|Shortstop View of the Detroit Tigers.
||[Aug. 14th, 2005|02:54 pm]
Today's local Detroit paper implies a dissection of the number of days that Alan Trammell has left as manager of the team.
Expectations and plans make for less of a chance of failure, but they also invite failure for a challenge.
The Detroit Tigers have not finished a significant season during the entire span of years that the Ilitch family has taken ownership.
Alan Trammell, a potential Hall of Fame member, a man who worked for only the Tigers during his career as a player, a man who returned after his career to pursue a career as a coach, a man who was let go at one time by this team around the time of the Juan Gonzalez deal because the manager at the time wanted his own staff, a man who was welcomed back to Detroit and given the honor of managment of one of the worst teams ever assembled, on par with the likes of the first year of the expansion Mets, a man who has improved his team's record each season after that year, a man who never takes the time to call attention to his efforts with this ballclub, a man who is the modern Mr. Tiger, a man who holds this club close to his heart, a man who loves the game and clearly knows a thing or two about the work of which he loves, has become a constant feature in the local media on questions of his pitching moves and the inevitable day where he is fired from his team.
I'll save the comparisons to other franchises who have experienced success. The focus is this team, and the popular choice seems to crucify the one person who is representative of how people should be. His legacy speaks for itself, but in this case, people don't think Trammell is good enough to run this mediocre franchise.
Dissatisfaction with Trammell is the biggest crock of bullshit I've noticed in a while, and bullshit tends to settle right around the Ilitch family.
Funny how shit sticks to people. They can't seem to wash it off, like Pig Pen from the Peanuts.
This team is basically Charlie Brown's team, and Trammell is Charlie Brown, with a little more hair, and he's no C student . . . he's at least a B-plus, in my book. All can watch as he is let go from this team, only to take a manager's job elsewhere with a different team. That other team will move in a positive direction with a solid plan. Fans of the Tigers can watch Trammell win his first World Series with that team.
That's what happens when the owners of your favorite team don't know shit about anything but pizza and taking money from your dumb ass.
That's all I really want to say about this. If anyone cares to ask further questions, I'll elaborate on why I hate the Ilitch family and why I feel that people who call themselves fans of the Detroit Tigers should call into question their working knowledge of the sport.
Trammell doesn't defend himself. He doesn't demonstrate the ability to do it. Even if he did do it, it's not his place to do so. I'll speak for him.