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Watch as Jim Leyland instills confidence in the Tigers fan base

Apr 9, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland looks on during a practice in preparation for the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Doug Fister got DL’d. But don’t worry: that’s the kind of problem the Tigers pay Jim Leyland the big bucks to address. So Jim, what’s the plan here, dude?

“I have no clue who’s gonna start, absolutely none,” Leyland said Sunday morning. “Villarreal has joined the team and we will have a starter at the appropriate time. Who it is, I have no clue. None.”

That may be disconcerting to Tigers fans, but really, you have to figure that Leyland has some idea, right? I mean if Eric Wedge said something like that it might be cause for concern, but Leyland is on it. Right? Hopefully?

As Jason Beck notes in the linked blog post, there are a number of internal candidates and there is always the option for a trade. Or signing Roy Oswalt, which I think will be mentioned by everyone every single time a team loses a starter this year.

It seems to me, though, that the Tigers are gonna have a bigger margin of error than anyone this season, so going with a minor league arm — or a carousel of them — is probably the best first step.

  1. dracko19 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    DET has a few candidates that can spot start (Below, Coke, Turner, Smyly, Wilk, Oliver, etc.) When your offense can score a dozen runs a game, it doesn’t really matter who starts, does it?

  2. Francisco (FC) - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    It may be he has no idea because he has lots of choices? That would be a good problem to have right?

    Leyland: Tiger’s Fans! Lend me your ears! We lost the Fister to the DL.

    Fans: Awwww.

    Leyland: I have no clue as to who will take his place.

    Fans: (muttering)

    Leyland: Because I has so many choices available! Good choices too!

    Fans: (cheer!)

    Leyland: So we’ll just hold a lottery with player’s names and start pulling little balls out and starting whoever comes out first!

    Fans: (silence and a few isolated claps…)

    • cur68 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Naw. That’s not how he does it. What he does, the day he needs that pitcher, is roll out of bed in the small hours, grab a cup of joe form the pot he keeps going non-stop (some of that coffee has started its own civilization near the pot-rim, its so old), stick his feet into his carpet slippers, shuffle outside with his coffee, light up a ciggy, and stroll round the infield as he thinks it over. The fact that he’s still in his underpants, lives at the ball park, and could give a crap that he’s out doors in his skivvies do not bother him. The horrified gasps and winces of the grounds crew do not bother him. The fact that women and children are hiding lest they need another dose of eye bleach, does not bother him. Jim’s thinking about that starting pitcher. By the time he’s made it round the bases (Circling the Bases, as it were) he’ll have a clue, but it requires a certain level of nicotine and caffeine to get him there. Good luck with getting a clue Mr. Leyland & may Dog Have Mercy on the Grounds Crew @ Tigers Stadium.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Jim Leyland is just like his buddy FDR. Claim to have no plans while a detailed War Room (smoking permitted) is at the ready at Comerica.
    Joe Girardi should be so “clueless”

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      As a certain segment of my Yankee fan friends tells me frequently, Joe Girardi won a World Series, so that means all of his decisions are correct now. The problem with Boston was that they didn’t intentionally walk Boesch enough in order to get to the soft underbelly of Cabrera and Fielder.

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        +1000, although I’m certain some of your other Yankees fan friends don’t understand why

      • jwbiii - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Ozzie Guillen won a World Series. He makes some questionable decisions.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Oswalt wants to play for a winner. Tigers should give him a lowball offer and see what he might be willing to bite at.

    • nflfollower - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Problem is they already offered him 10M for a year, and he turned it down.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        That was at the beginning of the offseason when Ozwalt foolishly thought he would get multi-year offers. I’m pretty sure he’d jump at a 10 MM – 1 year deal now (more like 5 MM half-year at the break).

  5. gloccamorra - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Oswalt’s holding out for the Cards or Rangers. That crafty Leyland is just lowering expectations for the fans, and keeping the opposing teams guessing. He’ll probably mention five candidates and announce who takes Lester’s spot the night before, forcing the other team to spread its advance scouts too thin to develop a game plan. Crazy like a fox, he is.

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