The Detroit Tigers have completely fallen apart.
After Monday Night’s shutout loss in Kansas City, the Tigers continue to fall in the Wild Card standings and their playoff chances slip further and further.
By trading away two of their best players and only closer at the trade deadline, Detroit management admittedly had given up on the season. The remaining players, including four members of the 2015 All Star team, obviously still thought they had what it takes to make a run at the playoffs, and began to play with a chip on their shoulders.
However instead of using that “chip” to go out and win baseball games, some Tigers have been venting their frustration in the dugout and after games.
Friday Night at Comerica Park, tempers finally blew up in the dugout, after rookie catcher James McCann called out All-Star short stop Jose Iglesias for not making a play on a ground ball up the middle. Here was Iglesias’ reaction:
Its understandable to be upset being down to the worst team in the American League by four runs, on top of a season that hasnt gone nearly as planned. However Iglesias’ overall outburst, including the glove throw, was amateur hour. He obviously felt shown-up by a rookie, but regardless of score or situation, there was no need for any of it.
What was most shocking about the altercation was the reaction by center fielder Anthony Gose. The almost always well-tempered Gose is shown approaching Iglesias and grabbing the back of his jersey before being restrained. It’s unclear what he says to Iglesias but clearly he was upset at Iglesias’ actions.
The following day, Iglesias had an opportunity to clear the air. However, he chose to keep his stick his nose in the air and says he has no regrets:
"I think I have a chance to make each and every play when I’m at short. There’s no doubt about it. I just try to come here and do my job. I don’t tell anybody how to play your position. I just go out there and do my best. I don’t really pay much attention to the personal stuff. It’s just, I think it was part of the game. Things kind of got a little bit heated in the dugout. Other than that, everything is fine"
Today is was reported that Iglesias also had problems with teammate Dustin Pedroia while he was a member of the Boston Red Sox. The always flashy Iglesias seems to be just as cocky on the field as he is off it.
The latest issues with Iglesias may be something Dave Dombrowski was already aware of before he was let go last week. People had no idea why he traded closer Joakim Soria for a short stop prospect JaCoby Jones from Pittsburgh, but now maybe he knew of the troubles he could cause.