created agitation. None of the major Tiger blogs (that I know of) are calling for Trammell's head. It's only the newspaper writers.
   5. Mr Dashwood Posted: August 14, 2005 at 09:03 PM (#1545708)
What kind of personal business does one have in Colombia?

Well, Mrs fra paolo, a Colombian, has family there, plus relations in Toronto, Miami and London. I guess Pudge could have some family there seeing how Puerto Rico isn't as far as Toronto.

The idea that Colombia is all drugs and guerrillas is tired. Maybe Pudge is running guns for FARC or the ELN. Is that what you mean? Or perhaps he's smuggling emeralds. That would at least be a new twist.
   6. Tim D Posted: August 15, 2005 at 12:07 AM (#1546062)
Maybe Pudge is checking out the chicas in Colombia since his divorce. A special leave of absence for that would help improve his mood and also explain his tardiness.

Maribel's happiness and security, btw, was one of the major proffered reasons for Pudge's astounding decision to sign w/Detroit. Things change.

Dombrowski and Trammell each have one more year on their deal. Trammell is going to need a hot finish to survive. If they aren't better next year Dombrowski will likely get the axe from an impatient Iltich. They should have two rookies in the rotation so that's going to be rough.

Trammell is getting jobbed because they were "supposed" to finally .500 this year. Dombrowski will get hosed next year, and then they will be plunged into the dark ages again.

In reality they just aren't very good yet. Both Trammell and Dombrowski have made mistakes. But both have done a pretty good job overall. DD may have to throw Tram under the bus to save his own hide. If he wants to. There are other jobs out there besides resuscitating the Tigers. I sure hope he stays. I'd like to see what Trammell could do with a good team too. Give him a power arm rotation like they have on the horizon and he might suddenly look like he really knows what to do with the pitchers. Funny how that works.
   7. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: August 15, 2005 at 12:16 AM (#1546072)
Mrs. Rodriguez is not Colombian? From the article, I inferred she was and she was the reason for the trip to Colombia.
#1 - my thoughts exactly. The writer spends the first half of the column making vague claims and follows it up with one example. Great persuasive writing.
   8. SJC in A2 Posted: August 15, 2005 at 01:10 PM (#1546716)
Didn't get a chance to post yesterday but I agree with the earlier posts. I only get the News on Sunday (and that will end when the deals for the Freep and News close) but doesn't it seem like Henning is always whining about something and trying to stir up trouble? I hope this isn't the start of another long line of columns on "fire Tram" like he has done about Comerica Park. The guy seems to be unable to keep more than one thought in mind at a time. I still think John Lowe and Gene Guidi over at the Free Press do a much better job, whether positive or negative.

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