Sep 4, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski watches the game from the press box in the ninth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
If there is one thing the Tigers Faithful continually agree about, its disagreeing. General Manager Dave Dombrowski’s end of season presser left some extolling the virtue of his honesty regarding the utter collapse of the team in the postseason, while others were pining for his resignation. Here are some takes from other news sources about what Dombrowski had to say yesterday afternoon.
Dombrowski wraps up disappointing Tigers season – Matthew B. Mowery, The Oakland Press
"If the Detroit Tigers are attending press conferences in mid-October in recent years, it’s for mundane things like who’s pitching next, and what lineup changes might mean for the upcoming playoff series.They’re not supposed to be recapping a year that’s already finished.“This is coming a little earlier than I would like it to be, but that’s just the way this year is right now at this point, so we’ll deal with that,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday afternoon, when he conducted his annual end-of-season press conference.Given its early time-frame — the free-agent period won’t start for another week or more — there weren’t a lot of definitive answers he could give about specific personnel moves. But he admitted even with a boatload of eight impending free agents, it was likely to be an offseason of minor tweaks, not an overhaul."
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Tigers’ Dombrowski must rediscover Midas touch – Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press
"Dave Dombrowski executed one of his better political two-steps Tuesday, taking an hour’s worth of questions but offering exasperatingly few specifics. He artfully danced along that thin line of contradiction. Happy and unhappy in the same breath. Certain that the window of championship opportunity hasn’t fully closed, but nonetheless concerned with obvious personnel gaps in left-handed batting, centerfield and the bullpen.The Detroit Tigers’ president and general manager maintained an unflappable cool in his first public appearance since the Tigers’ embarrassing three-game exit from the American League Division Series. He conveyed an air of calm amid calamity, projecting assurance through endless noncommittal comments that he clearly sees the holes and will do his very best to fill them this winter."
Dave Dombrowski: Free agency matters will be handled after World Series – Catherine Slonksnis, Bless You Boys
"Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowski spoke of Torii Hunter‘s value in the clubhouse, and he’d “love” nothing more than to have soon-to-be free agent Victor Martinez re-sign with the team. But that’s as far as Dombrowski was willing to go in discussing any matters related to all of the Tigers’ upcoming free agents.Dombrowski said the team hasn’t made a decision regarding Martinez or any of the remaining free agents on the team, as well as any options the Tigers will or will not pick up. That includes reliever Joakim Soria and veteran starting catcher Alex Avila.“We have not had those conversations yet,” he said. “I think we have had some general dialogue. John (Westhoff, legal counsel for baseball operations) may have had it with agents, but it being so quick after the season, I think that would be something we would tackle right after the World Series, when people can officially enter free agency.”"