Wednesday Walewanders

For the first time in three months (no joke), it’s raining here. We’ll stay warm and dry as we rollout another set of Walewanders:

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  • Remember when the Tigers announced that one of the coaches hadn’t decided to return for 2009? Whatever happened with that?

  • Almost a year ago, the Tigers acquired Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera and the playoff tickets were being designed in a desktop publishing program somewhere. Today? This team is viewed as a club with a flawed roster, a manager whose job is on the line, and a suddenly tighter budget. Is this 180-degree turnaround as astounding to you as it is to me?

  • Speaking of Dontrelle, listening to XM’s MLB Home Plate channel yesterday, I heard his agent, Matt Sosnick, say that Willis is physically sound and that any challenges next season will be purely mental. Ahem. Oh, and as for the D-Train’s offseason plans? This is a quote: “He needs to refresh himself mentally.” Don’t we all.

  • Over at TigsTown.com [$] guest columnist Ian Casselberry suggests that the Tigers should trade Placido Polanco this offseason. As much as this idea pains me, Ian’s reasoning is spot-on…as usual.

  • As usual, Friend of the Fungo Rob Neyer beats the No-Jack-Morris-in-the-Hall-of-Fame drum. Sigh. (Oh, and Rob’s column is no longer behind the ESPN.com Insider deal and is free to all.)

  • For the past month I’ve been meaning to write a post about the Arizona Fall League experience. I started it. I just…can’t…finish it. Yet. In the meantime, here’s a set of photos from a game in late October featuring many Tigers prospects, including Jeff Larish.

Finally, Happy 61st Birthday to Richie Hebner. The old gravedigger turns 61 today. (Did you know that Hebner was the last Tiger to wear number 2 before the team retired the number in honor of Charlie Gehringer?)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Be safe.

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

2 thoughts on “Wednesday Walewanders”

  1. Polly moving out does make sense, for all the reasons Ian noted.

    Also making some sense was a nugget from a story by the Freep’s John Paul Morosi last Sunday in which he hinted at the possibility of Larish playing third base and Brandon Inge returning to his old college position of shortstop.

    I, for one, am in favor of this. I’d much prefer Inge hold down the fort there until Cale Iorg is ready to go rather than overspending (both salary and tradewise) for Jack Wilson. Larish offers a lefty bat in the lineup and for late-inning maneuvering you take him out, slide Inge to third, and Santiago moves into short.

    This also frees the Tigers up to concentrate on moving either Polanco or Ordonez for a catcher and arms.

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