PLAYER REVOLT COULD SACK TRAM
Only a player revolt could result in the firing of Tigers Manager Alan Trammell.
According to my sources Trammell is safe for another season even if Tigers President Dave Dombrowski recommends he be fired. That's because Tigers owner Mike Ilitch wants to give him one more chance.
But Tram is not totally safe.
The problem is a revolt is brewing in the Tigers clubhouse. Add Brandon Inge, Craig Monroe, Rondell White and Pudge Rodriguez to the list of players who are angry because they felt the organization gave up on them when they slid in Oakland.
They've kept it under wraps so far, but we've seen a regression on the field since the Kyle Farnsworth deal that opened up old wounds.
Dmitri Young has replaced Rodriguez as clubhouse leader. He has kept guys cool while Pudge sulks and leads a group of players who want out.
There is plenty of friction. Some of it is directed at Trammell, but most is aimed at Dombrowski. Players question whether he is the guy to lead the team. Quietly the Tigers moved into the top half of payrolls in Major League Baseball, yet they continue to crawl with the worms.
Player anger is also directed at Tigers hitting/bench coach Kirk Gibson because he commands Trammell's ear and folks believe Gibson is the one who pushed to keep Bobby Higginson around at the beginning of the season when most in the clubhouse believed it was time to bring in Marcus Thames. Ilitch agreed to eat Higginson's contract, but he was retained any way.
That wound never healed although Higgy is on the injured list.
So what happens?
My guess is the Tigers need scape goats. Trammell stays unless the revolution is so loud that Ilitch cannot ignore it.
Look for hitting/bench coach Bruce Fields to be fired. They already fired him two seasons ago, but kept him following an appeal by Dmitri Young. Fields was given the title of bench coach a few weeks ago, but Gibson remains second in charge.
That should tell you something there.
And do not be surprised if bullpen coach Lance Parrish leaves, either on his own accord or by Trammell.
It's a mess at Comerica Park. But I am not telling ground breaking news here to people who watch games. The decline is easy to see.