I’m a Michigan native with a long resume of radio experience beginning back in 1972 with on-air and sales work at stations in Ludington, Holland and Muskegon. I worked as News Director and WOOD-AM/FM in Grand Rapids from 1987 to 1997 and also was the play-by-play voice of the Michigan White Caps before landing at WXYT in 2001.
At CBS stations 1270 XYT The Sports Station and WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit, I’ve held such positions as WXYT program director, afternoon drive sports anchor for WWJ and WXYT and co-host of “Inside Tigertown” with Dan Dickerson. I currently work as Managing Editor, weekdays in the WWJ Newsroom.
I guess it’s human nature. We as humans look for a simple reason or for the blame when something goes wrong. It would be nice if life or baseball could be that easy. But it it isn’t.
I’m no genius..but my calender says we’re heading into June not September. The Boston Red Sox and the St Louis Cardinals proved last season that you can both win or lose a playoff berth in the span of a few weeks. The Tigers offense was supposed to carry them and overcome what most felt was a leaky defense. But I don’t think anyone could have predicted how badly the defense would play.
As much as half of Inkster’s police force could be cut under a budget passed Thursday night by the City Council.
It’s like quicksand…when a person falls in ..the harder they try to get out the deeper they go. That seems to be the plight of the Tigers. I know they’re trying but the results have not been there and it doesn’t appear things will get better.
Finally, the Tigers win a series, taking 2 out of 3 from the Pittsburgh Pirates over the week end. Some timely hitting, good starting pitching and some decent bullpen work. That’s the formula that most “experts” were predicting when the season started. But before we start gushing, remember the Tigs have not any any sizable winning streak since early in April, and they are a long way from being the dominate club they are supposed to be.
The Minnesota Twins…the worst record in baseball right??? You couldn’t tell by watching the Tigers play them. The Twins bullpen shut down the big hitters, and a rookie pitcher dominated allowing just 4 hits in the afternoon game. What is going on?? I suppose if there was an easy answer they’d already been doing it. This week manager Jim Leyland admitted he was getting worried about the club.
In spring training just about everybody thought it was just a matter of starting the season and ordering playoff tickets. Something happened between Lakeland and Detroit…reality.
The Tigers starting pitching has been nothing less than sensational, but you can’t say that about the offense. Hitter after hitter are swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, so why should pitchers even try to throw it across the plate. The normal fan reaction is that there has to be a scapegoat to blame….Jim Leyland or hitting coach Lloyd McClellan. But the plain truth is no coach can go to the plate…it’s up to the players themselves.
The Tigers closed out a brief homestand taking 2 out of 3 from the Chicago White Sox. The good news was the good starting pitching, and bad news was the continuation of a frozen solid offense. Imagine taking a series while scoring only 10 runs over the 3 game span. That’s what the Tigers “accomplished” while bats like Brennan Boesch remain cold and is now hitting 8th in the line up. Having said that there isn’t a whole lot that Jim Leland or Lloyd McClellan can do to turn things around, that’s still up to each individual.
The lack of Tiger offense has me asking…”where’s the beef?” I was one of those who was excited after the first series at home this season and saw what kind of power and run scoring ability the team had. But that seems to have taken a back seat to an on-again-off-again type of offense for the Bengals. Everyone says once the warm weather is here to stay the bats will likewise warm up. They better be right, or it could be a long, disappointing season.