The dust has settled, and everyone seems to have had their say about Gary Sheffield’s dismissal. The blogs and articles are running the gambit from glad – to don’t care – to disappointed he’s gone.
I’m not surprised. That’s exactly what you would expect with any player, or personality, as polarizing as Sheffield. Will the Tigers be better off in the long run? Probably. He never recovered from a collision in the outfield two years ago, and since, his bat has gone relatively cold. This spring he managed a .178 average.
An article in today’s Detroit Free Press mentioned that the Tigers had possibly planned a celebration for Sheffield when he hit his 500th career home run. A “gift” had been commissioned last year for the day. Dave Dombrowski hasn’t decided what to do with it.
“I haven’t thought about it,” club president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “I will say it’s absolutely beautiful. I have to think about that.”
I, for one, would like to know what it is. Is it a plaque? A necklace, an autographed ball? A BRONZED SHEFF HAT? Who knows?
But, they are paying him anyway, so why not just let him hit the big one, give him the present,and then release him. As it stands now, not only are they out 14 million dollars – they are out the expense of a gift, as well. Divorces can be rough.
Through all of this, one thing seems certain, Jim Leyland will call Sheff to congratulate him, wherever he is at, when he accomplishes the feat. I think that would be cool.
PORCELLO AND PERRY ON ROSTER
The Tigers solidified their opening day roster today. Rick Porcello and Zach Miner will join Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Armando Galaragga as starting pitchers. Nate Robertson will open the season in the bullpen, joined by Eddie Bonine, Juan Ricon and Bobby Seay. Fernando Rodney, Brandon Lyon and Ryan Perry will complete the bullpen.
I am very excited to see the two young guys, Porcello and Perry, get a chance to shine in the majors. They absolutely deserve the opportunity.
Tigers back-up catcher Matt Treanor remarked,
“What stands out is how they carry themselves on the field. Both of them act more mature than what their birth certificates say.”
That appears to be the consensus among other team members. Both are competitive and will be able to handle whatever is thrown at them. There will be some tough moments, but they will continue to grow during their rookie years. I believe that this move is beneficial to all.
Detroit baseball will be exciting this year.
Let’s get it on!