Scott Sizemore Continues to Impress Local and National Observers

Scott Sizemore.jpgESPN’s Jason Grey likes what he sees from Scott Sizemore in spring training — even though the rookie is hitting .211 in the Grapefruit League. A long-time Sizemore watcher, Grey says…

Having seen him for a couple of days now, I certainly can’t tell by the way he is running that he is returning from an ankle fracture. That’s a good sign that he still should be able to contribute 10-15 steals to go along with a good batting average and a homer total somewhere in the teens. In other words, quiet production across the board. He’ll give up the occasional start to Ryan Raburn, but Sizemore is the starter here and I expect him to take the job and run with it.

The Detroit NewsLynn Henning likes what he sees and this week wrote that Tigers fans will grow to like Sizemore and his day-to-day approach:

Hasn’t done anything exceptional — and that’s just fine with the Tigers. Sizemore is solid at second base and his hitting is picking up steam. Fans will like his serious game face. He looks as if he might be a low-key hitter early and a tougher hitter during the second half of his rookie season.

There’s going to be plenty of interesting story lines this season in Detroit and Sizemore certainly is one of them.

The Yin and Yang of Johnny Damon

BallBatGrass.jpgYahoo! Sports’ Steve Henson says Scott Boras — bagman for Johnny Damon — saved the Tigers’ season. Them’s fighting words.

[Tigers owner Mike Ilitch] whipped out his checkbook and, just like that, Damon became the Tigers’ left fielder for 2010.

Luckily for Dombrowski. And for manager Jim Leyland. Both are consummate pros with solid track records, but without Damon they were headed pell-mell for disaster.

Were the Tigers headed for disaster without Damon? No way; they’d have made some other move to steady the offense, but probably not as nifty a move as Damon.

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Updated: Uniform Numbers Assigned to New Tigers

ScorecardXSmall.jpgIf you were wondering, here are the uniform numbers for the newest Tigers:

  • Phil Coke #40
  • Max Scherzer #37
  • Jose Valverde #46
  • Scott Sizemore #20
  • Austin Jackson #14

For whatever reason, Daniel Schlereth hasn’t been tagged yet. But we’ll be sure to break into regular programming when it’s announced. I’m guessing it’s #36.

Update 11:19 a.m. ET: I was wrong; Schlereth will wear #55.

Tuesday Night Therapy Session: Game 163 A Week Later

therapist.jpgIf someone with a stopwatch had timed my lightning-quick zap of the TV last Tuesday evening after Game 163, my guess is that the stopwatch would’ve read less than three seconds.

I couldn’t watch the Twins celebrate, again, on their turf. (Still can’t.)

Think about it: the last time the Tigers were a division champion, they (and we) had to watch Dan Gladden and the suddenly despicable Twins celebrate on Tiger Stadium’s infield.

And the time the last two times the Tigers got close (2006 and ’09), we had to watch Joe Nathan and Co. dance a jig on the Metrodome concrete.

Sickening, really. This time I showed a rare combination of maturity and resignation all at once. Sort of.

So anyway, after a week of stewing and fretting, devouring three servings of sour grapes, followed by a weekend of Schadenfreude, I’m almost ready to move on. More or less.

Three things are still rattling around in my head a week later:

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Tigers Should Think Twice Before Cutting Polanco Loose Next Year

PolancoHead.jpgConventional wisdom seems to indicate that Placido Polaco will not be back with the Tigers next year. His age, suddenly declining production and the emergence of minor leaguer Scott Sizemore add-up to departure for Polanco.

Not so fast, methinks.

I’m not sure what the Tigers’ backup plans are at third base next season, but I certainly would rather have Polanco sign for another year and use him as a part-time third baseman to spell Brandon Inge and a part-timer at second, to serve as a mentor for the Sizemore.

Taking the long view for once and tapping into Polanco’s know-how as a player/coach might make sense for Detroit.

What do you think?