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A Vote for Kenny Rogers

Not everyone is happy with Jeremy Bonderman being picked as the opening day starter.  Honestly, I don’t know what the big deal is.  Game one counts just as much as game two, game three and game 100 so I think the whole “opening day” starter thing is a bit overblown and is more an event then anything.  In my opinion, Jeremy Bonderman is the best pitcher the Tigers have so there’s no shame in him being the opening day guy but in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter that much.  Each starter will get their 30-25 starts so the whole thing seems kind of moot to me.

Wasn’t Leyland’s reasoning that he wanted to match up more righties against the Jays while keeping the left/right alternation that worked so well last year? I understand the tradition of honoring one’s best pitcher with the opening day start, but I personally prefer playing the percentages to try to win as many games as possible. I guess we can debate whether this really does anything to accomplish that. It’s a small thing but sends a good messgae to the team about what’s really important. Of course Kenny Rogers understands the big picture and couldn’t care less whether he starts opening day or not.

Posted by Aznar on March 25th, 2007 at 12:38 pm

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