Wednesday Walewanders: Fisticuffs Edition

spaghetti.jpgSo where does last night’s dust-up rank in the annals of Tigers bench clearers?

Hmm.

Well, it wasn’t as interesting as the 1980 Tigers/White Sox brawl (a.k.a. Cowens v. Farmer Grudge Match), nor as violent as Tigers/White Sox circa 2000. Here’s a refresher on that one:

Sixteen players, coaches and managers suspended. Nine others fined. It was, MLB said, “the biggest mass suspension ever.”

That was the end result of two brawls that erupted at Comiskey Park, one in the seventh inning, the other in the ninth. In the sixth, the Tigers Jeff Weaver hit Carlos Lee with a pitch. In retaliation, Chicago’s starter, Jim Parque, plunked Detroit’s Dean Palmer in the top of the seventh. Palmer charged the mound, throwing his helmet at Parque before the real action started.

…And it wasn’t as wild as Tigers/Twins in 1982, which featured Dave Rozema‘s flying-kung-fu acrobatics on Twins’ John Castino.

What do you think? Take this week’s Pulse Check –>

Other thoughts…

  • In last week’s Pulse Check — “What do you make of the Tigers’ recent roster moves?” — “Inspiration” (37%) edged out “desperation” and “exasperation” by a single vote. Time will tell, but so far so good at least from the Alex Avila perspective.

  • I think it’s great that the Tigers are injecting some youth into their anemic lineup. I just wish that Wilkin Ramirez had been called up for keeps and not given a ticket on the Toledo shuttle.

  • Does anyone else find it strange that the Tigers are skipping down to the Double-A level to tap reinforcements? By “strange” I mean that Triple-A was always where the top talent was — or at least that’s what we were led to believe. Over the past couple of seasons it’s become increasingly common. These are the first times in all the years of my following the Tigers that I remember it happening as a regular practice.

    Of course, the Tigers promoted Andrew Miller from Class A in 2006 and proved that things definitely have changed in baseball. (Miller had a clause in his contract that he would be called up to the majors in ’06.) Oh, and that move also forced me to rethink my lone criticism of baseball reality portrayed in the film “Bull Durham.” I never bought the notion of Ebby Calvin LaLoosh being called up to the big club from the South-Atlantic League. I guess it does happen.

  • The last time the Tigers relied on a rookie catcher to fuel a playoff spot was in 1987 when Matt Nokes made everyone forget about Lance Parrish. At least for one season, that is.

Finally, on this date in 1987, the Tigers acquired Doyle Alexander from the Atlanta Braves for minor-league pitcher John Smoltz. Gnash teeth if you must, but it was still a great trade at the time. Few expected Smoltz to emerge as a stud.

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

6 thoughts on “Wednesday Walewanders: Fisticuffs Edition”

  1. FoxSports Headline: “Brawl Erupts in BoSox Win Over Tigers.” If no punches are thrown, can something be called a brawl? Porcello ran, then man-hugged Yuke to the ground and rest stood around hugging looking tough. Baseball and the Tigers have seen much worse.

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  2. Mike, it seems to me somewhere in the past five years the philosophies changed. Double A is for the prospects, Triple A is for the guys who can’t quite cut a major league roster, but are close enough to go up and down. Now that’s not a hard and fast statement, some prospects end up there if there’s no immediate opening after Double A, or as a final tune-up. But it just seems to me triple-a is full of quadruple-a players.

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  3. Yeah, in the last few years, AAA has been the storehouse for the “just-in-case” guys, the vets hooking up on minor league deals, and the prospects getting some final fine-tuning to their game before taking over a regular spot (or after having a particular defficiency exposed in The Show).

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  4. I see the Youkilis/Porcello wrasslin’ match got a vote. I should hope it doesn’t get another one. I guess if you are a young whipper-snapper, and didn’t see any of the others, you might find this week’s game most “memorable.”

    But if you saw the ChiSox/Tigers brawl — and it really was a brawl — in 2000, you know the bar is pretty high. And that brawl was a double-header, which is uncommon. Good TV.

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  5. I’d say the Tigers-Royals one from a few years ago ranks higher than Porcello-Y00K. I think Jeff Weaver was in the middle of that one too, hitting Mike Sweeney.

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  6. I had forgotten about the Tigers/Royals melee, Ed, thanks for mentioning it. If I remember correctly, Weaver’s teammates weren’t thrilled with his plunking Sweeney.

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