Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Troll King Returns in a Huge Way
Mine is Bill Simonson. “Huge”, if you will. He is a sports radio host in Michigan and contributes to mLive where he likes to misinform a large segment of the Tiger fans while constantly criticizing Jim Leyland. He is wrong on nearly everything he says and just does it to get fans riled up and get attention. Consider him the local version of Skip Bayless, but nowhere near as charming.
I dubbed him the “Troll King” last season as that is what he represents. He feeds the trolls with his B.S. and they go off spouting what he says. No matter that he’s almost always wrong, as I proved in this bit right here on all his stuff from last season. Check it out if you’re a newer reader to DNR. Last year, he was clamoring for Ryan Raburn to bat second and start every day at second base. Unlike today.
Unlike every other writer I’ve ever had “fun” with on this site (except maybe Albom), I have zero respect for Huge. I’ve been checking on Mondays at mLive to see when he’d try and infect the fanbase with his nonsense this season. But the sneaky bastard posted his first attack on the franchise on Tuesday this week. Lazy, Bill. Lazy. But some folks passed the link on to me.
I keep wanting to get away from these FJM ripoffs, but Bill makes it so difficult.
But eff it. Here we go.
It scares me to think that the Triple-A sons of Leyland -- Daniel Schlereth, Ryan Raburn and Brandon Inge -- are back again for the Detroit Tigers.
That’s because you’re a fucking dunce. Also on the Tigers are Doug Fister, Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer, Joaquin Benoit, Jose Valverde, Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta, Brennan Boesch, Delmon Young, and Austin Jackson. Oh yeah, and also Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Justin Fucking Verlander. This is an amazing grouping of talent.
Picking the three guys that are currently struggling and labeling them something to be scared of on a team that just finished a 7-3 stretch against one of the best back-to-back stretches of 10 opposing starting pitchers I’ve ever seen is ridiculous. This team could start you or I half the time at second base and still do just fine.
And Leyland did not draft/trade for/extend any of these players. He is playing the with cards that were dealt to him.
These three are fringe major leaguers, who only serve a purpose when hot.
Even the Yankees do not have eleven time All-Stars at every position. Every team in baseball has role players and not all of them are good. Do you really think Joe Maddon is comfortable using Jeff Keppinger as his cleanup man?
And how can you tell if a player is "hot" if you never play them? Food for thought.
When they struggle they should never see the field. They are role players and nothing more in my baseball scorebook.
I can’t fault Huge in his questioning of Leyland when it comes to Schlereth. In no way do I feel the guy should be anywhere near the mound of a close game until he shows he can get people out consistently. That’s why we have Dotel and Coke around. But watching Jim for over six years, you have to know by now that he likes to test his young players and see how they respond. Better to test Schlereth in early April than in September, I guess.
But as for Raburn and Inge, give me a break. Ramon Sanitago is struggling at the plate, too. And he was sick most of last week. It’s been ten games. Someone has to play second. Grow up, asshole.
I wish I could climb inside the head of manager Jim Leyland and figure him out. I need to know what he is thinking before, during and after games.
I wish I could climb inside the head of idiot Bill Simonson and figure him out.
/echo that lasts five minutes
I want to know what he sees in Schlereth.
Schlereth is a 25 year old lefty that can throw in the mid to high 90’s that has struck out a batter per inning in his 92 professional games. I’m pretty sure that’s what he sees in him.
At what point did he make this below-average relief pitcher more of a go-to arm than established relief pitchers such as Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, and Octavio Dotel?
It was one game. Leyland did not name Schlereth the closer. The kid was acquired in one of the biggest trades in recent memory. He was projected as a possible future closer, a Billy Wagner clone. Eventually, you have to see if the kid can respond to pressure. As we saw in the playoffs last year, you can’t get by using the same two relievers every game and expect to succeed.
I don’t like Daniel Schlereth. I don’t want him pitching late in close games to become a habit if he continues to be glorified BP for opposing teams. But if they want to see what they have with him, again, April is a better time than September to find out.
