All hell broke loose in the baseball world on Friday when it was announced that Joe Maddon would not be returning to manage the Tampa Bay Rays after nine seasons. This had every team in baseball salivating at the chance of the highly-regarded skipper of a terribly run, but competitive franchise to take over their favorite teams.
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Detroit Tigers fans were no different. Much like they did a month ago when Ron Gardenhire was cut loose, fans wanted Brad Ausmus sacrificed for Gardy. That didn’t happen and this isn’t happening either.
Like it or not, the Tigers are fiercely loyal. Privately, they are as disappointed as we are with how it ended and even question some of Ausmus’ management style, however they are not going to say that publicly nor whack a guy when he won a division in his rookie management year. It’s just not going to happen.
Below we present yet another solid, but futile, argument to bring Maddon to the D and former Detroit manager, Jim Leyland, putting the final nail in the coffin.
We also take a look at two future Tigers, one a hot left handed pitching prospect and the other the most talked about Tigers’ prospect, Steven Moya. The latter of which has been taking to the tutelage of a 1984 hero.
Hiring Joe Maddon Makes Sense for Detroit Tigers, but Dave Dombrowski Would Have to Check Ego – Max DeMara, Tigers 101
"Though Maddon has never won a World Series, he’s also never been given the keys to a franchise quite like Detroit’s, where superstars, ownership support and home grown talent have intermingled to give the Tigers a perennial chance at glory. That glory has been deferred recently for a variety of reasons, but some would argue the biggest has come because of improper dugout leadership.In Maddon, Detroit would get the thinking man’s manager that they’ve always craved. But would Dombrowski have the professional guts to pull off arguably his most dramatic move as team boss?"
Leyland Says Tigers Not Interested In Maddon – Ashley Dunkak, CBS Detroit
"Some fans were aggravated that the Tigers failed to last longer in the postseason, but general managerDave Dombrowski said Ausmus and his staff will be back for the 2015 season. Leyland affirmed that Saturday."
"Kevin Ziomek might not be a bad bet. Ziomek, a 22-year-old left-hander, posted excellent numbers in his first full season in the minors and was a finalist for the 2014 MiLBY award for breakout minor-league player. Ziomek went 10-6 with a 2.27 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 23 starts for Single-A West Michigan during the 2014 season. He struck out 152 in 123 innings pitched. Opposing batters hit just .201 against him."
Big Wheel’s pointers helping Tigers prospect Steven Moya – George Sipple Detroit Free Press
"Parrish told the Free Press in a phone interview last week that Moya will swing the bat well and then fall into the trap of “trying to hit everything they throw to him.”Parrish said Moya, 23, has to work on some of the same things in Arizona that he was asked to work on in Double-A: “He has to learn the strike zone a little bit better and be a little bit more selective and a little bit more patient.“I know there’s a fine line as a hitter in being patient and being aggressive. For him, he just needs to understand that because he’s so big and has so much power and he can be the one guy that can do the most damage in the lineup, they’re not always going to throw him pitches that he can hit.”"