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  1. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080811/SPORTS02/80811078/1050 Leyland, Sheffield disagree about player's role BY JOHN LOWE • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • August 11, 2008 Describing himself as “blind-sided . . . but not mad,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland objected Monday to Gary Sheffield describing himself as a “platoon” player. Sheffield responded by saying that if he isn’t starting every day, he considers that platooning. Advertisement In Sunday’s Boston Globe, Sheffield said, “I don’t prefer platooning here, but I understand because I got off to a slow start, that’s part of it, but I feel I’m playing better now. I’m back to being a threat I need to be.” Leyland was ready when he was asked Monday about Sheffield’s Globe interview. “Who is talking about a platoon?” Leyland said. “Gary Sheffield has never platooned as long as he’s been here. A platoon is when you have a left-handed hitter and a right-handed hitter. One plays against right-handed pitching, and one plays against left-handed pitching. That is a platoon. Let me that make perfectly clear.” Leyland then reached for a paper with some figures about Sheffield, which he recited. “Before his injury which put him on the disabled list, he played 39 out of 51 games, and about seven other games he couldn’t (play) because his shoulder was clicking. That would have been about 46-47 games out of 51 he would have been in. “Post-DL, he’s played 36 out of 43 games, which means he hasn’t played seven, which means you have a couple of long night games, or day games, and you protect him a little bit. “That, to me, is the farthest thing from a platoon that I’ve ever heard of in my life, so I’m totally flabbergasted by it.” Sheffield has been in the starting lineup for all but two of the games he’s played in this season. When Leyland’s sentiments about platooning were relayed to Sheffield, Sheffield said: “There’s nothing to be blind-sided about. Some days I don’t play and some days I play. That’s platooning to me. It’s not a big deal. It’s just how I see it. “I don’t see where I need rest to (be the) DH” Sheffield said that with his platoon comment, he was basically alluding to a recent stretch in which either he, Marcus Thames or rookie Matt Joyce sat out against a right-handed starter. In that time, Sheffield didn’t start four games in a 20-game stretch. “The way I see it, if I’m not playing every day, then I’m platooning,” Sheffield said. “If you’re an everyday player, you play 59 out of 59 (games) unless you can’t play.” He added about his amount of playing time: “If you looked at the whole (Globe) article, it was nothing that I was (upset) about. It was just, ‘These are the facts, and that’s the way it is.’ I have to accept it. I haven’t said anything all year, and I’m not going to start now. “If they want to take that as some negative thing, go right ahead. I really don’t care, anyway.” Leyland also objected to Sheffield’s comments about playing the outfield. Leyland moved Sheffield from DH to the outfield in May to see if it made him more productive at the plate. Leyland ended the move about a week later when he determined Sheffield couldn’t throw well enough to play the outfield. Sheffield told the Globe: “I can be in the outfield and play every day. I don’t want to DH I don’t feel like a baseball player when I DH I don’t know how to be the leader that I am from the bench. I can’t be a vocal leader. I can’t talk to guys from the bench because I don’t feel right about it.” Leyland said: “Tough . . . I was totally flabbergasted by that article and totally caught off-guard. When we made the trade for Gary Sheffield, I told him that all I had here for him was the DH role. (I told him) that if he did not want to accept that, do not accept the trade . . . “If you want to lead -- and I’m not one bit upset by this -- you lead by example, by playing the game right . . . “I’ve got medical people telling me it’s suicidal to play him in the outfield right now. He could hurt again by diving for a ball.” Informed of Leyland’s comments on the DH, Sheffield acknowledged that he had agreed to that role when he came to Detroit. He said he asked the club to list him as an outfielder instead of as a DH on the roster because “in my mind I’m not going to accept that’s what I am. But that’s my position -- I understand that. There’s no riff in that aspect of it.” Sheffield said that his arm is better now than when he played the outfield in May. “I’m capable of playing the outfield,” Sheffield said Monday. Leyland is a long-time supporter of Sheffield -- they were together on the ’97 world-champion Marlins -- and Leyland said Monday: “The lack of production we’ve gotten from Gary is solely due to several injuries and trying to fight through them. I applaud him for trying to fight through some real serious operations. This guy is as tough as they come . . . He’s potentially a Hall of Fame guy.” And Sheffield said again Monday that the reason he accepted the Tigers trade and the DH role is “because of Leyland and (Dave) Dombrowski.”
  2. Somehow this seems to be the Rays season in the AL. Similar to the 2006 Tigers. I don't think these 2 injuries will harm them much as it isn't just one or two guys that are doing everything. Any player of theirs steps up for them on any given night and the Yankees or the Red Sox aren't exactly tearing things up to catch them.
