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Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:24 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland weren't exactly put on the hot seat by owner Mike Ilitch Tuesday, but one message was pretty clear: They should probably win the up-for-grabs AL Central.

"I'd be extremely disappointed if we don't (make the playoffs)," Ilitch said (Detroit News), also saying he believed this was the best Tigers team -- "by far" -- since the one that made the 2006 World Series.

Ilitch also said that Dombrowski and Leyland have "done a fairly good job." (Detroit News)

On the surface, everything seems OK, but let's put this in perspective. What if your boss said you've done a fairly good job but would be extremely disappointed if something didn't happen before the end of the year. Personally, I'd make sure that thing got done and then some.

So it seems to me the Tigers better make the playoffs, or else Dombrowski and Leyland might be looking for a new job.

The Tigers are in first place in the AL Central, but they have the lowest winning percentage of any first place team in the majors. The Indians are only a game back, the White Sox sit just 3 1/2 back and the Twins are lingering within seven. With Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers have the best pitcher and hitter in the division. They also have All-Stars Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila and Jose Valverde. On paper, they should take the division.

Sure, Dombrowski and Leyland might keep their jobs if the Tigers miss the playoffs by a slim margin, but why take that chance? It's gotta be postseason or bust for them.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

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Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

Have no doubt fellow Tigers fans that if our cats miss the postseason then one or both are getting fired.

Inge demotion a positive step to changing team chemistry and the next will be coaching staff and or management if they don't win the division.

Nice picture of DD putting hand on Leyland shoulders there, lol, looks like smokey want to smack DD for touching him.

I feel the good vibes Wink




Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:31 am
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

IT IS TIME FOR Leyland TO GO BYE-BYE. Putting Ruffin in on Monday with the bases loaded with Verlander pitching the next day is a complete joke. Dombrowski has done a decent job and the Tigers won't lost 119 games for a long time. A fresh new manager is needed.




Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

On paper the White Sox are the better team.... they are just a bunch of under achievers...who are lingering around .......
The Tigers have issues too...just like every team in the Central.... It should be a fun finish.... If the Sox beat Verlander again tonite, the pressure will be on them.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

If the Tigers either don't win the AL Central and/or make the playoffs,then I feel that Leyland and Dombrowski's days as Coach and GM. The Tigers need to try and add a quality pitcher to the team before the trade deadline in order to contend to the very end of the season. I really do feel that they're going to win the AL Central,but I would prefer for them to make any type of move to ensure that that will happen.



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

Dombrowksi is not a bad GM. He builds winners. Yea he traded Jurrjens and Infante for Renteria, but he also traded Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin for Miguel Cabrera. He also got us an All-Star SS in Jhonny Peralta last year for nothing. You win some, you lose some. Leyland is the big problem. He is a terrible in-game manager. He has no clue how to handle a pitching staff. His whole staff and him need to go.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

Bring in another good pitcher and everyone would look good.




Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Dombrowski, Leyland get decent review from owner

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Mr. Ilitch! Dombrowski should have been gone as soon as it was obvious the Renteria-Juurens trade was a bust.  And Leyland should have been gone after he continued to send Todd Jones out there time after time to lose game after game.  You are a very loyal and patient man Mr. Ilitch but please we now have decent talent.  Please provide us with some decent leadership (Avila) and (McClendon) and put these other two out to pasture.


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