By: Jeff Riger
This time of year, the one constant is that Tigers President and GM Dave Dombrowski will make a deal. From Doug Fister to Sean Casey, most of Dombrowski’s deals seem to work out rather well, and the hope is that the acquisition of Jose Iglesias will be no different. Of course the deal for Iglesias, which included three teams and seven players, was needed as reports indicated that Jhonny Peralta will be suspended sometime this week for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
Since the beginning of the P.E.D. chatter, the Tigers and manager Jim Leyland have refused to talk about the fact that Peralta could be suspended but that might have ended on Wednesday.
Leyland talked for the first time since acquiring Iglesias before the Tigers concluded their series with the Nationals and laid down the law right away.
“Ya’ll don’t ask me questions that you already know the answers to because I’m not going to comment on it” Leyland said.
Despite Leyland’s mandate, reporters including myself continued to fire away, seeing what the Skipper might budge on. After numerous attempts, I tried my hand, simply trying to find out how much the team will miss the bat of Peralta, and what transpired is very debatable. After some back and forth, Leyland gave his opinion, but it wasn’t about steroids, but instead about Peralta’s time in Detroit.
“Jhonny Peralta in my opinion and I can’t believe that nobody ever mentions this in the Detroit media,” Leyland said. “Up until this point, I think Jhonny Peralta was one of the best trades that Dave Dombrowski ever made and it never gets any credit, nobody ever talks about it.”
Do you agree with Leyland?
Check out the entire audio clip to hear how Leyland goes from angry to engaging in the span of a couple of minutes. Plus listen carefully for the reporter that gets annoyed with Leyland’s assertion late in the sound bite.