Over the last six years Tigers fans could agree on one thing regarding Ryan Raburn: he was a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer in pissing fans off.
But now that Raburn is no longer a Tiger, who will step up to ensure Tiger fans’ blood is consistently boiling? Let’s take a look.
1. Phil Coke
The postseason proved Coke was willing to step up when the team needed it. Well, the fans need this scapegoat, so Coke is more than qualified.
2. Alex Avila
A dark horse candidate for sure. But Avila is a pretty good defender with a bat that has underwhelmed despite flashes of brilliance. Sound familiar?
3. Omar Infante
Future tweet: “We gave up Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn for this?!” His chances increase if Anibal Sanchez isn’t re-signed.
4. Gene Lamont
Yeah, we already complain about him constantly, but could Lamont become the first third base coach to take away all scorn from players? That’s a pretty high bar but if anyone can do it, it’s Lamont, who as we speak just sent another runner home.
5. Lloyd McClendon
As the ever helpful @gkern pointed out: “He’s number one on my list, I mean he’s even got an assistant coach to help him out.” Yuo, can’t say much more than that.
Don Kelly (if re-sgined)
He’s a free agent now, but if he re-joins the team, he has to be the leader in the clubhouse.
Inexplicable amount of playing time? Check. Little League pop in his bat? Check. Reputation as a defensive wunderkind although you’re not entirely sure why the ability to play any position makes him Brooks Robinson in the eyes of some? Check.
Seriously, is Kelly just Raburn wearing someone else’s face?