  3. he KNEW he was going to DH here. He needs to STFU with his whining. Dump him and bring Bonds in for all I care. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/baseball/mlb/11/10/sheffield.tigers/index.html Tigers trade for Sheffield Yankees acquire three pitching prospects in return Posted: Friday November 10, 2006 3:11PM; Updated: Friday November 10, 2006 4:38PM By Jon Heyman, SI.com The Yankees and Tigers have agreed on a Gary Sheffield trade, SI.com has learned. In return, the Yankees will acquire highly touted right-hander Humberto Sanchez and Class A pitchers Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett, according to a Tigers source. The Tigers will extend Sheffield's contract for two years beyond the one year and $13 million remaining. Sheffield had a physical on Friday. Sheffield reunites with manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski, who were all a part of the 1997 world champion Florida Marlins. Detroit's current starting outfield has Craig Monroe in left, Curtis Granderson in center and Magglio Ordonez in right. Sheffield could play a corner spot with the AL champions or see time at designated hitter. Sheffield, who turns 38 on Nov. 18, wants to play three more seasons. He topped 34 homers and 120 RBIs in each of his first two seasons with the Yankees but missed most of 2006 with a wrist injury from an April collision with Toronto's Shea Hillenbrand. When Sheffield returned in late September, the Yankees shifted him to first base. Sanchez pitched 123 innings across two minor-league levels -- Double-A and Triple-A -- last season, striking out 129 batters and issuing 47 walks. He went 10-6 with a 2.63 ERA and threw a scoreless inning in the Futures Game as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Pittsburgh. Whelan, a reliever, made 51 appearances for the Lakeland Tigers last season, going 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 54 innings. Claggett, also a reliever, was 7-2 with a 0.91 ERA and 14 saves for the West Michigan Whitecaps. He struck out 58 batters in 59 1/3 innings. "I'm more than happy to be reunited with guys that I'm familiar with," Sheffield told The Associated Press. Sheffield said becoming a DH could prolong his career, and he's happy to rejoin Leyland and Dombrowski. "They treat you like men," Sheffield said. "To reunite with them after 10 years is a blessing." Said Leyland to the AP: "This is one of the ultimate bats in baseball and one of the ultimate people in baseball. I have the utmost respect for him." The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  4. awful job? Um I'm thinking the players are more to blame than Leyland, most of them have underperformed all year.
  5. anybody else have a feeling that if we traded Hessman to some other club, he would turn out like Ludwick has for the Cardinals this year if he got to play a lot of games in the bigs?
  6. Well remember that when the offseason comes, which seems to get longer and longer each year, you will care then to watch Tigers baseball, whether they suck or not. So while the season is still in full motion, enjoy it, because it is the team you root for and it is BASEBALL.
  7. I don't think this means we are sellers or think we are out of it. If we traded for prospects, then yeah I think that means we are sellers, but since we filled a need with bullpen help, this move doesn't mean we are sellers or waving the white flag.
  8. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080730/SPORTS02/80730079/1050 In a related development, Dane Sardinha was called up from Triple-A Toledo to be the No. 2 catcher behind Inge.
  9. quote from DD http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080730/SPORTS0104/807300442/1129 "Pudge has done an outstanding job for us," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "I'm sure he was very surprised by this, but for him this is a good situation. He's going to New York, and they are in contention."
  10. Too bad we don't play the Yankees again this year, we know how to get pudge out. just throw him anything outside the strike zone he will swing at it.
  11. Good, then maybe the team chemistry will now be better if he wanted out.
  12. How many times has Pudge disappointed with runners on base this year and everybody said he sucks and yet most are pissed Pudge is now gone? Inge will play more, which will make him happy he gets to play more and this is a good thing Inge plays more. I'm going to be sick on how much ESPN will kiss the Yankees butt even more saying how much this helps them with pudge now and how great the yankees are and blah blah blah, when pudge was hardly mentioned that much this year so far.
  13. read somewhere that somebody said 1270am said Ian Kennedy
  14. lol.. one yankees poster said this "it definitely makes our lineup a little bit stronger while maintaining strong defense behind the plate"
  15. well leyland said after the all star break that if you don't perform you are out no matter who you are...
  16. I'm still hoping we turn it on in the 2nd half of the season instead of tanking in the 2nd half of the season like the past couple of years. Who we play really doesn't matter as far as I am concerned. If we get hot, we can beat anybody.
  17. Supposedly the Brewers AA club is the best club for prospects in all of baseball in quite some time.
  18. Hey Rodney and Zumaya are supposedly healthy, maybe we can have 3 times the charm and have sheff healthy too?
  19. Not a time to give Bonine a shot?
  20. let's see....... um..... NO. he is not a starter....
  21. ditto here. I still will watch because baseball is the greatest game in the world, but I won't expect anything anymore from this team for this year.
  22. and most were wondering why his velocity was down this year and getting on him for that. I wonder how long this has been lingering for with the clots?
  23. the guy is a freak if he comes back from that kind of shoulder injury and is like the old zoom
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