For nine months it has been apparent that the Detroit Tigers need a closer.
Yet, during this period, Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski has unsuccessfully tried to reassure us that the Tigers lack of a proven closer wasnt as critical as most of us perceived.
First, Dombrowski tried to sell raw rookie Bruce Rondon as the answer - only to have that experiment blow up during spring training.
Then we were subject to the bullpen-by-committee fiasco, which unsettled the whole team.
And finally the Tigers GM turned to the exiled Jose Valverde. The same Valverde that Dombrowski banished to the free agent market after last seasons playoff meltdown.
This, however, is not about Valverde, honestly, even Papa Grandes most ardent supporters knew (deep down) that it was more wishful thinking, than common sense that Papa would reclaim his closer throne.
There is only one man that Tiger fans should be holding accountable for a situation that should have been adequately addressed months ago: Dave Do...