How many more times does he need to see the left-handed version of Jason Grilli give up triples and home runs in tight games before he says no more clutch situations -- or any situations for that matter -- for Schlereth? Is Leyland so confident the Tigers will win the American League Central that he already is resting his big arms in April?
How many close games has Schlereth been thrown into so far? One? Two at the most? Are you suggesting giving up on the 25 year old lefty that throws 95+ mph on April 16th? Who would you have take his spot in the bullpen? Don Kelly?
Maybe Jimbo thinks the division is a lock, like most of us do, and he will do whatever he wants to because he is the field boss. I think this is just typical Leyland and he is too stubborn to go outside of his comfort zone. The more we all say "Why are you doing this?" the more Leyland does such idiotic things.
Miguel Cabrera is hitting .222. We have two starting pitchers with a win in ten games. Yet, we are 7-3 against amazing opposing pitchers so far.
You’re right. Jim Leyland is a fucking idiot.
It’s like starting Raburn, his suspect glove and his .074 batting average in right field Sunday. It looks like Jimbo refuses to take Raburn out of the lineup when he isn’t hitting a lick.
On Sunday, the White Sox started Chris Sale. Chris Sale is a lefty that throws very hard with a quirky motion that is rough on left handed hitters. The alternatives to Raburn were Boesch, Dirks, or Kelly…all lefties. Before the game, the only Tiger to have a career home run versus Sale was?
Miguel Cabrera isn’t hitting a lick right now. How long would you prefer Jim Leyland sit him to make you happy? You insufferable cockwallet.
Why does Leyland do these things? He claims rested players help you over the course of the season, so why not give Raburn a rest when he is struggling at the plate?
Exactly how does benching a struggling player help end a slump at the plate? It doesn’t. They need to get it figured out in games. And it’s not like there’s some hot prospect or established good hitter waiting in the wings to replace Raburn.
I believe he has his favorites. I also believe because Leyland was a journeyman minor leaguer, he has a soft spot for players who go through tough times. It might earn loyalty from a few players, but drives most of us crazy.
For Leyland to make Inge a designated hitter in any game and leave Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila on the bench is beyond words -- which he did Sunday.
By all means, play Boesch and Avila to death. That worked out so well last year.
And again, Chris Sale was pitching. Inge tends to hit left-handed fastball pitchers very well, for him. Sale would be death for Boesch and Avila. And as soon as a righty came in and the bases were loaded, what did Leyland do?
He had Boesch hit for Inge. So fuck off.
Again, if Inge is hitting, I have no problem with him getting swings. Inge didn’t hit in spring training, nor during his rehab assignment in Toledo, went 0-for-2 on Sunday, but finally delivered a big home run against Kansas City on Monday.
Thank you for proving yourself wrong.
For this guy to be summoned off the bench as a pinch hitter one game and the DH the next game is Leyland telling everybody he is the boss. I can’t stand it when Leyland manages this way.
I hate it when Leyland makes decisions that pay off, too. Wait, no I don’t. I’m a Tigers fan. It’s not about you being proven right, you fuck. It’s about winning games. And the Leyland-led Tigers are 7-3.
What frightens me at times is that I thought almost $500 million invested in player salaries and three MVP candidates in the Tigers clubhouse would force Leyland to run out his best players every chance he gets.
BEST NINE! Praise the Huge mantra! Never rest ANYONE!
As for the three MVP candidates, Cabrera and Fielder have started every game. Verlander has started 3 of the first 10 games. Why even bring them up? It does your argument no good.
Two weeks in, it looks as if nothing has changed when it comes to how he will run the Tigers.
Good. They won the division last year.
Some might say look at what he did last year. When I look at last year, I see the 10-15 games he gave away, like he usually does each year.
10 to 15 games he gave away last year?
So you’re saying if Leyland weren’t around, the Tigers would have won 105 to 110 games last year?
Bow down to the king, folks. He wins. I can’t reason with the unreasonable.
And mLive, fuck you for giving this pile of filth a platform to mislead the baseball fans of Detroit. There are too many talented writers over there that are forced to share space with such a disgrace.