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If Cameron Maybin is not going to get regular playing time for the Detroit Tigers, I strongly suggest that sending him down (where he WILL play) is the best option for him as a player and for the Detroit Tiger Organization as a whole.

This is not to say that Maybin has or has not warranted the promotion to Detroit, only to say that if he isn't going to play, he should be sent down to a level where he will play and will continue to hone his skills in competitive situations (i.e. Minor League Playoffs).

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Agreed. Leyland will not play Maybin as long as the likes of Timo Perez are around, and even if he wasn't around it would still be very questionable. Maybin needs all the playing time he can get, plus I don't see the point of having him accumulating MLB time while he's not contributing to the success of the club on-field on a day-to-day basis.

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I'm admittedly ignorant in this subject (actually, most subjects) - but isn't the minor league season almost over? How would he get more playing time if he was sent down if the season is basically over?

There are still Minor League playoffs. 5-10 games is still seemingly 5-10 games more than he is going to play in Detroit and every game for someone that young is an opportunity to better themselves.

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There are still Minor League playoffs. 5-10 games is still seemingly 5-10 games more than he is going to play in Detroit and every game for someone that young is an opportunity to better themselves.

true enough... some playing time is always better than none, but I don't know how much of an impact it would have.

Although any playoff experience is pretty valuable.

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Maybin is slated to go to the AFL, so I don't think 5-10 games in minor league playoffs is crucial. I agree, though, that he shouldn't be with the Tigers if he isn't going to play more than this. The team needs a spark and there is a chance that he could be providing it if they would give him more of a chance.

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I'm glad they brought him up though. He at least has some feel for what he needs to work on in the offseason and what he needs to do to prepare himself to compete for a full-time job next spring.

I agree with this 100% Yoda. However, since he is up, I think he needs to be playing. If he isn't playing there isn't much worth to him just sitting around riding pine.

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He's played most of a season already and will be in the fall league. I think he actually gets more value out of "ridin' the pine" in the bigs than playing another week or so in the minors. Seventeen years from now as we look back on his career I can't imagine anyone will think, "if he had just had 30 more AB's in the minors..."

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I don't think Maybin should be playing at all while the Tigers are still in the hunt. IMO, both Raburn and Perez (yes, I said it, Perez, the guy who went 2 for 3 last night) are better options. So, I agree with sending him down to get steady playing time. But if the Tigers reach a point where we have no chance of making the playoffs, Maybin should be playing every day.

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I don't think Maybin should be playing at all while the Tigers are still in the hunt. IMO, both Raburn and Perez (yes, I said it, Perez, the guy who went 2 for 3 last night) are better options.

Regarding Perez, you sure put a lot of stock into one game. Would you have kept Alexis Gomez after his one good playoff game?

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Regarding Perez, you sure put a lot of stock into one game. Would you have kept Alexis Gomez after his one good playoff game?

Two games, actually, in which he's gone 3 for 8, plus a full season in Toledo where he's hit .309/.356/.472. Am I buying a Perez jersey and thinking to myself "thank god Timo is in the line-up?" No, definitely not. Raburn is a better option and I understand that Perez has proven himself to not be an effective major leaguer over the long term. But I do think Perez gives us a better chance to win right now (ie, in the next two weeks) than Maybin does. But Raburn gives us a better chance to win than Perez does. My ranking of them right now is 1) Raburn, 2) Perez, 3) Maybin. Note that this is not a slight against Maybin, I'm very excited about him and hope he is ROY in 2008, but I agree with the topic of the thread which is to send him down so he can get more experience.

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Ok but in the first game he was 1-5 and left 6 guys on base, so he really only had one good game. Still, I'm nit-picking and basically I understand your logic. The numbers at Toledo should mean something, so I agree with you there. Nevertheless, I'd rather see Maybin playing but that is just a personal opinion not an indisputable fact.

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I'd rather see Maybin than Perez but the fact that either one of them is being considered right now helps to explain why they are falling out of the race. I'm excited about Maybin but I don't think he's ready and I believe this was a desperation move made to provide spark to a team in trouble. It hasn't really worked. Perez is, at best, a 25th man on a good major league team. If he is getting starts in a pennant race, you are in trouble.

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I'd rather see Maybin than Perez but the fact that either one of them is being considered right now helps to explain why they are falling out of the race. I'm excited about Maybin but I don't think he's ready and I believe this was a desperation move made to provide spark to a team in trouble. It hasn't really worked. Perez is, at best, a 25th man on a good major league team. If he is getting starts in a pennant race, you are in trouble.

I think Lee hit the nail on the head again. They hoped Maybin could provide that spark, and he can at times, but overall, it's not really the option you want in a pennant race. His defense in left field isn't good enough. He looks lost at the plate half the time. Sure, he gets a few doubles and had a good game against Clemens, but he just seems overwhelmed by major league pitching still.

I don't know about sending him down though. There's a lot he can learn by being around some very good major leaguers every day. The real problem remains "what's with the Perez worship" to me.

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I'd rather see Maybin than Perez but the fact that either one of them is being considered right now helps to explain why they are falling out of the race. I'm excited about Maybin but I don't think he's ready and I believe this was a desperation move made to provide spark to a team in trouble. It hasn't really worked. Perez is, at best, a 25th man on a good major league team. If he is getting starts in a pennant race, you are in trouble.

Bingo.

Pitchers naturally fluctuate in performance more than hitters. It shouldn't be a shock to see soft performances in the year after strong performances by our core starting staff. Link that fact with trying to catch lightening in a bottle with Andrew Miller, Jair Jurrjens and Virgil Vazquez; a fragile bullpen; the loss of an effective Gary Sheffield; and Parade Of Rookies And 25th Men at the plate, and you have to conclude that we have not positioned ourselves well for a September run.

We can still win it, but I think Lady Luck will have to have a big hand in it. She's already helped out by making the Indians' performance suffer during parts of July and August to keep us close, but we can't expect her to hand this thing to us outright.

I predicted that the Tigers would not make the playoffs this year, but this is the first time during the season that I'm going to say that I now think they won't make it.

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