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  • Tigers Fire Trammell

    Because somehow the mess there is supposed to be his fault.

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    DETROIT -- Tigers manager Alan Trammell was fired Monday after three seasons in which he failed to turn around a franchise without a winning record since 1993.


    The Tigers went 71-91 this season and were 186-300 in three seasons under Trammell, a former star shortstop for Detroit. He had one year left on his contract.

    Detroit lost an AL-record 119 games in his first season as manager, then improved to 72-90 last year, the biggest turnaround in the AL since Baltimore's 33-game improvement from 1988 to 1989.

    With a lineup and bullpen that seemed upgraded, the Tigers thought they had a chance to have a winning season in 2005. The Tigers were 42-44 at the All-Star break and 61-62 in late August before losing 29 of their last 39 games.

    "You will not find a more dedicated, hardworking and respected individual that cares more about the Tigers and his coaching staff," Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "However, for the Tigers to reach the next level, I feel it is appropriate to make a change at this time."

    The Tigers were set back by injuries this year, but Trammell refused to point to them as an excuse. Outfielder Magglio Ordonez missed about half of the season with a hernia, and closer Troy Percival appeared in just 26 games before an elbow injury ended his season in July. Both were hailed as prized free-agent signings before the season.

    "Really, I'm OK," the 47-year-old Trammell said last week. "I'm a big boy. I've been through enough that I understand how things are."

    Things were much different when Trammell was a player and he helped the Tigers post 11 consecutive winning seasons from 1978-88.

    As a 20-year standout in the field and at the plate, he led Detroit to a World Series championship in 1984 and the American League East title in 1987, when he narrowly was beaten out by Toronto's George Bell for AL MVP.

    Trammell was a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove and three-time Silver Slugger shortstop.

    After he retired in 1996, he was a baseball operations assistant in Detroit for two seasons and was the Tigers' hitting coach in 1999. Then, he moved near his hometown and coached with the San Diego Padres for three seasons.

    The Tigers knew Trammell was the popular choice to be their 35th manager on Oct. 9, 2002, and they insisted he was also the right choice. Trammell, Al Kaline and Ty Cobb are the only players to be with the team for at least 20 seasons.

    "People don't come to your games to see your manager," Dombrowski said when Trammell was hired. "I can understand why some people will feel that this was based on Alan's popularity here. But really, we could not afford to make this decision based on that, because we need to right this ship."
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  • #2
    Looks like Pudge Rodriguez won the power struggle...fucking ridiculous...

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    • #3
      I liked him.

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      • #4
        That's fair. They finally spent money and saw some results last year before falling apart down the stretch this year.

        How long until we hear the words "Tony Pena" mentioned?
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        • #5
          QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Oct 3 2005, 11:46 AM) Quoted post

          That's fair. They finally spent money and saw some results last year before falling apart down the stretch this year.

          How long until we hear the words "Tony Pena" mentioned?
          [/b][/quote]
          Jim Leyland is already the front-runner....

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          • #6
            QUOTE(*007* @ Oct 3 2005, 11:47 AM) Quoted post

            QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Oct 3 2005, 11:46 AM) Quoted post

            That's fair. They finally spent money and saw some results last year before falling apart down the stretch this year.

            How long until we hear the words "Tony Pena" mentioned?
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            Jim Leyland is already the front-runner....
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            He's always is the "front-runner" when a job opens up.
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            • #7
              Leyland surely would aim higher than Detroit.
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              • #8
                QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Oct 3 2005, 11:49 AM) Quoted post

                QUOTE(*007* @ Oct 3 2005, 11:47 AM) Quoted post

                QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Oct 3 2005, 11:46 AM) Quoted post

                That's fair. They finally spent money and saw some results last year before falling apart down the stretch this year.

                How long until we hear the words "Tony Pena" mentioned?
                [/b][/quote]
                Jim Leyland is already the front-runner....
                [/b][/quote]

                He's always is the "front-runner" when a job opens up.
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                His past relationship w/ Dombrowski and the note in the updated article that he's going to be interviewed soon leads me to believe it's his gig if he wants it....

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                • #9
                  Tigers schedule announcement to welcome Leyland as manager

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                  PITTSBURGH -- Jim Leyland has agreed to manage the Detroit Tigers, a person close to the negotiations told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

                  The Tigers scheduled a "major" announcement for the late afternoon, but declined to say what it was about.

                  But the source, who spoke on condition on anonymity because the announcement had not been made, said Leyland had accepted the job, a day after Alan Trammell was fired.

                  Leyland won a World Series championship with the Florida Marlins in 1997. He has not managed since guiding Colorado in 1999. He was a two-time NL Manager of the Year with Pittsburgh.

                  Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski was the Marlins' GM when Leyland won the title. The Tigers called Leyland on Monday morning to set up an interview.

                  "The time away from the game has helped him a great deal," Dombrowski said Monday.

                  Dombrowski said Leyland is one of the best managers in baseball, adding that the 60-year-old manager is motivated to return to the dugout.

                  "He has the passion burning," Dombrowski said.

                  Trammell was fired after three seasons in which he failed to turn around a franchise without a winning record since 1993. The Tigers were expected to be close to .500, if not better, but fell short with a collapse toward the end of the season and finished 71-91.

                  "Looking back, it is fair to say that we hit a wall," Trammell said last week.

                  The Tigers were 186-300 in three seasons under Trammell, MVP of the 1984 World Series after helping Detroit win it. He had one year left on his contract.

                  Detroit lost an AL-record 119 games in Trammell's first season as manager, then improved to 72-90 last year, the biggest turnaround in the AL since Baltimore's 33-game improvement from 1988 to 1989.

                  With a lineup and bullpen that seemed upgraded, the Tigers thought they had a chance for a winning season. The Tigers were 42-44 at the All-Star break and 61-62 in late August before losing 29 of their last 39 games.

                  "All the sudden, during the last six weeks, we didn't win many ballgames," Dombrowski said.

                  Though Detroit's clubhouse lacked harmony, Dombrowski said that wouldn't be a big problem for Leyland if he hired him.

                  "We won a world championship with some high-maintenance ballplayers and he handled Barry Bonds (in Pittsburgh)," Dombrowski said.

                  Tigers pitcher Mike Maroth was very familiar with Leyland's accomplishments.

                  "I know he won a championship with Florida and had a lot of good years in Pittsburgh," Maroth said this week. "Jim Leyland has a lot of experience and that's something he has over Tram because this was his first managerial job."

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                  • #10
                    Detroit, Jim?

                    You stay out of baseball for all these years, and when you come back, it's to Detroit?
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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(kah @ Oct 4 2005, 03:25 PM) Quoted post

                      Detroit, Jim?

                      You stay out of baseball for all these years, and when you come back, it's to Detroit?
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                      He wanted a fixer-upper?
                      Damn these electric sex pants!

                      26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

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