DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – It was a shock (to most of us, anyway) in the newsroom Tuesday afternoon when Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch suddenly released team General Manager Dave Dombrowski.
As soon as the news broke, social media was not unexpectedly flooded with both fan and media reaction ranging from skeptical disappointment to unabashed glee, and everything in between.READ MORE: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces Single Tickets For 2022-2023 Season
Still others hypothesized as to why it happened, and what Dombrowski will do next.
Many expressed surprise, but few metro Detroiters talking to WWJ’s Sandra McNeill downtown prior to Tuesday night’s game seemed very upset to hear the news.
Joe Nelson of South Lyon said he’s been a Tigers fan since birth.READ MORE: Deadline Detroit Co-Founder Says Website Will Shut Down After Sept. 5
“I think it’s time to go in a new direction for the team, and, ugh, with the releasing of the players and where we ended up this year, and not ever making it to the World Series when we came so close, and player acquisition…. maybe it’s time,” Nelson said.
But are the team’s troubles all Dombrowski’s fault?
“No. I think it’s a combination of a lot of people’s…I don’t know if there’s really a fault to be assigned to it,” he said. “It has more to do with the club working together…and it just didn’t work.”
Mike Stevens, a Tigers fan from Toledo, isn’t pleased.
“I was a big fan and I believed in (Dombrowski) and Jim Leland’s vision…I just thought they’d keep on rolling,” Stevens said. “There’s only so much you can do. I mean, they gotta hit the balls and injuries were a problem, but…he should’ve found some relievers at some point.”MORE NEWS: Oakland County Woman Charged With Impersonating Health Professional
Dombrowski has been replaced by his former assistant general manager, Al Avila.