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Tigers fire pitching coach Rick Knapp

Jul 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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After beating the Giants 6-3 behind a strong outing from Rick Porcello, the Tigers terminated pitching coach Rick Knapp on Sunday, replacing him with bullpen coach Jeff Jones.

Knapp had spent 2 1/2 season as Detroit’s pitching coach after replacing the fired Chuck Hernandez.

The Tigers are 45-40, leaving them just a half-game back of Cleveland in the AL Central, and they just had both Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde named to the AL All-Star team, but they do rank 12th in the AL with a 4.40 ERA, leaving them ahead of only the Orioles and Royals.  Verlander is the team’s only starter with a sub-4.00 ERA.

Max Scherzer‘s inconsistency and the lack of development from former first-round picks Porcello and Ryan Perry could have been factors in the dismissal.  Scherzer is 9-4 this season, but his ERA stands at 4.90 following another poor outing Saturday.  Porcello is at 4.96.  Perry, who was drafted with expectations that he’d emerge as a closer down the line, has an 8.20 ERA in 18 2/3 innings this season.

  1. bradly12 - Jul 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    not sure if this was a good move or not, but something had to change.

  2. couvs14 - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Out of all the coaches Leyland should be gone. He’s changes the line up way to much and always wants to get his butt buddy Ryan Raburn into play even though he’s crap and makes errors non stop and can’t hit if his life depended on it. When Carlos Guillen gets back Leyland will make Boesch and Raburn split time in the outfield which is ridiculous. And lloyd mcclendon is a horrible hitting coach

    • jhorton83 - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:03 AM

      The Tigers have underachieved every year since their 2006 World Series appearance and most of that does fall on Leyland. They’ve had a lot of talent on those teams and no playoff appearances to show for it.

      • purdueman - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        Yes, I agree that “old three packs a day” Leland since the 2006 season has largely gotten a media hall pass because of his past reputation. Even his 2006 pennant winning team was very poor fundamentally, as in the world series his team played like the old Keystone Cops.

        All of the White Sox and Indian fans though did have a good belly laugh at the Tigers ineptness once again during interleague play this season, which again is a direct reflection of their manager.

        Like most fans, I just bristle anytime an owner allows his GM to go out and try and buy a championship, and that’s exactly what Ilich allowed Dumbrowski to do, so although I have nothing against the individual players involved, the failure of Dantrel Willis and Magglio Ordonez busting his ankle (effectively ending his career), is a bit of poetic justice.

        The Tigers payroll hit $142M in 2007 and given the market that they play in and in a market that has the highest unemployment rate in the entire nation, it clearly wasn’t justified but does have a big ripple effect on all other MLB teams, as Dumbrowski continues to polish Scott Bor-ass’ knob. 😦

  3. purdueman - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    When WGN broadcaster Hawk Harrelson heard the news, he immediately quipped: “He Gone!” :-)

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