Archive for June, 2011

Reader Column: Raburn a Reflection of Leyland’s Failure

June 6, 2011

The following is a reader column submitted by friend of THB Scott Kirsch. Follow him @srkirsch.

I would first like to acknowledge Ryan Raburn’s grand slam that helped the Tigers beat the White Sox for the eleventh time in twelve tries.  He took advantage of Jake Peavy leaving a hanger in the middle of the plate and crushed it.  That said, Jim Leyland’s frustrating and bewildering decision to keep Raburn in the lineup day in and day out is getting to me.

Raburn is batting an ugly .201 this year and has no problem constatnly reminding us of his shortcomings in the field. I won’t even mention the assist he gave Miguel Olivo seen here (whoops).  Although it seems like Raburn is a young player who just got called up from the minors, the truth is, he’s 30 years and is showing very few signs of being a reliable option at second.

There are two other options on the Detroit bench that seem like downright logical answers for second base.  Making Danny Worth a regular starter and giving him an opportunity to show off his abilities seems like perhaps the best option.  He’s hitting .333 this year, albeit a small sample.  The kid also flashes the leather.  His age, 25, is a plus and giving him the starting job at second, at least until the all-star break, may boost his confidence and give him ample experience to make him part of the future.