DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters that the pivotal decision Gene Lamont made in Game 2 of the World Series had nothing to do with Tuesdays announcement that Lamont would move from third-base coach to bench coach.
But there's no denying that Lamont's unsuccessful attempt to score Prince Fielder all the way from first on a Delmon Young double put Lamont on the hot seat with those who pay the clubs coaches and players. And Im not referring to owner Mike Ilitch, but rather the fans.
Lamont, along with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, were human piatas for Tigers fans last year. Lamonts ill-advised decision to send the lumbering Fielder home with nobody out became a symbol of the frustration that came with getting swept by the underdog Giants.
Now know this: Giants manager Bruce Bochy thought Fielder would score and allowed that it took two perfect throws, from left fielder Gregor Blanco and shortstop Brandon Crawford, to get Fielder. And Tigers on-deck batter Jhonny ...