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Tigers former third base coach had eye problems last season

Dec 11, 2012, 6:54 AM EDT

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1. Tigers fans grumbled about third base coach Gene Lamont sending runners into outs last year.

2. The Tigers make Gene Lamont bench coach and name Tom Brookens third base coach.

3. At the Winter Meetings last week, Jim Leyland said it was because Lamont has leg trouble.

4. In a radio interview yesterday, Brookens said that, in addition to the leg issues, Lamont had an eye problem last year.

5. Yes, you read that correctly, the third base coach had trouble with his eyes. Kinda concerning?

6. When asked, Brookens said of his third base coaching style in the minors: “I like to send guys if I think they got a chance and if they get thrown out, so be it.”

There you are, Tigers fans. I know the holiday season is busy, so there are your talking points in the event you want to get angry about something today.

(Thanks to Allison, who probably shouldn’t be up this early but is anyway, for the heads up)

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    is this why they got blasted in the World Series?

    always blame the old people.

  2. historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    I’ll say he had an eye problem.

    First there were A-Rod’s secret performance-impairing injuries, and now this. Beware. These things happen in threes, people. Surely, an ump or mascot is next.

  3. darthicarus - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Even with poor eyesight if he can’t tell it’s Prince Fielder rumbling towards him he’s got some issues. Us Tiger fans are running out of things to complain about – Inge is gone, Raburn is gone, Lamont’s off 3B, Valverde & Young are gone…glad there’s still a few months until Spring Training so I can find something to grumble about when things don’t go well.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      Or, things could go so, so right.

      • kevinbnyc - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        But what would he grumble about then!?!?!??!

      • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        probably, winning

  4. beelza - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    This is almost as funny as Cashman sending Grandy to the eye doctor to have his vision checked 4 days after the ALCS. Mr.I and DD need to sign atleast one of Soriano, Sanchez. Keep an eye on Texas, they’ll pull atleast one blockbuster deal. The forgotten scary stat of this Tigers off-season is Jim Leyland is 1 for 9, with Detroit in WS play. Back-to-back shutout losses and being swept were enough for me to atleast look at the manager market. Then again, who’s available that’s better than Jimmy? Is their one?

  5. Pierre Cruzatte - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Why shouldn’t she be up this early? Is she pregnant? What are you not telling us?

    • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      For reals, dude?

      • Pierre Cruzatte - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        No, not for reals.

        Although–I do enjoy the mental exercise of imagining that baseball is a serialized, plot-driven TV drama in which the core plots are the teams’ seasons, but where attention to the ancillary character arcs (including romance plotlines) can be equally interesting. So–if you get abstract enough–because I get my league-wide baseball news from HBT, Craig is as much a character in that universe as any given player. The embodied narrator, if you will.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        I don’t mind the telenovela. It’s the preggers plot line that annoyed. You could’ve gone with inoperable brain tumor or harrowing drug addiction instead…oooh, or mania that requires involuntary detention at the “asylum.”

  6. pinkfloydprism - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM


  7. weaselpuppy - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Windmill Gene has vision problems?

    Some days the comedy just writes itself….

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